Today in History for 1st October 2018

Historical Events

1874 – Rotterdam opens drinking water pipes
1921 – WJZ, Newark NJ begins broadcasting
1955 – WORA TV channel 5 in Mayaguez, PR (TCI) begins broadcasting
1961 – Premiere of Dmitri Shostakovich’s 12nd Symphony
1977 – Brazilian soccer great Pelé plays his final game for the New York Cosmos in an exhibition against Santos in front of 75,000 at Giants Stadium; 1,281 goals in 1,363 games
1991 – Soviet Union suspends petroleum product exports as its fuel shortages grow

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Famous Birthdays

1865 – Paul Dukas, French composer (d. 1935)
1885 – Louis Untermeyer, American poet/critic (Immortal Poems, Story Poems), born in NYC, New York
1944 – Barbara Parritt, US soul singer (Toys-Lover’s Concerto)
1948 – Ellen McIlwaine, blues singer (Honky Tonky Angel), born in Nashville, Tennessee
1953 – Greta Waitz, Norwegian marathon runner (1st female world marathon champion 1983), born in Oslo, Norway (d. 2011)
1973 – Jana Henke, German swimmer

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Famous Deaths

976 – Al-Hakam II, Moors kalief of Cordoba, dies
1943 – Anton JT Koreman, resistance fighter, executed at 27
1945 – Walter B Cannon, US physiologist (Traumatic Shock), dies at 73
1961 – Donald Cook, American actor (Too Young To Go Steady), dies at 60
1965 – Gareth Hughes, Welsh actor (Midnight Girl), dies at 71
1997 – Gul Mohammed, world’s shortest man (22.1″/56.16 cm), dies at 36

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