Today in History for 5th October 2021

Historical Events

1813 – Battle of the Thames; American forces under General William Henry Harrison defeat Tecumseh’s Confederacy and their British allies led by Henry Procter near Chatham, Upper Canada
1923 – Edwin Hubble identifies Cepheid variable star
1944 – Suffrage is extended to women in France
1949 – WOR (now WWOR) TV channel 9 in NY-Secaucus, NY (IND) begins
2013 – New Zealand beats South Africa, 38-27 in Johannesburg to retain the Rugby Championship with an undefeated record; All Black flanker Liam Messam crosses for 2 tries
2017 – Spanish constitutional court suspends Catalan parliament to prevent declaration of independence

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Famous Birthdays

1684 – Johann Jacob de Neufville, German composer, born in Nuremberg (d. 1712)
1879 – Halfdan Cleve [née Klewe], Norwegian pianist and composer, born in Kongsberg, Norway (d. 1951)
1941 – Ricardo Hoffmann, marathon swimmer (299 miles)
1943 – Bonnie Bryant, American golfer (only left-hander to win an LPGA Tour event, Bill Branch Classic 1974), born in Tulare, California
1957 – Jeanne Evert, tennis player, Chris’ sister
1979 – Curtis Sanford, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Owen Sound, Canada

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Famous Deaths

1606 – Philippe Desportes, French poet (b. 1546)
1924 – Tom Campbell, cricketer (5 Tests for South Africa, ct 7 stp 1), dies
1986 – James H. Wilkinson, English mathematician (b. 1919)
1993 – Karl Gordon Henize, American astronomer and NASA astronaut (STS-51-F), dies of high altitude pulmonary edema during an expedition on Mount Everest at 66
1996 – Seymour Cray, American inventor (Cray Research, Cray I supercomputer), dies after a car accident at 71
2015 – Chantal Akerman, Belgian feminist filmmaker (Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, Je Tu II Elle), dies at 65

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