Today in History for 7th December 2019

Historical Events

1911 – Leslie J Stuart’s musical “Betsy” premieres in NYC
1940 – North Africa: British counter offensive under general O’Connor
1956 – American diver Pat McCormick wraps up the women’s double when she wins the 10m platform gold medal at the Melbourne Olympics with 84.85 points; also won the 3m springboard gold
1956 – Helen O’Connell joins Today Show panel
1988 – Mikhail Gorbachev cheered by Wall St crowds upon arrival in NYC
1988 – NY Islanders fire Simpson, Arbour new coach

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Famous Birthdays

967 – Abū-Sa’īd Abul-Khayr, Persian mystic and poet, born in Mihne, Greater Khorasan (d. 1049)
1598 – Gian Lorenzo [Giovanni] Bernini, Italian baroque sculptor (St Teresa in Ecstasy), painter and architect, born in Naples, Italy (d. 1680)
1958 – “Ravishing” Rick Rude, American professional wrestler, born in St. Peter, Minnesota (d. 1999)
1976 – Alan Faneca, American football player (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
1976 – Georges Laraque, Canadian ice hockey player (Edmonton Oilers), born in Montreal, Quebec
1979 – Derek Ramsay, British-Filipino actor and model, born in Enfield, England

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Famous Deaths

1723 – Jan Santini Aichel, Bohemian architect (b. 1677)
1860 – Konstantin Sergeyevich Aksakov, Russian historian and poet, dies at 43
1941 – Mervyn S. Bennion, United States Navy Captain, Medal of Honor recipient, killed in Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor (b. 1887)
1985 – Potter Stewart, 94th Supreme Court Justice (1958-81), dies in NH at 70
1990 – Peter Mieg, Swiss composer, dies at 84
2008 – Dennis Yost, American vocalist, dies at 65

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