Today in History for 19th August 2018

Historical Events

440 – St Sixtus III ends his reign as Catholic Pope
1524 – Emperor Charles V’s troops besiege Marseille, France
1909 – Indianapolis 500 race track opens
1964 – Communication satellite Syncom 3 launched
1993 – 34th Walker Cup: US, 19-5
2008 – The men’s gymnastics program at the Beijing Olympics concludes with the home team from China dominating the medals tally takes 7 of 8 gold medals; Zou Kai wins 3

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Famous Birthdays

1940 – Johnny Nash, rocker (I Can See Clearly Now), born in Houston, Texas
1940 – Jan Claire, actor (American Anthem)
1948 – Susan Jacks (Susan Pesklevits) Saskatoon Canada, singer and songwriter
1956 – Adam Arkin, actor (Busting Loose, Pearl, Northern Exposure), born in Brooklyn, New York
1959 – Susan Cummings, Monegasque-born American heiress and convicted murderer
1998 – Ella Guevara, Filipino actress

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Famous Deaths

1795 – Friedrich Hartmann Graf, composer, dies at 67
1914 – Franz Xavier Wernz, German Superior General of the Society of Jesus (b. 1844)
1970 – Paweł Jasienica, Polish historian, dies at 60
1986 – Hermione Baddeley, British actress (Camp Runamuck, Maude), dies at 79
1994 – Ladislav Fuks, Czech writer, dies at 70
2009 – Don Hewitt, television news producer and director; creator of 60 Minutes (b. 1922)

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