Today in History for 28th December 2018

Historical Events

1944 – Leonard Bernstein’s musical “On the Town” premieres in NYC
1963 – “Double Dublin” closes at Little Theater NYC after 4 performances
1984 – Rajiv Gandhi’s Congress party wins election in India
1987 – In Arkansas R Gene Simmons kills 2, later bodies of 14 of his relatives are found at his home near Dover Ark
1989 – Earthquake at Newcastle Australia, 11 die
2015 – Japan and South Korea reach agreement over WWII “comfort women”, Japan apologies and pays 1bn yen compensation

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Famous Birthdays

1805 – Tomas Genoves y Lapetra, composer
1921 – Eddy Doorenbos, Dutch vocalist/pianist/guitarist
1922 – Nyron Sultan Asgarali, cricketer (West Indian opening bat 1957)
1931 – Georg “Org” Marais, South African economist/underminister of Finance
1938 – Bruce Yarnell, American actor (Outlaws), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1973)
1982 – Cedric Benson, American football player, born in Midland, Texas

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Famous Deaths

1673 – Joan Blaeu, Dutch cartographer/publisher (Atlas Major), dies at 77
1795 – Eugenio Espejo, Ecuadorian scientist (b. 1747)
1862 – Joaquim Casimiro Junior, composer, dies at 54
1948 – Mahmud Nokrashy Pasha, PM of Egypt (19..-48), assassinated
1959 – Ante Pavelić, Croatian leader of Nazi Germany puppet Independent State of Croatia, dies from wounds received in an attempted assassination two years earlier at 70
2001 – Samuel A. Goldblith, American food scientist (b. 1919)

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