Today in History for 5th June 2021

Historical Events

1257 – Kraków, Poland, receives city rights.
1806 – 1st trotter to break 3 minute mile (Yankee)
1965 – “Wooly Bully” by Sam the Sham and Pharaohs hits #2
1969 – Race riot in Hartford, Connecticut
1977 – Los Angeles Dodgers retire Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman and manager Walter Alston’s #24
1984 – Indira Gandhi orders an attack on Sikh’s holiest site, the Golden Temple in Amritsar

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Famous Birthdays

1771 – Willem Frederik van Bylandt, Dutch military officer, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1855)
1939 – Margaret Drabble, British author (Needle’s Eye), born in Sheffield, England
1955 – Edino Nazareth Filho, Brazilian football player
1964 – Rick Riordan, American author (Percy Jackson and the Olympians), born in San Antonio, Texas
1973 – Lamon Brewster, American boxer (WBO heavyweight title 2004-2006), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
1981 – Jade Goody, English television personality (Big Brother), born in London (d. 2009)

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Famous Deaths

754 – Eoda, English speaking bishop of Utrecht, murdered
1868 – Anselm Hüttenbrenner, Austrian composer, dies at 73
1910 – O. Henry [William Sydney Porter], American short story writer (Cabbages and Kings), dies of cirrhosis of the liver, diabetes complications and an enlarged heart at 47
1923 – George H. Breitner, Dutch impressionist painter, dies at 65
1980 – Lauritz Lauritzen, German politician, dies at 70
2020 – Kurt Thomas, American gymnast (first American male to win gold medal at World Championships, floor 1978; floor, horizontal bars 1979), dies from a stroke at 64

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