Today in History for 13th September 2021

Historical Events

1890 – Cecil Rhodes’ colonists hoist the Union Jack in Mashonaland and Salisbury
1925 – 1st US University for African American, Xavier University, opens in New Orleans
1944 – Last transport out camp Westerbork to Bergen Belsen
1958 – Braves Warren Spahn is 1st lefty to win 20 or more games 9 times
1985 – 2nd MTV Video Music Awards: Bruce Springsteen
1998 – US Open Men’s Tennis: In an all-Australian final Patrick Rafter retains title; beats Mark Philippoussis 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-0

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Famous Birthdays

1766 – Samuel Wilson, American meat packer and possible namesake of Uncle Sam, born in Menotomy, Province of Massachusetts Bay (d. 1854)
1830 – Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach, Austrian writer (The Child of the Parish), born in Zdislavi─Ź, Moravia (d. 1916)
1919 – George Weidenfeld, British publisher (Weidenfeld and Nicolson), born in Vienna (d. 2016)
1949 – Craig McGregor, American rock bassist (Foghat, 1976-2018), born in Sioux City, Iowa (d. 2018)
1969 – Ilka Knickenberg, German actress
1971 – Richie Anderson, American NFL running back (NY Jets), born in Olney, Maryland

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Famous Deaths

1991 – Metin Oktay, Turkish football player (b. 1936)
1996 – Silas Roy Crain, American singer, Founder of Soul Stirrers Gospel Quartet, dies at 85
1996 – Tupac Shakur, American rapper and actor (Juice, Bullet), dies of internal bleeding after a drive by shooting at 25
2012 – William Duckworth, American composer (Time Curve Preludes), teacher (Bucknell, 1973-2011), and internet pioneer (PitchWeb), dies of pancreatic cancer at 69
2015 – Brian Close, English cricketer (played for England between 1949 and 1976), dies at 84
2019 – Eddie Money [Mahoney], American rock singer-songwriter (“Two Tickets To Paradise”; ‘Take Me Home Tonight”), dies of esophageal cancer at 70

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