Today in History for 3rd May 2019

Historical Events

1943 – US 1st armour division occupies Mateur Tunisia
1943 – Strike against obligatory labor camps ends, after 200 killed
1944 – “Meet Me in St Louis” opens on Broadway
1960 – Musical “Fantasticks” by Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones, premieres in NYC (world’s longest running musical)
1965 – Cambodia drops diplomatic relations with the US
1997 – 42nd Eurovision Song Contest: Katrina and the Waves for United Kingdom wins singing “Love Shine a Light” in Dublin

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Famous Birthdays

1913 – Earl Blackwell, American society impresario (Celebrity Register), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1995)
1916 – Pierre Emmanuel [Noël Mathieu], French poet (Sodome), born in Gan, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, France (d. 1984)
1942 – Věra Čáslavská, Czech gymnast (7 Olympic gold 1964, 68), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 2016)
1949 – Ron Wyden, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Oregon (1981-96), born in Wichita, Kansas
1960 – Amy Steel, American actress (April Fool’s Day), born in Pennsylvania
1971 – James Roberson, American football defensive end (Rhein Fire), born in Bartow, Florida

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Famous Deaths

1758 – Benedict XIV, [Prospero L Lambertini], Pope (1740-58), dies at 83
1863 – Elisha Franklin “Bull” Paxton, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 35
1893 – Josef Rudolf Zavrtal, composer, dies at 73
1921 – Théodore Pilette, Belgian racing driver, dies at 36
1991 – Mohammed Abdel Wahab, Egyptian singer and composer (b. 1907)
2008 – Leopoldo Calvo Sotelo, Spanish former Primer Minister (b. 1926)

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