Today in History for 29th October 2018

Historical Events

1867 – Mail packets “Rhone” and “Wye” capsize off St Thomas, Virgin Islands
1901 – In Amherst, Massachusetts, nurse Jane Toppan is arrested for murdering the Davis family of Boston with an overdose of morphine.
1956 – NBC anchors Chet Huntley and David Brinkley first team up in “The Huntley–Brinkley Report”
1995 – Sunday NY News increases price from $1.00 to $1.25
1998 – Apartheid: In South Africa, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission presents its report, which condemns both sides for committing atrocities.
2008 – Delta Air Lines merges with Northwest Airlines, creating the world’s largest airline and reducing the number of US legacy carriers to 5.

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Famous Birthdays

1857 – Conrad Haebler, German historian (Early printers of Spain/Portugal)
1930 – Natalie Sleeth, American composer (d. 1992)
1948 – Ricky Reynolds, rocker
1970 – Chris Thorpe, doubles luger (Olympics 1994), born in Waukegan, Illinois
1971 – Matthew Hayden, cricketer (heavy scorer for Queensland, Aust 1994-96)
1983 – Richard Brancatisano, Australian actor

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Famous Deaths

1038 – Aethelnoth, Archbishop of Canterbury
1957 – Rosemarie Nitribitt, German call girl (b. 1933)
1997 – Anton LaVey, American founder of the Church of Satan, dies at 67
2003 – Hal Clement [Harry Clement Stubbs], American sci-fi writer (Mission of Gravity), dies at 81
2006 – Mohammadu Maccido, 18th Sultan of Sokoto (b. 1928)
2016 – John D. Roberts, American chemist, received American Institute of Chemists Gold Medal (2013), dies at 98

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