Today in History for 5th December 2021

Historical Events

1775 – At Fort Ticonderoga, Henry Knox begins his historic transport of artillery to Cambridge, Massachusetts.
1925 – CFL Grey Cup, Landsdowne Park, Ottawa: Ottawa Senators win first title; beat Winnipeg Tammany Tigers, 24-1
1957 – NYC is first US city to legislate against racial or religious discrimination in housing market (Fair Housing Practices Law)
1974 – 1st World Football League Bowl, Birmingham Americans beat Florida
1982 – PGA Seniors’ Championship Men’s Golf, PGA National GC: Don January wins his lone Champions Tour major title by 1 stroke over Julius Boros
1991 – “Catskills on Broadway” opens at Lunt-Fontanne NYC for 452 performances

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Famous Birthdays

1820 – Afanasy Fet, Russian poet, born in Mtsensk, Russia (d. 1892)
1852 – Thomas Laub, Danish organist and composer, born in LangĂ„, Denmark (d. 1927)
1875 – Arthur Currie, Canadian soldier (fought in WWI), born in Napperton, Ontario (d. 1933)
1901 – Walt [Walter Elias] Disney, American animator, (Mickey Mouse), producer and co-founder of Walt Disney Co., born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1966)
1966 – Niege Dias, Brazilian tennis star, born in Santa Cruz do Sul, Brazil
1984 – Chris Solinsky, American distance runner, born in Stevens Point, Wisconsin

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Famous Deaths

1955 – Paul Harvey, American actor (Spellbound, Calamity Jane, Heldorado, Jamboree), dies at 73
1974 – Henry Wadsworth, American actor (The Thin Man, Applause, Fast and Loose), dies at 77
1984 – Adam Malik, Third Vice President of Indonesia (b. 1917)
1991 – Richard Speck, American mass murderer (raped and killed 8 student nurses in 1966), dies a day before his 50th birthday
2016 – Mogens Camre, Danish politician (Folketing (Danish Parliament), 1968-1987, 3 days in 2007; European Parliament, 1999-2009, dies at 80
2017 – Johnny Hallyday [Jean-Philippe Smet], French singer and actor known as the “Elvis Presley of France,” dies from lung cancer at 74

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