Today in History for 27th June 2019

Historical Events

1957 – The British Medical Research Council publishes a report suggesting a direct link between smoking and lung cancer.
1959 – Players vote Henry Aaron unanimously for the All-Star Game
1983 – Mariners bat out of order against White Sox in 2nd inning
1988 – Mike Tyson KOs Michael Spink in 91 seconds, in Atlantic City ($67m)
2001 – NBA Draft: Glynn Academy center Kwame Brown first pick by Washington Wizards
2007 – Gordon Brown becomes Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

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Famous Birthdays

1717 – Louis Guillaume Lemonnier, French botanist and contributor to the Encyclopédie ou Dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers, born in Paris (d. 1799)
1859 – Mildred J. Hill, American composer and musician (Happy Birthday To You), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1916)
1900 – Otto Passman, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Louisiana (1947-77), born in Franklinton, Washington Parish Louisiana (d. 1988)
1946 – Janice Giteck, American composer (Thunder, Like a White Bear Dancing), born in New York
1949 – Vera Wang, American fashion designer (Vera Wang Fashions), born in New York City
1975 – Bianca del Rio [Roy Haylock], American drag queen , comedian, actor and costume designer (RuPaul’s Drag Race season 6 winner), born in New Orleans, Louisiana

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Famous Deaths

1627 – John Hayward, English historian
2005 – Shelby Foote, American author and historian (b. 1917)
2009 – Fayette Pinkney, African American singer (The Three Degrees) (b. 1948)
2011 – Betty Callaway, figure skating trainer (coached Torvill and Dean), dies at 83
2013 – Alain Mimoun, Algerian/French distance runner (Olympic marathon gold 1956), dies at 92
2016 – Bud Spencer, Italian actor (Aladdin, Extralarge, Go For It), dies at 86

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