Today in History for 9th March 2020

Historical Events

1562 – Kissing in public banned in Naples (punishable by death)
1820 – -11) Philippines chases out foreigners; about 125 die
1870 – 32nd Grand National: George Stevens wins consecutive GN’s aboard 7/2 favourite The Colonel; his 5th and final GN victory
1889 – Kansas passes 1st general antitrust law in US
1924 – South Slavia aproves Italy’s annexation of Fiume (Rijeka)
1988 – Actress Audrey Hepburn is appointed a UNICEF Special Ambassador (Goodwill Ambassador 1989)

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Famous Birthdays

1213 – Hugh IV, Duke of Burgundy, French crusader, born in Villaines-en-Duesmois, France (d. 1271)
1918 – Marguerite Chapman, American actress (The Seven Year Itch, Spy Smasher, Flight to Mars), born in Chatham, New York (d. 1999)
1930 – Taina Elg, Finnish-American actress (Hercules in NY, Les Girls), born in Impilahti, Finland
1930 – Thomas Schippers, American conductor (Amahl and Night Visitors), born in Kalamazoo, Michigan (d. 1977)
1936 – Mickey Gilley, American country singer (Urban Cowboy), born in Natchez, Mississippi
1954 – Kevin Wade, American screen writer (Working Girls), born in Chappaqua, New York

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Famous Deaths

1877 – Mark Prager Lindo, English Dutch author (Neth Spectator), dies at 58
1969 – Richard Crane, American character actor (Surfside 6, Rocky Jones, Space Ranger), dies of a heart attack at 50
1979 – Barbara Mullen, American actress (Thunder Rock, Innocent Sinners), dies of a heart attack at 64
2004 – John Mayer, Indian composer (Indo-Jazz Fusion), dies at 74
2012 – Lord Wedderton of Charlton, British academic and politician, dies at 84
2012 – Peter Bergman, American Comedian, dies from leukemia at 72

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