Today in History for 22nd April 2019

Historical Events

1769 – Madame du Barry becomes King Louis XV’s “official” mistress
1838 – English steamship “Sirius” docks in NYC after crossing the Atlantic, first transatlantic steam passenger service
1969 – Joe Frazier KOs Dave Zyglewick in 1 for heavyweight boxing title
1994 – Schelto Patijn appointed Mayor of Amsterdam
2000 – The Big Number Change takes place in the United Kingdom
2006 – 243 people are injured in pro-democracy protest in Nepal after Nepali security forces open fire on protesters against King Gyanendra.

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Famous Birthdays

1891 – Harold Jeffreys, English astronomer (d. 1989)
1923 – Bettie Page, American pinup model considered the ‘Queen of Pinups’ and the ‘Dark Angel’, born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2008)
1953 – Steve Bond, Haifa Israel, actor (General Hospital, To Die For)
1969 – Bobby Olive, NFL wide receiver (Indianapolis Colts)
1974 – Georgia Goettmann, model (Cosmo-May 1995)
1975 – Stijn Haeldermans, Belgian soccer player (MVV)

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Famous Deaths

1864 – Joseph Gilbert Totten, US Union general-major, dies at 76
1941 – Arthur Briscoe, cricketer (South African batsman in 2 Tests), dies
1951 – Stanley Ridges, actor (possessed, Sgt York, Mr Ace), dies at 59
1978 – Will Geer [William Aughe Ghere], American actor (Salt of the Earth, The Waltons), dies at 76
1983 – Earl “Fatha” Hines, American jazz pianist and bandleader (Deep Forest), dies at 79
1994 – Schmidt Hans Burkhardt, artist, dies at 89

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Today in History for 21st April 2019

Historical Events

1649 – Maryland Toleration Act passed in the American colony, allowing freedom of worship for Christians but sentencing to death anyone who rejected the divinity of Jesus
1966 – Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie visits Kingston, Jamaica
1984 – “Nightline” reverts back from 1 hour to ½ hour
1986 – Geraldo Rivera opens Al Capone’s vault on TV and finds nothing
1992 – Robert Alton Harris is put to death in the California Gas Chamber for 3 murders
1996 – Matabeleland beat Mashonaland Country Dist to win Logan Cup

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Famous Birthdays

1824 – Anselmo Clavé, Spanish politician and composer, born in Barcelona (d. 1874)
1872 – Billy Bitzer, American cinematography pioneer, born in Roxbury, Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1944)
1913 – Choh Hao Li, bio-chemist professor, isolated growth hormones)
1935 – Charles Grodin, Pitt, actor, Woman in Red, Lonely Guy, Heartbreak Kid)
1939 – John McCabe, British composer and pianist, born in Liverpool, Merseyside
1975 – Danyon Loader, New Zealand 200m and 400m swimmer (2 Olympic gold medals 1996), born in Dunedin, New Zealand

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Famous Deaths

1930 – Robert Bridges, English poet (Testament of beauty) and British Poet Laureate (1913-30), dies at 85
1946 – Robert Graham, cricketer (3 wkts for South Africa in 2 Tests 1898-99), dies
1948 – Carlos Lopez Buchardo, Argentine composer, dies at 66
1971 – François Duvalier “Papa Doc”, Dictator of Haiti (1957-71), dies at 64
2016 – Prince [Rogers Nelson], American singer-songwriter and musician (1999, Purple Rain), dies at 57
2016 – Lonnie Mack, American rocker (Baby What’s Wrong), dies at 74

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Today in History for 20th April 2019

Historical Events

1715 – Nicholas Rowe’s play “The Tragedy of Lady Jane Grey” premieres in London
1936 – 40th Boston Marathon won by Ellison Brown in 2:33:40.8
1959 – 63rd Boston Marathon won by Eino Oksanen of Finland in 2:22:42
1980 – Cubans begin to arrive in US from Mariel boatlift
1983 – Soyuz T-8 launched; mission aborted when capsule fails to dock (lands 2 days later)
1998 – 102nd Boston Marathon: Moses Tanui of Kenya wins men’s title in 2:07:34; Fatuma Roba of Ethiopia wins back-to-back women’s events in 2:23:21

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Famous Birthdays

1879 – Robert Lynd, Irish writer and critic (Pleasures of Ignorance), born in Belfast, Ireland (d. 1949)
1931 – Lee H. Hamilton, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Indiana, born in Daytona Beach, Florida
1943 – Ian Watson, British sci-fi author (Book of Being, Whores of Babylon), born in North Shields, England
1948 – Craig Frost, American keyboardist (Grand Funk Railroad-Some Kind of Wonderful), born in Flint, Michigan
1960 – Debbie Flintoff-King, Australian athlete (Olympic gold 400m hurdles 1988), born in Melbourne, Australia
1973 – Todd Hollandsworth, American baseball outfielder (LA Dodgers), born in Dayton, Ohio

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Famous Deaths

1977 – Sepp Herberger, German football coach and manager (West German National Team), dies at 80
1991 – Don Siegel, American film director (Coogan’s Bluff, Dirty Harry), dies at 78
1992 – Benny Hill [Alfred Hawthorn Hill], British comedian (The Benny Hill Show), dies of a heart attack at 68
1995 – R E S Wyatt, cricketer (England capt 16 times), dies
2012 – Peter Carsten, German actor and film producer actor (A Study in Terror, Mr Super Invisible), dies at 83
2014 – Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, American boxer whose murder convictions were overturned after 19 years in prison, dies of prostate cancer at 76

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Today in History for 19th April 2019

Historical Events

1539 – Charles, protestant German monarch, signs Treaty of Frankrfurt
1937 – 41st Boston Marathon won by Walter Young of Canada in 2:33:20
1939 – Connecticut finally approves Bill of Rights (148 years late)
1949 – Yankees dedicate a plaque for Babe Ruth
1980 – 25th Eurovision Song Contest: Johnny Logan for Ireland wins singing “What’s Another Year” in The Hague
2011 – Fidel Castro resigns from the Communist Party of Cuba’s central committee after 45 years of holding the title.

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Famous Birthdays

1603 – Michel le Tellier, French statesman, born in Paris (d. 1685)
1793 – Ferdinand I, Emperor of Austria (1835-48), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1875)
1891 – Ricardo Bacchelli, Italian playwright and poet (La Ronda), born in Bologna, Italy (d. 1985)
1892 – Germaine Tailleferre, French composer (Le Marin du Bolivar), born in Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, Val-de-Marne, France (d. 1983)
1934 – Jan Helge Guttorm Bark, Swedish trombonist and composer, born in Härnösand, Sweden
1975 – Temoc Suarez, soccer forward (Olympic gold 1996), born in Greenwood, South Carolina

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Famous Deaths

1684 – Roger Williams, English theologian and colonist, dies at 80
1870 – Andreas Schelfhout, painter/etcher/lithographer, dies at 83
1882 – Charles Darwin, English naturalist (Origin of the Species) who conceived the theory of evolution by natural selection, dies of heart failure at 73
1987 – Hugh “Lumpy” Brannum, Actor (Mr Green Jeans), dies at 77
1994 – Larry Davis, American blues singer and guitarist, dies at 57
2013 – Allan Arbus, American actor and photographer (M*A*S*H, Greaser’s Palace, Curb Your Enthusiasm), dies of congestive heart failure at 95

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Today in History for 18th April 2019

Historical Events

1521 – Diet of Worms: Cardinal Alexander questions Martin Luther
1666 – Peace of Kleef: Netherlands and bishop Von Galen of Munster
1921 – Philip James Barry’s “Punch for Judy” premieres in NYC
1964 – Artisans strike in Belgium ends
1968 – Peter Luke’s “Hadrian VII” premieres in London
1994 – 98th Boston Marathon: Cosmas Ndeti of Kenya wins 2nd straight title in 2:07:15; Uta Pippig of Germany claims women’s race in 2:21:45

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Famous Birthdays

1764 – Bernhard Anselm Weber, German pianist, conductor and composer, born in Mannheim, Germany (d. 1821)
1771 – Karl Philipp, Prince of Schwarzenberg, Austrian field marshal, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1820)
1903 – Yury Sergeyevich Milyutin, Russian composer, born in Moscow (d. 1968)
1965 – Vicky Villegas, rocker (Triplets)
1970 – Francois Leroux, Ste-adele, NHL defenseman (Pitts Penguins)
1982 – Scott Hartnell, NHL hockey player

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Famous Deaths

1161 – Theobald of Bec, Archbishop of Canterbury
1803 – Louis François Antoine Arbogast, French mathematician (Du calcul des derivations), dies at 43
1940 – Herbert Albert Laurens Fisher, English historian and politician, dies after being hit by a car during London blackout at 75
1967 – Karl Miller, German footballer, dies at 53
2009 – Stephanie Parker, Welsh actress (b. 1987)
2011 – William Donald Schaefer, American politician (Gov-D-Md), dies at 89

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Today in History for 17th April 2019

Historical Events

1863 – Grierson’s raid begins as Colonel Grierson and 1700 horse troopers set off from La Grange, Tennessee
1899 – 3rd Boston Marathon won by Lawrence Brignolia in 2:54:38
1939 – Joe Louis KOs Jack Roper in 1 for heavyweight boxing title
1942 – Operations begin to destroy Sobibor Concentration Camp
1969 – The Band (formerly The Hawks), perform their 1st concert
1989 – 18th Boston Women’s Marath won by Ingrid Kristiansen of Nor in 2:24:33

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Famous Birthdays

1750 – François de Neufchâteau, French statesman and intellectual figure, born in Saffais, France (d. 1828)
1833 – Jean-Baptiste Accolay, Belgian composer, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1900)
1901 – George Keyt, Sri Lankan painter, born in Ceylon (d. 1993)
1972 – Claire Sweeney, English actress (Brookside), born in Walton, Liverpool
1974 – Victoria Beckham [Adams], English singer (Posh Spice in the Spice Girls), born in Harlow, Essex
1975 – Gabriel Soto, Mexican actor and model, born in Mexico City

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Famous Deaths

1680 – Kateri Tekakwitha [Lily of the Mohawks], first Native American saint (b. 1656)
1936 – Charles J M Ruys de Beerenbrouck, Dutch PM (1918-23, 29-33), dies
1945 – Ion Pillat, Romania poet/senator (Umbra timpului), dies
1974 – Herbert Elwell, US composer (Happy Hypocrite), dies at 75
1983 – Mark W Clark, US general (WWII), dies at 87
2006 – Henderson Forsythe, American actor (As the World Turns, Crisis at Central High), dies at 88

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