Today in History for 4th June 2021

Historical Events

1769 – A transit of Venus is followed five hours later by a total solar eclipse, the shortest such interval in history
1887 – Pasteur Institute founded by French biologist Louis Pasteur in Paris
1945 – 6th US Marine division occupies Orokoe Peninsula Okinawa
1949 – “Cavalcade of Stars” debuts (DuMont); Jackie Gleason made host in 1950
1982 – Israel attacks targets in south Lebanon
1991 – 1st post WW II non-communist government in Albania

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Famous Birthdays

1878 – Frank Buchman, American theologist (Moral Re-Armament), born in Pennsburg, Pennsylvania (d. 1961)
1910 – Jacques Berque, French Islamic scholar, born in Frenda, Algeria (d. 1995)
1919 – Dorothy Howell Rodham, Mother of US First Lady, Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2011)
1965 – Mick Doohan, Australian motorcycle racer (5-time 500cc world champion), born in Gold Coast, Queensland
1965 – Beau Allred, American baseball player (Cleveland Indians), born in Mesa, Arizona
1992 – Dino Jelusić, Croatian singer, born in Požega, Croatia

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Famous Deaths

1872 – Stanisław Moniuszko, Polish conductor, composer (Straszny dwór – The Haunted Manor), and teacher, dies at 53
1916 – Mildred J. Hill, American composer and musician (“Happy Birthday To You”), dies at 56
1966 – Blanche Knopf, American publisher, president of Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. and wife of publisher Alfred A. Knopf Sr., dies at 71
1969 – Rafael Osuna, Mexican tennis player (US Nat C’ship 1963), dies in an airline crash at 30
1989 – Andor Kovács, Hungarian classical guitarist, and composer, dies at 60
1997 – Johnny “Hammond” Smith, American jazz and bop organist (Wild Horses Rock Steady), dies of cancer at 63

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