Today in History for 28th May 2021

Historical Events

1156 – Battle at Brindisi: Norman-Sicillian King William beats Byzantine fleet under John Doukas and Alexios Bryennios
1918 – Azerbaijan gains independence and declares itself a Democratic Republic
1960 – 59th Women’s French Championships: Darlene Hard beats Yola Ramirez (6-3, 6-4)
1983 – “Ricky”, parody song by Weird Al Yankovic hits #63
2016 – Harambe, a gorilla at Cincinnati Zoo, is shot after dragging a 3 year old boy who had slipped into its enclosure (Cincinnati, Ohio)
2018 – One million French smokers quit in one year after anti-smoking measures introduced according to Public Health France

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Famous Birthdays

1807 – Jan van Swieten, Dutch general and governor of West-Sumatra, born in Mainz, Germany (d. 1888)
1831 – Eliza Ann Gardner, African-American abolitionist and religious leader, born in NYC, New York (d. 1922)
1858 – Carl Richard Nyberg, Swedish inventor (blowtorch), born in Arboga, Sweden (d. 1939)
1935 – Kenneth Kleinwort, English banker/multi-millionaire
1943 – Elena Souliotis, Greek soprano, born in Athens (d. 2004)
1944 – Billy Vera, American rock singer-songwriter (Billy and The Beaters – “At This Moment”; “Into the Night”), born in Riverside, California

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Famous Deaths

1940 – Walter Connolly, American actor (It Happened One Night, Good Earth), dies from a stroke at 53
1940 – Friedrich Karl von Hessen (b. 1868)
1948 – Unity Mitford, English fascist sympathizer and one of the Mitford sisters, dies from the effects of a bullet in her head at 33
1963 – Vissarion Yakovlevich Shebalin, Soviet composer, dies at 60
1995 – Jean Muir, British fashion designer, dies at 66
2018 – Cornelia Frances [Zulver], British-Australian actress (Home and Away), dies from bladder cancer at 77

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