Today in History for 29th May 2019

Historical Events

1176 – Battle at Legnano: Lombard League beats Frederick Barbarossa and the Holy Roman Empire
1979 – Bishop Abel Muzorewa is sworn in as Zimbabwe’s 1st black PM
1982 – 1st papal visit to Britain since 1531
1982 – “I Know What Boys Like” by The Waitresses hits #62
1990 – Dow Jones average hits a record 2,870.49
2012 – Facebook’s problematic public listing could cost those involved $115 million from technical glitches

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Famous Birthdays

1823 – John H. Balsley, American carpenter (d. 1895)
1929 – Anthony Grant, British MP
1937 – Charles W. Pickering, American judge
1941 – Bob Simon, American TV correspondent (CBS, 60 Minutes), born in the Bronx, New York (d. 2015)
1955 – John Hinckley Jr., American man who attempted to assassinate US President Ronald Reagan in 1981, born in Ardmore, Oklahoma
1973 – Malcolm Allen, Australian swimmer (1995 World C’ships gold 4x200m freestyle relay), born in Wauchope, NSW

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Famous Deaths

1500 – Bartolomeu Dias, Portuguese explorer (1st European to round Cape of Good Hope), drowns at 48 or 49
1788 – Jacques Aliamet, French etcher/engraver, dies at 61
1877 – John Lothrop Motley, American historian and author (The Rise of the Dutch Republic), dies at 63
1885 – Alfred von Meissner, Austria physician/writer (Ziska), dies at 63
1985 – Madge West, American actress (McLean Stevenson Show), dies at 93
1994 – Erich Honecker, German politician, Head of State of East Germany (1971-89), dies in Chile at 81

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