Today in History for 22nd April 2019

Historical Events

1769 – Madame du Barry becomes King Louis XV’s “official” mistress
1838 – English steamship “Sirius” docks in NYC after crossing the Atlantic, first transatlantic steam passenger service
1969 – Joe Frazier KOs Dave Zyglewick in 1 for heavyweight boxing title
1994 – Schelto Patijn appointed Mayor of Amsterdam
2000 – The Big Number Change takes place in the United Kingdom
2006 – 243 people are injured in pro-democracy protest in Nepal after Nepali security forces open fire on protesters against King Gyanendra.

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Famous Birthdays

1891 – Harold Jeffreys, English astronomer (d. 1989)
1923 – Bettie Page, American pinup model considered the ‘Queen of Pinups’ and the ‘Dark Angel’, born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2008)
1953 – Steve Bond, Haifa Israel, actor (General Hospital, To Die For)
1969 – Bobby Olive, NFL wide receiver (Indianapolis Colts)
1974 – Georgia Goettmann, model (Cosmo-May 1995)
1975 – Stijn Haeldermans, Belgian soccer player (MVV)

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Famous Deaths

1864 – Joseph Gilbert Totten, US Union general-major, dies at 76
1941 – Arthur Briscoe, cricketer (South African batsman in 2 Tests), dies
1951 – Stanley Ridges, actor (possessed, Sgt York, Mr Ace), dies at 59
1978 – Will Geer [William Aughe Ghere], American actor (Salt of the Earth, The Waltons), dies at 76
1983 – Earl “Fatha” Hines, American jazz pianist and bandleader (Deep Forest), dies at 79
1994 – Schmidt Hans Burkhardt, artist, dies at 89

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