Today in History for 5th December 2018

Historical Events

1881 – 47th Congress (1881-83) convenes
1892 – Anti-semite Hermann Ahlwardt elected to Germany’s Reichstag
1944 – German troops steal all the silver coin in Utrecht
1982 – USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1998 – 3rd Big 12 Championship Game: #10 Texas AandM beats #2 Kansas State, 36-33 (2 OT)
1999 – 88th Davis Cup: Australia beats France in Nice (3-2)

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Famous Birthdays

1927 – Bhumibol Adulyadej [Rama IX], King of Thailand (1946-2016), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 2016)
1933 – Edward Daly, Irish Bishop “Bloody Sunday” priest, born in Belleek, County Fermanagh (d. 2016)
1940 – Boris Ignatyev, Russian footballer and manager
1949 – Bruce E Melnick, American Cmdr USCG/astronaut (STS 41, STS 49), born in NYC, New York
1962 – José Cura, Argentine tenor
1979 – Niklas Hagman, Finnish ice hockey player

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Famous Deaths

1758 – Johann Friedrich Fasch, composer, dies at 70
1971 – Hugh Wakefield, British actor (The Man Who Knew Too Much, Blithe Spirit), dies at 83
1991 – Aad Mansfield, soccer player/trainer (ADO/Feyenoord/FC Utrecht), dies
1995 – Victor Collin Matthews, businessman, dies on 76th birthday
1996 – Wilf Carter, country singer, dies at 91
2008 – Constantin Ticu Dumitrescu, Romanian politician and president of the Association of Romanian Former Political Prisoners. (b. 1928)

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