Today in History for 23rd December 2018

Historical Events

962 – Byzantine-Arab Wars: Under the future Emperor Nicephorus Phocas, Byzantine troops stormed city of Aleppo, recovering the tattered tunic of John the Baptist
1482 – The Peace of Atrecht (now Arras) concluded between Louis XI of France and Maximilian of Austria, ending the War of the Burgundian Succession
1751 – France sets plan to tax clergymen
1832 – Dutch troops in Antwerp surrender
1940 – John Van Druten’s “Old Acquaintance” premieres in NYC
1962 – Cuba starts returning US prisoners from Bay of Pigs invasion

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Famous Birthdays

1923 – Milt Okun, American music producer and arranger (John Denver, Peter, Paul and Mary), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2016)
1924 – Floyd Kalber, American television journalist and anchorman (NBC Weekend News Anchor-1973), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 2004)
1971 – Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, British socialite, born in Hampshire (d. 2017)
1974 – Agustín Delgado, Ecuadorian footballer, born in Ambuquí, Ecuador
1977 – Jari Mäenpää, Finnish guitarist and singer, born in Finland
1978 – Víctor Martínez, Venezuelan baseball player, born in Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela

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Famous Deaths

1568 – Roger Ascham, tutor of Elizabeth I of England
1744 – Élisabeth Charlotte d’Orléans, Duchess of Lorraine, dies at 68
1946 – John A. Sampson, American gynecologist (b. 1873)
1967 – Ruth Fuller Sasaki, American Zen teacher (1st Zen Institute of America), dies at 75
1984 – Joan Lindsay, Australian author (b. 1896)
2013 – Mikhail Kalashnikov, Russian general and inventor of the AK-47, dies at 94

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