Today in History for 5th April 2019

Historical Events

1648 – Spanish troops and feudal barons strike down people’s uprising in Naples
1722 – Dutch navigator Jacob Roggeveen discovers Easter Island
1814 – Netherlands Bank issues its 1st banknotes
1952 – 106th Grand National: Jockey Arthur Thompson and trainer Neville Crump combine for their second GN with Teal winning at odds of 100/7
1992 – 4th Seniors Golf Tradition: Lee Trevino wins by 1 stroke from Jack Nicklaus
2009 – Kraft Nabisco Championship Women’s Golf, Mission Hills CC: Brittany Lincicome eagles the final hole to win her first major title, 1 stroke ahead of fellow American Cristie Kerr

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Famous Birthdays

1906 – Lord Buckley, American comedian, born in Tuolumne, California (d. 1960)
1926 – Roger Corman, American producer and director (Little Shop of Horrors), born in Detroit, Michigan
1950 – Franklin Chang-Diaz, Costa Rican-Chinese American NASA astronaut (STS 61C, 34,46,60,75, sk:91), born in San José, Costa Rica
1964 – Robert “Bob” Kaehler, Burlingame California, rower (Olympic 5th 1992, 96)
1966 – Michael “Mike” McCready, American musician and lead guitarist (Pearl Jam), born in Pensacola, Florida
1971 – Stuart Peele, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)

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Famous Deaths

1923 – George Herbert, 5th Earl of Carnarvon, English financier and Egyptologist who funded the search for and excavation of Tutankhamun’s tomb in the Valley of the Kings, dies at 56 after a severe mosquito bite became infected by a razor cut
1943 – Aleš Hrdlička, Austro-Hungarian anthropologist and curator (US National Museum), dies at 74
1964 – Douglas MacArthur, US general (Pacific theater-WW II), dies at 84
1982 – Abe Fortas, Supreme court justice, dies at 71
1990 – Nico Scheepmaker, Dutch columnist and poet, dies at 59
2003 – Arthur Knight, CEO (Courtaulds), dies at 86

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