Today in History for 7th August 2018

Historical Events

1948 – American swimmer Jimmy McLane wins the 1,500m for his 2nd gold medal at the London Olympics (4 x 200m freestyle relay); marks a US clean sweep of every men’s swimming gold medal at the Games
1948 – 1st Dutch government of Beel resigns
1955 – KSTF TV channel 10 in Scottsbluff-Gering, NB (CBS/NBC) begins
1959 – The Lincoln Memorial design on the U.S. penny goes into circulation. It replaces the “sheaves of wheat” design
1981 – “The Washington Star” ceases all operations after 128 years of publication
2004 – Cubs pitcher Greg Maddux enters the history books with his 300th career win in the Chicago’s 8-4 triumph v San Francisco at SBC Park

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Famous Birthdays

1867 – Emil Nolde, [Hansen], German painter and graphic artist
1876 – Mata Hari [Margaretha Geertruida Zelle], Dutch exotic dancer, courtesan and convicted German WWI spy, born in Leeuwarden, Netherlands (d. 1917)
1929 – Don Larsen, American MLB pitcher (NY Yankees), born on what must have been a perfect day in Michigan City, Indiana
1939 – Anjanette Comer, American actress (Baby, Lepke), born in Dawson, Texas
1955 – Wayne Knight, American actor
1983 – Tina O’Brien, British actress, born in Manchester, England

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Famous Deaths

1916 – Charles E Manning, Australian judge/major, dies in battle at 36
1943 – Gustav Schmidt, German lt-general, dies in battle
1967 – Max Tak, Dutch violinist/radio commentator, dies at 75
1990 – Eva Sully Block, actress (Kid Millions), dies of heart failure at 88
1992 – John Anderson, American actor (Psycho, Ride the High Country, Legend of Wyatt Earp), dies of heart attack at 69
2007 – Hal Fishman, Los Angeles based local news anchor. (b. 1931)

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