Today in History for 8th April 2019

Historical Events

1149 – Pope Eugene III takes refuge in the castle of Ptolemy II of Tusculum
1783 – Catherine II of Russia annexes the Crimea
1973 – Thirty-two terrorist bombings in Cyprus
1991 – Major league umpires and baseball reach a 4-year agreement
2000 – Nineteen US Marines are killed when a V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft crashes near Marana, Arizona
2001 – 65th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Tiger Woods wins his 2nd Masters and 6th major title, 2 strokes ahead of David Duval

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Famous Birthdays

1928 – Eric Porter, British actor (Antony and Cleopatra, 39 Steps), born in London, England (d. 1995)
1938 – Mohammad Farooq, cricketer (Pakistani pace bowler in 7 Tests 1960-65)
1944 – Christoph Hein, writer
1966 – Bobby Ologun, Nigerian television personality
1982 – Gennady Golovkin, Kazakh boxer (undisputed world middleweight champion), born in Karaganda, Kazakhstan
1989 – Hitomi Takahashi, Japanese singer

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Famous Deaths

1461 – Georg Purbach, German mathematician and astronomer (b. 1423)
1931 – Eric Axel Karlfeldt, poet, dies
1950 – Albert Ehrenstein, Austria writer (Strum), dies at 63
1965 – Lars Hanson, Swedish actor (Flesh and Devil), dies after illness at 78
1996 – Ben Johnson, American actor (Chisum, Battle Force, Dillinger), dies of heart attack at 77
2010 – Jack Agnew, American World War II veteran (b. 1922)

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