Today in History for 7th August 2019

Historical Events

626 – Battle at Constantinople: Slavic/Persians/Avarenvloot defeated
1820 – 1st potatoes planted in Hawaii
1944 – IBM dedicates the first program-controlled calculator, the Automatic Sequence Controlled Calculator (known best as the Harvard Mark I)
1957 – Congress passes the Civil Rights Act of 1957
1991 – Manhattan Cable final day of amnesty to return illegal cable boxes
1994 – “Hedda Gabler” closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 33 performances

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Famous Birthdays

1751 – Wilhelmina FS, Princess of Prussia/Orange/wife of Willem V
1826 – Carl AE Ahlqvist, [A Oksanen], Finnish poet (Suomalainen Runousoppi)
1932 – Edward Hardwicke, British actor (Sherlock Holmes), born in London, England (d. 2011)
1941 – Thomas F Hartnett, American politician (Rep-R-SC, 1981-86), born in Charleston, South Carolina
1958 – Larisa Karlova, Ukrainian team handball player (Olympic gold 1976, 80), born in Kyiv, Ukraine
1973 – Kevin Muscat, Australian soccer defender (Olyroos, Olympics 1996), born in Crawley, United Kingdom

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Famous Deaths

1798 – Johann Gottlieb Sollner, composer, dies at 65
1943 – Gustav Schmidt, German lt-general, dies in battle
1953 – Abner Powell, American baseball player, dies at 92
1978 – Franz Alphons Wolpert, German composer, dies at 60
1992 – Titti Sotto, Cuban composer (La Esquina Habanera), dies
2004 – Colin Bibby, English ornithologist (b. 1948)

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