Today in History for 21st March 2019

Historical Events

1914 – US Men’s Figure Skating championship won by Norman M Scott
1931 – US Men’s Figure Skating championship won by Roger Turner
1957 – Tennessee Williams’ “Orpheus Descending” premieres in NYC
1971 – WCPB TV channel 28 in Salisbury, MD (PBS) begins broadcasting
1985 – Bloodbath at Langa (Uitenhage) South-Africa, 19 killed
1986 – Kania skates ladies world record 500 m (39.52 sec) and 3 km (4:18.02)

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Famous Birthdays

1863 – George Owen Squier, American inventor and Major General in U.S. Signal Corp (d. 1934)
1889 – Otto Forst de Battaglia, Austrian diplomat and genealogist, born in Vienna (d. 1965)
1910 – Nick Castle, American choreographer (Dinah Shore, Judy Garland), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1968)
1965 – Xavier Bertrand, French politician
1967 – Troy Westwood, CFL kicker (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
1972 – Kristen Anderson-Lopez, American songwriter (Frozen), born in New York City

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Famous Deaths

1843 – Guadalupe Victoria, first President of Mexico (b. 1786)
1920 – Federigo Tozzi, Italian writer/journalist (Torre, Tre Croci), dies at 37
1939 – Evald Aav, Estonian composer, dies at 39
1954 – Harry Lawrence Freeman, African-American composer, dies at 84
1969 – Gerhard Fritsch, Austrian writer, dies at 44
1995 – Norman Schwartz, record Producer, dies at 66

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Today in History for 20th March 2019

Historical Events

1600 – The Linköping Bloodbath takes place on Maundy Thursday in Linköping, Sweden
1739 – Iranian ruler Nadir Shah occupies Delhi in India and sacks the city, stealing the jewels of the Peacock Throne
1890 – General Federation of Womens’ Clubs founded
1891 – 53rd Grand National: Irish jockey, trainer Harry Beasley wins aboard 4/1 Come Away
1982 – Joan Jett and Blackhearts’ “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” goes #1 for 7 weeks
1988 – Laura Davies wins Circle K LPGA Tucson Golf Open

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Famous Birthdays

1811 – George Caleb Bingham, American politician/painter (Country Election)
1879 – Maud Menten, Canadian biochemist (d. 1960)
1935 – Ted Bessell, American director and actor (Don-That Girl, Gomer Pyle- Frankie), born in Flushing, New York (d. 1996)
1940 – Gianpiero Moretti, steering wheel designer (Momo), born in Milan, Italy (d. 2012)
1987 – Pedro Ken, Brazilian footballer
1987 – Patrick Boyle, Scottish footballer

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Famous Deaths

1730 – Adrienne Lecouvreur, French actress (Comédie-Française) inspiration for 1849 drama “Adrienne Lecouvreur”, dies at 37
1757 – Johann Paul Kunzen, composer, dies at 60
1899 – Martha M Place, American murderer who becomes 1st woman to be executed in an electric chair, dies at 49
1947 – Sigurd Wallén, Swedish actor and film director (Ebberöds bank, Med folket för fosterlandet), dies at 62
2007 – Hawa Yakubu, Ghanaian politician (b. 1948)
2017 – David Rockefeller, American CEO (Chase Manhattan Bank) and philanthropist, dies at 101

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Today in History for 19th March 2019

Historical Events

1918 – US Congress authorizes time zones and approves daylight saving time
1940 – Failed British air raid on German base at Sylt
1971 – Philadelphia 76ers outscore Cincinnati Royals 90-8 in 1 half
1984 – STS 41-C vehicle moves to launch pad
1987 – American televangelist Jim Bakker resigns amid rape accusation by his secretary, Jessica Hahn
2003 – Airstrikes by an American and British-led coalition signal the beginning of the invasion of Iraq, without United Nations support and in defiance of world opinion

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Famous Birthdays

1742 – Zacharias H Alewijn, Dutch literary/poet
1865 – William Morton Wheeler, American entomologist, myrmecologist, pioneer in ethology (d. 1937)
1913 – William Chatterton, cricketer (48 in only Test for England 1892)
1948 – Vintcent Van der Bijl, Natal cricket bowler (superb 2m of 70’s and 80’s)
1968 – Tyrone Hill, American NBA forward (Cleveland Cavaliers, Milwaukee Bucks), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
1969 – Connor Trinneer, American actor

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Famous Deaths

1717 – John Campbell, 1st Earl of Breadalbane and Holland, Scottish royalist
1796 – Hugh Palliser, British naval officer and administrator (b. 1722)
1850 – Adalbert Gyrowetz, Bohemian composer, dies at 87
1979 – Albert “Al” Hodge, American actor (Captain Video, Green Hornet), dies at 65
1987 – Emile Meyer, actor (Young Jesse James, Lineup), dies
1990 – Andrew Wood, American singer (Mother Love Bone) (b. 1966)

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Today in History for 18th March 2019

Historical Events

37 – Roman Senate annuls Tiberius’ will and proclaims Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus (aka Caligula = Little Boots) emperor
1773 – Oliver Goldsmith’s “She Stoops to Conquer” premieres in London
1793 – The first republican state in Germany, the Republic of Mainz, is declared by Andreas Joseph Hofmann
1850 – Henry Wells and William Fargo form American Express in Buffalo
1865 – Congress of Confederate States of American adjourns for last time
1922 – British magistrates in India sentence Mahatma Gandhi to 6 years imprisonment for disobedience

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Famous Birthdays

1918 – Bob Broeg, American sports writer (d. 2005)
1919 – Christopher Challis, British cinematographer
1940 – Kathy Hutchinson, race horse trainer
1947 – Roger Kenneth Evans, English politician
1959 – Irene Cara, Bronx actress/singer (Fame, DC Cab, Certain Fury), born in NYC, New York
1978 – Khalilah Adams, American actress

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Famous Deaths

1823 – Jean-Baptiste Sebastien Breval, French cellist and composer, dies at 69
1933 – Luigi A duke of the Abruzzi, Italian explorer (Ruwenzori), dies at 60
1944 – Benjamin Delmonte, theater director and actor (Black Haired Whore), dies at 79
1964 – Norbert Wiener, American mathematician (discovered cybernetics), dies at 69
1983 – Umberto of Piemonte, King Umberto II of Italy (1946) and Italy’s last king dies in exile aged 78
2001 – John Phillips, American singer and guitarist (Mama and Papas-California Dreaming), dies at 65

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