Today in History for 4th July 2019

Historical Events

836 – Pactum Sicardi, peace between the Principality of Benevento and the Duchy of Naples
1817 – Chief Engineer James Geddes begins construction on the Erie Canal, (Rome, New York), one of the first great engineering works in North America
1863 – Boise, Idaho founded (now capital of Idaho)
1876 – Batholdi visits Bedloe Island, future home of his Statue of Liberty
1991 – 24th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at Pan Pacific Hotel
2015 – Unesco grants World Heritage Status to vineyards in Champagne, France along with Singapore’s Botanical Gardens, Diyarbakir Fortress (Turkey) and Maymand Caves (Iran)

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Famous Birthdays

1847 – James Anthony Bailey, American circus ringmaster and showman (Barnum and Bailey), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1906)
1883 – Rube Goldberg, American cartoonist (who made the easy outrageously difficult) Pulitzer Prize 1948, born in San Francisco, California (d. 1970)
1898 – Gertrude Lawrence, English actress (Mimi, Rembrandt) and musical performer, born in London (d. 1952)
1909 – Alec Templeton, Welsh pianist and composer (Concertino Lirico), born in Cardiff, Wales (d. 1963)
1952 – Álvaro Uribe Vélez, Colombian politician (31st President of Colombia), born in Medellín, Colombia
1983 – Andy Mrotek, American musician

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Famous Deaths

1307 – Rudolf III, Duke of Austria/King of Bohemia dies
1789 – Cláudio Manuel da Costa, Brazilian poet, dies at 59
1882 – Joseph Brackett, American religious leader (Shakers) and composer (Simple Gifts), dies at 85
1938 – Suzanne Lenglen, French tennis player (French C’ships 1925-26, Wimbledon 1919-23, 25), dies of anemia at 39
2003 – Barry White, American singer (Love’s Theme), dies at 58
2009 – Drake Levin, American rock musician (b. 1946)

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