Today in History for 3rd June 2021

Historical Events

1959 – US President Eisenhower routes Canadian premier Diefenbaker a message off the Moon
1962 – Air France Boeing 707 crashes on takeoff from Paris, kills 130
1965 – 1st US Space walk made by NASA astronaut Ed White during the Gemini 4 mission (23 minutes)
1967 – French Championships Men’s Tennis: Roy Emerson beats fellow Australian Tony Roche 6-1, 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 for his 12th and final Grand Slam title
1968 – Canada announces it will replace silver with nickel in coins
1970 – Ray Davies of The Kinks travels round trip NY-London to change 1 word in “Lola,” (Coca-Cola to Cherry Cola) because of BBC commercial reference ban

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Famous Birthdays

1685 – Cornelis Hop, Amsterdam regent/diplomat
1723 – Giovanni Antonio Scopoli, Italian-born naturalist (d. 1788)
1804 – Richard Cobden, English founder of the Anti-Corn-Law League
1900 – Gerard den Brabander [Jan G Jofriet], Dutch poet (Nothing New) (d. 1968)
1931 – Lindy Remigino, American athlete (Olympic gold 100m 1952), born in Elmhurst, Queens, New York (d. 2018)
1970 – Peter Newton, Kailua Hawaii, sprint kayaker (Olympics 1996)

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Famous Deaths

1898 – Nikolai Afanisev, Russian composer, dies at 77
1955 – Barbara Graham, American criminal convicted of murder, dies at 31
1991 – Eva Le Gallienne, English-American actress and director (Resurrection), dies at 92
1996 – Peter Glenville, English actor and director (Hotel Paradiso, Becket), dies at 82
2000 – William E. Simon, American businessman, US Secretary of Treasury under Nixon, dies at 72
2006 – Johnny Grande, American accordion and piano player (The Saddlemen; Bill Haley’s Comets), and songwriter (“Birth of the boogie”), dies of cancer at 76

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