Today in History for 8th August 2018

Historical Events

936 – German king Otto I the Great crowned
1900 – 1st Davis Cup tennis competition, named after Dwight Filley Davis, began at Longwood Cricket Club in Mass, and won by US 2 days later
1911 – Public Law 62-5 sets the number of representatives in the United States House of Representatives at 435. The law would come into effect in 1913.
1938 – 6th Venice Film Festival opens
1946 – Dreyfuss family, owners of Pittsburgh Pirates since 1900, sells club to Frank McKinney and John Galbreath for $25 million
1983 – Jury in KC, Mo, awards TV anchorwoman Christine Craft $500,000 in sex discrimination suit against KMBC-TV (later overturned)

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Famous Birthdays

1653 – Jacques Basnage, French/Neth historian/vicar
1819 – Charles Anderson Dana, Asst Secy War, (Union) (d. 1897)
1823 – Theodule Augustin Ribot, painter
1939 – Philip E Baisley, Augusta Va, singer (Statler Bros-Class of ’57)
1957 – Nancy Glass, TV broadcaster (American Journal)
1965 – Akitoshi Saito, wrestler (NJPW)

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Famous Deaths

1705 – Willem Roukens, mayor (Nimegen ort Nimeguen), beheaded
1747 – Madeleine de Verchères, New France heroine (b. 1678)
1788 – Louis FAD Duke the Richelieu, French marshal, dies at 92
1940 – Johnny Dodds, American early jazz clarinetist, dies at 48
1965 – Olga Fastrová, Czech writer and editor (National Policy), dies at 89
1975 – Julian “Cannonball” Alderly, saxophonist/bandleader, dies of a stroke at 46

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