Today in History

Historical Events

1931 - Grasshoppers in Iowa, Nebr and SD destroyed thousands of acres of crops
1944 - US troops occupy le Mesnil-Herman/Hill 183 Normandy
1945 - Cubs purchase pitcher Hank Borowy from NY Yankees
1968 - Carol Mann wins LPGA Supertest Canadian Golf Open
1973 - 40th NFL Chicago All Star Game: Miami 14, All Stars 3 (54,103)
2002 - Ukraine airshow disaster: A Sukhoi Su-27 fighter crashes during an air show at Lviv, Ukraine killing 85 and injuring more than 100 others, the largest air show disaster in history.

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Famous Birthdays

1879 - Francesco Gaeta, Italian poet (Il Libro Della Giovinezza)
1907 - Mollie Doreen Phillips, British figure skater/judge (Olympics 1932,36)
1927 - Sat Mahajan, Indian politician
1934 - John Pardoe, CEO (Sight and Sound Education)/Liberal MP
1942 - Dennis Ralston, American tennis player
1960 - Jo Durie, England, tennis player

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Famous Deaths

1638 - Johan VIII de Jongere, count of Nassau-Siegen, dies in battle at 54
1924 - Ferruccio Dante Michelangelo Benvenuto Busoni, composer, dies at 58
1979 - Shirley Mason, actress (Let it Rain, Dark Skies), dies at 79
1986 - Leroy Holmes, orchestra leader (Tonight Show, 1956-57), dies at 72
2003 - Vance Hartke, American politician (b. 1919)
2008 - Horst Stein, German conductor (b. 1928)

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