Today in History for 7th May 2019

Historical Events

1861 – Riot occurs between prosecessionist and Union supporters in Knoxville TN
1864 – Skirmish at Port Walthall Junction, Virginia (Drewry’s Bluff)
1885 – John E W Thompson named US minister to Haiti
1956 – Battle at Oran, Algeria, kills 300
2007 – Ehud Netzer of Hebrew University announces he has discovered the tomb of Herod the Great at Herodium, West Bank
2018 – Iran-Contra figure Oliver North announced as the new President of the US National Rifle Association

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Famous Birthdays

1826 – Varina Howell Davis, First Lady of the Confederate States (1862-65), born in Natchez, Mississippi (d. 1906)
1931 – Nel Ginjaar-Maas, Dutch under-secretary of Education (VVD), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 2012)
1945 – Wim A. Mateman, Dutch politician (CDA), born in Aalten, Netherlands
1945 – Christy Moore, Irish folk singer and songwriter, born in Newbridge, County Kildare, Ireland
1973 – Paolo Savoldelli, Italian cyclist
1978 – Brian Clevinger, American author

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Famous Deaths

1736 – John Weldon, composer, dies at 60
1887 – C. F. W. Walther, American Lutheran theologian (b. 1811)
1929 – Joseph “Top Toad” Giunta, US gangster, murdered by Al Capone
2007 – Yahweh ben Yahweh, American cult leader (b. 1935)
2007 – Octavian Paler, Romanian writer and journalist (b. 1926)
2018 – Tore Torell, Norwegian magician, dies of cancer at 76

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