Today in History for 6th December 2019

Historical Events

1534 – Quito, Ecuador, founded by Spanish
1648 – Pride’s Purge: Thomas Pride prevents 96 presbyterians from sitting in English parliament
1896 – D T Suzuki found the awakening at Engakuji temple, in Kamakura
1940 – Pietro Badoglio resigns as viceroy of Ethiopia
2017 – Skirball wildfire near Los Angeles closes the Interstate 405 as thousands forced to evacuate
2018 – Luxembourg is the first country to make all public transport free

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Famous Birthdays

1285 – Ferdinand IV, King of Castile and León (1295-1312), born in Seville, Spain (d. 1312)
1776 – Paul Friedrich Struck, composer, born in Stralsund, Holy Roman Empire (d. 1820)
1890 – Dion Fortune, British occultist, born in Llandudno, Wales (d. 1946)
1920 – George Porter, British chemist (Nobel 1967), born in Stainforth, South Yorkshire, England (d. 2002)
1972 – Gary Bandy, American NFL defensive end (Atlanta Falcons), born in Kansas City, Missouri
1980 – Ehren Wassermann, American baseball player, born in Sylacauga, Alabama

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Famous Deaths

1746 – Lady Grizel Baillie, Scottish songwriter (b. 1665)
1889 – Jozef Neuhuys [Joseph Hendrikus Neuhuys], Dutch painter, dies at 48
1955 – Honus Wagner, American Baseball Hall of Fame shortstop (8-time NL batting champion), dies at 81
1973 – Justus Hermann Wetzel, composer, dies at 94
1995 – Claire Polin, American composer, dies at 69
2015 – Holly Woodlawn, transgender Puerto Rican actress (Warhol films), dies at 69

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