Today in History

Historical Events

1938 - President Franklin Roosevelt dedicates the Eternal Light Peace Memorial and lights the eternal flame at Gettysburg Battlefield.
1940 - German occupiers forbid using Dutch royal names
1981 - NYC transit fare rises from 60 cents to 75 cents, new brass Y-cut-out token
1983 - Wimbledon Men's Tennis: American John McEnroe wins 5th career Grand Slam title; outclasses Chris Lewis of New Zealand 6-2, 6-2, 6-2
1994 - The deadliest day in Texas traffic history, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. Forty six people killed in crashes.
2007 - America's Cup: Swiss defender Alinghi beats Team New Zealand by 1 second to take the series 5-2 off Valencia, Spain

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Famous Birthdays

1819 - Louis Théodore Gouvy, French-German composer, born in Sarre (d. 1898)
1866 - Albert Gottschalk, Danish painter, born in Stege, Møn, Denmark (d. 1906)
1902 - Jack Newman, New Zealand cricket lefty pace bowler (1932-33, later knighted), born in Brightwater, Nelson (d. 1996)
1909 - Earl Butz, 18th U.S. Secretary of Agriculture (1971-76), born in Albion, Indiana (d. 2008)
1936 - Eric Russell, English cricketer (England opening batsman early 60s), born in Dumbarton, Scotland
1970 - Victor Bailey, NFL wide receiver (KC Chiefs)

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Famous Deaths