Today in History for 26th September 2021

Historical Events

1953 – Polish government fires/imprisons Cardinal Wyszynski
1960 – Cuban leader Fidel Castro delivers a 4 hour and 29 minute long speech at the United Nations
1962 – TV comedy series “Beverly Hillbillies” premieres on CBS
1963 – Lee Harvey Oswald travels on Continental Trailways bus to Mexico
1978 – NY District Court Judge Constance Baker Motley rules that women sportswriters cannot be banned from locker rooms
2019 – US Income inequality widest for over 50 years, worst in California, Connecticut, Florida, Louisiana and New York, according to new census figures

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Famous Birthdays

1832 – Pyotr Petrovich Sokal’sky, Russian composer, born in Kharkiv, Ukraine (d. 1887)
1907 – Ralph Michael, British actor (Quest, Doctor in the House), born in London (d. 1994)
1907 – Anthony Blunt, British art historian and spy for USSR, born in Bournemouth, Hampshire, England (d. 1983)
1932 – Manmohan Singh, Indian politician, 13th Prime Minister of India (2004-14), born in Gah, British India
1948 – Vladimír Remek, Czech politician and cosmonaut (Soyuz 28), born in České Budějovice, Czechoslovakia
1973 – Marty Casey, American singer (Lovehammers), born in Chicago, Illinois

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Famous Deaths

1023 – Godfried I, duke of Neth-Lutherans, dies
1937 – Bessie Smith, American blues singer known as the “Empress of the Blues” (recorded over 200 songs), dies of injuries sustained in car crash at 43
1964 – Calvin Thomas, actor (Judge Hunter-One Man’s Family), dies at 79
1997 – Dorothy Kingsley, American screenwriter (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers), dies at 87
2000 – Richard Mulligan, American actor (Soap, Empty’s Nest, Big Bus), dies at 67
2006 – Byron Nelson, American golfer (winner 5 major titles; record 19 tournaments 1945), dies of a blood disorder at 94

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