Today in History for 2nd August 2018

Historical Events

1931 – Spanish Catalonia agrees (99+%) for autonomous status
1936 – Tour de France: Sylvère Maes of Belgium wins his second title from Frenchman Antone Magne
1938 – MLB conducts the first test of bright yellow baseballs during Dodgers vs Cardinals doubleheader
1940 – Clermont-Ferrand sentences General Charles de Gaulle to death
1992 – Vitaly Scherbo of Belarus becomes the first gymnast to win 6 gold medals at one Olympics in Barcelona, also first to win 4 gold in one day’s competition (pommel, vault, rings and parallel bars)
2012 – 23 people are killed after two blasts in a fruit market in Lahore, Pakistan

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Famous Birthdays

1867 – Frank Alvord Perret, American volcanologist renowned for his research at Vesuvius, Etna, Stromboli and Kilauea, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1882 – Johannes Tralow, writer
1907 – Mary Hamman, American writer (d. 1984)
1922 – Lord Murray of Epping Forest [Lionel], British labour politician and union leader (General Secretary TUC), born in Hadley, Telford (d. 1984)
1969 – Jan Axel Blomberg Norwegian musician (Dimmu Borgir, Winds, Mayhem)
1988 – Brittany Hargest, American singer (Jump5)

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Famous Deaths

1511 – Andrew Barton, Scottish naval leader
1799 – Jacques-Etienne Montgolfier, French inventor, dies at 54
1873 – Frank Mori, English composer, dies at 53
1942 – Friedrich Aereboe, German landlord and agricultural economist, dies at 77
1959 – Prospero Bisquertt, Chilean composer, dies at 78
1992 – Michel Berges, French composer, dies of a heart attack at 44

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