Today in History for 20th May 2019

Historical Events

1861 – North Carolina becomes 11th and last state to secede from the Union
1895 – 1st commercial movie performance (153 Broadway, NYC)
1926 – Thomas Edison says Americans prefer silent movies over talkies
1972 – 5th ABA Championship: Indiana Pacers beat NY Nets, 4 games to 2
1985 – 38th Cannes Film Festival: “When Father Was Away on Business” directed by Emir Kusturica wins the Palme d’Or
2018 – K-pop boy band BTS are the first Koreans to perform at the Billboard Music Awards

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Famous Birthdays

1772 – William Congreve, English officer (design fire rocket)
1883 – Paul Arntzenius, Dutch painter, graphic artist and etcher, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1965)
1921 – John Harrison, British vice admiral/surgeon
1967 – Ramzi Yousef, Kuwaiti-born Pakistani terrorist
1971 – Tony Stewart, American race car driver
1981 – Iker Casillas, Spanish footballer

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Famous Deaths

1503 – Lorenzo de Medici, Italian patron (b. 1463)
1751 – Domingo Miguel Bernaube Terradellas, Spanish composer, dies at 38
1834 – Marie-Joseph-Paul-Yves-Roch-Gilbert de Motier, nobleman, dies
1917 – Philipp von Ferrary, Italian philatelist (b. 1850)
1940 – Amar Singh, Indian cricketer (of pneumonia Indian pace bowler 1932-36), dies at 29
1956 – Andre Eugene Maurice Charlot, actor (Summer Storm), dies

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Today in History for 19th May 2019

Historical Events

1883 – William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody opened Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show in Omaha, Nebraska
1906 – Federated Boys’ Club (Boys’ Club of America) organizes
1973 – 98th Preakness: Ron Turcotte aboard Secretariat wins in 1:54 – fastest Preakness race ever (recognized 2012)
1988 – Carlos Lehder Rivas, of Colombia’s Medellin drug cartel, is convicted in Florida for smuggling more than 3 tons of cocaine into US
2005 – TV political comedy “The Thick of It” created by Armando Iannucci, starring Peter Capaldi and Chris Langham premieres on BBC 4
2007 – English FA Cup Final, Wembley Stadium, London (89,826): Chelsea beats Manchester United, 1 – 0 (a.e.t.); Didier Drogba scores 116′ winner for Blues’ 4th title

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Famous Birthdays

1839 – Alice Mary Smith, composer
1883 – Henricus WJM Keuls, Dutch lawyer/poet (Dancing Lamp)
1939 – Francis R Scobee, Wash, USAF/astronaut (STS 41C, 51L-Chal disaster)
1939 – Nancy Kwan, Hong Kong-born American actress (Flower Drum Song, World of Suzie Wong), born in Hong Kong
1940 – Frank Lorenzo, airline executive (Continental, Texas Air, Eastern)
1953 – Shavarsh Karapetyan, Soviet Armenian finswimmer

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Famous Deaths

1637 – Isaac Beeckman, Dutch scientist and philosopher, dies at 48
1903 – Arthur Shrewsbury, English cricketer (1277 runs at 35 47 in 23 Tests), dies at 47
1992 – Hans Vogt, German composer, dies at 81
1996 – Margaret Rawlings, actress (Roman Holiday), dies at 89
2001 – Susannah McCorkle, American singer (b. 1946)
2016 – Morley Safer, Canadian American TV newscaster (60 Minutes), dies at 84

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Today in History for 18th May 2019

Historical Events

1291 – After 100 years of crusader control, Acre is the last crusader stronghold reconquered and destroyed by the Mamluks under Sultan al-Ashraf Khalil
1889 – Jules Massenet’s opera “Esclarmonde” premieres in Paris
1899 – World Goodwill Day-26 nations meet in 1st Hague Peace Conference
1959 – “Castin’ My Spell” by Johnny Otis Show hits #52
1980 – Belgium 3rd government of Martens forms
2014 – Swiss voters reject a $25 per hour minimum wage

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Famous Birthdays

1891 – Rudolf Carnap, philosopher (German Logical Positivist)
1905 – Eric Zeisl, Austrian American composer, born in Vienna (d. 1959)
1927 – Richard Body, British politician (C), born in Eton, Buckinghamshire
1930 – Warren B Rudman, (Sen-R-NH, 1980- )
1948 – Felix MH Troch, Flemish actor and director (Gekkenbriefje)
1950 – Rodney Milburn Jr, USA, hurdler (Olympic gold 1972)

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Famous Deaths

1900 – Jean Gaspard Felix Ravaisson-Mollien, French philosopher (b. 1813)
1910 – Eliza Orzeszkowa, Polish novelist (Dziurdziowie), dies at 68
1949 – James T Adams, US historian (Pulitzer 1921)
1967 – Andy Clyde, Scottish actor (The Real McCoys, Lassie), dies from natural causes at 75
1995 – Alexander Gudonov, Russian dancer/actor (Witness), dies at 45
2009 – Dolla American Rapper a.k.a. Roderick Anthony Burton II (b.1987)

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Today in History for 17th May 2019

Historical Events

1579 – Artois, Henegouwen and French-Flanders sign Treaty, the Peace of Parma recognizing Spanish Duke van Parma as land guardian
1903 – Cleveland Indians beat NY Highlanders 9-2 in Columbus Ohio
1990 – “Cheers” star Kelsey Grammer sentenced to jail for 30 days for DWI
1994 – Bakili Muluzi’s UDF wins Malawi presidents/parliamentary election
2014 – The center-right Hindu Nationalist Party, the BJP, wins landslide election victory in India
2015 – A mudslide hits the alpine town of Salgar in Western Colombia killing over 50 people

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Famous Birthdays

1888 – A P “Tich” Freeman, cricket leg-spinner (legend for Kent and England)
1941 – David Howell Cope, composer
1945 – D A S Pennefather, Maj-General/Commandant (General Royal Marines)
1954 – Michael Roberts, jockey
1976 – José Guillén, Dominican baseball player
1985 – Matt Ryan, American football player

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Famous Deaths

1395 – Constantine Dragas, Serbian ruler of a semi-independent realm
1888 – Giacomo Zanella, Italian poet (b. 1820)
1945 – Sasaki Shigetsu Sokei-an, founder 1st Zen Institute of America, dies
1945 – Jan van Geenen, resistance fighter, dies
1960 – Ioannis Georgiadis, Greek fencer (Olympic 1896 gold), dies at 84
2016 – Guy Clark, American country singer (Heartbroke), dies at 74

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Today in History for 16th May 2019

Historical Events

1771 – The Battle of Alamance, a pre-American Revolutionary War battle between local militia and a group of rebels called “The Regulators”, occurs in present-day Alamance County, North Carolina.
1817 – Mississippi River steamboat service begins
1894 – Fire in Boston destroys baseball stadium and 170 other buildings
1972 – “Don’t Play Us Cheap” opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 164 performances
1974 – Helmut Schmidt becomes West German Chancellor
2013 – Pope Francis calls for ethical financial reform to fight speculation

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Famous Birthdays

1857 – Juan Morel Campos, composer
1906 – Ernie McCormick, cricketer (Australian quickie of late 30’s)
1910 – Olga Berggolts, Russian poet (d. 1975)
1920 – Dave Philley, Texas, Major League Baseball switch-hitter (record 9 straight pinch hits), born in Paris, France (d. 2012)
1927 – Nílton Santos, Brazilian footballer, (d. 2013)
1980 – Melanie Lofton, American Journalist

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Famous Deaths

1778 – Robert Darcy, 4th Earl of Holderness, English diplomat (b. 1718)
1926 – Mehmed VI Vahideddin (Mohammed Osman), last sultan of Turkey, dies
1932 – William Pember Reeves, politician/poet, dies
1944 – Max Brand, [Frederick Schiller Faust], western author, dies
1954 – Werner Bischof, Swiss photographer, dies accidentally at 38
2001 – Brian Pendleton, English musician (The Pretty Things) (b. 1944)

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Today in History for 15th May 2019

Historical Events

1711 – Alexander Pope’s “An Essay on Criticism” is published anonymously
1817 – Ambonese uprising against Dutch authority (modern Indonesia), under Thomas Matulesia (aka Kapitan Pattimura)
1862 – Major Gen Benjamin F Butler issues order (New Orleans) that confederate women abusing union soldiers be treated as whores
1941 – British attack Halfaya-pass and Fort Capuzzo in Egypt and Libya
1948 – Australia scores 721 runs in one day v Essex, world record
2017 – 1st US prosecution under federal Hate Crimes Act of violence against transgender person, murder of Mercedes Williamson

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Famous Birthdays

1773 – Clemens L Metternich, Austrian prince
1889 – Bessie Hillman, founder (Almalgamated Clothing Workers of America)
1912 – Alexis Nihon, Bahamas, wrestler (Olympics 1968)
1925 – Andrey Yakoulevich Eshpay, composer
1940 – Paul Rudd, actor (Conn Yankee in King Arthur’s Court), born in Boston, Massachusetts
1988 – Jessica Falkholt, Australian actress (Hope Morrison-Home and Away, born in Sydney, Australia (d. 2018)

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Famous Deaths

1622 – Peter Plancius, Flemish vicar/cartographer, dies at about 69
1986 – Elio de Angelis, Italian race car driver (b. 1958)
1988 – Andrew Duggan, American character actor (Secret War of Harry Frigg, Winds of War), dies of cancer at 64
2003 – George Francis, British gangster (b. 1940)
2007 – Yolanda King, American actress and activist, daughter of Martin Luther King Jr. (b. 1955)
2014 – Jean-Luc Dehaene, Belgian Prime Minister (1992-99), dies from a fall at 73

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