Today in History

Historical Events

1868 - University of Illinois opens
1929 - US Congress creates Court of Customs and Patent Appeals
1933 - Sanriku earthquake of 8.4 and tsunami hit Japan, country's most powerful earthquake in 180 years
1940 - The first televised intercollegiate track meet is seen in NYC on W2XBS; NYU wins the meet presented live from Madison Square Garden
1988 - Dutch Liberal Party merged with SDP
2017 - US Attorney General Jeff Sessions recuses himself from the investigation into Trump campaign contacts with Russia after revelations he met Russian ambassador

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Famous Birthdays

1459 - Adrian VI [Adriaan F Boeyens], Netherlands, Pope (1522-23)
1760 - Camille Desmoulins, French journalist/pamphleteer/revolution leader
1779 - Joel Roberts Poinsett, American statesman and botanist (d. 1851)
1966 - Judith Wiesner, Austrian tennis player (World #12 1997; captain Austria's Federation Cup team 2001), born in Hallein Austria
1979 - Damien Duff, Irish soccer winger (100 caps, Republic of Ireland; Blackburn Rovers, Chelsea, Newcastle United, Fulham), born in Dublin, Ireland
1980 - Lance Cade, American pro wrestler (WWE Tag Team Champion [with Trevor Murdoch] 2005), born in Carroll, Iowa (d. 2010)

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