Today in History

Historical Events

1572 - St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre of Protestants by Roman Catholics begins in Paris and later spreads to the French provinces
1908 - NY Giants scores shown on electric diamonds known as "Compton's Baseball Bulletin" at Madison Square Garden
1962 - Dodger coach Leo Durocher suffers a near-fatal allergic reaction to a penicillin injection while in the clubhouse at the Polo Grounds
1976 - Soyuz 21 returns to Earth
1989 - British brewery Bass buys Holiday Inn hotel chain
2015 - Physicist Stephen Hawking presents a new theory on black holes at a lecture at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm

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Famous Birthdays

1919 - Nils Viggo Bentzon, composer
1933 - Yasser Arafat, Chairman of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, 1st President of the Palestinian National Authority (1994-2004) and 1994 Nobel peace prize winner, born in Cairo, Egypt (d. 2004)
1967 - Michael Thomas, English footballer
1972 - Christian Ruud, tennis star (1989 Norwegian), born in Oslo, Norway
1973 - Andrew Brunette, Sudbury, NHL left wing (Washington Capitals)
1980 - Sonja Bennett, Canadian actress

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Famous Deaths

1923 - Kate Douglas Wiggin, author (US kindergarten movement), dies at 66<...