Today in History for 19th December 2021

Historical Events

1777 – Washington settles his troops at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania for the winter
1842 – US recognizes independence of Hawaii
1862 – Skirmish at Jackson, Salem Church, Tennessee (80 casualties)
1931 – Joseph A Lyons (C) becomes premier of Australia
1948 – Cleveland Browns beats Buffalo Bills 49-7 in AAFC championship game
1993 – “Red Shoes” closes at Gershwin Theater NYC after 5 performances

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Famous Birthdays

1817 – James Jay Archer, Brigadier General (Confederate Army) (d. 1864)
1905 – (Charles) Robert Medley, English abstract and figurative style painter, born in London (d. 1994)
1925 – Robert Sherman, songwriter (Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book), born in NYC, New York (d. 2012)
1934 – Rudi Carrell [Rudolf W Kesselman], Dutch showmaster
1957 – Kevin McHale, American NBA forward (Boston Celtics), born in Hibbing, Minnesota
1960 – Mike Lookinland, American actor (Bobby-Brady Bunch), born in Mt Pleasant, Utah

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Famous Deaths

1911 – John Bigelow, American statesman and author, dies at 94
1967 – Alfred Courtens, Belgian sculptor, dies at 78
1982 – Jean-Jacques Grunenwald, French organist/composer, dies at 71
1982 – Dwight Macdonald, American social critic (b. 1906)
1990 – Massimo Amfiteatrof [Maksim Amfiteatrov], Russian-Italian classical musician, known as ‘the Cellists’ Caruso’, dies at 83
1995 – Harold Watkinson, British politician/businessman, dies at 85

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