Today in History for 14th September 2018

Historical Events

1515 – Battle at Marignano ends in French/Venetian victory
1814 – Francis Scott Key pens the poem “Defence of Fort M’Henry”, later known as “The Star-Spangled Banner” while witnessing the bombardment of Fort McHenry from a ship in Baltimore harbor
1929 – A’s clinch AL pennant with a 5-0 win over White Sox
1951 – Giant’s Bob Niemans homers on his 1st 2 at bats
1957 – US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1996 – 21st Toronto International Film Festival: “Shine” directed by Scott Hicks wins the People’s Choice Award

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Famous Birthdays

1543 – Claudio Aquaviva, Italian Jesuit (d. 1615)
1898 – Ernest Nash, German-born archaeologist (d. 1974)
1913 – Jacobo Árbenz, President of Guatemala (1951-54); overthrown by CIA, born in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala (d. 1971)
1947 – Jon “Bowser” Bauman, singer (Sha Na Na), born in Queens, New York
1957 – Kepler Wessels, Bloemfontein South Africa, South African cricketer who played for both Australia and South Africa, the latter as captain.
1965 – Troy Neel, baseball player

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Famous Deaths

1972 – Kornelis Posthumus, chemist, dies at 70
1974 – Warren Hull, American actor (Strike it Rich, Who in the World), dies from heart failure at 71
1982 – Bashir Gemayel, falangist Lebanon’s president-elect, assassinated by a bomb
1990 – Wime de Craene, Flemish singer and composer, dies at 40
2006 – Esme Melville, Australian actress (b. 1918)
2013 – Stefan Wewerka, German architect and sculptor, dies at 84

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