Today in History for 16th December 2018

Historical Events

1598 – Seven Year War: Battle of Noryang Point – in the final battle of the war Korean navy decisively defeats the Japanese
1918 – German troops evacuate Finland, give over Kiev in the Ukraine to revolutionary forces and pull back from Estonia as Bolshevik forces move in
1927 – Don Bradman makes his cricket 1st-class debut for NSW v South Australia
1959 – Snow falling in Lowarai Pass West Pakistan kills 48
1960 – TWA 266 and United 826 collide over Staten Island, kills 134
1989 – Commencement of 1st Test Cricket play at Bellerive Oval, Hobart (v SL)

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Famous Birthdays

1734 – Georg Peter Weimar, composer
1830 – John Frederick Hartranft, American politician, 17th Governor of Pennsylvania (1873-1879), and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in New Hanover Township, Pennsylvania (d. 1889)
1895 – Lidj Jasu, emperor of Ethiopia
1938 – Liv Ullmann, Norwegian actress and director (The Emigrants, Persona), born in Tokyo, Japan
1950 – Roy Schuiten, Dutch cyclist (d. 2006)
1972 – Željko Kalac, Australian soccer player

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Famous Deaths

1379 – John Fitzalan, Marshal of England
1870 – Stanisław Duniecki, Polish composer, dies at 31
1914 – Ivan Zajc, Czech composer and conductor, dies at 82
1978 – Blanche Calloway, US singer/dancer/radio hostess, dies at 76
1985 – Merv Waite, cricketer (2 Tests for Aust 1938, 1 wkt avg 190), dies
1993 – Bentri Seddik, Algerian court judge, murdered at 46

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Today in History for 15th December 2018

Historical Events

1667 – Brandenburg declares himself neutral in Devolutie War
1899 – Battle at Colenso, South Africa (Boers-British army)
1953 – WJHG TV channel 7 in Panama City, FL (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
1961 – JFK visits Puerto Rico
1969 – San Francisco Fire Department replaces leather helmets with plastic ones
2015 – Fifth Republican presidential candidates debate in Las Vegas, Nevada

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Famous Birthdays

1793 – Henry Charles Carey, American economist (Principles of Poli Economy), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1879)
1857 – Eugeniusz Pankiewicz, Polish composer, born in Siedlce, Poland (d. 1898)
1943 – Kathleen Blanco, American politician
1977 – Catherine Fox, 400m freestyle relay (Olympic gold 1996)
1981 – Roman Pavlyuchenko, Russian football player
1991 – Eunice Cho, American actress

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Famous Deaths

1576 – Joachim Hopperus, [Hoppers], Frisian lawyer/politician, dies at 53
1673 – Margaret Cavendish, English writer (b. 1623)
1892 – Charles Balmer, German composer, dies at 75
1944 – Glenn Miller, American bandleader and jazz composer (Glenn Miller Orchestra-In the Mood), dies in a suspected plane crash at 40
1980 – Rudolph Cleveringa, Dutch anti-nazi lawyer and professor of Law at Leiden University, dies at 86
2010 – Blake Edwards, American writer and director (10, SOB, Breakfast at Tiffany’s), dies at 88

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Today in History for 14th December 2018

Historical Events

1708 – Prosper Jolyot’s “Electre” premieres in Paris
1953 – Brooklyn Dodgers sign pitcher Sandy Koufax
1977 – Red Sox trade Fergie Jenkins to Rangers for John Poloni and cash
1978 – China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
1980 – Minnesota Vikings pass for 456 yards against Cleveland Browns, winning 28-24
2017 – US media regulator the Federal Communications Commission votes to end net neutrality

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Famous Birthdays

1546 – Tycho Brahe, Danish astronomer (Golden nose), born in Knudstrup, Denmark (d. 1601)
1916 – Shirley Jackson, American writer (Road Through the Wall), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1965)
1926 – Frank King, West Indian cricketer (WI fast bowler in 14 Tests in 50’s, 29 wkts), born in Delamere Land, Brighton, St Michael, Barbados (d. 1990)
1932 – Étienne Tshisekedi, Congolese opposition leader, born in Luluabourg, Central Congo (d. 2017)
1934 – Petrus van Doorne, Dutch industrialist
1941 – Barry Hadlee, cricketer (bro of Dayle and Richard, NZ World Cup 1975)

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Famous Deaths

1754 – Mahmud I, Sultan of Ottoman Empire (1730-54) who fought Austria and Russia, dies at 58
1900 – Jean B A Kessler, director of oil on Dutch Indies, dies at 46
1965 – Hermann Sandby, composer, dies at 84
1980 – Elston Howard, MVP catcher (NY Yankees), dies at 59
2012 – Kenneth Kendall, British broadcaster (BBC News, Treasure Hunt), dies from a stroke at 88
2014 – Bess Myerson, 1st Jewish Miss America (1945), dies at 90

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Today in History for 13th December 2018

Historical Events

1545 – Council of Trent (19th ecumenical council) opened by Pope Paul III
1920 – Netherland breaks contact with Kingdom of Serbia, Croatia and Slavia
1966 – Test debut of Clive Lloyd, v India Bombay, 82 and 78
1993 – Dow Jones hits record 3764.43
2001 – “A Beautiful Mind” based on the bio by Sylvia Nasar, directed by Ron Howard and starring Russell Crowe premieres in Los Angeles (Best Picture 2002)
2001 – Indian Parliament Sansad attacked by terrorists. 15 people killed, including all terrorists

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Famous Birthdays

1918 – Bill Vukovich, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1953-4), born in Fresno, California (d. 1955)
1923 – Antoni Tapies, painter, sculptor, and theorist (Dau al Set), born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 2012)
1925 – Dick Van Dyke, West Plains Mo, actor (Rob Petrie-Dick Van Dyke Show)
1943 – Margaret “Marti” Webb, British actress and singer (Evita, Tell Me on a Sunday), born in Hampstead, London
1959 – John Whitaker, actor (Family Affair, Snowball Expr), born in Van Nuys, California
1972 – GiGi Gordon, Butler PA, Miss America-Pennsylvania (1997)

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Famous Deaths

1693 – Dodoftei, Romanian metropolitan of Moldavia/writer (Saint Lives), dies
1814 – Charles Joseph Prince of Ligne, Belgium fieldmarshal/author, dies at 79
1932 – Georgios Jakobides, Greek painter (b. 1853)
1945 – Robert van Genechten, Dutch Nazi (NSB), commits suicide
1958 – Ahmed Mukhtar Baban, premier of Iraq, executed
1974 – John G. Bennett, British scientist and author, dies at 77

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Today in History for 12th December 2018

Historical Events

1915 – Russian troops overrun Hamadan, Persia
1939 – Russ Indigirka capsizes in blizzard off Japanese coast; 750 die
1946 – Ice plant collapses, shearing a tenement building and burying 38
1958 – Fergie Gupte takes 9-102 with leggies v W Indies at Kanpur
1967 – US launches Pioneer 8 into solar orbit
1995 – Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres addresses both houses of the US Congress

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Famous Birthdays

1731 – Erasmus Darwin, influential English physician, poet, philosopher, and botanist (grandfather of Charles Darwin), born in Newark-on-Trent, England (d. 1807)
1745 – John Jay, US statesman and 1st US Chief Justice, born in NYC, New York (d. 1829)
1907 – Frederik van Heek, Dutch sociologist, born in Enschede, Netherlands (d. 1987)
1924 – Nevit Kodali, composer
1946 – Emerson Fittipaldi, Brazilian auto racer (World F1 Champion 1972, 74, Indy 500 1989, 93), born in São Paulo, Brazil
1964 – Haywood Jeffires, NFL wide receiver (Houston Oilers)

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Famous Deaths

1934 – Thorleif Haug, Norwegian Nordic skier (b. 1894)
1938 – James McNeill, Irish politician, 2nd Governor-General of the Irish Free State, dies at 69
1970 – Louis Zimmer, Flemish astronomer and clock maker (Jubelklok, Wonder Clock), dies at 82
1996 – Michael Geoffrey Corcos, medical researcher, dies at 77
2003 – Heydər Əliyev, President of Azerbaijan (b. 1923)
2007 – Ike Turner, American singer, former husband of Tina Turner (b. 1931)

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