Today in History for 23rd June 2021

Historical Events

1926 – 8th French government of Aristide Briand forms
1938 – Marineland opens in Florida-1st aquarium
1939 – Bronko Nagurski beats Lou Thesz in Houston, to win National Wrestling Association world heavyweight title
1961 – 11th Berlin International Film Festival: “The Night” wins the Golden Bear
1972 – Bernice Gera becomes first female umpire in US pro baseball, Geneva Senators and Auburn Twins in Geneva, New York
1975 – US Open Men’s Golf, Medinah CC: Lou Graham defeats John Mahaffey by 2 strokes in an 18-hole Monday playoff to win his only major championship

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Famous Birthdays

1433 – Francis II, Duke of Brittany (d. 1488)
1903 – Paul Joseph James Martin, Canadian politician (d. 1992)
1937 – Martti Ahtisaari, President of Finland
1948 – Darhyl S. Ramsey, American author
1955 – Maggie Greenwald, American film director and writer
1988 – Milk [Daniel Donigan], American figure skater and drag performer (RuPaul’s Drag Race), born in Syracuse, New York

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Famous Deaths

1959 – Boris Vian, French writer and musician (b. 1920)
1959 – Jean Gallon, French composer, dies at 80
1980 – V.V. [Varahagiri Venkata] Giri, Fourth President of India (1969-74), dies at 85
1997 – Betty Shabazz, American educator and civil rights activist who was the widow of Malcolm X, dies from burns suffered in a fire started by her young grandson at 63
2010 – Pete Quaife, English bass guitarist (The Kinks), dies at 66
2020 – Ryan Anthony, American trumpet player (Canadian Brass, 2000-03; Dallas Symphony, 2006-20), dies of cancer at 51

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