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  • Today in History for 18th April 2024

    Apr 17, 2024

    Historical Events

    1924 - 1st crossword puzzle book published by Simon and Schuster
    1938 - 42nd Boston Marathon won by Leslie Pawson in 2:35:34.8; his second victory in the event
    1946 - Rome, Auerbach and Horwitt's musical "Call Me Mister" opens at National Theater, NYC; runs for 734 performances
    1946 - Jackie Robinson debuts as 2nd baseman for the Montreal Royals
    1983 - KMO-AM in Tacoma Wash changes call letters to KAMT (now KKMO)
    1984 - Joan Benoit runs world record female marathon (2:22:43)

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    Famous Birthdays

    1842 - Antero Tarquínio de Quental, Portuguese poet (Beatrice), born in Ponta Delgada, Portugal (d. 1891)
    1888 - Arnold Lunn, British skier (created the modern Alpine slalom race), born in Madras, India (d. 1974)
    1946 - (Alexander) "Skip" Spence, Canadian guitarist and vocalist (Moby Grape - "Omaha"), born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada
    1963 - Eric McCormack, Canadian-American actor (Will and Grace), born in Toronto, Ontario
    1970 - Rico Brogna, American MLB baseball player (Detroit Tigers), born in Turners Falls, Massachusetts
    1988 - Vanessa Kirby, English actress (Princess Margaret in The Crown), born in London, England

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    Famous Deaths

    1610 - Robert Parsons, English jesuit (A Letter Disclosure), dies at 63
    1845 - Nicolas Théodore de Saussure, Swiss chemist, dies at 77
    1882 - Henry Cole, English inventor and civil servant, 1st director of the VandA Museum, promoter of 1851 Great Exhibition, dies at 73
    1976 - Mahmoud Younis, Suez Canal nationalization engineer, dies at 65
    1985 - Gertrude Caton-Thompson, English archaeologist (Zimbabwe, So Arabia), dies at 97
    1990 - Robert D Webb, American director and actor (Love Me Tender, Jackals), dies at 87

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