Today in History for 4th March 2020

Historical Events

1570 – King Philip II bans foreign Dutch students
1835 – HMS Beagle moves into Bay of Concepcion
1881 – South African president Kruger accepts ceasefire
1897 – William McKinley inaugurated as 25th president of USA
1933 – Franklin D. Roosevelt inaugurated as 32nd US President, pledges to pull US out of the Depression, “We have nothing to fear but fear itself”
2018 – Former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia Skripal are poisoned by nerve agent in Salisbury, England

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Famous Birthdays

1826 – John Buford, American Major General (Union Army), born in Woodford County, Kentucky (d. 1863)
1877 – Alexander Fyodorovich Gedike, composer
1906 – Meindert DeJong American author (d. 1991)
1934 – Janez Strnad, Slovenian physicist
1984 – Kevin O’Brien, Irish cricket batsman (3 Tests; 142 ODIs; 89 T20I; fastest century ever in ODI World Cup, off 50 balls v England 2011), born in Dublin, Republic of Ireland
1993 – Jenna Boyd, American actress

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Famous Deaths

1852 – Nikolai Gogol [Nikolay], Ukrainian-born Russian novelist, humorist, and dramatist (Dead Souls, The Inspector-General), dies at 43
1944 – Louis Capone, New York organized crime figure (b. 1896) (executed)
1994 – John Candy, actor (SCTV, Uncle Buck), dies from a heart attack at 43
2002 – Elyne Mitchell, Australian author (b. 1913)
2005 – Yuriy Kravchenko, Ukrainian statesman (b. 1951)
2009 – George McAfee, American football player, NFL halfback (Chicago Bears), dies at 90

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