Today in History for 6th August 2018

Historical Events

1774 – Founder of the Shaker Movement, Mother Ann Lee, arrives in NY
1914 – WWI: French cavalry enters Belgium
1926 – “Don Juan” starring John Barrymore is released, the 1st feature-length film to utilize the Vitaphone sound-on-disc sound system with a synchronized musical score and sound effects
1929 – Young Plan, which sought to settle German reparations debts after World War I, is agreed
1979 – Marcus Hooper, 12, becomes then youngest person to swim English Channel
1996 – US President Bill Clinton signs a new bill imposing sanctions on non-US companies which invest over $40 million a year in the energy sectors of Iran or Libya

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Famous Birthdays

1664 – Johann Christoph Schmidt, composer
1811 – Judah Philip Benjamin, Secy War/Secy State (Confederacy) [or Aug 11]
1919 – Pauline Betz Addie, American tennis player (5 Grand Slam singles titles), born in Dayton, Ohio (d. 2011)
1950 – Dorian Harewood, American actor (Earl-Glitter, Trauma Center), born in Dayton, Ohio
1973 – Mike Sheldon, WLAF Guard (Rhein Fire)
1975 – Rik Platvoet, Dutch soccer player, (FC Twente, MVV)

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Famous Deaths

1686 – Paul Hainlein, German composer, dies at 60
1914 – Ellen Axson Wilson, US 1st Lady (1913-14), dies during Woodrow Wilson’s 1st term of Bright’s Disease at 54
1935 – Alexander Gustav Adolfovich Winkler, composer, dies at 70
1946 – Blanche Bingley, British tennis player (6-time Wimbledon champion), dies at 82
1954 – Theo[by] Van Reijn, sculptor/drawer/lithograph, dies at 70 [or 8/10]
2002 – Edsger Dijkstra, Dutch computer scientist (b. 1930)

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