Today in History for 31st August 2019

Historical Events

1850 – California pioneers organized at Montgomery and Clay Streets
1907 – Britain, Russia and France form Triple Entente
1928 – Brecht and Weil’s play ” The Threepenny Opera ” premieres
1942 – Battle at Alam Halfa: German and Italians assault
1944 – Allied offensive at “Gothen-linie” Italy
1976 – George Harrison found guilty of plagiarising “My Sweet Lord”

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Famous Birthdays

1869 – Gregor MacGregor, English cricket wicket-keeper (8 Tests 1890-93) and Scottish rugby union player, born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1919)
1874 – Edward Thorndike, American psychologist (father of modern educational psychology), born in Williamsburg, Massachusetts (d. 1949)
1923 – Larry Grayson, British comedian (Generation Game), born in Banbury, Oxfordshire, England (d. 1995)
1934 – Nikos Xanthopoulos, Greek actor
1942 – Carole Wells, actress (Pistols ‘n’ Petticoats), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
1948 – Harald Ertl, Austrian racing driver (d. 1982)

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Famous Deaths

1762 – Emperor Momozono, 116th Emperor of Japan, dies at 21
1832 – Jean Nicolas Auguste Kreutzer, French violinist and composer, dies at 53
1942 – Von Bismarck, German major general, (Africa Corps), dies in battle
1994 – Artur Balsam, Polish/US pianist, dies at 88
1995 – John Erik Jonsson, American businessman and Mayor of Dallas, dies at 93
2011 – Wade Belak, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1976)

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