Today in History for 14th June 2021

Historical Events

1807 – Emperor Napoleon I’s French Grande Armee defeats the Russian Army at the Battle of Friedland in Prussia (modern Russian Kaliningrad Oblast) ending War of the Fourth Coalition
1916 – Democratic Convention convenes in St Louis; Woodrow Wilson campaigns on the slogan “he kept out of the war”
1936 – Oranienburg Concentration Camp opens in Germany
1965 – Beatles release album “Beatles VI”
1991 – Space Shuttle STS 40 (Columbia 12) lands
2019 – Petition to create world’s first “time free zone” on Sommaroy island which has complete daylight for 2 months, delivered to the Norwegian parliament

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Famous Birthdays

1657 – Cornelis Cruys [Niels Olsen Creutz], Norwegian Dutch admiral, commanded the Russian Baltic fleet, born in Stravanger, Denmark-Norway (d. 1727)
1844 – Édouard Naville, Swiss Egyptologist (Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut), born in Geneva, Switzerland (d. 1926)
1964 – Jamie Dukes, American NFL center (Arizona Cardinals), born in Schenectady, New York
1969 – Steffi Graf, German tennis player (Golden Slam 1988, 22 Grand Slam singles titles), born in Mannheim, Germany
1986 – Jonathan Clare, English cricketer
1989 – Courtney Halverson, American actress

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Famous Deaths

1544 – Antoine, Duke of Lorraine, dies at 55
1727 – Cornelis Cruys, Norwegian/Dutch admiral, dies at 70
1926 – Mary Cassatt, American impressionist painter (Woman Bathing), dies at 82
1946 – John Logie Baird, Scottish inventor and father of the television, dies of a stroke at 57
1994 – Denys Hay, British historian, dies at 78
2002 – June Jordan, Caribbean-American playwright and poet (His Own Where), dies at 65

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