Today in History for 5th November 2019

Historical Events

1789 – French National Meeting declares all citizens equal under law
1912 – Bulgarian troops in Constantinople blockade drinking water
1953 – Film “How to Marry a Millionaire” directed by Jean Negulesco, starring Lauren Bacall, Betty Grable and Marilyn Monroe, first to be filmed in CinemaScope released
1976 – Pirates trade Manny Sanguillen and $100,000 to A’s for mgr Chuck Tanner
2013 – Bill de Blasio is elected New York City Mayor
2018 – Child suicide rate in Japan at 30-year high with 250 taking their lives 2016/17 according to Government Ministry

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Famous Birthdays

1798 – Carolina F L duchess of Berry, daughter of crown prince of Naples
1905 – Joel McCrea, American actor (Foreign Correspondent, Sullivan’s Travels), born in South Pasadena, California (d. 1990)
1922 – Violet Barclay, American illustrator
1948 – Pepper LaBeija [William Jackson], American drag queen and fashion designer, born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2003)
1960 – Tilda Swinton, British actress (We Need to Talk About Kevin, The Chronicles of Narnia), born in London, England
1971 – Sergei Berezin, Russian NHL forward (Team Russia, Olympic silver 1998), born in Voskrensensk, Russia

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Famous Deaths

1869 – Otis Tufts, American machinist and inventor who built printing machines, steam engines, firefighting equipment and invented the steam pile driver, dies at 65
1879 – James Clerk Maxwell, Scottish physicist (speed of light), dies of abdominal cancer at 48
1960 – Johnny Horton, American country and rockabilly singer (The Battle of New Orleans), dies in a car accident at 33
1964 – Mabel Lucie Attwell, English children’s author and illustrator, dies at 85
1975 – Edward L Tatum, American molecular geneticist and biochemist (Nobel Prize 1958), dies of heart failure at 65
1995 – Laura Weber, TV Host, dies at 70

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