Today in History for 12th July 2018

Historical Events

1442 – King Alfonso V of Aragon becomes King of Naples
1700 – Gelderland accepts Gregorian calendar; yesterday is June 30, 1700
1863 – In New Zealand, British forces invade Waikato, home of the Maori King Movement, beginning a new phase of the wars between Maori and Colonial British
1928 – 1st televised tennis match
1987 – 8th U.S. Senior Golf Open: Gary Player
1996 – Start of 1st “Super 8’s” tournament in Kuala Lumpur

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Famous Birthdays

1938 – Wieger Mensonides, Dutch swimmer
1943 – Bruce Taylor, cricketer (big-hitting NZ all-rounder 1965-73)
1951 – Brian Grazer, American film producer
1972 – Travis Best, American basketball player (1995-2002 Indiana Pacers), born in Springfield, Massachusetts
1978 – Topher Grace, American actor
1981 – Adrienne Camp, South African singer/songwriter

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Famous Deaths

1536 – Desiderius Erasmus, humanist/priest (Novum instrumentum omne), dies at 69
1575 – Renée/Renata de France, duchess of Ferara/daughter of Louis XII, dies
1682 – Jean Picard, French astronomer, dies at 61
1845 – Henrik Wergeland, Norwegian author (b. 1808)
2008 – Tony Snow, former speechwriter for Presidents George H. W. Bush and press secretary for George W. Bush (b. 1955)
2017 – Chuck Blazer [Charles Gordon Blazer], American soccer administrator, dies from colorectal cancer at 72

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