Today in History for 5th March 2019

Historical Events

1623 – 1st American temperance law enacted, Virginia
1746 – Jacobite troops leave Aberdeen
1795 – Amsterdam celebrates Revolution on the Dam; Square of Revolution
1858 – Abolitionists establish “Crispus Attucks Day” in Boston
1864 – 1st track meet between Oxford and Cambridge
1927 – 1,000 US marines land in China to protect American property

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Famous Birthdays

1887 – Heitor Villa-Lobos, composer (Salon Waltz), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
1910 – Momofuku Ando, Taiwanese-Japanese inventor of instant noodles and cup noodles, born in Wu Baifu, Chiayi County, Taiwan (d. 2007)
1914 – Ursula Reit [Reith], German actress (Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory), born in Wuppertal, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany (d. 1998)
1934 – James B Sikking, CA, actor (Hill St Blues, Star Trek 3, Doogie Howser)
1951 – Giorgos Ninios, Greek actor
1988 – Bjarni Viðarsson, Icelandic footballer

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Famous Deaths

1815 – Franz Mesmer, Austrian developer of hypnotism (b. 1734)
1953 – Joseph Stalin, Dictator and leader of the Soviet Union (1922-53), dies of a stroke at 73
1963 – Cowboy Copas, American singer (b. 1913)
1980 – Winifred Wagner-William, German World Festival organizer, dies at 82
1984 – Michael Sklar, California, comedian (Laugh-in, Sha Na Na), dies at 39
1986 – Teddy Hoad, cricketer (West Indian captain 1930), dies

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