Today in History for 29th June 2018

Historical Events

1867 – Pope Pius IX declares Gorcumse holy martyrs
1913 – The attack by Bulgarian General Michael Savov on Greek and Serbian positions leads to beginning of the second Balkan War
1922 – France grants 1 km² at Vimy Ridge “freely, and for all time, to the Government of Canada, the free use of the land exempt from all taxes.”
2002 – Naval clashes between South Korea and North Korea lead to the death of six South Korean sailors and sinking of a North Korean vessel.
2009 – Financier Bernard Madoff sentenced to 150 years in prison, US maximum, for conducting massive Ponzi scheme
2014 – Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi announces establishment of worldwide “caliphate” at the Great Mosque of al-Nuri in Mosul, Iraq

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Famous Birthdays

1901 – Frieda Inescort, Scottish actress (Pride and Prejudice), born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1976)
1902 – Ellen Clara Pollock, British-German actress (Wicked Lady, Horror Hospital), born in Heidelberg, Germany (d. 1997)
1919 – Lloyd Richards, American director (d. 2006)
1926 – Rex Hunt, British diplomat and Governor of the Falkland Islands (1982-1985), born in Redcar, North Yorkshire, England (d. 2012)
1956 – Pedro Guerrero, baseball player
1972 – Nawal Al Zoghbi, Lebanese singer

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Famous Deaths

1293 – Hendrik van Gent, Flemish neo-Augustian philosopher/theologist, dies
1798 – Kaat Mussel [Catharina Mulder], exerciser, dies
1855 – John Gorrie, American scientist (b. 1802)
1875 – Ferdinand I, Emperor of Austria (1835-48), dies at 82
1967 – Oskar Maria Graf, German writer, dies at 72
2007 – Joel Siegel, American film critic (b. 1943)

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