Today in History for 16th April 2022

Historical Events

1787 – 1st American comedy, “The Contrast,” makes its debut in NYC
1946 – Dutch Special Court of Justice sentences Frederik Müller, Socialist mayor of Rotterdam, to 10 years in jail for his wartime support of Germany
1949 – Stanley Cup Final, Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, ON: 3-peat for Toronto Maple Leafs as they beat Detroit Red Wings, 3-1 for a 4 game series sweep
1990 – Maximum NY State unemployment benefits raised to $260 per week
1991 – St Louis Blues becomes 8th NHL team in Play-off to come back from a 3-1 deficit as they beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 in game 7
1992 – 1st concrete is poured at new ballpark at Gateway (Jacobs Field)

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Famous Birthdays

1868 – Joel Angel, Russian musicologist and composer (d. 1917)
1881 – Edward Frederick Wood, 1st Earl of Halifax and British ambassador to US (1940-46), born in Powderham Castle, Devon, England (d. 1959)
1924 – Geoffrey Johnson Smith, Scottish Conservative politician (1959-2001), born in Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland (d. 2010)
1938 – Gordon Wilson, Scottish politician (Leader of the Scottish National Party), born in Govan, Glasgow (d. 2017)
1948 – Lynne Franks, British public relations consultant, born in London
1963 – Garry Galley, Canadian NHL defenseman (Buffalo Sabres), born in Montreal, Quebec

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Famous Deaths

744 – al-Walid II, Umayyad caliph (743-744), killed at 35
1689 – Aphra Behn, English dramatist and novelist, dies at 48
1870 – Anatoli O Demidov, Russian ruler of Donato/traveller, dies
1991 – David Lean, film director (Doctor Zhivago, Lawrence of Arabia), dies of pneumonia at 83
1994 – Ralph Waldo Ellison, American writer (Invisible Man), dies at 80
2020 – Kenneth Gilbert, Canadian harpsichordist, organist, musicologist, and educator, dies at 88

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