Today in History for 9th December 2018

Historical Events

1851 – 1st Young Men’s Christian Association in North America set up in Montreal
1922 – 15th Women’s Australasian Championships (1st for women): Margaret Molesworth beats Esna Boyd (6-3, 10-8)
1968 – KRNE TV channel 12 in Merriman, NB (PBS) begins broadcasting
1973 – “Pajama Game” opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC for 65 performances
1980 – 61°F in Boston at 1 AM
1990 – Gunda Niemann skates ladies world record 3k ladies (4:10.80)

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Famous Birthdays

1594 – Gustavus II Adolphus, king who made Sweden a major power (1611-32)
1847 – George Grossmith, British actor, comedian and writer (The Diary of a Nobody, A Society Clown), born in London, England (d. 1912)
1906 – Grace Hopper, American computer scientist and US Navy admiral who invented the first compiler for a universal computer programming language and is credited with coining the phrase ‘debugging’, born in NYC, New York (d. 1992)
1932 – Donald Byrd, American jazz trumpeter (Black Byrd), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2013)
1944 – Ki Longfellow, American novelist
1973 – Tony Batista, infielder (Oakland A’s), born in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

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Famous Deaths

1565 – Pius IV, [Gianangelo de’ Medici], Italian Pope (1559-65), dies at 66
1916 – Natsume Sōseki, Japanese novelist (b. 1867)
1948 – Sir Timothy O’Brien, cricketer (Bart 5 Tests England 1884-96), dies
1957 – Carswell Adams, sportscaster (Your Sports Special), dies
1964 – Edith Sitwell, English poet and author (Wheels), dies at 77
1996 – Ivor Roberts-Jones, British sculptor (known for sculpted heads of Yehudi Menuhin and George Thomas), dies at 83

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