Today in History for 23rd May 2021

Historical Events

1568 – Battle of Heiligerlee, Groningen: Dutch rebels beat Spanish, thousands killed
1750 – Carlo Goldoni’s “Il Bugiardo” premieres in Mantua
1864 – Battle of North Anna, Virginia, 1st of 3 days of fighting
1908 – Dirigible explodes over San Francisco Bay, 16 passengers fall, none killed
1922 – Future World Heavyweight boxing champion Gene Tunney suffers his only professional defeat in 15-round unanimous points decision against Harry Greb at Madison Square Garden, NY
1922 – Walt Disney incorporates his 1st film company Laugh-O-Gram Films

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Famous Birthdays

1810 – Margaret Fuller [Ossoli], American feminist and journalist (NY Tribune), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1850)
1910 – Benjamin “Scatman” Crothers, American singer, musician (“Television Blues”), and actor (Chico and the Man; The Shining), born in Terre Haute, Indiana (d. 1986)
1919 – Ruth Fernandez, Ponce, Puerto Rico, singer (When you Return), politician, (d. 2012)
1952 – James Mankey, rocker (Concrete Blonde)
1965 – James Hasty, NFL cornerback (KC Chiefs)
1972 – Rubens Barrichello, Brazilian formula one driver

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Famous Deaths

1691 – Adrien Auzout, French astronomer (b. 1622)
1851 – Lucas Pieter Roodbaard, architect, dies at 69
1887 – Ludwig Mathias Lindeman, Norwegian composer and organist, dies at 74
1996 – Patrick Cargill, British actor (Help!, No Wreath for the General, Hammerhead), dies of a brain tumor at 77
1998 – Andreas Liebenberg, South African military commander, dies at 60
2017 – Roger Moore, British actor (The Saint, James Bond), dies at 89

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