Today in History for 1st August 2018

Historical Events

1789 – US Customs begins enforcing Tariff Act
1883 – Amsterdam’s Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky gets electric lights
1925 – Shortwave-radio link between Kootwijk and Netherland East-Indies
1954 – Tour de France: Louison Bobet of France wins by 15′ 49″ from Ferdinand Kübler, for the second of his 3 consecutive wins
1985 – Russian KGB officer Vitaly Yurchenko defects to the US in Rome, naming Americans Ronald Pelton and Edward Lee Howard as KGB agents
1986 – Twins pitcher Bert Blyleven becomes 10th to reach 3,000 MLB strikeout milestone, 2-hits A’s, 10-1

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Famous Birthdays

1808 – Henry Darwin Rogers, American Geologist (theory of mountain building, first geological mapping of Pennsylvania), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1912 – Henry Jones, American actor (Vertigo, Phyllis, Falcon Crest, Gun Shy), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1999)
1924 – Frank Worrell, cricketer (one of the three W’s, inspiring WI captain)
1952 – C L Whittington, WLAF defensive coach (Frankfurt Galaxy)
1976 – Ivan Duque Márquez, Colombian politician, President of Colombia (2018-), born in Bogotá, Colombia
1977 – Marc Denis, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Montreal, Quebec

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Famous Deaths

1227 – Shimazu Tadahisa, Japanese warlord (b. 1179)
1464 – Cosimo de Medici, Italian de facto ruler of Florence, dies at 74
1911 – Konrad Duden, German linguist (Das, grosse Duden Lexicon), dies
1963 – Theodore Roethke, US poet (Praise to the end!), dies
2003 – Guy Thys, Belgian football coach (b. 1922)
2005 – Al Aronowitz, American music journalist (b. 1928)

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