Today in History for 8th October 2019

Historical Events

1690 – Siege of Belgrade, Ottoman troops capture Belgrade
1909 – Chicago Cubs beat NY Giants 4-2 in a playoff to win NL pennant
1953 – Birmingham, Alabama, bars Jackie Robinson’s Negro-White All-Stars from playing there Robinson gives in and drops white players from his group
1961 – American Phil Hill’s Ferrari team does not participate in season ending US Grand Prix at Watkins Glen having already clinched World Drivers Championship; English driver Innes Ireland wins Lotus’ first ever Grand Prix
1966 – Wyoming’s Jerry DePoyster kicks 3 field goals over 50 yds (54, 54, 52)
1986 – RUN DMC calls for a day of peace among LA street gangs

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Famous Birthdays

1837 – Otto Winter-Hjelm, Norwegian musician and composer, born in Oslo, Norway (d. 1931)
1868 – Max Slevogt, German painter, born in Landshut, Germany (d. 1932)
1895 – Zog I, King of Albania (1928-39), born in Burgajet Castle, Ottoman Empire (d. 1961)
1913 – Walter Schumann, American choral director (Ford Show) and composer (Rhenish), born in NYC, New York (d. 1958)
1945 – Ray Royer, English rock guitarist (Procol Harum), born in The Pinewoods, Essex
1953 – Ricky Lee Phelps, American singer (Ky Headhunters-Davy Crockett), born in Paragould, Arkansas

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Famous Deaths

1659 – Jean de Quen, French Jesuit missionary
1793 – John Hancock, American merchant and statesman who was 1st to sign the Declaration of Independence, dies at 56
1834 – Francois-Adrien Boieldieu, composer, dies at 58
1912 – Wilhelm Kuhe, German composer, dies at 88
1993 – Manke Nelis, [Cornelis Pieters], singer (Aunt Saar), dies at 73
2015 – Paul Prudhomme, American cajun chef (K-Paul), dies at 75

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