Today in History for 12th April 2022

Historical Events

1557 – Cuenca is founded in Ecuador
1905 – French Dufaux brothers test helicopter
1965 – 1st NL game at Houston’s Astrodome (Phillies beat Astros 2-0)
1991 – 2,500th episode of Entertainment Tonight airs
1992 – 56th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Fred Couples wins his only major title, 2 strokes ahead of 1976 champion Raymond Floyd
2019 – Melbourne captain Cameron Smith becomes highest point scorer in Australian Rugby League history; 49th minute penalty in Storm’s 18-12 win over North Queensland in Townsville takes him to 2,420; Hazem El Masri, 2,418

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Famous Birthdays

1794 – Germinal Pierre Dandelin, Belgian mathematician (geometry), born in Paris (d. 1847)
1868 – Akiyama Saneyuki, Japanese officer in the Imperial Japanese Navy, born in Matsuyama, Iyo Province, Japan (d. 1918)
1920 – H R Hewitt, CEO (Johnson Matthey)
1932 – Lakshman Kadirgamar, Sri Lankan politician (Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka), born in Colombo, British Ceylon (d. 2005)
1979 – Mateja Kežman, Serbian footballer, born in Belgrade, Serbia
1980 – Brian McFadden, Irish singer and songwriter (Westlife), born in Dublin, Ireland

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Famous Deaths

1782 – Metastasio, Italian poet and librettist (b. 1698)
1797 – Josef Antonin Stepan, Bohemian composer, dies at 71
1864 – Thomas Green, US Confederate brigadier general, dies in battle at 50
1983 – Carl Morton, American baseball player (b. 1944)
1989 – Abbie Hoffman, yippie peace activist of the 60’s, dies at 52
2000 – Niaz Ahmed, Pakistani cricketer (1st and last East Pakistani to play Test cricket), dies at 54

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