Today in History for 28th April 2019

Historical Events

1788 – Maryland becomes 7th state to ratify US constitution
1923 – Wembley Stadium opens – Bolton Wanderers vs West Ham United (FA Cup)
1961 – Lt Col Gueorgui Mossolov takes E-66A to 34,714 m altitude
1994 – Freddy Thielemans sworn in as Mayor of Brussels, Belgium
2018 – Indian government announces electricity has now reached every Indian village
2018 – World’s largest child sacrifice, 140 remains uncovered by archaeologists near Trujillo, Peru, dating back 550 years to Chimú civilisation

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Famous Birthdays

1753 – Franz K Achard, German physicist and chemist, born in Berlin (d. 1821)
1757 – Claus Nielsen Schali, Danish violinist and composer, born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1835)
1942 – Mike Brearley, English cricketer (outstanding England captain 1977-81), born in Harrow, Middlesex, England
1948 – Terry Pratchett, English author of fantasy novels (Discworld), born in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire (d. 2015)
1953 – Julie Cole, LPGA golfer
1974 – Sergei Stas, NHL defenseman (Team Belarus, Olympics 1998)

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Famous Deaths

1498 – Henry Percy, 4th Earl of Northumberland, English politician
1978 – Mohammed Daoud Khan, 1st President of Afghanistan (1973-78) and Prime Minister of Afghanistan (1953-63), dies at 68
1989 – Olaff J de Landell [JB van Sparwoude], Dutch writer, dies at 77
1997 – Ann Lane Petry, American journalist and author (Street), dies at 88
2007 – Robert “Dabbs” Greer, American actor (Gunsmoke, The Green Mile, Little House on Prairie), dies of a kidney and heart ailment at 90
2016 – Jenny Diski, English writer (Stranger on a Train), dies of cancer at 68

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