Today in History for 8th December 2018

Historical Events

1857 – 1st production of Dion Boucicault’s “Poor of New York”
1951 – “Tree Grows in Brooklyn” closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 267 performances
1985 – 74th Women’s Australian Open: Martina Navratilova beats Chris Evert-Lloyd 6-2, 4-6, 6-2)
1985 – 74th Men’s Australian Open: Stefan Edberg beats Mats Wilander (6-3, 6-3, 6-3)
1993 – 30 killed at religious rebellion in Algeria
2008 – Kirsty Williams elected as Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats. The first female leader of a political party in Wales.

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Famous Birthdays

1903 – Kathleen (Kitty) Rosalind Muggeridge, author
1939 – Jerry Butler, Sunflower Miss, rock vocalist (Never Give You Up)
1966 – Jeff Tremaine, American television and film director
1971 – Garvin Alston, pitcher (Colorado Rockies), born in Mt Vernon, New York
1975 – Kevin Harvick, American auto racer (NASCAR Cup Series Champion 2014), born in Bakersfield, California
1977 – Sébastien Chabal, French rugby union footballer

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Famous Deaths

1830 – H Benjamin Constant, French politician/writer, dies at 63
1969 – Vincenzo Davico, composer, dies at 80
1982 – Kenneth Goncalves, Deacon of Surinamese order of advocate, murdered
1995 – Ernest LeRoy Boyer, educator, dies at 67
2009 – Luis Días, Dominican Composer (b. 1952).
2016 – Joseph Mascolo, American actor (Days of Our Lives), dies at 87

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