Today in History

Historical Events

138 - The Emperor Hadrian adopts Antoninus Pius, effectively making him his successor.
1634 - Irish captain Walter Devereaux kills Duke Wallenstein
1933 - Thomas Yawkey purchases Boston Red Sox
1962 - India Congress Party wins elections
1981 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
2013 - Italy Common Good, a centre left alliance, wins the Italian general election

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Famous Birthdays

1663 - Pierre Antoine Motteux, French-born English dramatist (d. 1718)
1847 - John Watson, Canadian philosopher (Objective Idealism)
1887 - Leonard Carey, British actor (Rebecca, Laughter), born in London, England (d. 1977)
1950 - Emitt Rhodes, musician (Merry-go-Round)
1950 - Neil Jordan, Irish director (Crying Game) and novelist, born in Sligo
1950 - Anthony Lloyd, British MP

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Famous Deaths

1601 - Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, executed for treason against Elizabeth I
1723 - Christopher Wren, English astronomer and architect (St. Paul's Cathedral), dies at 90
1925 - Pedro Miguel Marques y Garcia, composer, dies at 81
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