Today in History for 25th April 2019

Historical Events

1607 – Shortly before making landfall in America, Captain Edward Maria Wingfield is named President of the Jamestown governing council
1626 – Battle at the Dessau bridge: Albrecht von Wallenstein beats Ernst von Mansfeld
1959 – St Lawrence Seaway linking Atlantic and the Great Lakes opens to shipping
1961 – Unmanned Mercury test explodes on launch pad
1971 – USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1977 – Cincinnati Reds tie record of 12 runs in 5th inning beating Braves 23-9

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Famous Birthdays

1792 – John Keble, Anglican priest and founder (Oxford Movement), born in Fairford, Gloucestershire, England (d. 1886)
1876 – Rubén M. Campos, Mexican novelist (Claudio Oranos) and musicologist (El folklore y la musica mexicana), born in Ciudad Manuel Doblado, Guanajuato, Mexico (d. 1945)
1897 – Mary [Victoria Alexandra Alice Mary], Princess Royal and Countess of Harewood, born in York Cottage, Sandringham (d. 1965)
1941 – Bertrand Tavernier, French actor (Capt Conan, L627, Daddy Nostalgie), born in Lyon, France
1980 – Alejandro Valverde, Spanish road racing cyclist, born in Las Lumbreras, Spain
1984 – Robert Andino, Cuban-American baseball player, born in Miami, Florida

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Famous Deaths

1472 – Leon Battista degli Alberti, scupltor/musician (Dinner Pieces), dies
1853 – William Beaumont, physiologist, dies at 67
1954 – Joseph Hergesheimer, novelist (Java Head), dies
1968 – John Tewksbury, American athlete (b. 1876)
1978 – Lee Kim Lai, Singaporean police officer (b. 1960)
2009 – Bea Arthur, American comedian, singer and actress (All in the Family, The Golden Girls), dies at 86

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