Today in History for 12th August 2018

Historical Events

1687 – Battle of Mohacs: Ottoman invaders of Hungary routed by forces of Holy Roman Emperor under Charles of Lorraine
1863 – 1st cargo of lumber leaves Burrard Inlet (Vancouver, BC)
1942 – German 1st tank leader captures Elista, Kalmukkensteppe
1960 – Echo 1, 1st communications satellite, is launched by NASA
1988 – Movie “Last Temptation of Christ” is released
1988 – Richard Thornburgh becomes US Attorney General

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Famous Birthdays

1620 – Pieter Cuypers, S Neth lawyer
1629 – Tsar Alexei I of Russia (d. 1676)
1829 – John Horace Forney, Major General (Confederate Army), (d. 1902)
1838 – Joseph Barnby, conductor/academic principal
1978 – Chris Chambers, American football player, born in Cleveland, Ohio
1979 – D.J. Houlton, American baseball player

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Famous Deaths

1935 – Friedrich Schottky, German mathematician (Schottky’s theorem), dies at 84
1944 – Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr., brother of President John F. Kennedy (b. 1915)
1968 – Esther Forbes, American novelist (Johnny Tremain), dies at 76
2004 – Peter Woodthorpe, British actor (b. 1931)
2005 – Lakshman Kadirgamar, Sri Lankan politician (Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka), dies at 73
2010 – Richie Hayward, American musician and songwriter (Little Feat), dies from complications of liver cancer at 64

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