Today in History for 31st December 2019

Historical Events

1921 – Last San Francisco firehorses retired
1957 – AAU awards Bobby Morrow, James Sullivan Memorial Trophy
1974 – Popular Electronics displays Altair 8800 computer
1977 – Cambodia drops diplomatic relations with Vietnam
1982 – TV soap “Doctors” ends 19 year run
1999 – Boris Yeltsin resigns as President of Russia, leaving Prime Minister Vladimir Putin as acting President

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Famous Birthdays

1880 – Fred Beebe, American baseball player, born in Lincoln, Nebraska (d. 1957)
1934 – Akram Awan, Islamic scholar and spiritual leader, born in Chakwal, Pakistan (d. 2017)
1938 – Henricus G Wijmans, Dutch graphic artist
1949 – Ellen Datlow, American editor, born in NYC, New York
1953 – Yahya Ould Hademine, Mauritanian politician and 13th Prime Minister of Mauritania (2014-present), born in Timbédra, French West Africa
1961 – Rick Aguilera, American baseball pitcher (Minnesota Twins), born in San Gabriel, California

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Famous Deaths

1799 – Jean-François Marmontel, French historian and writer, dies at 76
1921 – Boies Penrose, American politician (U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania (1897-1921)), dies at 61
1950 – Charles Koechlin, French composer (The Jungle Book), dies at 83
1977 – Nora Marlowe, actress (Sara-Gov and JJ), dies at 62
1993 – Brandon Teena, American trans man and hate crime victim, murdered at 21
1996 – Michael Roberts, English historian, dies at 88

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