Today in History for 26th May 2019

Historical Events

1868 – US President Andrew Johnson avoids impeachment by 1 vote
1917 – Walt Cruise hit 1st HR out of Braves Field
1925 – Tigers’ Ty Cobb is 1st to collect 1,000 extra-base hits (ends 1,139)
1930 – Supreme Court rules buying liquor does not violate the Constitution
1972 – US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1975 – “Rhinestone Cowboy” single released by Glen Campbell (Billboard Song of the Year 1975)

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Famous Birthdays

1264 – Prince Koreyasu, 7th Japanese shogun, born in Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan (d. 1326)
1915 – Antonia Forest, British children’s author (d. 2003)
1926 – Miles Davis, American jazz musician, trumpeter and composer, born in Alton, Illinois (d. 1991)
1966 – Anthony Edwards, NFL wide receiver (Arizona Cardinals)
1968 – Fernando León de Aranoa, Spanish film director
1990 – Zenouska Mowatt, granddaughter of English princess Alexandra

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Famous Deaths

1876 – Frantisek Palacky, Czech historian/MP, dies at 77
1969 – Paul Hawkins, Australian racing driver (b. 1937)
1993 – Cor de Great, pianist/conductor/composer (Vernissage), dies at 78
1998 – Sergey Yablonsky, Soviet and Russian mathematician and one of the founders of the Soviet school of mathematical cybernetics and discrete mathematics, dies at 73
2004 – Dullah Omar, South African lawyer (b. 1934)
2004 – Nikolai Stepanovich Chernykh, Russian astronomer (b. 1931)

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Today in History for 25th May 2019

Historical Events

1932 – Goofy, aka Dippy Dawg, 1st appears in ‘Mickey’s Revue’ by Walt Disney
1968 – Gateway Arch in St Louis dedicated
1972 – US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1977 – 21st European Cup: Liverpool beats Borussia Monchengladbach 3-1 at Rome
1986 – Ferry boat Shamia sinks on Maghna River Bangladesh, 600 killed
2018 – Harvey Weinstein turns himself in to New York police to face charges of rape, a criminal sex act, sex abuse and sexual misconduct

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Famous Birthdays

1889 – Gilardo Gilardi, Argentine composer, pianist and conductor (La leyenda del urutaú, Réquiem, Misa de Gloria), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1963)
1923 – John Weitz, American author and fashion designer (Friends in High Places), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2002)
1932 – John Gregory Dunne, American writer (Up Close and Personal, True Confessions), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 2003)
1955 – Alistair Burt, British Conservative Party politician, born in Bury, Lancashire, England
1971 – Justin Henry, American actor (Kramer vs Kramer, 16 Candles), born in Rye, New York
1984 – Marion Raven, Norwegian singer and songwriter (M2M), born in Lørenskog, Norway

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Famous Deaths

992 – Mieszko I first lord and knight of Poland, duke of Polans (b. circa 935)
1789 – Anders Dahl, Swedish botanist (b. 1751)
1924 – Lyubov Popova, Russian avant-garde artist and painter, dies at 35
1946 – Patty Smith Hill, American composer, teacher and songwriter (Happy Birthday to You), dies at 78
2010 – Alexander Belostenny, Ukrainian basketball player (b. 1959)
2017 – Sir Alistair Horne, British historian and journalist (A Savage War of Peace: Algeria 1954–1962), dies at 91

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Today in History for 24th May 2019

Historical Events

1928 – Record 12 future Hall of Famers take the field, as Yanks beat A’s 9-7
1954 – 1st rocket attains 150 mi (241 km) altitude, White Sands, New Mexico
1956 – Conclusion of the Sixth Buddhist Council on Vesak Day, marking the 2,500 year anniversary after the Lord Buddha’s Parinibbāna
2003 – Auckland Blues beat defending champion Canterbury Crusaders, 21-17 at Eden Park, Auckland for their 3rd Super 12 Rugby title
2015 – Indianapolis 500: Juan Pablo Montoya wins in 3:05:56.5286 (259.653 km/h)
2018 – US President Donald Trump cancels summit with North and South Korea because of hostile statements from North Korea

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Famous Birthdays

1619 – Philips Wouwerman, Dutch painter, born in Haarlem, Netherlands (d. 1668)
1908 – Michael Roberts, English historian, born in Lytham St Annes, Lancashire (d. 1996)
1911 – Barbara West, English survivor of the Titanic sinking, born in Bournemouth, Dorset, England (d. 2007)
1928 – Peter Griffiths, British politician (C), controversially won his seat (1964), born in West Bromwich, Staffordshire (d. 2013)
1956 – Helen Terry, rocker (Now You’re Mine)
1963 – Kathy Leander, Swiss singer

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Famous Deaths

1826 – Friedrich Fesca, composer, dies at 37
1918 – Evan Williams, American oratorio tenor, dies at 50
1994 – John Barrington Wain, author, dies at 69
2000 – Kurt Schork, American reporter (b. 1947)
2004 – Milton Shulman, Canadian author and critic (b. 1913)
2010 – Tapen Chatterjee, Bengali actor from India (b. 1937)

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Today in History for 23rd May 2019

Historical Events

1932 – Sir Hubert Ferdinand Opperman sets 24 hr record of 860 mi, 367 yds
1940 – 1st great dogfight between Spitfires and Luftwaffe
1953 – WHIZ TV channel 18 in Zanesville, OH (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
1962 – Joe Pepitone 2nd Yankee to hit 2 HRs in 1 inning (Joe DiMaggio)
2015 – 60th Eurovision Song Contest: Mans Zelmerlow for Sweden wins singing “Heroes” in Vienna
2018 – Hamburg, Germany, becomes the first city to ban diesel cars on some roads

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Famous Birthdays

1848 – Helmuth J L von Moltke, German general/chief of staff (WWI)
1914 – Alec Dickson, founder (VSO)
1951 – Antonis Samaras, Greek politician
1958 – Mitch Albom, American writer
1974 – Matt Hindle, Canadian bobsledder, born in Calgary, Alberta
1979 – Rasual Butler, American basketball player

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Famous Deaths

1524 – Ismail I, Shah of Persia, converted Iran from Sunni to Shi’ah, dies at 36
1684 – Adriaen Backer, Amsterdams painter buried at about 48
1965 – David Smith, sculptor, dies
1975 – Jackie “Moms” Mabley, comedienne (Amazing Grace), dies at 81
1996 – Scott Fischer, American high altitude climber, dies of exposure on Mount Everest at 40
2009 – Roh Moo-hyun, 16th President of the Republic of Korea (b. 1946)

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Today in History for 22nd May 2019

Historical Events

1916 – French troops occupy parts of Fort Douaumont Verdun
1933 – World Trade Day/National Maritime Day 1st celebrated
1947 – 1st US ballistic missile fired
1979 – Canadians elect conservatives, Joseph Clark replaces Pierre Trudeau as the 16th Prime Minister of Canada
1998 – Lewinsky scandal: a federal judge rules that United States Secret Service agents can be compelled to testify before a grand jury concerning the scandal, involving President Bill Clinton
2016 – TV series “Preacher”, developed by Evan Goldberg, Sam Catlin, and Seth Rogen, premieres on AMC

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Famous Birthdays

1780 – Jan Emmanuel Dulezalek, composer
1923 – Aline Griffith, American-born Spanish aristocrat, Countess of Romanones, spy and author, born in New York, United States (d. 2017)
1924 – Charles Aznavour [Shahnour Vaghinag Aznavourian], French-Armenian singer (Monsieur Carnavel, Tin Drum), born in Paris, France (d. 2018)
1956 – Lucie Brock-Broido, American poet and academic (Noctuary), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2018)
1966 – Donald Royal, NBA forward (Charlotte Hornets, Orlando Magic)
1975 – Salvador Ballesta, Spanish Footballer.

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Famous Deaths

1667 – Alexander VII [Fabio Chigi], Italian Pope (1655-67), dies at 68
1851 – Mordecai Manuel Noah, American writer, journalist (b. 1755)
1885 – Victor Hugo, French author (Hunchback of Notre Dame, Les Miserables), dies at 83
1972 – Margaret Rutherford, English actress (Murder Ahoy, VIP’s), dies at 80
1977 – Marius Monnikendam, Dutch choir composer, dies at 80
1998 – John Derek, American actor, director and photographer (Knock on Any Door, All the King’s Men, Rogues of Sherwood Forest), dies at 71

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