Today in History for 29th July 2019

Historical Events

1864 – American Civil War: Confederate spy Belle Boyd is arrested by Union troops and detained at the Old Capitol Prison in Washington, D.C.
1967 – Moderate quake (6.5) strikes Caracas Venezuela causing severe damage
1968 – Washington, D.C. Ron Hansen makes unassisted triple play vs Cleve
1988 – FDIC bails out 1st Republic Bank, Dallas, with $4 billion
1990 – 28th Tennis Fed Cup: USA beats USSR in Atlanta Georgia (2-1)
1992 – “Chinese Coffee” closes at Circle in Sq Theater NYC after 18 performances

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Famous Birthdays

1830 – Alvan Cullom Gillem, American Major General (Union Army), born in Gainesboro, Tennessee (d. 1875)
1889 – Karl Otten, German Expressionist writer, born in Oberkrüchten (d. 1963)
1924 – Robert Horton [Meade Howard Horton Jr.], American actor and singer (Kings Row, Wagon Train, Arena), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2016)
1957 – Virginia Maria “Ginni” Rometty, American chairwoman, president and CEO of IBM, born in Chigago, Illinois
1972 – Wil Wheaton, American actor (Star Trek Next Generation-Wesley, Stand By Me), born in Burbank, California
1991 – Miki Ishikawa, American actress

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Famous Deaths

1108 – King Philip I, King of the Franks 1059, 1060-1108), dies at 56
1891 – Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, father of Bengali prose (Exile of Sita), dies at 70
1900 – Umberto I, Italian King (1878-1900) assassinated by Gaetano Bresci
1974 – “Mama” Cass Elliot, American rock vocalist (Mamas and The Papas), dies from a heart attack in London at 32
1983 – Luis Buñuel, director (Monk), dies of cirrhosis of liver at 83
1996 – Aruna Asaf Ali, Indian independence activist and politician (first Mayor of Delhi), dies at 88

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