Today in History for 11th October 2018

Historical Events

1540 – Emperor Karel names his son Philip, Duke of Milan
1931 – 100,000 extreme-right Germans form “Harzburger Front”
1945 – JPL WAC Corporal Launch (1st Man-Made Object to escape Atmosphere)
1972 – World Hockey Association officially makes it’s debut as the Alberta Oilers defeat the Ottawa Nationals, 7-4 at the Ottawa Civic Centre
1980 – Cosmonauts Popov and Ryumin set space endurance record of 184 days
1984 – NASA launches space vehicle S-208

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Famous Birthdays

1768 – Adriaan van den Ende, Dutch vicar and educationalist, born in Delft, Netherlands (d. 1846)
1841 – Friedrich Hegar, Swiss composer, born in Basel, Switzerland (d. 1927)
1897 – George Preston Marshall, American businessman and NFL team owner (Washington Redskins), born in Grafton, West Virginia (d. 1969)
1939 – Maria Bueno, Brazilian tennis player (7 Grand Slam singles titles), born in São Paulo, Brazil (d. 2018)
1967 – Tony Chimel, American professional wrestling announcer, born in Cherry Hill, New Jersey
1973 – Mike Smith, American guitarist (Snot, Limp Bizkit), born in Middle River, Maryland

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Famous Deaths

1666 – Henry de Fleury dee Coulan, mister of Buat/ritmeester, dies
1779 – Casimir Pułaski, Polish born fighter for American independence (b. 1745) dies in Battle of Savannah
1917 – Harry Trott, cricketer (Aust capt played 24 Tests 1888-1898), dies
1989 – M. King Hubbert, American geologist and geophysicist, dies at 86
1996 – Arthur Walter Lucas, first Chief Restorer of the National Gallery, London, dies at 80
1998 – Richard Denning [Louis Denninger Jr.], American actor (An Affair to Remember, The Black Scorpion), dies from cardiac arrest at 84

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Today in History for 10th October 2018

Historical Events

1924 – Washington Senators win their 1st World Series beat Giants in 7
1935 – Coup under Gen Giorgios Kondylis in favor of Greek monarchy
1959 – Pan Am begins regular flights around the world
1968 – George Harrison forms Singsong Ltd
1996 – Cornerstone dedication for Holocaust Museum in NYC
2005 – Negotiations between the CDU/CSU and SPD in Germany conclude with the two parties agreeing to form a grand coalition with Angela Merkel as chancellor after both parties lost seats in the 2005 German federal election

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Famous Birthdays

1903 – Charles Théodore Henri Antoine Meinrad de Belgique, Count of Flanders, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1983)
1906 – R.K. Narayan, Indian novelist (Malguidi Days), born in Madras (d. 2001)
1926 – Richard Jaeckel, American actor (3:10 to Yuma, Sands of Iwo Jima, Sometimes a Great Notion), born in Long Beach, New York (d. 1997)
1935 – Paolo Renosto, Italian composer, born in Florence, Italy (d. 1988)
1959 – Kirsty MacColl, English singer and songwriter, born in Croydon, Surrey, England (d. 2000)
1966 – Darren Carrington, American NFL safety (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Bronx, New York

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Famous Deaths

1727 – Alphonse d’Ève, Flemish Baroque composer, dies at 61
1843 – Karl Theodor Toeschi, composer, dies at 75
1867 – Ignacy Feliks Dobrzynski, composer, dies at 60
1978 – Ralph Marterie, American big band leader (b. 1914)
1990 – Tom Murton, American penologist (b. 1928)
2012 – Alex Karras, American NFL player, dies from kidney failure at 77

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Today in History for 9th October 2018

Historical Events

1947 – Julie Styne and Sam Cohn’s musical “High Button Shoes” premieres in NYC for 727 performances
1961 – Yank Whitey Ford breaks Ruth record of 29 2/3 consecutive inning
1961 – Volcanic eruptions on Tristan de Cunha (South Atlantic)
1976 – Peter Petherick takes hat-trick on cricket debut New Zealand v Pakistan Javed 1st wkt
1983 – Buffalo Bill QB Joe Ferguson passes 419 yards with 5 TDs
2017 – Producer Harvey Weinstein is fired from The Weinstein Company after allegations of sexual abuse

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Famous Birthdays

1757 – Charles X, King of France (1824-30), born in Palace of Versailles, France (d. 1836)
1944 – John Entwistle, English rock guitarist and vocalist (The Who-Baba O’Riley), born in London, England (d. 2002)
1967 – Gheorghe Popescu, Romanian soccer player (Barcelona), born in Calafat, Dolj County, Romania
1972 – Roman Oben, American football tackle (NY Giants), born in Cameroon
1980 – Ibrahim Fazeel, Maldivian footballer (Victory Sports Club), born in Malé, Maldives
1983 – Andreas Zuber, Austrian racing driver, born in Judenburg, Austria

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Famous Deaths

1688 – Claude Perrault, French Architect and Physician, dies at 75
1747 – David Brainerd, American missionary to the Native Americans, dies at 29
1831 – Ioannis Kapodistrias, President (1829-31) and founding father of modern Greece.
1868 – Howell Cobb, American politician (U.S. Secretary of Treasury), dies at 53
2008 – Gidget Gein, American musician (Marilyn Manson band), dies at 39
2017 – Hervé Leroux, French fashion designer and founder of Hervé Léger fashion house, dies from a ruptured aneurysm at 60

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Today in History for 8th October 2018

Historical Events

1927 – NY Yankees sweep Pirates in 24th World Series
1952 – Chinese offensive in Korea
1971 – John Lennon releases his megahit “Imagine”
1981 – US President Ronald Reagan greets predecessors Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford and Richard Nixon before sending them to Egypt for Anwar Sadat’s funeral
1982 – Poland bans Solidarity and all labor unions
2012 – Mustafa A.G. Abushagur, the first elected Libyan Prime Minister, is voted out of office by the Libyan parliament

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Famous Birthdays

1747 – Johann Wilhelm Stadler, German composer (d. 1819)
1890 – Eddie Rickenbacker, American aviator “Ace of Aces” (WWI), born in Columbus, Ohio (d. 1973)
1952 – Jan Marijnissen, Dutch politician (Leader of the Socialist Party), born in Oss, Netherlands
1954 – Ben Amonette, Radford VA, free pistol (Olympics 1992, 96)
1965 – Ross Flemer, rower (Olympics 1996), born in Newport Beach, California
1974 – Rashaan Salaam, NFL running back (Chicago Bears, born in San Diego, California (d. 2016)

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Famous Deaths

1286 – John I of Dreux, Duke of Brittany (b. 1217)
1659 – Jean de Quen, French Jesuit missionary
1865 – Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst, composer, dies at 51
1953 – Kathleen Ferrier, English alto singer, dies at 41
1954 – Morten Korch, Danish author, dies at 78
1958 – Ran Bosilek, Bulgarian author (b. 1886)

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Today in History for 7th October 2018

Historical Events

1908 – Serbia and Montenegro sign anti-Austria-Hungarian pact
1947 – Larry MacPhail resigns as Yank GM after final game of World Series
1954 – Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Ad Sinarum gentem
1979 – Ferrari driver Jody Scheckter retires with tyre trouble in US Grand Prix at Watkins Glen; becomes first South African to claim World Formula 1 Drivers title; wins by 4 points from race winner Gilles Villeneuve
1993 – Massive Muslim demonstration in Xining, China, 12 killed
2012 – 13 people are killed after a Sudanese military aeroplane crashes near Khartoum

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Famous Birthdays

1901 – Souvanna Phouma, Prince and Prime Minister of Laos (1951–54, 1956–58, 1960 and 1962–75), born in Luang Phrabang, Laos (d. 1984)
1910 – Henry P. McIlhenny, American philanthropist (d. 1986)
1921 – John Arthur Giles Gere, English art historian (Pre-Raphaelite painter)
1943 – Oliver North, US colonel (Irangate), born in San Antonio, Texas
1956 – Julio Pezua, Pervian-American jockey
1987 – Jeremy Brockie, Australian footballer

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Famous Deaths

1368 – Lionel of Antwerp, 1st Duke of Clarence, son of Edward III of England, dies at 29
1780 – Patrick Ferguson, Scottish army officer and rifle inventor (Ferguson flintlock rifle), dies in battle at 36
1990 – J Teengs Gerritsen, resistance fighter, dies
1991 – Leo Durocher, baseball player and manager (Dodgers, Giants), dies at 86
2005 – Charles Rocket, American actor (b. 1949)
2008 – Leslie Hardman, Jewish Orthodox rabbi (b. 1913)

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Today in History for 6th October 2018

Historical Events

1499 – French King Louis XII occupies Milan
1861 – Revolt of Russian student shuts down university of Petersburg
1866 – 1st train robbery in US (Reno Brothers take $13,000)
1946 – 90°F highest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in Oct
1948 – KHJ TV channel 9 in Los Angeles, CA (IND) begins broadcasting
1973 – Yom Kippur War begins as Syria and Egypt attack Israel

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Famous Birthdays

1882 – Karol Maciej Szymanowski, Timoshovka Ukraine, composer (Stabatmater)
1935 – Charito Solis, Filipino actress (d. 1998)
1946 – Lloyd Doggett, American attorney and politician (US Representative, Democrat, Texas), born in Austin, Texas
1965 – Cynthia Meyer, NY, Canadian trap shooter (Olympics 1996)
1972 – Daniel Cavanagh, English rock musician (Anathema), born in Liverpool, England
1974 – Brian Kelly, American soccer midfielder (Olympic gold 1996), born in Mission Viejo, California

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Famous Deaths

1214 – Alfonso VIII de Edele, king of Castile, dies
1651 – Heinrich Albert, German composer (Arien oder Melodien), dies at 47
1855 – August Leopold Crelle, German inventor and mathematician (1st Prussian Railway), dies at 75
1940 – Ferdinando Liuzzi, composer, dies at 55
1951 – Otto Fritz Meyerhof, German-born physician and biochemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1884)
1973 – Dennis Price, English actor ( Kind Hearts and Coronets, Separate Tables), dies at 58 (b. 1915)

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Today in History for 5th October 2018

Historical Events

1693 – Haarlem people’s revolution due to food shortages
1750 – Carlo Goldoni’s “Il Teatro Comico” premieres in Venice
1945 – Indonesian army forms
1957 – 11th NHL All-Star Game, Montreal Forum: NY Rangers left wing Dean Prentice scores a goal and has 2 assists as All-Stars beat Montreal Canadiens, 5-3
1976 – MLB expansion draft: Seattle Mariners and Toronto Blue Jays pick 30 unprotected AL players; Ruppert Jones OF (Seattle) and Bob Bailor OF (Toronto) are first picks
1992 – NY senator Alphonse D’Amato filibusters for 15 hours 20 mins

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Famous Birthdays

1458 – Kazimierz de Saint, Polish ruler/saint
1836 – George Washington Gordon, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Pulaski, Tennessee (d. 1911)
1884 – Hendrik W Tilanus, Dutch artillery officer/politcian (CHU 1939-63)
1954 – Duncan Regehr, Alberta Canada, actor (Wizards and Warriors)
1967 – Guy Pearce, Anglo-Australian actor
1967 – Ellie Gibson, golfer (1994 PING-Cellular One-5th), born in Corpus Christi, Texas

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Famous Deaths

1837 – Hortense de Beauharnais, French queen of Netherlands (1806-10), dies at 54
1878 – George B. Vashon, American, lawyer, academic and poet, first African American lawyer, dies of yellow fever at 54
1941 – Louis Brandeis, American lawyer and associate justice on the Supreme Court of the United States, dies at 84
1997 – Andrew Keir, Scottish character actor (Rob Roy, Absolution, Blood Hunt, Catholics), dies at 71
2007 – Walter Kempowski, German writer (German Chronicle), dies at 78
2015 – Chantal Akerman, Belgium film director (Akermania, Je Tu II Elle), dies at 65

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Today in History for 4th October 2018

Historical Events

1911 – 1st escalator installed on the London Underground at Earl’s Court Station
1958 – 12th NHL All-Star Game, Montreal Forum: Maurice ‘Rocket’ Richard scores twice and brother Henri the winner as Montreal Canadiens beat All-Stars, 6-3
1964 – 3 cars of a commuter train derails in South Africa killing 81
1967 – St Louis Cardinals beat Boston Red Sox, 2-1 in Game 1 of Baseball World Series at Fenway Park; first Fall Classic since 1948 not to feature Yankees, Giants or Dodgers; Cards win series, 4-3
1970 – WFYI TV channel 20 in Indianapolis, IN (PBS) begins broadcasting
2012 – 19 people are killed after being buried by a landslide in Yunnan, China

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Famous Birthdays

1796 – John Richardson, Canadian writer (Wacousta, or the prophecy)
1865 – Max Halbe, German playwright (Jugend), born in Güttland, Gdańsk (d. 1944)
1880 – Damon Runyon, American journalist and writer (Guys and Dolls-based on his work), born in Manhattan, Kansas (d. 1946)
1929 – Leroy Van Dyke, Spring Fork Mo, country singer (Walk on By)
1946 – Susan Sarandon, American actress (Dead Man Walking, The Client) also known for her social and political activism, born in Queens, New York
1963 – A C Green, NBA forward (Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks)

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Famous Deaths

1864 – Joseph Montferrand, French-Canadian logger and strong man, dies at 61
1903 – Otto Weininger, Austrian philosopher (b. 1880)
1951 – Willie Moretti, American gangster (b. 1894)
1961 – Benjamin (Fedchenkov), Bishop of the Russian Church and Orthodox missionary, dies at 81
2005 – Stanley K. Hathaway, American politician (27th Governor of Wyoming), dies at 81
2014 – Paul Revere, American musician, dies from cancer at 76

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Today in History for 3rd October 2018

Historical Events

1906 – William Vaughan Moody’s “Great Divide” premieres in NYC
1936 – NY Yankees set new attendance record of 64,482 in Game 3 of World Series at Yankee Stadium; 66,669 following day Game 4; win series v NY Giants, 4-2
1962 – Wally Schirra in Sigma 7 launched into Earth orbit
1974 – Future Basketball Hall of Fame guard Jerry West (“Mr. Clutch”) retires after 14 NBA seasons with the LA Lakers; West has 25,192 career points; averages 29.1 ppg in 153 playoff games
1988 – WBMW-FM, Washington, D.C. changes calls to WJFK and begins airing Howard Stern
1993 – Battle at TV station Ostankino, Moscow townhall, about 25 killed

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Famous Birthdays

1716 – Giovanni Battista Beccaria, Italian physicist (d. 1781)
1890 – Henry Hull, actor (Tobacco Rd, Boys Town, High Sierra), born in Louisville, Kentucky
1919 – Boyd Bradfield Upchurch, [John Boyd], American sci-fi author (IQ Merchant)
1928 – Erik Bruhn, Copenhagen Denmark, dancer (National Ballet of Canada)
1934 – Harold Ralph Henning, PGA golfer (1966 Texas Open), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
1970 – Tyji Armstrong, NFL tight end (Tampa Bay Bucs)

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Famous Deaths

1838 – Black Hawk (chief), Leader of the Sauk Native American tribe (b. 1767)
1929 – Jeanne Eagels, American actress and former Ziegfeld Girl (Rain, Under False Colors), dies of a drug overdose at 39
1941 – Wilhelm Kienzl, Austria composer (Kuhreigen), dies at 84
1971 – Leah Baird, writer (Jungle Bride), dies of anemia at 88
1975 – Bauke Tuinstra, Fries notary/writer (Ealse and I), dies at 75
2000 – John Grant, British politician (b. 1932)

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Today in History for 2nd October 2018

Historical Events

1263 – The battle of Largs fought between Norwegians and Scots.
1949 – USSR recognizes People’s Republic of China
1954 – Former French possession of Chandernagore made part of West Bengal, India
1961 – “Ben Casey” premieres on NBC-TV
1968 – St. Louis pitcher Bob Gibson establishes a new Baseball World Series mark by striking out 17 batters as the Cardinals beat Detroit, 4-0 in Game 1 of the Fall Classic
2004 – American Samoa joins the North American Numbering Plan

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Famous Birthdays

1704 – Frantisek Ignac Antonin Tuma, composer
1873 – Stephen Warfield Gambrill, U.S. Congressman for Maryland’s 5th District (d. 1924)
1929 – Kenneth Leighton, composer
1932 – Ruairí Ó Brádaigh, Irish paramilitary and political leader of Sinn Féin, born in Longford, Ireland (d. 2013)
1953 – Ernest Bai Koroma, Sierra Leonean politician, President of Sierra Leone (2007-), born in Makeni, Sierra Leone
1968 – Mark James Crear, 110m hurdler (Olympic silver 1996), born in San Francisco, California

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Famous Deaths

1629 – Antonio Cifra, Italian composer (b. 1584)
1629 – Pierre the Barulle, French cardinal/founder (French Oratorio), dies
1782 – Charles Lee, British and U.S. general (b. 1732)
1956 – George Bancroft, American actor (Texas, Stagecoach, Little Men), dies at 74
1993 – William Berger, Austrian American actor (Face to Face, Adventure of Hercules), dies of prostate cancer at 65
1996 – Ivan Mark Waller, mountaineer, dies at 89

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