Today in History for 9th August 2019

Historical Events

1905 – Mistaking her husband for a burglar, Ty Cobb’s mother kills him
1979 – English seaside resort Brighton gets 1st British nude beach
1988 – Cubs beat Mets 6-4 in their 1st official night game at Wrigley Field
1988 – Just 1 day after 8/8/88 NY’s daily number is 888
1997 – Security guard Abner Louima, attacked by NYC police
2017 – North Korea says it plans to fire rockets on US territory Guam in continuing escalation of tension between it and the US

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Famous Birthdays

1696 – Jozef Wenceslas, monarch of Liechtenstein/general
1910 – Robert H van Gulik, Dutch diplomat/writer (Judge Ti)
1921 – J James Exon, (Sen-D-Nebraska, 1979- )
1938 – Rod Laver, Australian tennis player (1962, 1969 Grand Slam), born in Rockhampton, Queensland
1943 – Ken Norton, American heavyweight boxer, born in Jacksonville, Illinois (d. 2013)
1970 – Thomas Lennon, American actor and producer (Night at the Museum, Memento), born in Chicago, Illinois

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Famous Deaths

1652 – John Both, landscape painter/etcher, dies at about 37
1957 – Carl Clauberg, Nazi doctor (b. 1898)
1961 – Walter Bedell Smith, U.S. Army general (WWII) and head of CIA (1950-52), dies at 75
1972 – Richard Elsasser, American composer and organist , dies at 45
1987 – Kees de Galan, Dutch economist, dies at 55
1994 – Aartje W “Mien” van It Sant-van Bommel, author, dies at 93

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