Today in History for 21st October 2018

Historical Events

1902 – In the United States, a five month strike by United Mine Workers ends.
1938 – Japanese troops occupies Canton
1948 – Beersheba liberated by Israeli army
1965 – Vivian Beaumont Theater (NYC) opens
1970 – Nobel prize of peace awarded to Norman E Borlaugh
1986 – US writer Edward A Tracy kidnap in Beirut

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Famous Birthdays

1449 – George, Duke of Clarence, brother of Edward IV and Richard III (d. 1478)
1672 – Pylyp Orlyk, Ukrainian Zaporozhian Cossack starshina and diplomat, born in Vileyka Raion, Belarus (d. 1742)
1907 – Jules Chevalier, French priest (b. 1824)
1955 – Eric Faulkner, rock guitarist (Bay City Rollers), born in Edinburgh, Scotland
1961 – Mark Finch, film festival organiser
1972 – Saffron Burrows, English actress

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Famous Deaths

1221 – Alix of Thouars, Duchess of Brittany (b. 1201)
1919 – Sven August Korling, composer, dies at 77
1966 – Gertrude Hoffman, actress (Mrs Odetts-My Little Margie), dies at 95
1996 – Abdelhamid Benhadugah, novelist, dies at 71
1997 – Dolph Camilli, Bkln Dodger/MVP (1941), dies at 90
2007 – Paul Fox, English musician and singer (The Ruts), dies at 56

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Today in History for 20th October 2018

Historical Events

1600 – Battle of Sekigahara sets Tokugawa clan as Japan’s rulers (shoguns)
1929 – Bayshore Highway opens (San Francisco)
1967 – Charlie Finley names Bob Kennedy 1st manager of Oakland A’s
1968 – American sprinter Jim Hines anchors US men’s 4 x 100m relay team to win his second gold medal at the Mexico City Olympics; with team mates Charles Greene, Mel Pender and Ronnie Ray Smith sets world record 38.24s
1971 – Senator in the US Congress Edward Kennedy calls for a withdrawal of British troops from Northern Ireland and all-party negotiations to establish a United Ireland
1989 – Pakistan win Sharjah Trophy over India and WI on round-robin

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Famous Birthdays

1660 – Robert Bertie, 1st Duke of Ancaster and Kesteven, English statesman (d. 1723)
1939 – Jay Siegel, rock bassist (Tokens-Lion Sleeps Tonight), born in Brooklyn, New York
1953 – Keith Hernandez, MLB 1st baseman (St Louis Cardinals, NY Mets), born in San Francisco, California
1954 – Suru Nayak, cricketer (two Tests for India v England 1982)
1955 – Robert ten Brink, Dutch TV host/cabaret artist
1983 – Alex Nackman, musician

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Famous Deaths

1525 – Joannes Custos, S Neth humanist, dies at about 50
1926 – Eugene V. Debs, American labor leader and Socialist presidential candidate (b. 1855)
1936 – Anne Sullivan [Johanna Macy], American teacher who educated Helen Keller, dies at 70
1944 – Gabriel Groulez, French composer, dies at 65
1964 – Herbert Hoover, 31st President of US (1929-33), dies in NY at 90
2004 – Chuck Hiller, American baseball player (b. 1934)

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Today in History for 19th October 2018

Historical Events

1466 – The Thirteen Years’ War ends with the Second Peace of Thorn, Germany
1512 – Martin Luther becomes a doctor of theology (Doctor in Biblia)
1968 – Derry Citizen’s Action Committee, formed Oct 9, stages illegal sit-down at Guildhall Square as part of large civil disobedience campaign
1983 – Senate establishes Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday
1999 – MLB National League Championship: Atlanta Braves beat New York Mets, 4 games to 2
2003 – Mother Teresa of Calcutta is beatified by Pope John Paul II

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Famous Birthdays

1921 – Gunnar Nordahl, Swedish soccer player (Olympic gold 1948)
1921 – George Nader, American actor (Robot Monster, Away All Boats), born in Pasadena, California (d. 2002)
1952 – Veronica Judith Sainz Castro, Mexican spanish singer/actress (Nana)
1956 – Bruce Weber, American Basketball Coach, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1969 – Erwin Sánchez, Bolivian footballer
1982 – Gonzalo Pineda, Mexican footballer

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Famous Deaths

1937 – Betty Carver, wife of English WWII Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery, dies
1985 – Alfred Rouleau, French Canadian businessman (b. 1915)
1988 – Son House, American musician (b. 1902)
1992 – Gert Nastian, general and companion of Petra Kelly, found dead at 69
1993 – Bert Schoofs, table tennis star, dies at 48
2007 – Michael Maidens, English footballer with Hartlepool United (b. 1987)

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Today in History for 18th October 2018

Historical Events

1944 – Eisenhower, Bradley and Montgomery confer in Brussels
1953 – Willie Thrower becomes 1st black NFL quarterback in modern times
1955 – University of California discovers anti-proton
1961 – “West Side Story”, directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins, the film adaptation of the 1957 Broadway musical, starring Natalie Wood, is released (Academy Awards Best Picture 1962)
1973 – Congress authorizes bi-centennial quarter, half-dollar and dollar coin
1992 – Start of Zimbabwe’s 1st Test match, v India at Harare

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Famous Birthdays

1844 – Emille-Louis-Victor Mathieu, composer
1865 – Arie de Jong, Dutch linguist (d. 1957)
1898 – Raymond Glenn, American actor (Raisin in the Sun, Carmen Jones), born in Frankfort, Kentucky (d. 1974)
1905 – Felix Houphouet-Boigny, President of Ivory coast (1960-93)
1941 – William “Billy” Cox, Guitarist (performed with Jimi Hendrix), born in Wheeling, West Virginia
1965 – Curtis Stigers, American jazz vocalist and saxophonist

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Famous Deaths

1503 – Pius III, [Francesco Todeschini], Pope (9/22-10/18/1503), dies
1744 – Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough, close friend of Queen Anne of Great Britain, dies at 84
1985 – Benjamin Moloisi, South African poet/Anc’er, hanged at 30
1995 – Thomas Lyttle, paramilitary, dies at 56
2011 – Norman Corwin, American screenwriter for radio drama, dies at 101
2013 – Mary Carver [Carvellas], American actress (Simon and Simon, Star Trek: Enterprise), dies at 89

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Today in History for 17th October 2018

Historical Events

1854 – French and British forces bombard Sevastopol for the first time during the Crimean War
1862 – Battle of Leetown and Thoroughfare Gap, VA
1945 – Loyalty Day in Argentina, mass demonstrations held to release Juan Perón
1979 – Pittsburgh Pirates beat Balt Orioles, 4 games to 3 in 76th World Series
1994 – Kapil Dev’s final one-day international (v West Indies)
2012 – Lance Armstrong loses a host of endorsements in the wake of his doping scandal

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Famous Birthdays

1875 – Alfred Polgar, Austrian writer (Yes and No!)
1893 – Jean Binet, Swiss composer, born in Geneva (d. 1960)
1955 – Sam Bottoms, actor (Prime Risk, Savages), born in Santa Barbara, California
1971 – Byron Chamberlain, NFL/WLAF tight end Denver Broncos, Rhein Fire)
1983 – Daniel Booko, American actor
1984 – Chris Lowell, American actor

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Famous Deaths

1174 – Queen Petronila of Aragon (b. 1135)
1776 – Pierre François le Courayer, French theologian (b. 1681)
1910 – William V Moody, US poet (Sabine Woman, Great Divide), dies
1994 – Augustus John “Gus” Risman, rugby League Player, dies at 83
2000 – Leo Nomellini, wrestler (b. 1924)
2001 – Rehavam Zeevi, Israeli politician (b. 1926)

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Today in History for 16th October 2018

Historical Events

1939 – George Kaufman and Moss Hart’s “The Man Who Came to Dinner” premieres in NYC, running until 1941 for 739 performances
1967 – WETK TV channel 33 in Burlington, VT (PBS) begins broadcasting
1969 – 100-1 shot NY Mets beat Orioles 5-3 and win 66th World Series in 5
1973 – The Gulf Six (Iran, Iraq, Abu Dhabi, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Qatar) unilaterally raise the posted price of Saudi Light marker crude-oil by 17 percent
2002 – Bibliotheca Alexandrina in the Egyptian city of Alexandria, a commemoration of the Library of Alexandria that was lost in antiquity, is officially inaugurated.
2014 – MLB National League Championship: San Francisco Giants beat St. Louis Cardinals, 4 games to 1

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Famous Birthdays

1729 – Pierre van Maldere, composer
1762 – Paul Hamilton, Governor of South Carolina (1804-06) and U.S. Secretary of Navy (1809-12) (d. 1816)
1897 – Louis de Cazenave, France’s oldest living man
1918 – Bill Nichols, (Rep-D-AL, 1967- )
1938 – Carl Gunter Jr, Louisiana State Representative (d. 1999)
1943 – C Fred Turner, rock bassist/vocalist (Bachman-Turner Overdrive)

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Famous Deaths

775 – Mansur, kalief of Abbasiden, dies
1726 – Giovanni Maria Capelli, composer, dies at 77
1968 – Ellis Kinder, American baseball player, dies at 54
1982 – Hans Selye, Austrian-Canadian endocrinologist, dies at 75
1984 – Peggy Ann Garner, actress (Ford Theater), dies at 53 of cancer
1992 – Shirley Booth, actress (Hazel), dies of natural causes at 94

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