Today in History for 12th July 2022

Historical Events

927 – King Aethelstan is the first southern English king to gain control of much of the north of Britain when various local kings accept his overlordship at Eamont, Cumbria
1916 – 3rd and 4th of 4 fatal Jersey Shore shark attacks occurs at Matawan Creek when epileptic Lester Stilwell (11) is dragged into a creek and Watson Fisher (24), believing Silwell had a seizure, is bitten while retrieving the body and subsequently bleeds to death
1987 – Canadian Open Women’s Golf (du Maurier Classic), Islesmere GC: Jody Rosenthal wins by 2 from Ayako Okamoto of Japan
1987 – 1st time in 20 years a delegation from USSR lands in Israel
1990 – In Soweto, South Africa, Shanty town women strip to the waist and confront bulldozers sent by authorities to demolish their homes
1998 – FIFA World Cup Final, Stade de France, Saint-Denis: Zinedine Zidane scores twice as France wins first World Cup beating Brazil, 3-0

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Famous Birthdays

1937 – Mickey Edwards, American Republican congressman (Chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee), born in Cleveland, Ohio
1944 – Denise Nicholas, American actress (Room 222, Baby I’m Back), born in Detroit, Michigan
1951 – Jamey Sheridan, American actor (Another World), born in Pasadena, California
1960 – Corynne Charby [Corinne Charbit], French model, actress and pop singer (“Pile ou face” – “Heads Or Tails”), born in Paris, France
1969 – Alan Mullally, English cricket left-arm fast bowler (19 Tests, 58 wickets; 50 ODIs, 63 wickets), born in Southend-on-Sea, England
1977 – Neil Harris, English footballer

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Famous Deaths

1693 – John Ashby, English admiral
1850 – Robert Stevenson, Scottish civil engineer (Bell Rock Lighthouse, Scotland), dies at 78
1897 – FĂ©lix Godefroid, Belgian harpist and composer, dies at 78
1995 – Alan David Marks, American concert pianist, dies of cancer at 49
2018 – Tom Gallagher, American diplomat, gay activist, and 1st Foreign Service officer to publicly come out in 1976, dies at 77
2020 – Wim Suurbier, Dutch soccer right back (60 caps; Ajax 392 games) and manager (LA Heat, TB Rowdies), dies of a cerebral haemorrhage at 75

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