Today in History for 13th March 2019

Historical Events

1759 – 27th recorded perihelion passage of Halley’s Comet
1772 – Gotthold Lessing’s “Emilia Calotti” premieres in Brunswick
1852 – Uncle Sam cartoon figure made its debut in the New York Lantern weekly
1973 – Minskoff Theater opens at 200 W 45th St NYC
1994 – 33.3% of Austria votes for ultra-right Freedom Party
2013 – Aleqa Hammond’s Siumut party wins the Greenland parliamentary elections

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Famous Birthdays

1585 – Federico Cesi, Italian naturalist and founder of the first modern scientific society, the Accademia dei Lincei, 1603, born in Rome, Italy (d. 1630)
1930 – Doug Harvey, American National League umpire (Baseball Hall of Fame 2010), born in South Gate, California (d. 2018)
1946 – Yonatan Netanyahu, Israeli soldier who died leading rescue operation Entebbe in Uganda, born in NYC, New York (d. 1976)
1951 – Fred Berry, African-American actor (Rerun-What’s Happening), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 2003)
1963 – Vance Johnson, American NFL wide receiver (Denver Broncos), born in Trenton, New Jersey
1987 – Marco Andretti, American racecar driver (grandson of Mario Andretti), born in Nazareth, Pennsylvania

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Famous Deaths

1271 – Henry of Almain, English crusader (b. 1235)
1915 – Sergei Witte, 1st Prime Minister of Russia (1905-06), dies at 65
1982 – Albert Weisser, composer, dies at 64
1982 – Wilfred Hawker, Suriname sgt-major, executed
2007 – Arnold Skaaland, American professional wrestler (b. 1925)
2010 – He Pingping, the world’s shortest man who was able to walk. (b. 1988)

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