Today in History for 18th April 2021

Historical Events

1874 – David Livingstone, African explorer, buried in Westminster Abbey
1921 – Philip James Barry’s “Punch for Judy” premieres in NYC
1950 – 1st opening night-game, Cards beat Pirates, 4-2
1977 – Alex Haley author of “Roots” awarded Pulitzer Prize
1979 – Major Haddad declares South-Lebanon independent
2007 – The Supreme Court of the United States upholds the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act in a 5-4 decision

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Famous Birthdays

1786 – Franz Xaver Schnyder von Wartensee, Swiss composer, born in Lucerne, Switzerland (d. 1868)
1875 – Ivana Brlić-Mažuranić, Croatian writer (The Brave Adventures of Lapitch), born in Ogulin, Croatian Military Frontier, Austria-Hungary (d. 1938)
1913 – Kent Kennan, American composer, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 2003)
1926 – Günter Meisner, German actor (Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Between Wars, Adolf Hitler, Quiller Memorandum), born in Bremen, Weimar Republic (d. 1994)
1934 – James Drury, American actor (The Virginian), born in NYC, New York (d. 2020)
1965 – Rob Stenders, Dutch radio discjockey (Stenders Latevermaak and RobRadio), born in Oisterwijk, Netherlands

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Famous Deaths

1853 – William R. King, American politician (Vice President 1853), dies at 67 one month after his inauguration
1921 – Earnest [Bachigaloupi] Tourniaire, Dutch actor (Inkwartiering, Kloris and Roses), dies at 70
1963 – Meyer Jacobstein, American politician, dies at 83
1967 – Karl Miller, German soccer defender (12 caps; Dresdner SC), dies at 53
2002 – Wahoo McDaniel, American football player and professional wrestler, dies at 63
2011 – Olubayo Adefemi, Nigerian footballer, dies at 25

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