Today in History for 5th December 2019

Historical Events

1590 – Niccolo Sfondrati chosen as Pope Gregory XIV
1892 – Sir John Thompson becomes the fourth Prime Minister of Canada.
1948 – NY Giant Charley Conerly sets NFL record of 36 pass completions
1964 – Captain Roger Donlon is awarded the first Medal of Honor of the Vietnam War for successfully repelling a large Viet Cong attack
1974 – 1st Wash Cap penalty shot, Tom Williams unsuccessful vs Buff Sabres
1988 – Boris Becker beats defending champion Ivan Lendl 5–7, 7–6, 3–6, 6–2, 7–6 in a classic final to win his first of 3 ATP Masters Grand Prix tennis titles at Madison Square Garden, NYC

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Famous Birthdays

1901 – Walt [Walter Elias] Disney, American animator, (Mickey Mouse), producer and co-founder of Walt Disney Co., born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1966)
1905 – Gus Mancuso, American baseball player (St. Louis Cardinals), born in Galveston, Texas (d. 1984)
1938 – J. J. Cale, American rock guitarist (After Midnight), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 2013)
1949 – Lanny Wadkins, American golfer (PGA C’ship 1977), born in Richmond, Virginia
1962 – José Cura, Argentine tenor, born in Rosario, Argentina
1963 – Carrie Hamilton, American actress (Fame), born in NYC, New York (d. 2002)

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Famous Deaths

1886 – Peter Hofstede de Groot, Dutch reformed theologist, dies at 84
1941 – Amrita Sher-Gil, Hungarian-Indian painter described as the “Indian Frida Kahlo” and “one of the greatest avant-garde women artists of the early 20th century,” dies of complications from a failed abortion at 28
1989 – John M Pritchard, British conductor, dies at 68
1995 – Robert Charles Evans, mountaineer/doctor, dies at 77
2002 – Ne Win, Burmese leader (b. 1911)
2010 – Don Meredith, American football player and broadcaster (b. 1938)

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