Today in History for 27th August 2019

Historical Events

1232 – The Formulary of Adjudications is promulgated by Regent Hōjō Yasutoki. (Traditional Japanese date: August 10, 1232)
1569 – Pope Pius names Cosimo I de Medici as grand duke of Tuscany
1626 – Battle of Lutter: Catholic League beats Danish king Christian IV
1965 – The Beatles spend an evening with Elvis Presley
1975 – 1st night match at US Tennis Open (Parun defeats Smith)
2004 – German kayaker Birgit Fischer wins gold in K-4 500m and silver in K-2 500m in Athens; first woman in any sport to win gold medals at 6 different Olympics, gold 24 years apart, and 1st person to win 2 or more medals in 5 different Games

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Famous Birthdays

1878 – Joseph John Richards, American composer, born in Cwmafan, Wales (d. 1956)
1911 – Kathleen “Kay” Walsh, British actress (The Horse’s Mouth, Oliver Twist), born in Chelsea, London, England (d. 2005)
1944 – G W Bailey, Port Arthur, Texas, American actor (Police Academy, The Closer)
1947 – John Morrison, cricketer (“Mystery” NZ batsman 1973-82)
1962 – Scott Davis, tennis star, born in Santa Monica, California
1972 – Mike Smith, Canadian actor

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Famous Deaths

827 – Pope Eugene II, Italian Pope (824-827)
1450 – Reginald West, 6th Baron De La Warr, English politician (b. 1395)
1782 – John Laurens, American soldier, diplomat and abolitionist, killed in battle at 27
1975 – Haile Selassie [Ras Tafari Makonnen], Emperor of Ethiopia (1930-74), dies of suspected assassination by strangulation at 83
1995 – Marty Paich, American musician, conductor, producer and arranger (Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson), dies of colon cancer at 70
2010 – Luna Vachon, Professional Wrestler (b. 1962)

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