Today in History for 21st August 2018

Historical Events

1560 – Tycho Brahe becomes interested in astronomy
1852 – Tlingit Indians destroy Fort Selkirk, Yukon Territory.
1862 – The Vienna Stadtpark opens its gates.
1944 – Raid on Jewish childrens house in Secrétan/St-Mandé
1985 – NY Lotto pays $41 million to three winner (#s are 14-17-22-23-30-47)
2008 – An American sweep of the 400m medals at the Beijing Olympics; LeShawn Merritt wins gold in 43.75 ahead of Jeremy Wariner and David Neville

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Famous Birthdays

1939 – Ernie Maresca, American singer and songwriter (Runaround Sue, Wanderer), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2015)
1952 – Jiří Paroubek, former Czech prime minister, born in Olomouc, Czech Republic
1963 – Mohammed VI of Morocco, King of Morocco (1999-present), born in Rabat, Morocco
1971 – Shayne Edge, American NFL/WLAF punter (Steelers, Barcelona Dragons), born in Lake City, Florida
1971 – Liam Howlett, British musician (The Prodigy), born in Braintree, Essex, England
1981 – Andreas Glyniadakis, Greek basketball player, born in Chania, Greece

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Famous Deaths

1798 – Corneille-François de Nélis, Flemish scholar and bishop of Antwerp, dies at 62
1824 – Santiago Ferrer, composer, dies at 62
1935 – John Hartley, English tennis player, double winner of Wimbledon (b. 1849)
1963 – John Gunn, English cricketer (England all-rounder in 6 Tests 1901-05), dies at 87
2010 – Rodolfo Enrique Fogwill, Argentinean writer (b. 1941)
2012 – William Thurston, American mathematician, dies from melanoma at 65

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