Today in History for 8th March 2022

Historical Events

1722 – Afghan monarch Mir Mahmud occupies Persia
1801 – British drive French forces from Abukir, Egypt
1917 – Russian “February Revolution” begins in earnest with protests celebrating International Woman’s Day and riots in St Petersburg over food rations and conduct of the war [OS=Feb 23]
1943 – US Ladies’ Figure Skating championship won by Gretchen Merrill
1961 – Jean Kerr’s “Mary, Mary” premieres in NYC
1993 – Katharine Hepburn released from the hospital after exhaustion

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Famous Birthdays

1862 – Joseph Lee, Father of Playgrounds movement, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1937)
1916 – John W. Seybold, American economist and computer typesetting pioneer, born in Newburgh, Indiana (d. 2004)
1917 – A Marja [ATE Mooy], Dutch literary (Shreds on the River)
1937 – Pamela McEvoy-Johnston, psychotherapist-board member (WIC)
1947 – Don Brooks, American session and touring harmonica player (Waylon Jennings; Ken Burns’ “The Civil War”), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2000)
1957 – Ruth Wysocki, American 800m/1500m runner, born in Alhambra, California

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Famous Deaths

1702 – John de Baen, portrait painter/etcher, buried at 69
1855 – William Poole, Infamous member of New York City’s Bowery Boys gang, dies of a gunshot wound at 33
1945 – Jan Beekes, resistance fighter, executed at 26
1996 – Jack Churchill, British Army commando, dies at 89
1999 – Mary Margaret “Peggy” Cass, American actress, comedian, game show panelist and announcer (To Tell The Truth), dies at 74
2006 – Brian Barratt-Boyes, New Zealand heart surgeon (b. 1924)

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