Today in History for 19th August 2022

Historical Events

1591 – French King Henry IV occupies Rouen
1982 – Renaldo Nehemiah of US sets record for 110 m hurdles, 12.93 sec
1983 – Dodgers trade Dave Stewart and Ricky Wright to Texas for Rick Honeycut
1985 – Following the Rubicon speech four days earlier, Archbishop Desmond Tutu snubs P. W. Botha’s invitation to attend a meeting to discuss the role and actions of the police and security forces in South Africa
1995 – Bruce Seldon TKOs Joe Hipp in 10 for heavyweight boxing title
2016 – A 6-way tie for first place in the final of the equestrian individual jumping competition at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; Nick Skelton of Great Britain wins gold medal jump-off

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Famous Birthdays

1881 – George Enesco, Romanian violinist, conductor, and composer (Romanian Dances), born in Liveni, Dorohoi, Romania (d. 1955)
1896 – Walter Lang, Swiss composer, born in Basel, Switzerland (d. 1966)
1930 – Frank McCourt, Irish-American Pulitzer Prize winning author (Angela’s Ashes), and teacher, born in Brooklyn, New York City (d. 2009)
1940 – Jill St John [Oppenheim], actress (Diamonds are Forever), born in Los Angeles, California
1969 – Patrick Van Horn, American actor (Swingers)
1972 – Elizabeth Wolfgramm, American singer (The Jets), born in Salt Lake City, Utah

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Famous Deaths

1650 – Abraham de Verwer, Dutch painter, buried at about 55
1963 – Kathleen Parlow, Canadian violinist, and educator, dies at 72
1981 – Jessie Matthews, English actress (Gangway, First a Girl), dies at 74
2011 – Raúl Ruiz, Chilean filmmaker (Three Sad Tigers), dies at 70
2016 – Donald Henderson, American epidemiologist, led world campaign that eradicated smallpox, dies at 82
2019 – Larry “The Mole” Taylor, American session (The Monkees) and touring rock and blues bass player (Canned Heat – “On the Road Again”; John Mayall; Tom Waits), dies of cancer at 77

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