Today in History for 23rd August 2021

Historical Events

1869 – 1st carload of rail freight (boots and shoes) arrives in San Francisco, from Boston after a 16-day trip
1915 – Tsar Nicolaas II takes control of Russian Army
1946 – 13th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: All-Stars 16, Los Angeles 0 (97,380)
1963 – US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1972 – Republican convention (Miami Beach, Fla) renominates Vice President Spiro Agnew but not unanimously: 1 vote went to NBC newsman David Brinkley
2008 – Midfielder Ángel Di María scores a 58th minute winner as Argentina beats Nigeria 1-0 to take the men’s football gold medal at the Beijing Olympics; 89,102 at the National Stadium

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Famous Birthdays

1911 – Albert Alberts, Dutch writer and journalist (French battle), born in Haarlem, Netherlands (d. 1996)
1919 – Robert Crichton-Brown, Australian businessman and CEO (Rothmans International), born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 2013)
1922 – Eevi Huttunen, Finnish speed skater (8 World C’ship gold 1951-59), born in Karttula, Finland (d. 2015)
1951 – Akhmad Kadyrov, 1st President of Chechnya, born in Karaganda, Kazakh SSR, Soviet Union (d. 2004)
1973 – James Roe, American football wide receiver (Baltimore Ravens), born in Richmond, Virginia
1974 – Benjamin Limo, Kenyan runner, born in Eldoret, Kenya

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Famous Deaths

1387 – King Olav IV of Norway (b. 1370)
1853 – Alexander Calder, first mayor of Beaumont, Texas (b. 1806)
1933 – Adolph Loos, Austrian architect, dies at 62
1962 – Irving Fine, American composer (Toccata), dies of heart disease at 47
1980 – Norman Shelley, English radio actor (Churchill’s Speech), dies at 77
2006 – Maynard Ferguson, Canadian jazz trumpeter and bandleader, dies at 78

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