Today in History for 9th March 2019

Historical Events

1858 – Albert Potts of Philadelphia patents the street mailbox
1907 – Lady Gregory’s “Rising of the Moon” premieres in Dublin
1914 – US Sen Albert Fall (Teapot Dome) demands “Cubanisation of Mexico”
1933 – Bulgarian communists Dimitrov, Popov and Vassili arrested in Berlin
1956 – Weather forecasting phone line set up in London England
1979 – France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll

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Famous Birthdays

1825 – Alexander F. Mozhaiski, Russian aviation pioneer, born in Rochensalm, Russian Empire (d. 1890)
1848 – Martin Pierre Joseph Marsick, Belgian composer, born in Jupille-sur-Meuse, Liège, Belgium (d. 1924)
1921 – Dimitris Horn, Greek actor (A Girl in Black), born in Athens, Greece (d. 1998)
1935 – Andrew Viterbi, American telecommunications scientist and businessman (Qualcomm Inc.), born in Bergamo, Italy
1948 – Christopher “Chris” Thompson, British singer and guitarist (Manfred Mann’s Earth Band- “Blinded By the Light”), born in Ashford, Kent
1960 – Linda Fiorentino, American actress (Jade, Last Seduction, Moderns), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Famous Deaths

1947 – Carrie Chapman Catt, American women’s suffrage leader, dies at 88
1969 – Riad, chief of staff (Egyptian army), dies
1992 – James Brooks, US mural painter (Flight, La Guardia NY), dies at 85
2005 – Kurt Lotz, German business executive and second postwar CEO of Volkswagen, dies at 92
2009 – Randy Cain, American soul singer (4 Gents/Delfonics), dies at 63
2016 – John Gutfreund, American investment banker, CEO of Salomon Brothers (King of Wall Street), dies at 86

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