Today in History for 6th July 2019

Historical Events

1483 – Richard III is crowned King of England after deposing Edward V
1484 – Portuguese sea captain Diogo Cão finds the mouth of the Congo River
1590 – English admiral Francis Drake takes Portuguese Forts at Taag
1923 – Rail crash on New Zealand’s main trunk line; 17 killed and 28 injured
1986 – Premier Nakasone’s Liberal Democratic Party wins Japan’s election
1994 – Lerou Burrell runs world record 100m (9.85)

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Famous Birthdays

1632 – Albert Schop, German composer, born in Hamburg (d. 1667)
1897 – Richard Krautheimer, art Historian
1946 – Fred Dryer, American NFLer (NY Giants, LA Rams) and actor (Hunter), born in Hawthorne, California
1950 – John Byrne, Canadian-American author and artist of superhero comics (X-Men), born in Walsall, Staffordshire, England
1952 – Hilary Mantel, English novelist (Wolf Hall), born in Glossop, Derbyshire
1959 – John Keeble, English rock drummer (Spandau Ballet-True), born in London, England

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Famous Deaths

1863 – Strong Vincent, American army officer (fought at Battle of Gettysburg), dies at 26 fighting at the Little Round Top in Gettysburg
1896 – Alexander Sergeyevich Famintsin, composer, dies at 54
1934 – Edward Vermeulen, Flemish writer, dies at 73
1962 – William Faulkner, American author (Nobel 1949), dies at 64
1982 – Bob Johnson, American baseball player, dies at 76
2008 – Bobby Durham, American jazz drummer (b. 1937)

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