Today in History for 9th June 2021

Historical Events

721 – Odo of Aquitaine defeats a Umayyad Muslim army at the Battle of Toulouse
1900 – In China, Boxers destroy the race course in Peking, a few miles from the legations and the center and symbol of diplomatic social life and Western privilege
1985 – French Open Men’s Tennis: Sweden’s Mats Wilander wins 4th career Grand Slam title; beats Czech star Ivan Lendl 3-6, 6-4, 6-2, 6-2
1993 – “Tout capour ca!” (1993) premieres in France
2007 – French Open Women’s Tennis: Justine Henin wins her 3rd consecutive French singles crown; beats Ana Ivanović of Serbia 6-1, 6-2
2010 – 44th CMT Music Awards: Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert and Keith Urban win

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Famous Birthdays

1898 – Curzio Malaparte [Kurt E. Suckert], Italian author (Kaputt)
1924 – Peter Heatly, Scottish diver and Chairman of the Commonwealth Games Federation, born in Leith, Scotland (d. 2015)
1962 – Eddie Lundon, British rock guitarist, singer , and songwriter (China Crisis – “Wishful Thinking”), born in Kirby, Liverpool, England
1975 – Carolyne Lepage, Canadian 48 kg judoka (Olympics 1996), born in Montreal, Quebec
1980 – Udonis Haslem, American basketball player
1982 – Christina Stürmer, Austrian singer, born in Linz, Austria

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Famous Deaths

1825 – Pauline Bonaparte, Corsican duchess of Parma and Guastalla, sister of Napoleon Bonaparte, dies at 44
1911 – Carrie Nation, American temperance advocate, dies at 64
1950 – Edward Asahel Birge, American pioneer in limnology, dies at 98
1952 – Adolf Busch, German composer (b. 1891)
1989 – George Beadle, US Biologist and Nobel Laureate (biochemical genetics), dies at 85
1996 – Bert Schierbeek, Dutch writer and poet (Cross Roads), dies at 77

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