Today in History for 24th October 2021

Historical Events

1881 – Levi P Morton, US ambassador to France drives first rivet in Statue of Liberty
1954 – Dwight D. Eisenhower pledges United States’ support to South Vietnam
1957 – The USAF starts the X-20 Dyna-Soar program.
1968 – The People’s Democracy (PD) stage a protest demonstration at Stormont Parliament buildings, Belfast, Northern Ireland
1976 – 1st Jewish film and TV festival
1980 – Polish government legalizes independent labor union Solidarity

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Famous Birthdays

1863 – Manuel Manrique de Lara, Spanish composer (The Oresteia), born in Cartagena, Murcia (d. 1929)
1885 – Ernest Claes, Belgian author (Saints from Zichem), born in Zichem, Belgium (d. 1968)
1924 – Piet Roozenburg, Dutch World champion checker player (1948, 51, 52, 55), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 2003)
1934 – Margie Masters, Australian golfer (Western Open runner-up 1966), born in Swan Hill, Victoria
1950 – Rawly Eastwick, American baseball player (Cincinnati Reds), born in Camden, New Jersey
1954 – Malcolm Turnbull, Australian politician, Prime Minister (2015-18), born in Sydney, Australia

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Famous Deaths

1930 – Renaat Verheijen, Flemish actor and director (Dr Faustus), dies at 26
1931 – Murray Bisset, South African cricketer (South African wicket-keeper 1899 and 1910), dies at 55
1938 – Ernst Barlach, German writer and artist, dies at 68
1982 – James Philbrook, actor (Islanders, Investigators), dies at 58
2004 – Randy Dorton, American race car crew member (b. 1954)
2008 – Moshe Cotel, American composer and pianist (b. 1943)

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