Today in History for 3rd March 2019

Historical Events

1812 – US passes 1st foreign aid bill (aids Venezuela earthquake vicitims)
1838 – Rebellion at Pelee Island, Ontario, Canada
1911 – 1st US federal cemetery with Union and Confederate graves opens, Missouri
1956 – Dutch swimmer Cockie Gastelaars breaks 20-year old world record for 100m freestyle (1:04.2)
1976 – 5 workers are killed by the police in a demonstration in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
1979 – 26th ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament: North Carolina beats Duke, 71-63

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Famous Birthdays

1907 – Aar van de Werfhorst, [Pieter G Jansen], Dutch writer
1921 – Diana Barrymore, American actress (Nightmare, Lady Courageous, Fired Wife), born in NYC, New York (d. 1960)
1949 – Bonnie J Dunbar, Sunnyside Wash, PhD/astro (STS 61-A, 32, 50, 71, 89)
1953 – Aleksandr Viktorovich Borodin, Russian cosmonaut
1968 – Scott Radinsky, Simi Valley CA, pitcher (LA Dodgers)
1979 – Alex Zane, English comedian

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Famous Deaths

1927 – J.G. Parry-Thomas, Welsh motor-racing driver (b. 1884)
1966 – Alice Pearce, American comedienne and actress (On the Town, Bewitched), dies from ovarian cancer at 48
1969 – Fred Alexander, American tennis player (Australasian C’ship 1908, 5-time US Indoor winner), dies at 88
1994 – Mauritius van Haegendoren, Flemish historian and senator, dies at 90
1999 – Gerhard Herzberg, German-born chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1904)
2017 – Misha Mengelberg, Dutch jazz pianist and composer (Reconstruction), dies at 81

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