Today in History for 19th April 2019

Historical Events

1539 – Charles, protestant German monarch, signs Treaty of Frankrfurt
1937 – 41st Boston Marathon won by Walter Young of Canada in 2:33:20
1939 – Connecticut finally approves Bill of Rights (148 years late)
1949 – Yankees dedicate a plaque for Babe Ruth
1980 – 25th Eurovision Song Contest: Johnny Logan for Ireland wins singing “What’s Another Year” in The Hague
2011 – Fidel Castro resigns from the Communist Party of Cuba’s central committee after 45 years of holding the title.

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Famous Birthdays

1603 – Michel le Tellier, French statesman, born in Paris (d. 1685)
1793 – Ferdinand I, Emperor of Austria (1835-48), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1875)
1891 – Ricardo Bacchelli, Italian playwright and poet (La Ronda), born in Bologna, Italy (d. 1985)
1892 – Germaine Tailleferre, French composer (Le Marin du Bolivar), born in Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, Val-de-Marne, France (d. 1983)
1934 – Jan Helge Guttorm Bark, Swedish trombonist and composer, born in Härnösand, Sweden
1975 – Temoc Suarez, soccer forward (Olympic gold 1996), born in Greenwood, South Carolina

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Famous Deaths

1684 – Roger Williams, English theologian and colonist, dies at 80
1870 – Andreas Schelfhout, painter/etcher/lithographer, dies at 83
1882 – Charles Darwin, English naturalist (Origin of the Species) who conceived the theory of evolution by natural selection, dies of heart failure at 73
1987 – Hugh “Lumpy” Brannum, Actor (Mr Green Jeans), dies at 77
1994 – Larry Davis, American blues singer and guitarist, dies at 57
2013 – Allan Arbus, American actor and photographer (M*A*S*H, Greaser’s Palace, Curb Your Enthusiasm), dies of congestive heart failure at 95

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