Today in History for 2nd July 2021

Historical Events

626 – Incident at Xuanwu Gate: in fear of assassination, Li Shimin ambushes and kills his rival brothers Li Yuanji and Li Jiancheng
1816 – French frigate “La Méduse” runs aground under incompetent leadership of Viscount of Chaumareys, 400 passengers evacuated. 150 men, 1 woman are left on “la Machine,” a poorly provisioned raft. 13 days later only 15 survivors remain, inspires Théodore Géricault’s painting “The Raft of the Medusa”
1864 – General Early and Confederate forces reach Winchester en route to Washington, D.C.
1964 – Grand jury indicts Byron De La Beckwith in murder of Medger Evers
1966 – 1st France nuclear test on Mururoa atoll
2018 – 270,000 people now displaced by fighting in south-western Syria says UN since assault on rebel-held area two weeks ago

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Famous Birthdays

1667 – Pietro Ottoboni, Italian cardinal and grandnephew of Pope Alexander VIII, born in Venice (d. 1740)
1865 – Lily Braun, German feminist and socialist writer (Im Schatten Titanen), born in Halberstadt, Saxony, Kingdom of Prussia (d. 1916)
1910 – H. G. Adler, German writer (The Journey), born in Prague, Austria-Hungary (d. 1988)
1959 – Eduardo Bengoechea, Argentina, tennis star
1975 – Erik Ohlsson, Swedish guitarist (Millencolin)
1979 – Sam Hornish, Jr., American race car driver

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Famous Deaths

1746 – Thomas Baker, English antiquarian, dies at 89
1973 – Ferdinand Schörner, German field marshal, dies at 81
1973 – George Macready, American actor (Martin Peyton-Peyton Place), dies at 73
1982 – Poul Rovsing Olsen, Danish composer, dies at 59
1992 – Edith Valckaert, Belgian violinist and educator, dies of cancer at 42
2010 – Beryl Bainbridge, Author (b. 1932)

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