Today in History for 8th December 2019

Historical Events

1864 – James Clerk Maxwell’s paper “A Dynamical Theory of the Electromagnetic Field” is 1st read by the Royal Society in London (published by the Royal Society 1865)
1936 – Anastasio Somoza García elected President of Nicaragua
1955 – 21st Heisman Trophy Award: Howard Cassady, Ohio State (HB)
1956 – Guy Mitchell’s “Singing the Blues” single goes #1 for 10 weeks
1961 – South Africa v NZ, Durban debuts for Eddie Barlow and Peter Pollock
1984 – Europe and 64 developing countries sign Lome III treaty

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Famous Birthdays

1699 – Maria Josepha of Austria, Queen consort of Poland (1734-57), born in Hofburg Palace, Vienna, Austria (d. 1757)
1887 – Vicente Emilio Sojo, Venezuelan composer, born in Guatire, Miranda state, Venezuela (d. 1974)
1903 – Irene Eisinger, German-British singer, born in Cosel, German Empire (d. 1994)
1905 – Ernst Hermann Meyer, German composer, born in Berlin (d. 1988)
1940 – Brant Alyea, American baseball player
1947 – Thomas R. Cech, American chemist, Nobel laureate

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Famous Deaths

1625 – Christina of Holstein-Gottorp, Queen consort of Sweden as the wife of King Charles IX, dies at 52
1744 – Marie-Anne de Mailly-Nesle, duchess de Châteauroux, French mistress of King Louis XV of France, dies at 28
1957 – Reginald Sheffield, British actor (Suspicion, Of Human Bondage, Second Chance), dies at 56
1990 – Martin Ritt, American actor and director (The Spy Who Came In from the Cold, Slugger’s Wife, End of the Game), dies at 76
2004 – “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, American heavy metal guitarist (Pantera) is shot and killed by crazed fan Nathan Gamble while performing on stage at 38
2013 – Don Mitchell, American actor, dies at 70

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