Today in History for 8th June 2021

Historical Events

1815 – 39 German states unite under Act of Confederation
1856 – Pitcairn Islanders arrive on Norfolk Island
1931 – Suriname Work Committee under Louis Doedel forms in Paramaribo
1968 – New colonial constitution for Bermuda adopted
2003 – Senior PGA Championship Men’s Golf, Aronimink GC, PA: John Jacobs wins his only Champions Tour major title with a 2 stroke margin to runner-up Bobby Wadkins
2017 – UN states Islamic State forces have shot and killed hundreds of fleeing civilians during battle for Mosul, Iraq in past two weeks

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Famous Birthdays

1812 – Spyridon Xyndas, Greek composer, born in Corfu, Greece (d. 1896)
1915 – Gustaaf Vincent Willem van Hemert tot Dingshof, Dutch Mayor of Maarn, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1994)
1915 – Julian Ridsdale, British politician (C), Member of Parliament for Harwich (1954-92) (d. 2004)
1916 – Francis Crick, English molecular biologist who co-discovered DNA’s structure and 1962 Nobel laureate, born in Northampton, England (d. 2004)
1941 – George Pell, Australian Catholic Cardinal and treasurer of the Vatican, convicted and then acquitted of child sex abuse, born in Ballarat, Australia
1979 – Derek Trucks, American guitarist and founder of Grammy Award-winning The Derek Trucks Band (Tedeschi Truck Band), born in Jacksonville, Florida

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Famous Deaths

1476 – George Neville, English archbishop and statesman
1742 – Omobono Stradivari, Italian violin maker, son of Antonius, dies at 62
1794 – G A Borger, writer, dies
1865 – Joseph Paxton, English architect, gardener and MP (Crystal Palace), dies at 61
1934 – Dorothy Dell [Goff], American child actress (Little Miss Marker, Wharf Angel), dies in a road accident at 19
1948 – Sammy Carter, Australian cricket wicketkeeper (28 Tests, 65 dismissals), dies at 70

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