Today in History for 29th August 2018

Historical Events

1793 – Slaves in French colony of St Domingue (Haiti) freed
1964 – On Elston Howard Night, Mickey Mantle ties Babe Ruth’s career strikeout record (1,330)
1970 – Black Panthers confront cops in Philadelphia (1 cop killed)
1988 – 45th Venice Film Festival: “The Legend of the Holy Drinker” directed by Ermanno Olmi wins Golden Lion
2002 – 19th MTV Video Music Awards: Eminem and Pink win
2011 – “Tha Carter IV” 9th studio album by Lil Wayne is released

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Famous Birthdays

1862 – Maurice Maeterlinck, Belgian poet (Blue Bird, Nobel 1911), born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1949)
1898 – Preston Sturges [Edmund Biden], American director and screenwriter (Sullivan’s Travels), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1959)
1917 – Isabel Sanford, American actress (Louise-Jeffersons/All in the Family), born in NYC, New York (d. 2004)
1959 – Rebecca De Mornay, Santa Rose Cal, actress (Hand that Rocks Cradle)
1959 – Eddi Reader, rocker (Fairground Attraction-Find My Love)
1981 – Brian Chesky, American internet entrepreneur (CEO of Airbnb), born in Niskayuna, New York

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Famous Deaths

1653 – Gillesz de Hondecoeter, painter/Hostage rights, buried at about 49
1799 – Pius VI, [Giovanni A Braschi], Italian Pope (1775-99), dies at 71
1930 – William Archibald Spooner, English writer (b. 1844)
1977 – Brian McGuire, Australian racing driver, killing practising at Brands Hatch at 31
1994 – Gladys Marea Hartman, athletics Administrator, dies at 74
2003 – Ayatollah Sayed Mohammed Baqir al-Hakim, Iraqi political leader (b.1939)

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