Today in History

Historical Events

1851 - Opera "La Perle Du Brésil" is produced (Paris)
1957 - Simon and Garfunkel appear on "American Bandstand" as "Tom and Jerry"
1977 - First three nodes of the ARPAnet are connected, in what would eventually become the Internet.
1985 - Columbia moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating of STS 61-C
2003 - In Tbilisi, Georgia, opponents of President Eduard Shevardnadze seize the parliament building and demand the president's resignation.
2009 - President Hugo Chavez states that Venezuela is in recession as the economy contracted 4.5% in the third quarter

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Famous Birthdays

1814 - Serranus Clinton Hastings, American politician (d. 1893)
1873 - Leopold CMS Amery, British minister of Colonies (India)
1943 - Mushtaq Mohammad, cricketer (Pakistan leg-spin all-rounder 1959-79)
1947 - Valerie Wilson Wesley, American author
1953 - Wayne Larkins, cricketer (England opening batsman of 80's)
1964 - Benoit Benjamin, NBA center (Milwaukee Bucks)

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Famous Deaths

1718 - Blackbeard, notorious English pirate, dies in battle at 38
1773 - Robert Clive, English occupier (India), dies at about 48
1783 - John Hanson, American Continental Congressman (b. 1715)
1803 - Bernardus Bosch, Dutch vicar/patriot, dies at 57
1989 - Rene Muawad, assassinated 17 days after elected president of Lebanon
1994 - Norma Donaldson, US singer/actress (Staying Alive), dies at 68

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