Today in History for 8th June 2019

Historical Events

1880 – Russian writer Fyodor Dostoyevsky delivers an emotional speech at the unveiling of a monument to Pushkin in Moscow
1905 – US President Theodore Roosevelt sends identical notes to Japan and Russia urging them to negotiate and end hostilities, offering his personal services
1980 – French Open Men’s Tennis: Björn Borg of Sweden wins 3rd straight French title; beats American Vitas Gerulaitis 6-4, 6-1, 6-2
1986 – French Open Men’s Tennis: Czech star Ivan Lendl wins 3rd career Grand Slam title; beats Mikael Pernfors of Sweden 6-3, 6-2, 6-4
1992 – 26th Music City News Country Awards: Alan Jackson and Garth Brooks
2007 – Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia is hit by the State’s worst storms and flooding in 30 years resulting in the death of nine people and the grounding of trade ship, the MV Pasha Bulker

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Famous Birthdays

1814 – Charles Reade, English novelist (Cloister and Hearth), born in Ipsden, Oxfordshire (d. 1884)
1897 – John G. Bennett, British scientist and author, born in London (d. 1974)
1941 – Clarence “Fuzzy” Haskins, American pop singer (Funkadelic-Knee Deep), born in Elkins, West Virginia
1949 – Emanuel Ax, Polish American classical pianist, born in Lviv, Ukraine
1975 – Bryan McCabe, St Catherines, NHL defenseman (NY Islanders)
1983 – Mamoru Miyano, Japanese seiyuu

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Famous Deaths

1042 – Harthacnut/Harthacanute, King of Denmark and England (b. 1018) Lambeth
1611 – Jean Bertaut, French poet (b. 1552)
1809 – Thomas Paine, English American writer (Age of Reason, Common Sense), dies at 72
1947 – Tom O’Brien, American actor (Flying Fool), dies at 56
2008 – Šaban Bajramović, Serbian Romani musician (b. 1936)
2018 – Danny Kirwan, British musician, singer and songwriter (Fleetwood Mac- “Albatross”), dies at 68

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