Today in History for 22nd May 2019

Historical Events

1916 – French troops occupy parts of Fort Douaumont Verdun
1933 – World Trade Day/National Maritime Day 1st celebrated
1947 – 1st US ballistic missile fired
1979 – Canadians elect conservatives, Joseph Clark replaces Pierre Trudeau as the 16th Prime Minister of Canada
1998 – Lewinsky scandal: a federal judge rules that United States Secret Service agents can be compelled to testify before a grand jury concerning the scandal, involving President Bill Clinton
2016 – TV series “Preacher”, developed by Evan Goldberg, Sam Catlin, and Seth Rogen, premieres on AMC

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Famous Birthdays

1780 – Jan Emmanuel Dulezalek, composer
1923 – Aline Griffith, American-born Spanish aristocrat, Countess of Romanones, spy and author, born in New York, United States (d. 2017)
1924 – Charles Aznavour [Shahnour Vaghinag Aznavourian], French-Armenian singer (Monsieur Carnavel, Tin Drum), born in Paris, France (d. 2018)
1956 – Lucie Brock-Broido, American poet and academic (Noctuary), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2018)
1966 – Donald Royal, NBA forward (Charlotte Hornets, Orlando Magic)
1975 – Salvador Ballesta, Spanish Footballer.

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Famous Deaths

1667 – Alexander VII [Fabio Chigi], Italian Pope (1655-67), dies at 68
1851 – Mordecai Manuel Noah, American writer, journalist (b. 1755)
1885 – Victor Hugo, French author (Hunchback of Notre Dame, Les Miserables), dies at 83
1972 – Margaret Rutherford, English actress (Murder Ahoy, VIP’s), dies at 80
1977 – Marius Monnikendam, Dutch choir composer, dies at 80
1998 – John Derek, American actor, director and photographer (Knock on Any Door, All the King’s Men, Rogues of Sherwood Forest), dies at 71

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Today in History for 21st May 2019

Historical Events

1897 – Yerkes Observatory 40″ (1m) refractor used for 1st time
1983 – 108th Preakness: Donald Miller Jr on Deputed Testamony wins in 1:55.4
1985 – Israel exchanges 1,150 prisoners with the PFLP-GC in return for 3 Israeli soldiers
1988 – 113th Preakness: Eddie Delahoussaye aboard Risen Star wins in 1:56.2
1998 – Indonesian president Suharto resigns after 31 years in power
2005 – English FA Cup Final, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff (71,876): Arsenal beats Manchester United, 5-4 on penalties after 0 – 0 (a.e.t.); Gunners’ 10th title

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Famous Birthdays

1825 – George Lafayette Beal, American politician and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Norway, Maine (d. 1896)
1860 – Willem Einthoven, Dutch physiologist and inventor of the electrocardiodiogram (Nobel Prize in Medicine 1924), born in Semarang, Dutch East Indies (d. 1927)
1929 – Paul Winslow, cricketer (big-hitter for South Africa, 108 v England 1955)
1944 – Janet Dailey, American author
1957 – Judge Reinhold, actor (Fast Times at Ridgemont High), born in Wilmington, Delaware
1976 – Deron Miller, American rock musician

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Famous Deaths

987 – Louis V, last Carlovingians King of France (966-987), dies
1481 – Christian I, king of Denmark/Norway/Sweden, dies
1647 – Pieter Corneliszoon Hooft, poet/playwright (Warenar), dies at about 65
1812 – Joseph Wolfl, composer, dies at 38
1957 – Aleksandr Vertinsky, Russian singer (b. 1889)
2008 – Brian Keenan, Irish Provisional IRA member who played a key role in Northern Ireland’s peace process (1998), dies of cancer at 66

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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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