Today in History for 8th August 2019

Historical Events

1673 – Dutch battle fleet of 23 ships demands surrender of NYC
1786 – US Congress unanimously chooses the dollar as the money unit for the United States
1854 – Smith and Wesson patents metal bullet cartridges
1978 – Pioneer-Venus 2 with 5 atmospheric probes launched toward Venus
1991 – The Warsaw radio mast, at one time the tallest construction ever built, collapses.
2013 – 28 people are killed by a suicide bombing in Quetta, Pakistan

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Famous Birthdays

1617 – Adriaan W “Joris” van Geel, Flemish missionary (Bantu Dictionary)
1921 – Esther Williams, American swimmer and actress (Dangerous when Wet), born in Inglewood California (d. 2013)
1935 – Donald P. Bellisario, American television producer
1962 – Charmaine Crooks, Canadian 800m runner (Olympics 1984, 88, 92, 96), born in Mandeville, Jamaica
1977 – Kurt Bernard, Costa Rican footballer
1979 – Paris Latsis, Greek shipping heir

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Famous Deaths

1828 – Carl Peter Thunberg, Swedish naturalist (b. 1743)
1834 – Silvestro Palma, composer, dies at 80
1934 – Wilbert Robinson, baseball manager (Bkln Dodgers), dies
1991 – Julissa Gomez, American gymnast (b. 1972)
2013 – Karen Black, American actress (5 Easy Pieces, Pyx), dies from ampullary cancer at 74
2017 – Barbara Cook, American stage singer and actress (Music Man), dies at 89

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