Today in History for 27th August 2018

Historical Events

1569 – Pope Pius names Cosimo I de Medici as grand duke of Tuscany
1665 – “Ye Bare and Ye Cubb” is the first play performed in North America in Acomac, Virginia
1884 – US Men’s National Tennis Championship, Newport R.I.: Richard Sears beats Howard Taylor 6-0, 1-6, 6-0, 6-2
1921 – J E Clair of Acme Packing Co of Green Bay granted an NFL franchise
1978 – Gerrie Knetemann becomes world cyclist champion
2013 – “Gravity”, directed and co-written by Alfonso Cuarón and starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney premieres at the Venice Film Festival

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Famous Birthdays

1666 – Ivan V, co-tsar of Russia (1682-89)
1839 – Emory Upton, Bvt Major General (Union Army), (d. 1881)
1886 – Rebecca Clarke, English classical composer and violist, born in Harrow, England (d. 1979)
1914 – Catherine Marshall, editor/writer
1918 – Lord Winstanley, physician/British MP (Labour)
1971 – Julian Cheung, Hong Kong actor and singer

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Famous Deaths

1667 – Adriaen Melar, Flemish engraver, buried at 33
1931 – Francis Marion Smith, American borax magnate (b. 1846)
1948 – Oscar Lorenzo Fernandez, composer, dies at 50
1967 – Henri-Georges Adam, French painter/cartoonist/sculptor, dies at 63
1969 – Ivy Compton-Burnett, English novelist (Manservant and Maidservant), dies at 85
2011 – Nico Minardos, Greek-American actor (The Twilight Zone, Twelve Hours to Kill), dies at 81

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