Today in History for 15th July 2018

Historical Events

1840 – Great Britain, Russia, Austria and Prussia sign Quadruple Alliance
1902 – Ranjitsinhji scores 180 before lunch, for Sussex v Surrey
1940 – Physicist Donald Kerst becomes the first person to accelerate electrons using electromagnetic induction, reaching energies of 2.3 MeV, when his betatron device (for particle acceleration) becomes operational
1960 – UN troops arrive in Congo to help deal with the political crisis after Moïse-Kapenda Tshombé’s declaration of independence for Katanga province
1968 – Commercial air travel begins between US and USSR
1978 – 107th British Golf Open: Jack Nicklaus shoots a 281 at St Andrews

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Famous Birthdays

1856 – Owen Dunell, cricketer (South Africa’s 1st Test captain)
1884 – Enrique Soro Barriga, composer
1931 – Clive Cussler, Aurora Illinois, American writer (Raise The Titanic, Sahara)
1933 – Julian Bream, guitarist
1961 – Forest Whitaker, actor and director (The Last King of Scotland, Platoon), born in Longview, Texas
1964 – Shari Headley, American actress (All My Children, Coming to America), born in Queens, New York

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Famous Deaths

1738 – Antonio Maria Pacchioni, Baroque composer, dies at 84
1857 – Carl Czerny, Austrian pianist/composer, dies at 66
1929 – Hugo Von Hofmannsthal, playwright/poet, dies
1987 – Jack O’Hagan, cricketer and composer (Our Don Bradman), dies at 88
2006 – Robert H. Brooks, founder of Hooters of America (b. 1937)
2017 – Babe Parilli, American football player, dies at 87

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