Today in History for 29th December 2018

Historical Events

1806 – Thomas Dibdin’s pantomime “Harlequin and Mother Goose” starring Joseph Grimaldi, in his most famous clown performance, opens at the Covent Garden Theatre, London
1852 – Emma Snodgrass arrested in Boston for wearing pants
1945 – Montreal right wing Maurice Richard scores twice in Canadiens’ 5-4 loss to Chicago Black Hawks to record his 100th NHL career goal; reaches mark in just 145 games, then fastest in history; since broken by Mike Bossy, 100 goals in 129 games
1972 – “Aguirre, the Wrath of God” film written and directed by Werner Herzog, starring Klaus Kinki premieres in West Germany
2013 – Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says barrel bombs on Aleppo have killed 517 people since 15th December
2013 – 7-time world F1 motor racing champion Michael Schumacher suffers a serious head injury in a ski accident in the French Alps; his condition still remains unclear

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Famous Birthdays

1856 – Thomas J Stieltjes, Dutch mathematician (Stieltjes integral), born in Zwolle, Netherlands (d. 1894)
1938 – Jon Voight, American actor (Deliverance, Midnight Cowboy), born in Yonkers, New York
1952 – Nikolai Andrianov, Soviet/Russian gymnast (Olympic gold 1972, 76, 80), born in Vladimir, Russia (d. 2011)
1960 – Katerina Didaskalou, Greek actress, born in Athens, Greece
1965 – David Delfino, American hockey goaltender (Team Italy 1998), born in Boston, Massachusetts
1975 – Jaret Wright, American baseball player, born in Anaheim, California

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Famous Deaths

1619 – Antoine Arnauld, French lawyer (Philippica), dies
1910 – Reginald “R.F.” Doherty, British tennis player (4-time Wimbledon champion), dies of neurasthenia at 38
1916 – Grigori Rasputin, Russian monk and confidant of Russian Tsar Nicholas II, assassinated by conservative Russian aristocrats at 45
1929 – Wilhelm Maybach, German automobile designer (b. 1846)
1953 – Violet MacMillan, American Broadway theatre actress(b. 1887)
1984 – Leo Robin, lyricist, dies of heart failure at 84

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