Today in History for 19th March 2019

Historical Events

1918 – US Congress authorizes time zones and approves daylight saving time
1940 – Failed British air raid on German base at Sylt
1971 – Philadelphia 76ers outscore Cincinnati Royals 90-8 in 1 half
1984 – STS 41-C vehicle moves to launch pad
1987 – American televangelist Jim Bakker resigns amid rape accusation by his secretary, Jessica Hahn
2003 – Airstrikes by an American and British-led coalition signal the beginning of the invasion of Iraq, without United Nations support and in defiance of world opinion

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Famous Birthdays

1742 – Zacharias H Alewijn, Dutch literary/poet
1865 – William Morton Wheeler, American entomologist, myrmecologist, pioneer in ethology (d. 1937)
1913 – William Chatterton, cricketer (48 in only Test for England 1892)
1948 – Vintcent Van der Bijl, Natal cricket bowler (superb 2m of 70’s and 80’s)
1968 – Tyrone Hill, American NBA forward (Cleveland Cavaliers, Milwaukee Bucks), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
1969 – Connor Trinneer, American actor

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Famous Deaths

1717 – John Campbell, 1st Earl of Breadalbane and Holland, Scottish royalist
1796 – Hugh Palliser, British naval officer and administrator (b. 1722)
1850 – Adalbert Gyrowetz, Bohemian composer, dies at 87
1979 – Albert “Al” Hodge, American actor (Captain Video, Green Hornet), dies at 65
1987 – Emile Meyer, actor (Young Jesse James, Lineup), dies
1990 – Andrew Wood, American singer (Mother Love Bone) (b. 1966)

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