Today in History for 4th September 2019

Historical Events

1944 – US National Championship Women’s Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Pauline Betz Addie wins her third straight US title; beats Margaret Osborne 6-3, 8-6
1948 – Queen Wilhelmina abdicates Dutch throne
1976 – Palestinians hijack KLM DC-9 to Cyprus
1982 – Arson fire engulfs apartment-hotel in LA, 25 die
1990 – 47th Venice Film Festival: “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead” directed by Tom Stoppard wins the Golden Lion
2018 – Italian city Florence bans people eating in the street in its historic center

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Famous Birthdays

1383 – Amadeus VIII, Duke of Savoye and last antipope (Felix V, 1439-48), born in Chambéry, France (d. 1451)
1802 – Marcus Whitman, American physician and missionary (Oregon Trail), born in Federal Hollow, New York (d. 1847)
1846 – Daniel Burnham, American architect and urban designer (built skyscrapers), born in Henderson, New York (d. 1912)
1904 – Julian W. Hill, American research chemist (developed nylon), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1996)
1926 – Robert J. Lagomarsino, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California), born in Ventura, California
1932 – Carlos Romero Barceló, Puerto Rican politician (5th Governor of Puerto Rico), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico

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Famous Deaths

1085 – Irmgarde van Keulen, German countress of Aspel/saint, dies
1767 – Charles Townshend, English politician, 3rd Viscount of Townshend, dies at 42
1980 – Wolfgang Gentner, German nuclear physicist, dies at 74
2006 – Steve Irwin, Australian naturalist and TV personality (The Crocodile Hunter), attacked and killed by a stingray at 44
2009 – Iain Cuthbertson, Scottish actor (Guilty, Scandal, Rep, Danger UXB), dies at 79
2014 – Włodzimierz Kotoński, Polish composer, dies at 89

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