Today in History for 31st December 2018

Historical Events

1229 – James I of Aragon the Conqueror enters Medina Mayurqa (Palma) consummating Christian conquest of the island of Majorca
1695 – A window tax is imposed in England, causing many shopkeepers to brick up their windows to avoid the tax.
1963 – Dear Abby show premieres on CBS radio (runs 11 years)
1972 – Australian Open Women’s Tennis: Margaret Court beats Evonne Goolagong Cawley 6-4, 7-5 for her record 11th and final Australian singles crown
1976 – TV soap “Somerset” ends 6 year run
1997 – Marv Levy, retires as coach of Buffalo Bills

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Famous Birthdays

1514 – Andreas Vesalius [Andries van Wesel], Flemish-Netherlandish physician and anatomist (De humani corporis fabrica), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1564)
1881 – Colin G Fink, American chemist (electro chemistry), born in Hoboken, New Jersey
1902 – Lionel Daunais, Quebec singer and composer, born in Montreal, Canada (d. 1982)
1956 – Steve Rude, American comics artist, born in Madison, Wisconsin
1964 – Michael McDonald, American actor-comedian, born in St. Louis, Missouri
1964 – Klari MacAskill, Canadian kayaker (Olympics-5-92, 96), born in Budapest, Hungary

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Famous Deaths

1799 – Jean-François Marmontel, French historian and writer, dies at 76
1864 – George Mifflin Dallas, American politician (11th Vice President of the United States) and United States Minister to Russia, dies at 72
1967 – Arthur Mailey, cricketer (10-66 and Aust v Gloucestershire 1921), dies
1968 – George Louis Francis Lewis, composer, dies at 16
2005 – Enrico di Giuseppe, American tenor, dies at 73
2007 – Milton L. Klein, Canadian politician (b. 1910)

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