Today in History for 18th September 2023

Historical Events

1872 – King Oscar II accedes to the throne of Sweden-Norway
1891 – Harriet Maxwell Converse is 1st white woman to become an Indian chief
1934 – USSR admitted to League of Nations
1940 – Italian troops conquer Sidi Barrani
1978 – “WKRP in Cincinnati”, an ensemble TV sitcom created by Hugh Wilson and set in a struggling radio station debuts on CBS
2018 – Amnesty International says 400 civilians have been killed in conflicts between Cameroon soldiers and Anglophone separatists in 2018

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Famous Birthdays

1750 – Tomás de Iriarte, Spanish writer (Fabulas Literarias), born in La Orotava, Tenerife, Canary Islands of Spain (d. 1791)
1894 – Fay Compton [Virginia Compton-Mackenzie], British stage and screen actress (Hamlet; The WInter’s Tale; Othello; The Haunting), born in West Kensington, London (d. 1978)
1964 – Luca Belcastro, Italian classical music composer, born in Como, Italy
1965 – Uğur Şahin, German immunologist (BioNTech – created 1st mRNA-based vaccine for COVID-19), born in İskenderun, Turkey
1975 – Jason Sudeikis, American comedian, writer, and Emmy Award-winning actor (Horrible Bosses; Ted Lasso; SNL, 2005-13), born in Fairfax, Virginia
1980 – Adeel Akhtar, English actor (Murdered by My Father), born in London, England

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Famous Deaths

1934 – Marie Shotwell, American actress (Sally of the Sawdust), dies at 54
1952 – Hippoliet Daeye, Belgium painter (Dreamy), dies at 79
1964 – J. Frank Dobie, American folklorist and newspaper columnist, dies at 75
1965 – Marshall Field IV, American newspaper publisher (owned Chicago Daily News), dies at 49
1975 – Fairfield Porter, American painter, dies at 68
1991 – Rob Tyner [Robert Derminer], American hard rock singer (MC5 – Kick Out The Jams), dies of a heart attack at 46

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