Today in History for 4th May 2021

Historical Events

1818 – Netherlands and Britain sign treaty against illegal slave handling
1871 – 1st baseball league game (National Association of Baseball Players), (Ft Wayne 2, Cleveland 0) Deacon Jim White gets 1st hit, a double
1933 – Pulitzer prize awarded to Archibald Macleish (Conquistador)
1940 – 21 “not neutral” Nazis and communists arrested in Netherlands
1972 – “The Don’t Make A Wave Committee,” a fledgling environmental organization founded in Canada in 1971, officially changes its name to the “Greenpeace Foundation”
1991 – ABC Masters Bowling Tournament won by Doug Kent

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Famous Birthdays

1921 – John van Kesteren, Dutch tenor (Komische Oper, West-Berlin), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 2008)
1928 – Maynard Ferguson, Canadian jazz trumpeter (Roulette), born in Verdun, Quebec (d. 2006)
1949 – Zal Cleminson, Scottis guitarist (Alex Harvey Band), born in Glasgow
1957 – Peter Sleep, Australian cricketer (Australian leg-spin all-rounder 1979-90), born in Penola, Australia
1973 – Edward Hervey, Canadian NFL wide receiver (Dallas Cowboys), born in Houston, Texas
1984 – Kevin Slowey, American baseball player, born in Conroe, Texas

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Famous Deaths

1594 – Paul Buys, Grand Pensionary of Holland, dies at 62
1900 – Augustus Pitt Rivers, English archaeologist, dies at 73
1924 – Edith Nesbit, British children books author (The Story of the Treasure Seekers, Five Children and It), dies at 65
1929 – Henry Morton Dunham, composer, dies at 75
1980 – Josip Broz Tito, Yugoslav communist revolutionary and leader of Yugoslavia (1943-80), dies at 87
2013 – Otis Bowen, American politician, US Sec of Health and Human Services (1985-89), dies at 95

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