Today in History for 8th July 2019

Historical Events

1836 – Charles Darwin reaches Saint Helena in HMS Beagle and takes up lodgings near the tomb of Napoleon
1876 – White terrorists attack Black Republicans in Hamburg South Carolina, killing 5
1905 – Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: May Sutton becomes first American player to win the singles title at Wimbledon; beats Dorothea Chambers 6-3, 6-4
1919 – US President Woodrow Wilson returns to NYC from Versailles Peace Conference
1986 – NASA establishes Safety, Reliability Maintain and Quality Assurance
1994 – Space shuttle STS-65 (Columbia 17), launches

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Famous Birthdays

1545 – Don Carlos, son of Spanish king Philip II
1918 – Craig Stevens [Gail Shikles Jr.], American actor (Craig-Dallas, Peter Gunn), born in Liberty, Missouri (d. 2000)
1920 – Godtfred Kirk Christiansen, Danish toy manufacturer (Lego Group) (d. 1995)
1926 – John D Dingell, (Rep-D-Michigan, 1955- )
1958 – Tzipi Livni, Israeli politician, born in Tel Aviv
1976 – Talal El Karkouri, Moroccan footballer

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Famous Deaths

1930 – Joseph Ward, 17th Prime Minister of New Zealand (1906-12), dies at 74
1943 – Jean Moulin, French hero of the Résistance during World War II, executed at 44
1967 – Vivian Leigh, English stage and film actress (Scarlet, in Gone with the Wind; Blanche DuBois, in A Streetcar Named Desire), dies at 53
2001 – John O’Shea, New Zealand film director (b. 1920)
2006 – June Allyson, American actress (b. 1917)
2017 – Elsa Martinelli, Italian actress (Indian Fighter), dies at 82

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