Today in History for 8th September 2018

Historical Events

1919 – Babe Ruth hits his 26th HR off Jack Quinn in NY, breaking Buck Freeman’s 1899 HR mark of 25
1967 – Uganda abolishes traditional tribal kingdoms, becomes a republic
1969 – Suleiman Maghrabi appointed premier of Libya
1995 – Cleveland Indians clinch 1st AL Central Division title
2001 – US Open Women’s Tennis: Venus Williams successfully defends title; beats younger sister Serena Williams 6-2, 6-4
2013 – 11 people are killed after a minibus collides with a train in Lasi, Romania

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Famous Birthdays

1918 – Derek Barton, British chemist (Nobel 1969)
1934 – Peter Maxwell Davies, composer (Prolation, Taverner), born in Manchester, England (d. 2016)
1941 – Donald “Dante” Drowty, American singer (The Evergreens), born in Los Angeles, California
1942 – Brian Cole, rock vocalist/bassist (Association), born in Tacoma, Washington
1975 – Lee Eul-Yong, South Korean footballer
1977 – Maria Helena Selin, ice hockey right wing (Finland, Olympics 1998)

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Famous Deaths

1811 – Peter S Pallas, German geologist/zoologist, dies at 69
1990 – Denys Watkins-Pitchford, British writer and illustrator (The Little Grey Men), dies at 85
1991 – Brad Davis, American actor (Midnight Express, Chariots of Fire), dies at 41
1992 – Quentin N Burdick, (Sen-D-ND, 1960-91), dies at 84
1995 – Olga Ivinskaya, mistress of Boris Pasternak, dies of cancer at 83
1995 – Safa Khulusi, Iraqi writer and historian, dies at 78

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