Today in History for 5th September 2018

Historical Events

1781 – French fleet of 24 ships under Comte de Grasse defeat British under Admiral Graves at Battle of the Chesapeake [Battle of the Virginia Capes] in American Revolutionary War
1955 – WKRG TV channel 5 in Mobile, AL (CBS) begins broadcasting
1961 – USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1966 – WRLK TV channel 35 in Columbia, SC (PBS) begins broadcasting
1978 – Anwar Sadat, Menachem Begin and Jimmy Carter begin Egypt-Isreal peace conference at Camp David
1994 – Kirgizia government resigns

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Famous Birthdays

1695 – Carl Gustaf Tessin, Swedish politician, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1770)
1722 – Frederick Christian, Elector of Saxony, born in Dresden Castle, Dresden, Germany (d. 1763)
1944 – Dario Bellezza, Italian poet, born in Rome (d. 1996)
1970 – Brad Hopkins, American NFL tackle (Houston Oilers), born in Columbia, South Carolina
1970 – Liam Lynch, American musician (Sifl and Olly), born in Petersburg, Virginia
1977 – Rosevelt Colvin, American football player, born in Indianapolis, Indiana

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Famous Deaths

1917 – Marian Smoluchowski, Polish physicist (b. 1872)
1920 – Robert Harron, American actor (Birth of a Nation, Intolerance), accidentally shot to death at 27
1942 – François de Labouchère, French aviator of World War II, compagnon de la Libération. (b. 1917)
1978 – Joe Negroni, American rock vocalist (Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers), dies of a brain hemorrhage at 37
1988 – Lawrence Brown, American trombonist (Duke Ellington Orchestra), dies at 81
1997 – Georg Solti, conductor, dead, dies at 84

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