Today in History for 9th July 2021

Historical Events

1672 – William III inaugurated as viceroy of Holland and Zealand
1864 – Battle of Monocacy, Maryland, confederate forces led by Lieutenant General Jubal Early
1917 – British battleship HMS Vanguard explodes at Scapa Flow (the result of an internal explosion of faulty cordite), killing 804
1934 – SS-Reichsfuehrer Heinrich Himmler takes command of German Concentration Camps
1982 – Pan Am Boeing 727 crashes in Kenner La, killing 153
2017 – English international footballer Wayne Rooney announces he will leave Manchester United after 13 years to rejoin his original club, Everton

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Famous Birthdays

1848 – Robert I, Duke of Parma, last ruling Duke of Parma, born in Florence, Tuscany (d. 1907)
1900 – Robert Oboussier, Swiss composer, born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1957)
1925 – Peter Ludwig, German businessman and art collector, born in Koblenz, Germany (d. 1996)
1950 – Gwen Guthrie, American Rand*B, soul, and dance singer-songwriter (“Ain’t Nothin’ Goin’ On But The Rent”), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1999)
1975 – Jack White [Gillis], American musician (The White Stripes; Racontuers), born in Detroit, Michigan
1991 – Spencer Elden, Baby and model on Nirvana (band)’s Nevermind album

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Famous Deaths

1228 – Stephen Langton, English Cardinal and scholar, Archbishop of Canterbury (1207-1228), negotiated the Magna Carta, thought to have divided Bible into chapters (b. c. 1150)
1855 – FitzRoy Somerset, 1st Baron Raglan, British Army officer (commander of the British forces during the Crimean War), dies of dysentery in Crimea at 66
1856 – James Strang, American Mormon splinter group leader, dies of his wounds three weeks after being attacked by disaffected members at 43
1875 – Francis Preston Blair Jr, famed St Louis lawyer, dies at 54
1957 – Alexander Fyodorovich Gedike, composer, dies at 80
1977 – Loren C Eiseley, US anthropologist/writer (Animal Secrets), dies at 69

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