Today in History

Historical Events

1642 - Abel Tasman's expedition sails around Farewell Spit and into Golden Bay, first sighting local Māori
1719 - Thomas Fleet publishes "Mother Goose's Melodies For Children"
1948 - Indonesia begins its 2nd political election
1958 - Niger gains autonomy within French Community (National Day)
1969 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1985 - UN Security Council unanimously condemns "acts of hostage-taking"

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Famous Birthdays

1888 - Gladys Cooper, Lewisham England, actress (My Fair Lady)
1905 - Richard Sturzenegger, composer
1915 - Dario Mangiarotti, Italy, fencing, gold, 2 silver (Olympic-1948, 52)
1943 - Bobby Keyes, rocker
1950 - Martha Johnson, Toronto Canada, rocker (M+M)
1969 - Marco Coleman, NFL defensive end (Miami Dolphins, San Diego Chargers)

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Famous Deaths

1737 - Antonio Stradivari, renowned violin-maker, dies in Cremona Italy at 93
1911 - Alberto Randegger, composer, dies at 79
1973 - Giulio Cesare Brero, composer, dies at 64
1991 - June Storey, actress (South of the Border), dies of cancer at 73
1994 - Heinz Bernard Lowenstein, actor/director, dies at 71
2008 - Mark Felt, the infamous Deep Throat, American FBI official and whistle blower during the Watergate Scandal (b. 1932)

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