Today in History for 31st July 2018

Historical Events

1653 – Fronde-leaders surrender in Bordeaux
1899 – Albert Trott hits Monty Noble over the Pavilion at Lord’s
1944 – US troops occupy Sansapor, New-Guinea
1944 – Last deportation train out Mechelen departs to Auschwitz
1975 – The Miami Showband killings: Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF), a loyalist paramilitary group, shoot dead three members of an Irish showband at Buskhill, County Down, Ireland
1980 – Soyuz 37 crew returns to Earth aboard Soyuz 36

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Famous Birthdays

1597 – Sebastian Stosskopf, Elzassisch painter, baptized
1830 – Frantisek Zdenek Xavier Alois Skuhersky, composer
1843 – Peter Rosegger, Austrian poet and Nobel Prize laureate, born in Krieglach, Austria (d. 1918)
1945 – William Floyd Weld, (Gov-R-Mass)
1946 – Karen Zerby, American religious leader, born in Camden, New Jersey
1959 – Stanley Jordan, American jazz guitarist, born in Chicago, Illinois

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Famous Deaths

1508 – Na’od, Emperor of Ethiopia (b. 1494)
1917 – Francis Ledwidge, Irish poet (b. 1881)
1953 – Robert Taft, (Sen-R-Oh) “Mr Republican”, dies in NY at 63
1990 – Albert Leduc, French Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1902)
1993 – George Keyt, Sri Lankan painter, dies at 92
1996 – Joan Warburton, Scottish painter, dies at 76

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