Today in History for 5th August 2018

Historical Events

1264 – Anti-Jewish riots break out in Arnstadt Germany
1884 – Cornerstone for Statue of Liberty laid on Bedloe’s Island (NYC)
1943 – Soviet forces reconquer Orel and Bjelgorod
1986 – Giants left-handed pitcher Steve Carlton becomes 2nd to reach 4,000 strikeout milestone when he gets center-fielder Eric Davis in 11-5 loss v Reds
1989 – First ever dead heat in harness racing’s Hambletonian; Park Avenue Joe and Probe tie the 3rd and final heat; Park Avenue Joe wins series on count back
2005 – St. Louis Cardinals 1st baseman Albert Pujols becomes the first player to connect for 30 home runs in each of his first 5 MLB seasons

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Famous Birthdays

1301 – Edmund of Woodstock, 1st Earl of Kent, English politician (d. 1330)
1930 – Michal Kováč, President of Slovakia
1933 – Joan Weldon, actress (So This is Love, Them), born in San Francisco, California
1957 – Clayton Rohner, American actor
1966 – Jonathan Silverman, actor (Brighton Beach Memoirs, Single Guy), born in Los Angeles, California
1981 – Cory Williams, American internet celebrity

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Famous Deaths

1891 – Henry Charles Litolff, French pianist/componist, dies at 73
1946 – Wilhelm Marx, Chancellor of Germany (b. 1863)
1955 – Suzan (Susan) Ball, American actress, of cancer aged 21
1994 – Amy Sacks, producer (ABC sports, Disney), dies of Lupus at 39
2002 – Josh Ryan Evans, American actor (b. 1982)
2014 – Chapman Pincher, British journalist and author (about secret service), dies at 100

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