Today in History

Historical Events

1941 - German battleship Bismarck sunk by British naval force
1949 - Martin Canine, cartoon character, spoofs Martin Kane
1972 - "Applause" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 900 performances
1994 - NHL Eastern Conference Final: New York Rangers beat New Jersey Devils, 4 games to 3
2006 - Earthquake strikes Java, Indonesia at 5:53:58 AM local time (22:53:58 UTC May 26) devastating Bantul and the city of Yogyakarta, killing over 6,600 people
2009 - South Africa enters the global recession; the first recession for South Africa in 17 years

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Famous Birthdays

1774 - Francis Beaufort, admiral/hydrographer (Beaufort wind force scale)
1908 - Alex Brown, snooker player
1916 - Norman Griggs, VP (Building Society Association)
1930 - John Barth, novelist (Sot-Weed Factor)
1936 - Louis Gossett Jr, American actor (Officer and Gentleman, Deep), born in Brooklyn, New York
1961 - Cathy Silvers, actress (Happy Days, Foley Square), born in NYC, New York

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Famous Deaths

1878 - Carlo Marsili, composer, dies at 49
1918 - Henry Adams, US literature historian (Esther), dies at 80