Today in History

Historical Events

1434 - River Thames in London freezes over
1923 - Radio Belgium's 1st transmission
1924 - General Feng Yu-Hsiang, a warlord from the north of China, turns on his allies and seizes Peking
1971 - A woman is killed after members of the Irish Republican Army carry out an attack on British soldiers in Strabane, County Tyrone
1972 - Taoiseach Jack Lynch met with British Prime Minister Edward Heath in London to give Irish approval to Attlee's paper that said new arrangements should be 'acceptable to and accepted by the Republic of Ireland'
2007 - Australians elect the Kevin Rudd-led centre-left Australian Labor Party at the federal election, ending the eleven-year tenure of the John Howard-led centre-right Liberal/National coalition government.

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Famous Birthdays

1884 - Itzhak Ben-Zvi, President of Israel (d. 1963)
1908 - Ray Carter, orchestra leader (Arthur Murray Dance Party), born in Chicago, Illinois
1930 - Ken Barrington, cricketer (tough England batsman)
1934 - Claudio Prieto, composer
1960 - Edgar Meyer, American bassist and composer
1968 - Dave Jukes, Canadian Tour golfer (1991 Kawartha Lakes), born in Toronto, Ontario

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Famous Deaths

1572 - John ...