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  • Today in History for 17th August 2022

    Aug 16, 2022

    Historical Events

    1862 - Confederate troops under Kirby Smith enter Kentucky
    1904 - George H Reid succeeds John Watson as Prime Minister of Australia
    1936 - An unemployed worker, Neils B. Ruud, in Madison, Wisconsin, receives the first unemployment benefit check paid under a State law, for $15
    1969 - Hurricane Camille strikes US coastline and kills 259 people (mainly in Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana)
    1988 - NYC 1st case of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (9 year old Bronx boy)
    2013 - 14th Athletics World Championships: Usain Bolt wins 200m

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    Famous Birthdays

    1720 - Charles-Dominique-Joseph Eisen, French engraver and painter (Contes de La Fontaine), born in Valenciennes, France (d. 1778)
    1905 - John Hay Whitney, American diplomat and publisher (NY Herald Tribune 1961-67), born in Ellsworth, Maine (d. 1982)
    1955 - Colin Moulding, English pop bassist, and songwriter (XTC - "Generals And Majors"), born in Swindon, England
    1966 - Maysa [Leak], American jazz and RandB singer, born in Baltimore, Maryland
    1974 - Nicola Kraus, American novelist, born in New York City
    1974 - Tony Hajjar, Lebanese-American musician (At the Drive-In, Sparta), born in Beirut, Lebanon

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    Famous Deaths

    1875 - Wilhelm Bleek, German linguist (Father of Bantu Philology), dies at 48
    1966 - Archibald Palm, South African cricketer (Test South Africa v England 1927-28), dies at 65
    1988 - Victoria Shaw, Australian-American actress (Alvarez Kelly, Westworld), dies at 53
    1993 - Max de Metz, Dutch publisher and translator, dies at 72
    2004 - GĂ©rard Souzay, French baritone, dies at 85
    2010 - Edwin Morgan, Scottish poet (At Eighty), dies at 90

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