Today in History for 18th March 2023

Historical Events

1859 – Vera Cruz besieged by Miramon (Cons) in Mexican War of Reform
1913 – King George I of Greece is assassinated in the recently liberated city of Thessaloniki
1939 – England beats Scotland, 9-6 at Murrayfield, Edinburgh to force a share of the Home Nations Rugby Championship with Wales and Ireland
1966 – General Suharto forms government in Indonesia
1994 – South Africa Goldstone committee reveals existence of secret police
2021 – US Senate confirms William Joseph Burns as new CIA Director

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Famous Birthdays

1909 – Ernest Gallo, American winemaker (d. 2007)
1910 – Chiang Ching-huo, Chinese politician (son of Chinese president Chiang Kai-shek, President of Taiwan 1978-88), born in Fenghua, Zhejiang, China (d. 1988)
1914 – César Guerra-Peixe, Brazilian violinist and composer (Brasilia Symphony), born in Petrópolis, Brazil (d. 1993)
1925 – James Pickles, English judge and columnist, born in Halifax, West Yorkshire (d. 2010)
1926 – Peter Graves [Aurness], American actor (Mission Impossible, Airplane!, Stalag 17), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 2010)
1996 – Madeline Carroll, American actress

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Famous Deaths

1886 – Leopold Zunz, German Jewish scholar (Science of Judaism), dies at 91
1944 – Benjamin Delmonte, theater director and actor (Black Haired Whore), dies at 79
1947 – William C. Durant, American automobile pioneer (General Motors), dies at 85
1958 – Sigve Lie, Norwegian sailor (Olympic gold dragon class 1948, 52), dies at 51
1983 – Kenneth E. Boulding, English economist (b. 1910)
2022 – John Clayton, American sports journalist/reporter (The Pittsburgh Press, The News Tribune; ESPN), dies at 67

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