Today in History for 18th August 2021

Historical Events

1564 – Spanish King Philip II joins Council of Trente
1735 – Evening Post begins publishing (Boston, Mass)
1737 – First public admittance to the Salon de Paris art exhibition at the Louvre in Paris
1868 – French Astronomer Pierre Janssen discovers helium in solar spectrum during eclipse
1896 – Adolph Ochs (39) buys NY Times
1976 – USSR’s Luna 24 soft-lands on Moon

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Famous Birthdays

1579 – Charlotte Flandrina van Nassau, daughter of Willem I of Orange
1605 – Henry Hammond, English churchman, born in Chertsey, Surrey, England (d. 1660)
1904 – [Francis] Max Factor, American CEO of Max Factor Cosmetics, born in St. Louis, Missouri
1934 – Rafer Johnson, American decathlete (Olympic gold 1960), born in Hillsboro, Texas (d. 2020)
1952 – Ricky Villa, Argentine former footballer, born in Roque PĂ©rez, Argentina
1976 – Tom Malchow, American 200m swimmer (Olympic silver 1996), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota

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Famous Deaths

1840 – Antony CW Staring, Dutch patriot/poet (Jaromir), dies at 73
1981 – Anita Loos, American screenwriter, novelist (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes) and playwright, dies at 88
1998 – Persis Khambatta, Indian actress (Star Trek, Megaforce), dies of a heart attack at 49
2001 – David Peakall, British scientist (b. 1931)
2002 – Dean Riesner, American film and television screenwriter (Bill and Coo), dies at 83
2010 – Benjamin Kaplan, American copyright scholar, dies at 99

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