Today in History

Historical Events

1288 - Jews of Troyes France are accused of ritual murder
1800 - US Library of Congress establishes with $5,000 allocation
1916 - Ernest Shackleton and five men of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition launch a lifeboat from uninhabited Elephant Island in the Southern Ocean to organise a rescue for ice-trapped ship Endurance
1955 - Gaullists lose elections in France
1956 - AL umpire Frank Umont is 1st to wear glasses in a regular season game
1995 - Court orders Darryl Strawberry to pay back $350,000 in taxes

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Famous Birthdays

1743 - Edmund Cartwright, English inventor (power loom), born in Marnham, Nottinghamshire, England (d. 1823)
1924 - Yehoshua Lakner, composer
1933 - Freddie Scott, US songwriter and singer (Cry to Me)
1947 - Josep Borrell Fontelles, Former President of the European Parliament
1965 - Mike Blowers, Wurlzburg Germany, infielder (NY Yankees, LA Dodgers)
1973 - Jamie Brown, NFL tackle (Denver Broncos)

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Famous Deaths

1656 - Thomas Fincke, Danish mathematician and physicist (b. 1561)
1827 - Pierre Joseph Candielle, composer, dies at 82