Today in History for 8th March 2019

Historical Events

1722 – Afghan monarch Mir Mahmud occupies Persia
1942 – Japanese forces capture Rangoon, Burma
1949 – WAGA TV channel 5 in Atlanta, GA (CBS) begins broadcasting
1973 – US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1979 – Shuttle Columbia (OV-102) transported 38 miles overland from Palmdale
1998 – The Screen Actors Guild award Gloria Stuart (Old Rose in “Titanic”) with their Founders Award

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Famous Birthdays

1804 – Alvan Clark, American astronomer and maker of the Dearborn Observatory telescope, the largest telescope in the world at the time, born in Ashfield, Massachusetts (d. 1887)
1912 – Preston Smith, 40th Governor of Texas, born in Williamson County, Texas (d. 2003)
1953 – Bob Brozman, American musician
1972 – Georgios Georgiadis, Greek footballer
1975 – Fardeen Khan, Indian actor
1982 – Craig Stansberry, American baseball player

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Famous Deaths

1716 – Harald Vallerius, composer, dies at 69
1932 – Jan de Louter, Dutch lawyer and tutor of Dutch Queen Wilhelmina, dies at 84
1958 – Josephina OFF “Frieda” Herberich, actress (Salontiroler), dies at 85
1988 – Werner Hartmann, German physicist (b. 1912)
1993 – Wells Root, US screenwriter (Prisoner of Zenda), dies at 92
2015 – Lew Soloff, American jazz trumpeter (Blood, Sweat and Tears), dies at 71

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