Today in History for 25th December 2019

Historical Events

1830 – Hector Berlioz’s “Symphony Fantastic” premieres
1934 – Samson Raphaelson’s “Accent on Youth” premieres in NYC
1959 – A synagogue in Cologne Germany desecrated with swatstikas
1965 – US President Lyndon B. Johnson orders a halt to bombing operations in North Vietnam, hoping to spur peace talks
1976 – Egyptian SS Patria sinks in Red Sea, about 100 killed
2013 – “The Wolf of Wall Street”, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill, is released

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Famous Birthdays

1461 – Christina of Saxony, queen of Denmark and Norway (d. 1521)
1765 – Joseph Mazzinghi, composer
1811 – Wilhelm E Freiherr von Ketteler, German politician/bishop of Mainz
1899 – Humphrey Bogart, American actor (Casablanca – “Here’s looking at you, kid”), born in NYC, New York (d. 1957)
1963 – Joop Gall, Dutch soccer player (FC Groningen)
1978 – Simon Jones, English cricketer, born in Morriston, United Kingdom

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Famous Deaths

1249 – Peter Nolascus, Spanish monastery founder/St, dies
1976 – Arthur Mitchell, cricketer (batted in 6 Tests for Eng 1933-36), dies
1979 – Joan Blondell, American actress (Real McCoys), dies of leukemia at 73
1991 – Sal Provenza, entertainer, dies of lymphoma at 45
1992 – Monica Dickens, English/American journalist/author, dies at 77
1998 – Hugh Martell, British Vice Admiral, dies at 86

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