Famous Deaths for 12th July 2024

1429 – Jean de Gerson, French theologian (Theologica mystic), dies at 65
1949 – Douglas Hyde, first President of Ireland (b. 1860)
1962 – Roger Wolfe Kahn, American bandleader (“I’m Sitting On Top Of The World”), and aviator, dies of a heart attack at 54
1966 – D. T. Suzuki, Zen Japanese-American Buddhist scholar, dies in Tokyo, Japan at 96
1973 – Lon Chaney Jr, American actor (Larry Talbot-The Wolf Man, Lennie Small-Of Mice and Men), dies of heart failure at 67
1992 – Reginald Beck, English film editor (Robbery, Accident, Boom), dies
1995 – Alan David Marks, American concert pianist, dies of cancer at 49
2014 – Kenneth J. Gray, American politician (Rep-D-IL, 1955-74, 85-89), dies at 89
2020 – Lajos Szűcs, Hungarian soccer defender (37 caps; Ferencváros, Honvéd FC; Hungarian Footballer of the Year 1976; Olympic gold 1968), dies at 76
2023 – André Watts, American-Hungarian concert pianist, and educator, dies of prostate cancer at 77

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Historical Events for 12th July 2024

1898 – Jean-Baptiste Marchand hoists French flag in Fashoda, Sudan
1949 – Dutch KLM Constellation crashes near Bombay, 45 die
1949 – 16th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 11-7 at Ebbets Field, Brooklyn
1960 – USSR’s Sputnik 5 launched with 2 dogs
1960 – Orlyonok, the main Young Pioneer camp of the Russian SFSR, is founded.
1968 – Couve de Murville forms government in France
1973 – A fire destroys the entire 6th floor of the National Personnel Records Center of the United States
1994 – 65th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 7-8 at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh
1996 – Start of 1st “Super 8’s” tournament in Kuala Lumpur
2011 – 82nd All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 5-1 at Chase Field, Phoenix

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Today in History for 12th July 2024

Historical Events

1878 – Fever epidemic in New Orleans begin, it will kill 4,500
1898 – Jean-Baptiste Marchand hoists French flag in Fashoda, Sudan
1949 – LA Rams sign Norm Van Brocklin
1969 – As the ‘marching season’ reaches its height there is serious rioting in Derry, Belfast and Dungiven; many families in Belfast are forced to move from their homes
2006 – Hezbollah initiates Operation True Promise.
2017 – World’s largest iceberg (later christened A68) breaks away from Larsen C Ice Shelf in Antarctica, about 6,000 sq km in length

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Famous Birthdays

1644 – Arnold Moonen, Dutch vicar and linguist (David’s holy saint graduals), born in Zwolle, Netherlands (d. 1711)
1880 – Tod Browning, American film director (Dracula), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1962)
1928 – Kathy Staff [Minnie Higginbottom], British actress (Mary Reilly, Last of the Summer Wine, Open All Hours), born in Dukinfield, Cheshire, England (d. 2008)
1942 – Richard Stoltzman, American clarinetist (Tashi), born in Omaha, Nebraska
1949 – Rick Hendrick, American NASCAR team owner (Hendrick Motorsports; 7 x NASCAR Cup Series titles), born in Palmer Springs, Virginia
1966 – Allegra Curtis, model and daughter of Christine Kaufmann and Tony Curtis, born in London, England

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Famous Deaths

1897 – Félix Godefroid, Belgian harpist and composer, dies at 78
1918 – Dragutin Lerman, Croatian explorer, dies at 54
2007 – Robert Burås, Norwegian rock guitarist (Madrugada; My Midnight Creeps), dies at 31
2009 – Donald MacCormick, British broadcaster, dies at 70
2014 – Pat Costello Jr., American rower (Olympics, 1952, silver – 1956), dies at 85
2019 – Arno Marsh, American jazz saxophonist (Woody Herman), and bandleader, dies at 91

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Famous Deaths for 11th July 2024

1775 – Simon Boerum, American Continental Congressman (b. 1724)
1826 – Karl Bernhard Wessely, German composer (Sulamith und Eusebia), dies at 57
1844 – Evgeny Baratynsky, Russian poet (b. 1800)
1876 – Ottho Gerhard Heldring, Dutch preacher and reformer (Heldring Institutions), dies at 72
1948 – King Baggot, American actor and director (Tumbleweeds), dies at 68
1993 – Denis Tomlinson, South African cricket leg-spinner, dies
2001 – Marco Zanuso, Italian Modernist architect and product designer, dies at 85
2010 – Bob Sheppard, American public address announcer (MLB: NY Yankees 1951–2007; NFL: NY Giants 1956–2006), dies at 99
2021 – William Albert Penn, American composer (Living in the Next Great Ice Age; Garland Songs), educator, and record producer, dies at 78
2022 – Gary Moeller, American football coach (University of Michigan 1990-94; Uni of Illinois 1977-79; Detroit Lions), dies at 81

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Historical Events for 11th July 2024

1302 – Battle of the Golden Spurs (Guldensporenslag in Dutch) near Kortrijk, Belgium: Flemish coalition defeat the French army of Philip IV
1346 – Charles IV of Luxembourg is elected Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire
1656 – The first Quakers to land in America (Boston), Englishwomen Ann Austin and Mary Fisher, are arrested and jailed by the Puritan colonial government. After 5 years imprisonment they are deported back to Barbados
1859 – Big Ben’s second and current bell first chimes from inside the Clock Tower
1863 – Japanese battle cruiser shoots at Dutch warship Medusa, kills 4
1955 – Congress authorizes all US currency to say “In God We Trust”
1988 – Mike Tyson hires Donald Trump as an advisor
2000 – 71st All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 6-3 at Turner Field, Atlanta
2012 – Police academy suicide bombing kills 20 in Sana’a, Yemen
2019 – Last models of Volkswagen’s Beetle car are produced in Pueblo, Mexico, ending production worldwide after 80 years

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Today in History for 11th July 2024

Historical Events

1961 – Gene Kiniski beats Verne Gagne in Minneapolis, to become NWA champ
1969 – David Bowie releases the single “Space Oddity” 9 days before Apollo 11 lands on the moon
1990 – Oka Crisis: First Nations land dispute in Quebec, Canada begins between Mohawk people and town of Oka
1995 – All star MVP: Jeff Conine (Florida Marlins)
2001 – Iraq resumes oil exports, ending a 5-week halt in protest of a US and British-sponsored UN Security Council resolution
2018 – Oldest stone tools outside Africa discovered in Lantian country, western China, estimated 2.12 million years old made by hominins

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Famous Birthdays

1778 – Juan Lovera, Venezuelan artist, born in Caracas, Venezuela (d. 1841)
1841 – Daniël de Lange, Dutch composer, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1918)
1931 – Hans Klein, German politician (Vice President Bundestag 1990-96), born in Šumperk, Czechoslovakia (d. 1996)
1931 – Tullio Regge, Italian physicist (Regge theory), born in Borgo d’Ale, Italy (d. 2014)
1959 – Richie Sambora, American rock guitarist and songwriter (Bon Jovi, 1983-2018 – “Livin’ on a Prayer”), boyfriend of Cher (1989-90), and husband of Heather Locklear (1994-2007), born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey
1984 – Rachael Taylor, Australian actress (Jessica Jones), born in Launceston, Tasmania

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Famous Deaths

1302 – Pierre Flote, French legist and Chancellor of France under King Philip IV, dies in the Battle of the Golden Spurs
1581 – Peder Skram, Danish senator and naval hero
1768 – Jose Melchior de Nebra Blascu, Spanish composer, dies at 66
1959 – (Rossiere) “Shadow” Wilson, American jazz drummer (Thelonious Monk), dies of meningitis at 39
2009 – Ji Xianlin, Chinese linguist and paleographer (b.1911)
2018 – Lindy Remigino, American athlete (Olympic gold 100m 1952), dies of prostate cancer at 87

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Famous Deaths for 10th July 2024

1851 – Louis-Jacques Daguerre, French inventor and photographer (daguerreotype), dies at 63
1910 – Johann Gottfried Galle, German astronomer, discoverer of Neptune by telescope, dies at 98
1940 – Donald Francis Tovey, British musicologist and composer, dies at 64
1954 – Calogero Vizzini, Sicilian Mafia boss, dies at 76
1978 – Joe Davis, English snooker player (World Champion 1927-40, 1946), dies at 77
1983 – Werner Egk, German composer (Die Zaubergeige), dies at 82
2002 – Jean-Pierre Côté, French Canadian politician and Lieutenant Governor of Quebec (b. 1926)
2008 – Mike Souchak, American golfer (15 PGA Tour titles; Ryder Cup 1959, 61), dies of a heart attack at 81
2020 – Lara van Ruijven, Dutch short track speed skater (World C’ship gold 500m 2019; Olympic bronze 3000m relay 2018), dies from an autoimmune disease at 27
2020 – Corra Dirksen, South African rugby union winger (10 caps; Northern Transvaal), dies from COVID-19 complications at 82

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Historical Events for 10th July 2024

988 – The city of Dublin is founded on the banks of the river Liffey
1796 – Carl Friedrich Gauss discovers that every positive integer is representable as a sum of at most three triangular numbers
1923 – All non-fascist parties dissolved in Italy
1928 – Senator Milt Gaston hurls record tying 14-hit shutout
1934 – 1st sitting US President to visit South America, FDR in Colombia
1947 – Muhammad Ali Jinnah is recommended as the first Governor General of Pakistan by then Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Clement Attlee
1990 – All star MVP: Julio Franco (Texas Rangers)
2000 – Coldplay release their debut album “Parachutes” (Grammy Award Best Alternative Album 2002)
2005 – Senior Players Championship Men’s Golf, TPC of Michigan: Peter Jacobsen wins his second Champions Tour major title by 1 stroke from Hale Irwin
2019 – Kawhi Leonard signs with the Los Angeles Clippers to a reported three-year, $103 million contract

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Today in History for 10th July 2024

Historical Events

1936 – 112°F (44°C) at Martinsburg, West Virginia (state record)
1956 – 650,000 US steel workers go on strike
1971 – Failed assassination attempt on King Hassan II of Morocco, 101 killed
1990 – Final day of Test Cricket for Richard Hadlee as New Zealand go down by 114 runs in 3rd Test v England at Edgbaston
1994 – Revival of Henrik Ibsen’s stage drama “Hedda Gabler”, starring Kelly McGillis, opens at Criterion Theater, NYC; runs for 33 performances
2001 – Amerada Hess agrees to acquire Triton Energy for $2.7 billion in cash

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Famous Birthdays

1419 – Emperor Go-Hanazono, 102nd Emperor of Japan (d. 1471)
1870 – Maurice Lugeon, Swiss geologist (nappism), born in Poissy, France (d. 1953)
1900 – Mitchell Parish [Michael Pashelinsky], Lithuanian-American lyricist (“Stardust”; “It’s Wonderful”; “Moonlight Serenade”; “Sweet Lorraine”), born in Lithuania, Russian Empire (d. 1993)
1921 – Harvey Ball, American inventor and designer of popular ‘smiley-face’ graphic, born in Worcester, Massachusetts (d. 2001)
1946 – Sue Lyon, American actress (Lolita, Night of the Iguana), born in Davenport, Iowa
1951 – Phyllis Smith, American actress (Phyllis Vance-The Office), born in The Hill, St. Louis, Missouri

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Famous Deaths

1590 – Archduke Charles II of Austria (b. 1540)
1621 – Karel Bonaventura Buquoy, French soldier (b. 1571)
1851 – Louis-Jacques Daguerre, French inventor and photographer (daguerreotype), dies at 63
1953 – Sidney Homer, American composer, dies at 88
1973 – Wallace “Bud” Smith, American boxer (World lightweight title 1955-56), dies of gunshot wounds at 49
2005 – Roland Bengtsson, Swedish guitarist, lute player and double bassist, dies at 88

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Famous Deaths for 9th July 2024

1755 – Gottlob Harrer, German composer, dies at 52
1766 – Jonathan Mayhew, American Congregational minister, dies at 45
1969 – Pierre Capdevielle, French conductor, composer (Élégie de Duino), music critic (Monde musicale), and teacher, dies at 63
1994 – Sabby Lewis, American jazz pianist and arranger, dies at 79
1995 – John Eric Tieman, production Manager (The Guardian), dies at 67
1996 – Susan Cowdy, English ornithologist (Bardsey Island Trust) dies at 81
2011 – Don Ackerman, American basketball player (b. 1930)
2019 – William E. Dannemeyer, American politician who opposed LGBT rights (Rep-R-CA, 1979-93), dies at 89
2021 – Paul Mariner, English soccer striker (35 caps; Plymouth Argyle, Ipswich Town, Arsenal, Portsmouth) and coach (Plymouth Argyle, Toronto FC), dies from brain cancer at 68
2022 – Tommy Jacobs, American golfer (US Open 1964 runner-up; US Masters 1966 runner-up), dies at 87

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