Today in History

Historical Events

1607 - Shortly before making landfall in America, Captain Edward Maria Wingfield is named President of the Jamestown governing council
1626 - Battle at the Dessau bridge: Albrecht von Wallenstein beats Ernst von Mansfeld
1959 - St Lawrence Seaway linking Atlantic and the Great Lakes opens to shipping
1961 - Unmanned Mercury test explodes on launch pad
1971 - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1977 - Cincinnati Reds tie record of 12 runs in 5th inning beating Braves 23-9

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Famous Birthdays

1792 - John Keble, Anglican priest and founder (Oxford Movement), born in Fairford, Gloucestershire, England (d. 1886)
1876 - Rubén M. Campos, Mexican novelist (Claudio Oranos) and musicologist (El folklore y la musica mexicana), born in Ciudad Manuel Doblado, Guanajuato, Mexico (d. 1945)
1897 - Mary [Victoria Alexandra Alice Mary], Princess Royal and Countess of Harewood, born in York Cottage, Sandringham (d. 1965)
1941 - Bertrand Tavernier, French actor (Capt Conan, L627, Daddy Nostalgie), born in Lyon, France
1980 - Alejandro Valverde, Spanish road racing cyclist, born in Las Lumbreras, Spain
1984 - Robert Andino, Cuban-American baseball player, born in Miami, Florida

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