Today in History for 8th March 2020

Historical Events

1950 – 1st woman medical officer assigned to naval vessel (BR Walters)
1961 – Jean Kerr’s “Mary, Mary” premieres in NYC
1968 – Bill Graham’s New York rock venue Fillmore East opens in Manhattan
1979 – China withdraws invasion troops from Vietnam
1980 – US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1987 – “A Team” last aired on NBC-TV after 4 years

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Famous Birthdays

1659 – Isaac de Beausobre, French Protestant pastor, born in Niort, France (d. 1738)
1814 – Ede Szigligeti [József Szathmáry], Hungarian dramatist, born in Nagyvárad-Olaszi (d. 1878)
1909 – Anthony Donato, composer
1925 – Francisco Rabal, Aguilas Spain, actor (Holy Innocents, Camorra)
1954 – Karl Schnabl, 90m ski jumper (Olympic gold 1976)
1976 – Freddie Prinze Jr, actor (I Know What You Did Last Summer)

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Famous Deaths

1638 – Jacob C van Neck, admiral/mayor of Amsterdam, dies at about 73
1862 – Adrien de La Fage, composer, dies at 56
1889 – John Ericsson, Swedish-American inventor (screw propeller, rotating turret), dies at 85
1942 – José Raúl Capablanca, Cuban world chess champion (1921-27), dies at 53
1992 – Red Callender, US jazz bassist (Unfinished dream), dies at 76
1994 – John Ewart, Sydney Australia, dies of cancer at 55

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