Today in History for 19th July 2018

Historical Events

1674 – Court of Holland bans books of Hobbes, Spinoza and Meyer
1937 – Joris Ivens’ “Spanish Earth” premieres in Hollywood
1944 – NY archbishop Spellman flies to Europe
1950 – French/Vietnamese offensive against Viet Minh
1967 – US launches Explorer 35 for lunar orbit (800/7400 km)
1976 – Rock group Deep Purple disbands

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Famous Birthdays

1895 – Xu Beihong, Chinese painter (d. 1953)
1907 – Gunter Bialas, composer
1917 – Robert Aitken, Zen co-founder (Diamond Sangha), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1952 – Dominic Muldowney, English composer, born in Southampton, England
1965 – Stuart Scott, American sportscaster
1968 – Leroy Butler, NFL defensive back (Green Bay Packers – Super Bowl 31)

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Famous Deaths

1415 – Philippa of Lancaster, wife of John I of Portugal (plague) (b. 1359)
1811 – Christian Gotthilf Tag, German composer, dies at 76
1947 – U Razak, Burmese politician (b. 1898)
1994 – Gottfried Reinhardt, theatre Producer, dies at 81
2003 – Pierre Graber, Swiss Federal Councilor (b. 1908)
2016 – Betsy Bloomingdale, American socialite and fashion leader, dies at 93

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