Today in History for 31st August 2018

Historical Events

1422 – Henry VI becomes King of England at the age of 9 months
1881 – 1st US men’s single tennis championships (Newport, Rhode Island)
1907 – Britain, Russia and France form Triple Entente
1970 – WKMJ TV channel 68 in Louisville, Kentucky (PBS) begins broadcasting
1978 – Emily and William Harris plead guilty to 1974 kidnapping of Patty Hearst
1980 – 80th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Hal Sutton

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Famous Birthdays

1884 – George Al Sarton, Belgian-American chemist and historian, born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1956)
1921 – Raymond Williams, Welsh academic and novelist (Second Generation), born in Llanfihangel Crucorney, Wales (d. 1988)
1954 – Tula, [Barry Kenneth Cossey], England, transsexual (For Your Eyes Only)
1969 – Jonathan LaPaglia, Australian actor
1976 – Vincent Delerm, French singer-songwriter, pianist and composer
1982 – Patrick Nuo, Swiss singer

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Famous Deaths

1056 – Theodora, Byzantine Empress (b. 981)
1604 – Giovanale Ancina, composer, dies at 58
1888 – Mary Ann Nichols, a 42-year-old prostitute, was found stabbed to death in London, 1st of at least five murders by Jack the Ripper
1902 – Mathilde Wesendonk, German author/poetess, dies at 73
1910 – Emils Darzins, composer, dies at 34
1918 – Joe English, Irish/Flemish signaler (WWI), dies at 36

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