Today in History for 2nd November 2021

Historical Events

1889 – North Dakota becomes 39th and South Dakota becomes 40th state in the United States
1898 – French government of Dupuy forms
1954 – Strom Thurmond is the 1st senator elected by write-in vote (South Carolina)
1983 – US President Ronald Reagan signs bill establishing Dr Martin Luther King Jr. holiday
1997 – Typhoon Linda kills at least 208 in southern Vietnam
2000 – The first crew arrives at the International Space Station.

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Famous Birthdays

1696 – Conrad Weiser, Pennsylvania’s ambassador to the Native Americans, born in Herrenberg, Germany (d. 1760)
1888 – Dutch Zwilling, American baseball outfielder (Federal League HR all-time leader), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1978)
1919 – Jorge de Sena, Portuguese novelist and poet (Reino da Estupidez), born in Lisbon, Portugal (d. 1978)
1946 – Alan Jones, Australian auto racer, commentator (World Formula 1 champion, 1980), born in Melbourne, Victoria
1975 – Chris Walla, American musician (Death Cab for Cutie), born in Bothell, Washington
1982 – Charles Itandje, Cameroon soccer goal-keeper (12 caps; Lens), born in Bobigny, France

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Famous Deaths

1717 – Johann Jacob Walther, composer, dies
1877 – Friedrich Graf von Wrangel, Prussian field marshal, dies at 93
1909 – Wilhelm Ahlwardt, German orientalist, dies at 81
2007 – Witold Kie┼étyka, Polish metal drummer (Decapitated) (b. 1984)
2007 – Henry Cele, South African Actor; best known for his onscreen portrayal of the legendary Shaka Zulu
2015 – Colin Welland, British screenwriter (Chariots of Fire) and actor (Straw Dogs), dies at 81

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