Today in History for 29th April 2021

Historical Events

1854 – Lincoln University, Pennsylvania, receives its charter from Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, making it the 1st degree-granting Black college in US
1944 – Raid by Dutch Resistance on the National Printing Office in The Hague to procure 10,000 Dutch identity cards.
1955 – Giovanni Gronchi elected third President of Italy
1980 – NFL Draft: Oklahoma running back Billy Sims first pick by Detroit Lions
1992 – “Falsettos” opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 487 performances
1996 – “Rent”, starring Idina Menzel and Taye Diggs, opens at Nederlander Theater NYC

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Famous Birthdays

1686 – Peregrine Bertie, 2nd Duke of Ancaster and Kesteven, English statesman (d. 1742)
1784 – Samuel Turell Armstrong, American politician and acting Governor of Massachusetts (1833- 36), born in Dorchester, Massachusetts (d. 1850)
1921 – Tommy Noonan, American actor, screenwriter and producer (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Promises Promises), born in Bellingham, Washington (d. 1968)
1932 – Yevgeni Alekseyevich Zaikin, Russian cosmonaut (Voshkod 2 backup)
1960 – Gerard Joling, Dutch singer (Love is in Your Eyes)
1974 – Alana Blahoski, American ice hockey forward (USA, Olympics 1998), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota

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Famous Deaths

1990 – Floyd Butler, American soul singer (Friends of Distinction), dies at 52
1993 – Cy Howard, director (Lovers and Other Strangers), dies at 77
1996 – Tony Hymphris, political activist, dies at 45
1997 – Peter Tali Coleman, Governor of American Samoa (1956-61, 78-85, 89-93), dies at 77
2010 – Johannes Fritsch, German composer, dies at 68
2020 – Jānis Lūsis, Latvian athlete (Olympic gold men’s javelin 1968, silver 1972, bronze 1968), dies at 80

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