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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Today in History for 14th May 2019

Historical Events

1890 – 16th Kentucky Derby: Isaac Murphy aboard Riley wins in 2:45
1910 – Canada authorizes issuing of silver dollar coins
1969 – Abortion and contraception legalized in Canada
1973 – Skylab launched, 1st Space Station
1975 – French press reports massive deportation from Cambodia
1991 – 42 die in a train collision in Japan

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Famous Birthdays

1846 – Arnold Kerdijk, Dutch lib politician/founder (Social Weekly newspaper)
1899 – Pierre Victor Auger, French physicist (d. 1993)
1943 – [Derek] Lek Leckenby, English guitarist (Herman’s Hermits), born in Leeds, England (d. 1994)
1957 – William G Gregory, Lockport NY, Mjr USAF/Astronaut (STS 67)
1978 – André Macanga, Angolan footballer
1980 – Eugene Martineau, Dutch decathlete

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Famous Deaths

1742 – Dominique Marie Valet, French RC/old-catholic bishop, dies at 64
1801 – Johann Ernst Altenburg, composer, dies at 66
1864 – William N Green Jr, Union brigadier general, dies
1940 – Eddy [Charles E] du Platform, writer/poet, dies
1966 – Georgia BD Camp Johnson, US poet/playwright, dies at 88
2006 – Stanley Kunitz, American poet (b. 1905)

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