Today in History for 20th August 2019

Historical Events

1648 – Battle of Lens: French Duc d’Enghien defeats Spaniards
1741 – Alaska first sighted by Danish explorer Vitus Bering at head of Russian expedition
1882 – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” debuts in Moscow
1905 – Sun Yat-sen, Chinese revolutionary, forms the first chapter of T’ung Meng Hui, a union of all secret societies determined to bringing down the Manchus
1914 – -24] Battle of Bounderies: Lorraine, Ardennen, Sambre and Meuse, Mons
1961 – East Germany begins erecting 5′ high wall along the border with the west to replace the barbed wire put up Aug 13

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Famous Birthdays

1832 – Thaddeus S. C. Lowe, American aeronaut and inventor, born in Jefferson Mills, Coos County, New Hampshire (d. 1913)
1886 – Paul Tillich, German-American theologist (Die sozial Entscheidung), born in Starzeddel, Brandenburg, Germany (d. 1965)
1926 – Frank Rosolino, American jazz trombonist (The Frank Rosolino Sextet), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1978)
1935 – Charles Shere, composer
1969 – Duke Droese, American professional wrestler
1970 – Fred Durst, American singer (Limp Bizkit)

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Famous Deaths

1854 – Friedrich WJ von Schelling, German philosopher, dies at 79
1864 – Daniel Chaplin, US Union brigadier general, dies
1960 – Rudolf Moser, composer, dies at 68
1986 – Thad Jones, jazz trumpeter, dies of cancer at 63
1993 – Sydney Arnold, British comic actor (The Meaning of Life, Top Secret!, Miss Jones and Son), dies at 93
1998 – Raquel Rastenni, Danish singer (Seven Lonely Days), dies at 82

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