Today in History

Historical Events

1897 - Herbert Henry Dow founds Dow Chemical in Midland, Michigan
1927 - Ritz Hotel opens in Boston
1941 - Italian army in Ethiopia under general Aosta surrenders to Britain
1958 - 11th Cannes Film Festival: "The Cranes Are Flying" directed by Mikhail Kalatozov wins the Palme d'Or
1985 - 110th Preakness: Pat Day aboard Tank's Prospect wins in 1:53.4
2014 - Swiss voters reject a $25 per hour minimum wage

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Famous Birthdays

1872 - Bertrand Russell, English mathematician and philosopher (Nobel 1950), born in Trellech, England (d. 1970)
1905 - Eric Zeisl, Austrian-American composer (Requiem Ebraico), born in Vienna (d. 1959)
1933 - Bernadette Chirac, French politician and wife of President Jacques Chirac, born in Paris, France
1940 - Pat Trimborn, South African cricket fast bowler (4 Tests, 11 wickets), born in Durban, Natal, South Africa
1965 - Ingo Schwichtenberg, German drummer (Helloween), born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1995)
1971 - Ben Coleman, American guard/offensive tackle (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in South Hill, Virginia

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Famous Deaths

1675 - Stanisław Lubieniecki, Polish astronomer, dies at 51