Today in History for 4th December 2019

Historical Events

1674 – Father Marquette builds first dwelling in what is now Chicago
1933 – Jack Kirkland’s play “Tobacco Road” premieres in NYC, became the longest-running play of its time
1944 – Germans destroy Rhine dikes, Betuwe flooded
1961 – Smallest NY Knick, 49th St Madison Square Garden crowd-1,300 (snowstorm)
1971 – The UN Security Council calls an emergency session to consider the deteriorating situation between India and Pakistan
1989 – NBC’s premiere of “Howard Beach: Making A Case for Murder”, based on December 1986 murders of black youths by white youths in New York City

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Famous Birthdays

1791 – Johann Gottlob Topfer, German composer, born in Niederroßla (d. 1870)
1866 – Wassily Kandinsky, Russian-French abstract painter (Dreamy Inspiration), born in Moscow (d. 1944)
1868 – Richard Nicolaas Roland Holst, Dutch artist and painter, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1938)
1935 – Robert Vesco, American financier and fugitive, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2007)
1941 – Humberto Solás, Cuban film director and writer (Lucia), born in Havana, Cuba (d. 2008)
1950 – Jan Rietman, Dutch radio and TV host, born in Doetinchem, Netherlands

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Famous Deaths

765 – Jafar al-Sadiq, Muslim scholar and scientist, dies at 63
1334 – Pope John XXII (1316-1334) (b. 1249)
1893 – John Tyndall, Irish physicist who demonstrated why the sky is blue and proved that the Earth’s atmosphere has a greenhouse effect, dies at 73
1935 – Johan Halvorsen, composer, dies at 71
1983 – Estelle Omens, actress (Effect of Gamma Rays), dies at 55
2017 – Shashi Kapoor [Balbir Raj Kapoor], prominent Indian Bollywood actor (Deewar, The Deceivers, Shalimar, Heat and Dust), dies from a chest infection at 79

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