Today in History for 8th October 2021

Historical Events

1912 – Montenegro declares war on Turkey, beginning 1st Balkan War
1959 – “At the Drop of a Hat” opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 216 performances
1994 – BPAA US Women’s Bowling Open won by Aleta Sill
2008 РNobel Prize for Medicine or Physiology awarded jointly to Harald zur Hausen (cause of cervical cancer) and Fran̤oise Barr̩-Sinoussi, Luc Montagnier (discovery of HIV)
2012 – 35 people are killed by a Nigerian military bomb struck a convoy in Maiduguri
2018 – New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees becomes NFL’s all-time leader in passing yards; needs 201 yards to pass Peyton Manning’s record; gets 363 and 3 TD’s in Saints 43-19 win v Washington Redskins at the SuperDome

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Famous Birthdays

1883 – Dick Burnett, American musician (Man of Constant Sorrow), born in Monticello, Kentucky (d. 1977)
1924 – Alphons Egli, Swiss politcian and member of the Swiss Federal Council, born in Lucerne, Switzerland (d. 2016)
1931 – Pepper Rodgers, American football coach (University of Kansas, UCLA, Georgia Tech; USFL: Memphis Showboats), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2020)
1943 – R. L. Stine, American children’s book writer (Goosebumps), born in Columbus, Ohio
1955 – Bill Elliott, American auto racer (Winston Cup 1988), born in Dawsonville, Georgia
1977 – Erna Siikavirta, Finnish musician (Deathlike Silence), born in Espoo, Finland

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Famous Deaths

1613 – Sebastian de Covarrubias bon Horozco, Spanish lexicographer, dies at 74
1652 – John Greaves, English mathematician and astronomer (attempted to survey the pyramids) (b. 1602)
1897 – Martin Pluddemann, German composer, dies at 43
1940 – Robert Emden, Swiss astronomer and astrophysicist (Gaskugeln), dies at 78
1952 – Joe Adams, American baseball player (St. Louis Cardinals), dies at 74
1986 – Walter Burkemo, American golfer (PGA C’ship 1953), dies at 67

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