Today in History for 23rd April 2021

Historical Events

1723 – Cornelis Steenoven elected archbishop of Utrecht
1918 – Dover Patrol overthrows Germany U-boat in East Sea
1936 – MLB pitcher Carl Hubbell’s 1st start of season is his 17th straight win for the new York Giants
1953 – “Shane”, directed by George Stevens and based on the 1949 novel by Jack Schaefer, starring Alan Ladd and Jean Arthur, is released
1982 – The 8-bit personal home computer the Sinclair ZX Spectrum is released (goes on to sell 5 million worldwide)
1987 – 28 construction workers killed in an apt collapse in Bridgeport, Connecticut

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Famous Birthdays

1775 – J. M. W. Turner, English landscape painter (Shipwreck, Rain, Steam and Speed), born in Covent Garden, London (d. 1851)
1924 – Arthur Frackenpohl, American composer, arranger, and pedagogue (Natural Superiority of Music), born in Irvington, New Jersey (d. 2019)
1961 – Terry Gordy, American professional wrestler, born in Chattanooga, Tennessee (d. 2001)
1963 – Magnús Ver Magnússon, Icelandic powerlifter (World’s Strongest Man 1991, 94, 95, 96), born in Egilsstaðir, Iceland
1979 – Yana Gupta, Czech actress and author (How To Love Your Body And Get The Body You Love), born in Brno, Czechoslovakia
1987 – Emily Fox, American cupstacking champion, born in Highlands Ranch, Colorado

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Famous Deaths

1151 – Queen Adeliza of England, 2nd wife of Henry I (b. 1103)
1611 – Martin Ruland the Younger, German physician and alchemist, dies at 41
1702 – Margaret Fell, English founder of the Religious Society of Friends known as the “mother of Quakerism,” dies at about 87
1885 – William Henry Holmes, English composer, dies at 73
1970 – Herb Shriner, American humorist and TV host (Herb Shriner Show), dies at 51
2013 – Robert W. Edgar, American businessman and politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania’s 7th district), dies from a heart attack at 69

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