Today in History for 7th August 2021

Historical Events

1907 – MLB Washington Senators legendary pitcher Walter Johnson wins first of his 416 career wins, 7-2 v Cleveland
1912 – Progressive (Bull Moose) Party nominates Theodore Roosevelt for US President
1914 – Engagement between British cruiser HMS Gloucester and German cruisers SMS Breslau and SMS Goeben off Greece
1942 – Transport 16 departs with French Jews to nazi-Germany
1960 – Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) gains independence from France
2018 – “Crazy Rich Asians” first Hollywood film with all-Asian cast, starring Constance Wu, Henry Golding and Michelle Yeoh premieres in Los Angeles

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Famous Birthdays

1906 – Gerhard Frommel, German composer and pedagogue, born in Karlsruhe, Germany (d. 1984)
1926 – John Woodcock OBE, English cricket journalist (‘The Times’ 1954-88; Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack 1981-86; President Cricket Writers’ Club 1986-2004), born in Longparish, England (d. 2021)
1951 – Gary Hall, American swimmer (Olympics-bronze/2 silver-1968, 72), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
1957 – Alexander Dityatin, Soviet gymnast (3-time Olympic Champion), born in Leningrad, Russia
1958 – Russell Baze, Canadian Racing Hall of Fame jockey (10-time US champion, 12,844 wins), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
1978 – Vanness Wu, Taiwanese-American singer (F4, Kangta and Vanness), born in Santa Monica, California

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Famous Deaths

1916 – Charles E Manning, Australian judge/major, dies in battle at 36
1942 – Janusz Korczak [Henryk Goldszmit], Polish-Jewish educator and pedagogue (ran an orphanage in the Warsaw Ghetto), is gassed at Treblinka extermination camp along with the residents of his orphanage at 64
1961 – Frank Buchman, American theologist (Moral Re-Armament), dies at 83
1976 – Cecil Weston, South African-born actress (Dude Ranch, Huckleberry Finn), dies at 86
1995 – Tom Scott, Scottish poet (Sea Dirge: A Mither’s Keenin), dies at 77
1997 – Douglas Gray, Scottish record and film producer, dies at 74

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