Today in History for 29th September 2019

Historical Events

219 – Batavian soldiers consecrate altar on Hercules Magusanus Rome
1848 – Battle of Pákozd: Hungarian forces defeat Croats at Pákozd; the first battle of the War of Independence
1920 – Babe Ruth sets then home run season record at 54
1958 – “Texan” debuts on CBS-TV
1979 – “Lonesome Loser” by Little River Band peaks at #6
1984 – “Drive” by Cars peaks at #3

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Famous Birthdays

1402 – Ferdinand, the Saint, Portuguese slave of Fez/saint
1547 – Miguel de Cervantes y Saavedra, Spanish author (Don Quixote), born in Alcalá de Henares, Habsburg Spain (d. 1616)
1898 – Trofim Lysenko, Soviet biologist and agronomist, born in Karlovka, Ukraine, Russian Empire (d. 1976)
1928 – Lord Avebury [Eric Reginald Lubbock], English politician (Liberal MP for Orpington 1962-70)
1934 – Mihály Csíkszentmihályi, Psychology professor
1966 – Hersey Hawkins, NBA guard (Seattle Supersonics, Olympic bronze 1988)

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Famous Deaths

1927 – Arthur Achleitner, German writer, dies at 69
1927 – Willem Einthoven, Dutch physiologist and inventor of the electrocardiodiogram (Nobel Prize in Medicine 1924), dies at 67
1937 – Ray Ewry, American track and field athlete (8 Olympic golds 1900, 04, 08), dies at 63
1959 – Bruce Bairnsfather, cartoonist, dies
1962 – Patrick Corry, developed self-rotating rock drill, dies in the Bronx
1967 – Ludwig Donath, Austrian actor (Torn Curtain, Sirocco, Jolson Sings Again), dies of leukemia at 67

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