Today in History for 28th December 2019

Historical Events

1902 – Trans-Pacific cable links Hawaii to US
1950 – The Peak District becomes the United Kingdom’s 1st National Park
1993 – Ballon d’Or: Juventus’ Italian striker Roberto Baggio is named Europe’s best football player ahead of Inter forward Dennis Bergkamp and Manchester United striker Eric Cantona
2001 – OPEC oil ministers meeting in Cairo agree to reduce their crude oil output quotas by a combined 1.5 million barrels per day
2009 – 43 people die in a suicide bombing in Karachi, Pakistan, where Shia Muslims were observing the Day of Ashura.
2017 – Protests in Mashhad, Iran against price rises and corruption

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Famous Birthdays

1859 – John W Fortescue, military historian
1910 – John “Jack” Kerr, New Zealand cricketer (opening batsman in 1930s), born in Dannevirke, New Zealand (d. 2007)
1911 – Phani Majumdar, filmmaker
1954 – Denzel Washington, American actor (Dr Chandler-St Elsewhere), born in Mount Vernon, New York
1956 – Kenneth Grant, bass/vocalist (Midnight Star-No Parking, Operator)
1960 – Zane Smith, American baseball pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Madison, Wisconsin

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Famous Deaths

1935 – Clarence Day, American author (Life with Father), dies at 61
1952 – Fletcher Henderson, American musician (b. 1897)
1969 – Henry Oscar, English stage and film actor (Saint in London), dies at 78
1971 – Max Steiner, Austrian composer (Gone With the Wind), dies at 83
1992 – Sal Maglie, American MLB pitcher (NY Giants, 8th best won-lost pct), dies at 75
1993 – Joop Vervoort, Dutch soccer referee, dies at 61

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