Today in History for 8th May 2019

Historical Events

1639 – William Coddington founds Newport, Rhode Island
1919 – 1st transatlantic flight take-off by a navy seaplane
1931 – Operette “Land of Smiles” premieres in London
1938 – Stravinsky’s “Dumbarton Oaks” premieres in Washington, D.C.
1950 – Chiang Kai-shek asks US for weapons
1999 – Nancy Mace becomes the first female cadet to graduate from The Citadel military college.

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Famous Birthdays

1850 – Ross Barnes, American baseball player, born in Mount Morris, New York (d. 1915)
1884 – Harry Truman, 33rd US President (D – 1945-53), born in Lamar, Missouri (d. 1972)
1912 – George Woodcock, author
1920 – Maurice Cranston, political scientist
1943 – Daniel Ray “Danny” Whitten, American musician and songwriter (Crazy Horse, Rod Stewart- “I Don’t Want To Talk About It”), born in Columbus, Georgia (d. 1972)
1982 – Adrian Gonzalez, American baseball player

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Famous Deaths

1782 – Marquis of Pombal, Prime Minister of Portugal (1756-1777), dies at 82
1960 – J. H. C. Whitehead, British mathematician (b. 1904)
1990 – Tomas O’Fiach, [Tomas Seamus Fee], Irish cardinal-archbishop, dies
1994 – Steven Keats, American actor (Death Wish), dies of apparent suicide at 48
1995 – Carroll Best, bluegrass banjo, dies at 63
2018 – Ernest Medina, American soldier and commanding officer of the unit responsible for the My Lai Massacre of 16 March 1968, dies at 81

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