Today in History for 4th July 2018

Historical Events

1863 – Vicksburg, Mississippi surrenders to Union forces
1892 – James Keir Hardie chosen 1st socialist in British Lower house
1930 – Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Helen Moody wins 4th straight Wimbledon singles beating fellow American Elizabeth Ryan 6-2, 6-2
1944 – Gestapo arrests German Social Democrat Julius Leber
1996 – Hot Mail, a free internet E-mail service begins
2004 – Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Roger Federer wins the second of 5 straight Wimbledon singles titles beating Andy Roddick 4-6, 7-5, 7-6, 6-4

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Famous Birthdays

1886 – Heinrich Kaminski, composer
1927 – Neil Simon, playwright (Odd Couple, Plaza Suite, Biloxi Blues), born in The Bronx, New York
1929 – Al Davis, American businessman and NFL team owner (Oakland Raiders), born in Brockton, Massachusetts (d. 2011)
1943 – Konrad “Conny” Bauer, German musician
1966 – Lee Reherman, American actor
1973 – Michael Johnson, English-born Jamaican footballer

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Famous Deaths

1627 – Thomas Middleton, English playwright (A Game at Chess), dies at 47
1850 – William Kirby, English entomologist (b. 1759)
1889 – Auguste Mermet, composer, dies at 79
1916 – Alan Seeger, American war poet (b. 1888)
1962 – Rex Bell [George Francis Beldam], American cowboy actor (Cowboys and Injuns) and 21st Lieutenant Governor of Nevada, dies from a heart attack at 58
1994 – Arthur Berry, English artist and playwright, dies at 69

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