Today in History for 31st December 2018

Historical Events

1229 – James I of Aragon the Conqueror enters Medina Mayurqa (Palma) consummating Christian conquest of the island of Majorca
1695 – A window tax is imposed in England, causing many shopkeepers to brick up their windows to avoid the tax.
1963 – Dear Abby show premieres on CBS radio (runs 11 years)
1972 – Australian Open Women’s Tennis: Margaret Court beats Evonne Goolagong Cawley 6-4, 7-5 for her record 11th and final Australian singles crown
1976 – TV soap “Somerset” ends 6 year run
1997 – Marv Levy, retires as coach of Buffalo Bills

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Famous Birthdays

1514 – Andreas Vesalius [Andries van Wesel], Flemish-Netherlandish physician and anatomist (De humani corporis fabrica), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1564)
1881 – Colin G Fink, American chemist (electro chemistry), born in Hoboken, New Jersey
1902 – Lionel Daunais, Quebec singer and composer, born in Montreal, Canada (d. 1982)
1956 – Steve Rude, American comics artist, born in Madison, Wisconsin
1964 – Michael McDonald, American actor-comedian, born in St. Louis, Missouri
1964 – Klari MacAskill, Canadian kayaker (Olympics-5-92, 96), born in Budapest, Hungary

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Famous Deaths

1799 – Jean-François Marmontel, French historian and writer, dies at 76
1864 – George Mifflin Dallas, American politician (11th Vice President of the United States) and United States Minister to Russia, dies at 72
1967 – Arthur Mailey, cricketer (10-66 and Aust v Gloucestershire 1921), dies
1968 – George Louis Francis Lewis, composer, dies at 16
2005 – Enrico di Giuseppe, American tenor, dies at 73
2007 – Milton L. Klein, Canadian politician (b. 1910)

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Today in History for 30th December 2018

Historical Events

1813 – Danzig surrenders to allied armies
1873 – American Metrological Society forms (NYC) weights, measures and money
1933 – Jack Badcock scores 274 v Victoria, Tasmania’s 1st double-ton
1944 – King George II of Greece, abdicates his throne, appointing Archbishop Damaskinos of Athens as Regent in 1945
2005 – Tropical Storm Zeta forms in the open Atlantic Ocean, tying the record for the latest tropical cyclone ever to form in the North Atlantic basin
2013 – NFL head coach Mike Shanahan is fired by the Washington Redskins

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Famous Birthdays

39 – Titus, 10th Roman Emperor (79-81) and conqueror of Jerusalem, born in Rome (d. 81)
1928 – Bo Diddley, [Ellas Bates], Miss, rock `n’ roll pioneer (Bo Diddley)
1953 – Daniel T Barry, PhD/MD/astronaut (STS 72), born in Norwalk, Connecticut
1959 – Josée Verner, French Canadian politician
1978 – Tyrese, American singer and actor
1987 – Jake Cuenca, Filipino actor and commercial model

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Famous Deaths

1894 – Amelia Jenks Bloomer, suffragist (Bloomers named for her), dies at 76
1967 – Vincent Massey, Canadian diplomat, 1st Canadian-born Governor General of Canada (1952-59), dies at 80
1992 – Caesar [Caesar] Domela, painter/son of Ferdinand D Nieuwenhuis, dies
1996 – Robert Grant Ferris, British politician, dies at 89
2000 – Julius J. Epstein, American screenwriter (Casablanca), dies at 91
2010 – Per Oscarsson, Swedish actor (b. 1927)

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Today in History for 29th December 2018

Historical Events

1806 – Thomas Dibdin’s pantomime “Harlequin and Mother Goose” starring Joseph Grimaldi, in his most famous clown performance, opens at the Covent Garden Theatre, London
1852 – Emma Snodgrass arrested in Boston for wearing pants
1945 – Montreal right wing Maurice Richard scores twice in Canadiens’ 5-4 loss to Chicago Black Hawks to record his 100th NHL career goal; reaches mark in just 145 games, then fastest in history; since broken by Mike Bossy, 100 goals in 129 games
1972 – “Aguirre, the Wrath of God” film written and directed by Werner Herzog, starring Klaus Kinki premieres in West Germany
2013 – Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says barrel bombs on Aleppo have killed 517 people since 15th December
2013 – 7-time world F1 motor racing champion Michael Schumacher suffers a serious head injury in a ski accident in the French Alps; his condition still remains unclear

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Famous Birthdays

1856 – Thomas J Stieltjes, Dutch mathematician (Stieltjes integral), born in Zwolle, Netherlands (d. 1894)
1938 – Jon Voight, American actor (Deliverance, Midnight Cowboy), born in Yonkers, New York
1952 – Nikolai Andrianov, Soviet/Russian gymnast (Olympic gold 1972, 76, 80), born in Vladimir, Russia (d. 2011)
1960 – Katerina Didaskalou, Greek actress, born in Athens, Greece
1965 – David Delfino, American hockey goaltender (Team Italy 1998), born in Boston, Massachusetts
1975 – Jaret Wright, American baseball player, born in Anaheim, California

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Famous Deaths

1619 – Antoine Arnauld, French lawyer (Philippica), dies
1910 – Reginald “R.F.” Doherty, British tennis player (4-time Wimbledon champion), dies of neurasthenia at 38
1916 – Grigori Rasputin, Russian monk and confidant of Russian Tsar Nicholas II, assassinated by conservative Russian aristocrats at 45
1929 – Wilhelm Maybach, German automobile designer (b. 1846)
1953 – Violet MacMillan, American Broadway theatre actress(b. 1887)
1984 – Leo Robin, lyricist, dies of heart failure at 84

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Today in History for 28th December 2018

Historical Events

1944 – Leonard Bernstein’s musical “On the Town” premieres in NYC
1963 – “Double Dublin” closes at Little Theater NYC after 4 performances
1984 – Rajiv Gandhi’s Congress party wins election in India
1987 – In Arkansas R Gene Simmons kills 2, later bodies of 14 of his relatives are found at his home near Dover Ark
1989 – Earthquake at Newcastle Australia, 11 die
2015 – Japan and South Korea reach agreement over WWII “comfort women”, Japan apologies and pays 1bn yen compensation

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Famous Birthdays

1805 – Tomas Genoves y Lapetra, composer
1921 – Eddy Doorenbos, Dutch vocalist/pianist/guitarist
1922 – Nyron Sultan Asgarali, cricketer (West Indian opening bat 1957)
1931 – Georg “Org” Marais, South African economist/underminister of Finance
1938 – Bruce Yarnell, American actor (Outlaws), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1973)
1982 – Cedric Benson, American football player, born in Midland, Texas

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Famous Deaths

1673 – Joan Blaeu, Dutch cartographer/publisher (Atlas Major), dies at 77
1795 – Eugenio Espejo, Ecuadorian scientist (b. 1747)
1862 – Joaquim Casimiro Junior, composer, dies at 54
1948 – Mahmud Nokrashy Pasha, PM of Egypt (19..-48), assassinated
1959 – Ante Pavelić, Croatian leader of Nazi Germany puppet Independent State of Croatia, dies from wounds received in an attempted assassination two years earlier at 70
2001 – Samuel A. Goldblith, American food scientist (b. 1919)

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Today in History for 27th December 2018

Historical Events

1836 – Worst English avalanche kills 8 of 15 buried (Lewes Sussex)
1884 – Netherlands recognizes King Leopold II’s Congo Free State
1972 – Belgium recognizes German DR
1978 – Ballon d’Or: Hamburg’s English forward Kevin Keegan wins his 1st of 2 consecutive trophies as best football player in Europe; beats Barcelona striker Hans Krankl and Anderlecht winger Rob Rensenbrink
1988 – Bulgaria stops jamming Radio Free Europe after more than 3 decades
2002 – Two truck bombs kill 72 and wound 200 at the pro-Moscow headquarters of the Chechen government in Grozny, Chechnya.

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Famous Birthdays

1555 – Johann Arndt, German Lutherian theologist
1874 – Max Ettinger, Jewish-German composer (Jiddische Requiem), born in Lwow, Poland (d. 1951)
1917 – Earl of Inchcape, English large landowner/industrialist (PandO)
1962 – Bill Self, American basketball coach
1970 – Mike Salmon, NFL/WLAF safety (Houston Oilers, Rhein Fire, SF 49ers)
1982 – Terji Skibenæs, Faroese guitarist, (Týr)

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Famous Deaths

1858 – Alexandre Pierre Francois Boely, composer, dies at 73
1991 – Edward M Love, choreographer/dancer, dies of AIDS at 43
2002 – George Roy Hill, American film director (b. 1922)
2015 – Stevie Wright, British-born Australian singer with the Easybeats (Friday on my Mind), dies at 68
2015 – Meadowlark Lemmon, American basketball star (Harlem Globetrotters), dies at 83
2015 – Haskell Wexler, American cinematographer and director, dies at 93

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Today in History for 26th December 2018

Historical Events

1568 – Uprising of Morisco’s against suppression in Granada
1945 – CFP franc and CFA franc created
1948 – Hungarian cardinal József Mindszenty arrested
1967 – BBC broadcasts “Magical Mystery Tour”
1977 – USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1997 – The Soufriere Hills volcano on the island of Montserrat explodes, creating a small tsunami offshore.

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Famous Birthdays

1633 – Charles E Biset, Flemish painter, baptised
1853 – René Bazin, French novelist (d. 1932)
1859 – Johan F van Bemmelen, Dutch zoologist
1942 – Vinicio Cerezo, President of Guatemala (1986-91), born in Guatemala City
1968 – Mideon [Dennis Knight], American professional wrestler, born in Clearwater, Florida
1978 – Kaoru Sugayama, Japanese volleyball player, born in Iwanuma, Japan

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Famous Deaths

1530 – Zahir-ud-din Muhammad Babur, Timurid founder and 1st Emperor of the Mughal dynasty in the Indian Subcontinent (1526-30), dies at 47
1827 – Jan David Holland, composer, dies at 81
1950 – James Stephens, Irish poet (Crock of Gold), dies at 68
1960 – Eduard Ludwig, German architect (Hansa quarter, Berlin), dies at 54
1974 – Jack Benny [Benjamin Kubelski], American comedian (Jack Benny Show), dies of pancreatic cancer at 80
1980 – Tony Smith, American sculptor (b. 1912)

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Today in History for 25th December 2018

Historical Events

1599 – The city of Natal, Brazil, is founded.
1621 – Governor William Bradford of Plymouth Colony (now in Massachusetts) forbids game playing on Christmas
1905 – V Herbert/H Blossoms musical “Mlle Modiste” premieres in NYC
1946 – Constitution accepted in Taiwan
1954 – WSFA TV channel 12 in Montgomery, AL (NBC) begins broadcasting
1973 – The ARPANET crashes when a programming bug causes all ARPANET traffic to be routed through the server at Harvard University, causing the server to freeze.

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Famous Birthdays

1698 – Jacobus Houbraken, Dutch engraver/illustrator
1815 – Temistocle Solera, composer
1915 – Pete Rugolo, bandleader/arranger (Fugitive)
1946 – Gene Lamont, American baseball player and manager
1964 – Anil Kaul, Amritsar India, Canadian badminton player (Olympics 1996)
1971 – Terry Vaughn, CFL receiver (Calgary Stampeders), born in Sumter, South Carolina

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Famous Deaths

820 – Leo V, the Armenian, Byzantine gen/Emperor (813-20), murdered
1758 – James Hervey, English clergyman (b. 1714)
1765 – Antonio Tonelli, composer, dies at 79
1784 – Yosa Buson, Japanese painter (b. 1716)
1848 – Johan Erik Nordblom, Swedish composer, dies at 60
1951 – Harry T Moore, Florida NAACP official, killed by bomb

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Today in History for 24th December 2018

Historical Events

1515 – Thomas Wolsey appointed Lord Chancellor of England
1818 – Christmas carol “Silent Night” composed by Franz Xaver Gruber is first sung at St Nicholas parish church in Oberndorf, Austria
1910 – Luisa Tetrazzini sings to 250,000 people at Lotta’s Fountain, San Francisco
1921 – Ottawa’s Harry Broadbent scores in 10-0 Senators blowout of the Montreal Canadiens; first in 16-game NHL record goal-scoring streak; Charlie Simmer’s 13 game streak (1979) is considered modern-day record
1964 – Shooting begins on “The Cage” the pilot for Star Trek
2003 – Spanish police thwart an attempt by ETA to detonate 50 kg of explosives at 3:55 p.m. inside Madrid’s busy Chamartín Station.

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Famous Birthdays

1698 – William Warburton, English writer and Bishop of Gloucester, born in Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom (d. 1779)
1932 – On Kawara, Japanese conceptual artist, born in Aichi Prefecture, Japan (d. 2014)
1944 – Oswald Gracias, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Bombay, born in Bombay Presidency
1965 – Winston Moss, NFL linebacker (Seattle Seahawks), born in Miami, Florida
1968 – Joe Scuderi, Australian cricketer (South Australian all-rounder), born in Ingham, Australia
1986 – Riyo Mori, Japanese actress and model (Miss Universe 2007), born in Shizuoka, Japan

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Famous Deaths

427 – Archbishop Sisinnius I of Constantinople
1548 – Maximilian of Egmond, Dutch count/stadholder of Frisia, dies
1813 – Empress Go-Sakuramachi of Japan (b. 1740)
1972 – Ernst Kreuder, German writer (The Attic Pretenders), dies at 69
1992 – Peyo [Pierre Culliford], Belgian cartoonist (The Smurfs), dies of heart attack at 64
1993 – Alexander Mackendrick, British/US director (Lady Killers), dies at 81

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Today in History for 23rd December 2018

Historical Events

962 – Byzantine-Arab Wars: Under the future Emperor Nicephorus Phocas, Byzantine troops stormed city of Aleppo, recovering the tattered tunic of John the Baptist
1482 – The Peace of Atrecht (now Arras) concluded between Louis XI of France and Maximilian of Austria, ending the War of the Burgundian Succession
1751 – France sets plan to tax clergymen
1832 – Dutch troops in Antwerp surrender
1940 – John Van Druten’s “Old Acquaintance” premieres in NYC
1962 – Cuba starts returning US prisoners from Bay of Pigs invasion

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Famous Birthdays

1923 – Milt Okun, American music producer and arranger (John Denver, Peter, Paul and Mary), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2016)
1924 – Floyd Kalber, American television journalist and anchorman (NBC Weekend News Anchor-1973), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 2004)
1971 – Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, British socialite, born in Hampshire (d. 2017)
1974 – Agustín Delgado, Ecuadorian footballer, born in Ambuquí, Ecuador
1977 – Jari Mäenpää, Finnish guitarist and singer, born in Finland
1978 – Víctor Martínez, Venezuelan baseball player, born in Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela

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Famous Deaths

1568 – Roger Ascham, tutor of Elizabeth I of England
1744 – Élisabeth Charlotte d’Orléans, Duchess of Lorraine, dies at 68
1946 – John A. Sampson, American gynecologist (b. 1873)
1967 – Ruth Fuller Sasaki, American Zen teacher (1st Zen Institute of America), dies at 75
1984 – Joan Lindsay, Australian author (b. 1896)
2013 – Mikhail Kalashnikov, Russian general and inventor of the AK-47, dies at 94

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Today in History for 22nd December 2018

Historical Events

1715 – English pretender to the throne James III lands at Peterhead
1890 – Cornwallis Valley Railway begins operation between Kingsport and Kentville, Nova Scotia.
1952 – French government of Pinay, resigns
1956 – “New Faces of 1956” closes at Barrymore Theater NYC after 221 performances
1990 – Israeli ferry capsizes killing 21 US servicemen
1997 – Hunter Tylo awarded $4 million in Melrose Place breach of contract

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Famous Birthdays

1694 – Hermann Samuel Reimarus, German philosopher and writer, born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1768)
1768 – John Crome (Old Crome), English landscape artist, born in Norwich, England (d. 1821)
1896 – Nikolay Semyonovich Tikhonov, Russian poet, born in St Petersburg, Russia
1946 – Rick Nielsen, American rock vocalist/guitarist (Cheap Trick), born in Rockford, Illinois
1967 – Sean Foster, WLAF wide receiver (Rhein Fire)
1969 – Myriam Bédard, Canadian biathlete, born in Loretteville, Quebec City

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Famous Deaths

1337 – Daito Kokushi, leader of O-To-Kan Rinzai school in Japan, dies at 54
1419 – Pope John XXIII [Baldassare Cossa], Italian Pope (1410-15), dies at 81
1788 – Percivall Pott, English physician and surgeon (b. 1714)
1828 – Rachel Jackson, wife of 7th US President Andrew Jackson, dies of heart failure
1939 – Ma Rainey, “Mother of the Blues”, US blues singer/composer, dies at 53
2006 – Elena Mukhina, Russian gymnast (b. 1960)

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