Today in History

Historical Events

374 - Comet 1P/374 E1 (Halley) approaches within 0.0884 AUs of Earth
1930 - Chicago Cubs catcher Leo Hartnett breaks the altitude record for a catch by gloving a baseball dropped from the Goodyear blimp 800 feet over Los Angeles, California
1931 - Jackie Mitchell becomes the second female (after Lizzie Arlington 1898) in organised baseball when she signs with the Chattanooga Lookouts Baseball Club
1978 - 132nd Grand National: Bob Davies aboard 14/1 chance Lucius wins by half a length from Sebastian V
2012 - Plane crash in Western Siberia kills at least 31 people (UTair Aviation ATR-72)
2019 - China announces new laws against fentanyl-related substances to come into effect 1 May

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Famous Birthdays

1909 - Abner Biberman, American director and actor (His Girl Friday, The Leopard Man), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1977)
1924 - Čkalja [Miodrag Petrović], Serbian actor and one of the most popular comedians of former Yugoslavia, born in Kruševac, Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes (d. 2003)
1946 - Arrigo Sacchi, Italian soccer coach (Italy 1991-96 FIFA World Cup silver 1994; Serie A 1987-88, European Cup 1989, 90 AC Milan; Atlético Madrid, Parma), born in Fusignano, Italy
1955 - Gregg Jarrett, American television anchor
1961 - Sergio Scariolo, Italian basketball coach (NBA: assistant Toronto Raptors; head coach Spain; World Cup gold 2019), born in Brescia, Italy
1973 - Stephen Fleming, New Zeal...