Today in History for 11th December 2018

Historical Events

1909 – Canadian Football exhibition game played in Van Cortlandt Park in Bronx, Hamilton Tigers beat Ottawa Rough Riders, 11-6 before 15,000
1934 – 1935 All-Star Game is assigned to Cleveland
1940 – Russian general Georgy Zhukov warns of German assault
1948 – WMC TV channel 5 in Memphis, Tennessee (NBC) begins broadcasting
1961 – “Please, Mr. Postman” by Marvelettes released
1992 – Nor’easter storm hits NY, doing $ Billion worth of damage

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Famous Birthdays

1676 – Johann Georg Weichenberger, Austrian composer, born in Graz, Austria (d. 1740)
1917 – Dámaso Pérez Prado, Cuban bandleader and musician, born in Matanzas, Cuba (d. 1989)
1919 – Marie Windsor [Emily Marie Bertelson], American actress (The Bounty Hunter, Double Deal), born in Marysvale, Utah (d. 2000)
1927 – John Buscema, American comics artist (d. 2002)
1966 – Gary Dourdan, American actor, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1996 – Hailee Steinfeld, American actress and singer (True Grit, Pitch Perfect), born in Los Angeles, California

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Famous Deaths

1840 – Emperor Kokaku of Japan (b. 1771)
1942 – Franz C. Schmelkes, Czech-born Chemist who discovered azochloramid (chlorazodin), a disinfectant, dies of a heart attack at 43
1955 – Franz Adolf Syberg, Danish composer, dies at 51
1968 – Nadine Riga, dies of cerebral hemorrhage at 59
2000 – David Lewis, American actor (b. 1916)
2008 – Bettie Page, American pinup model considered the ‘Queen of Pinups’ and the ‘Dark Angel’, dies at 85

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Today in History for 10th December 2018

Historical Events

1520 – Martin Luther publicly burns papal edict demanding he recant
1936 – Stockholm: physicist PBJ Debije receives Nobel prize for chemistry
1974 – European Economic Community calls for a European Parliament
1976 – Wings release triple album “Wings Over America”
1987 – “Nightline” is seen in USSR for 1st time
2013 – Mary Barra of General Motors becomes the first female CEO of a major automotive company

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Famous Birthdays

1907 – Michael Blankfort, American writer/producer/director
1918 – Anatoli Tarasov, Russian ice hockey coach (d. 1995)
1925 – Jean Byron [Imogene Audette Burkhart], American actress (The Patty Duke Show), born in Paducah, Kentucky (d. 2006)
1947 – Zinaida Voronina, Russian and Soviet gymnast (1968 Olympics: 4 medals including 1 gold), born in Yoshkar-Ola, Russia (d. 2001)
1969 – Todd Furdyk, CFL tackle (BC Lions)
1983 – Katrin Siska, Estonian singer

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Famous Deaths

1618 – Giulio Caccini, Italian composer
1917 – Mackenzie Bowell, 5th Prime Minister of Canada (1894-96), dies of pneumonia at 93
1921 – Viktor Jacobi, composer, dies at 38
1991 – Greta Kempton, American artist (b. 1901)
1999 – Lex Goudsmit, Dutch actor (Fiddler on the Roof, Thomas en Senior op het spoor van Brute Berend), dies at 86
2014 – Ziad Abu Ein, Palestinian government minister, killed in confrontation with Israeli troops at protest on West Bank

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Today in History for 9th December 2018

Historical Events

1851 – 1st Young Men’s Christian Association in North America set up in Montreal
1922 – 15th Women’s Australasian Championships (1st for women): Margaret Molesworth beats Esna Boyd (6-3, 10-8)
1968 – KRNE TV channel 12 in Merriman, NB (PBS) begins broadcasting
1973 – “Pajama Game” opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC for 65 performances
1980 – 61°F in Boston at 1 AM
1990 – Gunda Niemann skates ladies world record 3k ladies (4:10.80)

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Famous Birthdays

1594 – Gustavus II Adolphus, king who made Sweden a major power (1611-32)
1847 – George Grossmith, British actor, comedian and writer (The Diary of a Nobody, A Society Clown), born in London, England (d. 1912)
1906 – Grace Hopper, American computer scientist and US Navy admiral who invented the first compiler for a universal computer programming language and is credited with coining the phrase ‘debugging’, born in NYC, New York (d. 1992)
1932 – Donald Byrd, American jazz trumpeter (Black Byrd), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2013)
1944 – Ki Longfellow, American novelist
1973 – Tony Batista, infielder (Oakland A’s), born in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

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Famous Deaths

1565 – Pius IV, [Gianangelo de’ Medici], Italian Pope (1559-65), dies at 66
1916 – Natsume Sōseki, Japanese novelist (b. 1867)
1948 – Sir Timothy O’Brien, cricketer (Bart 5 Tests England 1884-96), dies
1957 – Carswell Adams, sportscaster (Your Sports Special), dies
1964 – Edith Sitwell, English poet and author (Wheels), dies at 77
1996 – Ivor Roberts-Jones, British sculptor (known for sculpted heads of Yehudi Menuhin and George Thomas), dies at 83

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Today in History for 8th December 2018

Historical Events

1857 – 1st production of Dion Boucicault’s “Poor of New York”
1951 – “Tree Grows in Brooklyn” closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 267 performances
1985 – 74th Women’s Australian Open: Martina Navratilova beats Chris Evert-Lloyd 6-2, 4-6, 6-2)
1985 – 74th Men’s Australian Open: Stefan Edberg beats Mats Wilander (6-3, 6-3, 6-3)
1993 – 30 killed at religious rebellion in Algeria
2008 – Kirsty Williams elected as Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats. The first female leader of a political party in Wales.

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Famous Birthdays

1903 – Kathleen (Kitty) Rosalind Muggeridge, author
1939 – Jerry Butler, Sunflower Miss, rock vocalist (Never Give You Up)
1966 – Jeff Tremaine, American television and film director
1971 – Garvin Alston, pitcher (Colorado Rockies), born in Mt Vernon, New York
1975 – Kevin Harvick, American auto racer (NASCAR Cup Series Champion 2014), born in Bakersfield, California
1977 – Sébastien Chabal, French rugby union footballer

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Famous Deaths

1830 – H Benjamin Constant, French politician/writer, dies at 63
1969 – Vincenzo Davico, composer, dies at 80
1982 – Kenneth Goncalves, Deacon of Surinamese order of advocate, murdered
1995 – Ernest LeRoy Boyer, educator, dies at 67
2009 – Luis Días, Dominican Composer (b. 1952).
2016 – Joseph Mascolo, American actor (Days of Our Lives), dies at 87

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Today in History for 7th December 2018

Historical Events

1877 – Thomas Edison demonstrates his phonograph (gramophone) to the editors of “Scientific American”
1949 – Chiang Kai-shek flees to Taiwan
1953 – Israel’s PM Ben-Gurion retires
1954 – Japanese government of Joshida resigns
1956 – Australian swimmer Murray Rose claims his 3rd gold medal at the Melbourne Olympics when he wins the 1,500m in 17:58.9; also wins 400m and 4 x 200m relay
1982 – In Texas, Charles Brooks, Jr. becomes the first person to be executed by lethal injection in the US.

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Famous Birthdays

1545 – Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley, King consort of Mary I of Scotland, born in Temple Newsam, Yorkshire, England (d. 1567)
1604 – Ambrosius Reiner, German composer, born in Altdorf, Weingarten, Württemberg (d. 1672)
1754 – Jack Jouett, American politician and patriot (warn Thomas Jefferson of British attack), born in Albemarle County, Virginia (d. 1822)
1948 – Gary Morris, country singer/actor (Colbys), born in Fort Worth, Texas
1972 – Hermann Maier, Austrian skier
1979 – Jennifer Carpenter, American actress

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Famous Deaths

1899 – Antoni de Kontski, Polish pianist and composer, dies at 82
1947 – Tristan Bernard, French playwright and novelist, dies at 81
1947 – Nicholas Murray Butler, American philosopher, diplomat (Nobel Peace Prize 1931), educator (Columbia University President), dies at 85
1979 – Prince Chahryar Shafik, Shah of Iran’s nephew, murdered in Paris
1985 – Robert Graves, English writer and poet (King Jesus), dies at 90
1993 – Félix Houphouet-Boigny, President of Ivory Coast (1960-93), dies at 88

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Today in History for 6th December 2018

Historical Events

1534 – Quito, Ecuador, founded by Spanish
1876 – 1st crematorium in US begins operation, Washington, Pennsylvania
1971 – Lewis Franklin Powell confirmed as US Supreme Court justice
1973 – Gerald Ford sworn-in as first unelected Vice President, succeeds Spiro Agnew who resigned over corruption allegations
1981 – Rob de Castella of Australia sets Marathon record at 2:08:18
1988 – STS-27 Atlantis lands in California after secret mission

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Famous Birthdays

1835 – Wilhelm Rudolf Fittig, Hamburg, German Chemist (synthesizing organic compounds)
1914 – Cyril Washbrook, cricketer (stalwart Lancs and England opener)
1916 – Hugo Peretti, American songwriter and record producer (d. 1986)
1929 – Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Austrian conductor (Early Music Movement), born in Berlin (d. 2016)
1976 – Lindsay Price, Arcadia CA, actress (Bold and Beautiful, All My Children)
1995 – Joy Gruttmann, German singer

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Famous Deaths

1889 – Jozef Neuhuys [Joseph Hendrikus Neuhuys], Dutch painter, dies at 48
1892 – [Ernst] Werner von Siemens, German inventor and industrialist (siemens electrical conductance unit and Siemens corporation), dies at 75
1924 – Gene Stratton-Porter, American author, screenwriter and naturalist (b. 1863)
1989 – John Payne, American actor (The Restless Gun, Miracle on 34th Street), dies aged 77
1989 – Sammy Fain, composer, dies at 87
2011 – Dobie Gray [Lawrence Brown], American musician and singer (Drift Away), dies of cancer at 71

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Today in History for 5th December 2018

Historical Events

1881 – 47th Congress (1881-83) convenes
1892 – Anti-semite Hermann Ahlwardt elected to Germany’s Reichstag
1944 – German troops steal all the silver coin in Utrecht
1982 – USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1998 – 3rd Big 12 Championship Game: #10 Texas AandM beats #2 Kansas State, 36-33 (2 OT)
1999 – 88th Davis Cup: Australia beats France in Nice (3-2)

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Famous Birthdays

1927 – Bhumibol Adulyadej [Rama IX], King of Thailand (1946-2016), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 2016)
1933 – Edward Daly, Irish Bishop “Bloody Sunday” priest, born in Belleek, County Fermanagh (d. 2016)
1940 – Boris Ignatyev, Russian footballer and manager
1949 – Bruce E Melnick, American Cmdr USCG/astronaut (STS 41, STS 49), born in NYC, New York
1962 – José Cura, Argentine tenor
1979 – Niklas Hagman, Finnish ice hockey player

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Famous Deaths

1758 – Johann Friedrich Fasch, composer, dies at 70
1971 – Hugh Wakefield, British actor (The Man Who Knew Too Much, Blithe Spirit), dies at 83
1991 – Aad Mansfield, soccer player/trainer (ADO/Feyenoord/FC Utrecht), dies
1995 – Victor Collin Matthews, businessman, dies on 76th birthday
1996 – Wilf Carter, country singer, dies at 91
2008 – Constantin Ticu Dumitrescu, Romanian politician and president of the Association of Romanian Former Political Prisoners. (b. 1928)

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