Today in History for 19th September 2021

Historical Events

1904 – Gen Nogi’s assault on Port Arthur: 16,000 Japanese casualties
1921 – US National Championship Men’s Tennis, Germantown CC, Philadelphia: Bill Tilden successfully defends title; beats Wallace F. Johnson 6-1, 6-3, 6-1
1976 – “Going Up” opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 49 performances
1986 – US Federal health officials announce AZT will be available to AIDS patients
1987 – 12th Toronto International Film Festival: “The Princess Bride” directed by Rob Reiner wins the People’s Choice Award
2015 – Farm Aid (30th Anniversary) held in Chicago, Illinois; performers include Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Dave Matthews, Imagine Dragons, Jack Johnson, Kacey Musgraves, Old Crow Medicine Show, Jamey Johnson, Mavis Staples, Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real, and Holly Williams

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Famous Birthdays

1887 – Lynne Overman, American actor (Reap the Wild Wind), born in Maryville, Missouri (d. 1943)
1948 – Mihai Timofti, director and actor (Lautarii), born in Chisinau, Republic of Moldova
1958 – Azumah Nelson, Ghanaian professional boxer, born in Accra, Ghana
1969 – Candy Dulfer, Dutch saxophonist (Lily Was Here), born in Amsterdam, Holland
1972 – David Tamburrino, American speed skater (Olympics 1994), born in Saratoga Springs, New York
1986 – Gerald Ciolek, German professional road racing cyclist, born in Cologne, Germany

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Famous Deaths

1356 – Gautier de Brienne, duke of Athens/French supreme commander, dies
1864 – David Allen Russell, United States Army officer (Union), dies in battle at 43
1906 – Maria Georgina Grey, British writer and founder of the Girls’ Day School Trust (b. 1816)
1973 – Bobby Gilbert, American actor (Some Like It Hot, The Rebel Set), dies of hepatitis at 75
2008 – Alois Pinos, Czech composer, dies at 82
2019 – Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, 2nd President of Tunisia (1987-2011). dies in exile at 83

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