Today in History for 8th November 2019

Historical Events

1861 – USS San Jacinto commanded by Charles Wilkes captures two Confederate diplomats from the British mail steamer Trent, almost causing a war between the US and the UK
1961 – Imperial Airlines Flight 201/8, a Lockheed Constellation aircraft, crashes near Richmond, Virginia, 77 die
1973 – Nevada approves pari-mutuel betting on Jai Alai
1983 – STS-9 vehicle again moves to launch pad
2013 – At least 6,000 people are killed after Typhoon Haiyan, tied with Typhoon Meranti as being the strongest storm ever recorded at landfall, hits the Philippines
2017 – UK Minister Priti Patel resigns after secret meetings revealed with Israeli officials

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Famous Birthdays

1491 – Teofilo Folengo, Italian macaronic poet, born in Mantua, Italy (d. 1544)
1854 – Johannes Rydberg, Swedish physicist (Rydberg formula), born in Halmstad, Sweden (d. 1919)
1938 – Murtala Mohammed, Nigerian military ruler, born in Bendel State, Colonial Nigeria (d. 1976)
1957 – Pearl Thompson, British musician (The Cure), born in Surrey, England
1960 – Oleg Menshikov, Russian actor (Burnt by the Sun), born in Serpukhov, Moscow Oblast, Russian SFSR
1968 – Sergio Porrini, Italian footballer, born in Milan, Italy

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Famous Deaths

1494 – Melozzo da Forli, Italian painter, dies at about 56
1978 – Norman Rockwell, artist (Saturday Evening Post covers), dies at 84
1983 – Betty Nuthall, English tennis player (US Nat C’ship 1930), dies of a coronary arrest at 72
1995 – Country Dan Dick Montana McLain, singer, dies at 40
2004 – Peter Mathers, English-born Australian novelist (b. 1931)
2005 – David Westheimer, American novelist (Von Ryan’s Express), dies at 88

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