Today in History for 4th June 2019

Historical Events

1850 – Empire Engine Company No 1 organized
1859 – Second Italian War of Independence: Battle of Magenta, results in a French-Sardinian victory under Napoleon III over the Austrians under Marshal Ferencz Gyulai
1919 – US marines invade Costa Rica
1940 – British complete the “Miracle of Dunkirk” by evacuating 338,226 allied troops from France via a flotilla of over 800 vessels including Royal Navy destroyers, merchant marine boats, fishing boats, pleasure craft and even lifeboats
1964 – Test Cricket debut of Geoff Boycott v Australia at Trent Bridge, 48
1973 – A patent for the ATM is granted to Don Wetzel, Tom Barnes and George Chastain

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Famous Birthdays

1700 – Theodoor Verhaegen, Flemish sculptor, born in Mechelen, Belgium (d. 1759)
1912 – Robert Jacobsen, Danish sculptor (great iron sculptures)
1916 – Fernand Leduc, Canadian painter (The Automatistes)
1930 – Morgana King, American jazz singer and actress (The Godfather, The Godfather Part II), born in Pleasantville, New York (d. 2018)
1948 – Rosemary Joyce, model/actress (Daphne Draper-Search For Tomorrow)
1956 – John Treacy, marathonr (Olympic silver 1984)

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Famous Deaths

1926 – Fred Spofforth, Australian cricket fast bowler (“The Demon” – 18 Tests, 94 wickets @ 18.41), dies of chronic colitis at 72
1937 – Donald Eligon, cricketer, dies of blood poisoning from a nail in his boot at 28
1942 – Reinhard Heydrich, German Nazi leader (head of Bohemia and Moravia and the Reich Main Security Office), dies a week after an assassination attempt at 38
1994 – Thomas Stuart Willan, historian, dies at 84
1994 – Sophie Winter, actress (She’s a Good Fighter), dies at 33
2011 – Andreas P. Nielsen, Danish author and composer (b. 1953)

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