Today in History for 7th December 2023

Historical Events

1724 – Tumult of Thorn – religious unrest was followed by the execution of nine Protestant citizens and the mayor of Thorn (Toruń) by Polish authorities.
1902 – Britain and Germany issue an ultimatum to Venezuela demanding that President Cipriano Castro pay claims for damages caused during his takeover of the government in 1899
1931 – After scoring 226 in 1st Test in Brisbane, Don Bradman belts 219 for NSW against the visiting South Africa at the Sydney Cricket Ground
1932 – 1st gyro-stabilized vessel to cross Atlantic arrives in NY
1971 – An off-duty member of the Ulster Defence Regiment is shot dead by members of the Irish Republican Army in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland
2017 – Unrest in West Bank and Gaza, schools closed and a general strike in response to America’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

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Famous Birthdays

1869 – Frank Laver, Australian cricket medium pace bowler (15 Tests, 37 wickets, BB 8/31) and baseball player (first Australian national team), born in Castlemaine, Australia (d. 1919)
1909 – Jacob Kainen, American painter and curator, born in Waterbury, Connecticut (d. 2001)
1924 – Bent Fabric [Fabricius-Bjerre], Danish pianist and composer (Alley Cat), born in Frederiksberg, Denmark (d. 2020)
1971 – Stephanie D’Abruzzo, American actress, puppeteer (Avenue Q; Sesame Street), and cabaret singer, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1979 – Jennifer Carpenter, American actress (Debra Morgan-Dexter), born in Louisville, Kentucky
1987 – Aaron Carter, American singer, rapper and songwriter, born in Tampa, Florida (d. 2022)

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Famous Deaths

1870 – Mykhailo Verbytsky, Ukrainian Greek Catholic priest and composer (Prostachka; The State Anthem of Ukraine), dies at 55
1917 – [Aloysius] Ludwig Minkus, Austrian violinist, and ballet composer (St. Petersburg Imperial Theatres, 1871-86; La Bayadère), dies at 91
1990 – Peter Mieg, Swiss composer, dies at 84
1990 – Horst Bienek, German writer and director (The First Polka), dies at 60
2018 – Belisario Betancur, Colombian politician, President of Colombia (1982-86), dies at 95
2019 – Denis Lalanne, French sports journalist (‘Le grand combat du XV de France’; ‘Rugbymania: French flair attitude’), dies at 93

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