Today in History

Historical Events

787 - Byzantine empress Irene recovers Iconclastic cult at Nicaea
1893 - C Dazey's "In Old Kentucky" premieres in NYC (27 seasons)
1942 - During WW II, Britain launches major offensive at El Alamein, Egypt
1944 - Soviet army invades Hungary
1946 - UN General Assembly 2nd session convenes (1st NYC-Flushing Meadows)
1958 - The Springhill Mine Bump - An underground earthquake traps 174 miners in the No. 2 colliery at Springhill, Nova Scotia, the deepest coal mine in North America at the time. By November 1, rescuers from around the world had dug out 100 of the victims, marking the death toll at 74.

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Famous Birthdays

1805 - Adalbert Stifter, Austrian author (Nachsommer)
1865 - Neltje Blanchan, American writer (d. 1918)
1869 - Jacobus H "Koos" Speenhoff, Dutch singer
1918 - Peggy Moran, actress (Double Date, Horror Island)
1946 - Gerda Lenten-Havertong, Surinam, Dutch singer/actress (Sesame St)
1980 - Jade Davidson, Australia, gymnast (Olympics-96)

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Famous Deaths

1928 - F A Alphonse Aulard, French historian, dies
1975 - Charles Brokaw, actor (Outer Gate, I Cover the War), dies at 77
1986 - Lino Ventura, actor (French Detective, Slap, Jig-Saw), dies at 67
2002 - Adolph Green, American lyricist and playwright (b. 1915)
2003 - Soong May-ling, wife of the President of the Republic of China Chiang Kai-shek (b. 1897)
2007 - John Ilhan, Australian entrepreneur, Crazy John's mobile phones (b. 1965)

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