Today in History for 8th September 2019

Historical Events

1331 – Stefan DuĊĦan declares himself king of Serbia
1380 – Battle on Kulikovo: Moscow’s great monarch Dimitri defeats the Mongols beginning the decline of the Tatars
1664 – Dutch surrender colony of New Netherlands (including New York) to 300 English soldiers
1921 – 1st Miss America crowned in Atlantic City – Margaret Gorman (16) of Washington, D.C.
1984 – Challenger moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating of STS 41G mission
1988 – NL pres Bart Giamatti is unanimously elected baseball’s 7th commissioner

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Famous Birthdays

1829 – Seth Barton, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Fredericksburg, Virginia (d. 1900)
1889 – Robert A. Taft, American politician (U.S. Senator from Ohio), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1953)
1914 – Hillary Brooke, American film actress (The Abbott and Costello Show), born in Astoria, New York (d. 1999)
1930 – Robert W. Firestone, American author and clinical psychologist, born in Brooklyn, New York
1972 – Phil Laak, Irish-American professional poker player, born in Dublin
1977 – Maria Helena Selin, Finnish ice hockey right wing (Finland, Olympics 1998), born in Helsinki, Finland

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Famous Deaths

1633 – Carlo Caraffa, Italian jesuit/religious order founder, dies at about 72
1682 – Juan Caramuel y Lobkowitz, Spanish writer, dies at 76
1980 – Hermann Claudius, German folk poet (Meister Bertram), dies at 101
1983 – Antonin Magne, French bicylist (won Tour de France 1931, 34), dies
2003 – Gulabrai Ramchand, Indian cricketer (valuable all-rounder in 33 Tests for India), dies at 76
2006 – Frank Middlemass, British actor (Heart Beat, As Time Goes By, Oliver Twist), dies at 87

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