Today in History for 23rd August 2018

Historical Events

1914 – Gen von Hausen executes 612 inhabitants of Dinant, Belgium
1938 – “You Can’t Take It With You” from the play by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, directed by Frank Capra and starring James Stewart and Jean Arthur premieres. Best Picture (1939)
1955 – Betty Jameson wins LPGA White Mountain Golf Open
1982 – Lebanese falangist leader Bechir Gemayel elected as president
2011 – 5.8 earthquake occurrs in Mineral, Virginia felt as far north as Ontario and as far south as Atlanta, Georgia
2013 – 26 people are killed and 55 are injured by a suicide bombing in Baghdad, Iraq

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Famous Birthdays

1843 – William Southam, Canadian newspaper publisher, born in Montreal, Canada (d. 1932)
1869 – James (Sunny Jim) Rolph, San Francisco mayor (1912-31), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1934)
1917 – Tex Williams, American country-western singer, born in Ramsey, Illinois (d. 1985)
1932 – Mark Russell, political satirist/pianist (Real People), born in Buffalo, New York
1933 – Pete Wilson, (Sen-R-CA, 1983-88/Gov-R-Ca 1991- )
1969 – Keith Tyson, English artist, born in Ulverston, United Kingdom

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Famous Deaths

634 – Aboe Bekr Abd Allah, [al-Siddik], friend/successor of Mohammed and Caliph, dies
1825 – Amos Bull, composer, dies at 81
1966 – Francis X Bushman, American silent film actor (Sabrina, Ben-Hur), dies at 83
1994 – Richard Jock Kinneir, graphic designer, dies at 77
2000 – John Anthony Kaiser, Roman Catholic priest (b. 1932)
2005 – Ninjalicious, Canadian author and urban explorer (b. 1973)

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