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This Day in History for Sunday 20th April 2014

Historical Events

Events 1 - 15 of 206

295 - 8th recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet
850 - Guntherus becomes bishop of Cologne
1139 - 2nd Lateran Council (10th ecumenical council) opens in Rome
1505 - Jews are expelled from Orange Burgandy by Philibert of Luxembourg
1551 - John Dudley becomes Earl Marshal of England
1650 - Dutch East India Company (VOC) management sets new guidelines
1653 - Cromwell routes English parliament to house
1657 - Battle in Santa Cruz Bay, Tenerife: English fleet under Robert Blake sinks Spanish silver fleet
1689 - The former King James II of England, now deposed, lays siege to Derry.
1702 - Comet C/1702 H1 approaches within 0.0437 AUs of Earth
1715 - Nicholas Rowe's "Tragedy of Lady Jane Grey" premieres in London
1759 - George Frederic Handel is buried in Westminster Abbey, London
1770 - Captain Cook arrives in New South Wales
1775 - British begin siege of Boston
1777 - New York adopts new constitution as an independent state

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Famous Birthdays

Born Today

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf HitlerDictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler (1889)

Birthdays 1 - 15 of 205

702 - Jafar Sadiq, Muslim scholar (d. 765)
1442 - Edward IV, King (England, 1461-83)
1494 - John Agricola, [Schneider], German theologist/prime minister
1586 - Saint Rose of Lima, Peruvian saint (d. 1617)
1592 - John Eliot, St Germans Cornwall, English MP/author
1594 - Matthaus Apelles von Lowenstern, composer
1633 - Emperor Go-Komyo of Japan (d. 1654)
1646 - Charles Plumier, French botanist (d. 1704)
1650 - William Bedloe, English informer (d. 1680)
1668 - Yuri Troubetzkoy, Governor of Belgorod (d. 1739)
1705 - Balthasar Schmid, composer
1718 - David Brainerd, American missionary (d. 1747)
1723 - Cornelius Harnett, American delegate to the Continental Congress (d. 1781)
1725 - Johann Friedrich Kloffler, composer
1726 - Jozef de Ferraris, French/Austrian earl/general/cartographer

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Famous Weddings

Weddings 1 - 5 of 5

1914 - Poet and critic Ezra Pound (28) weds Dorothy Shakespear
1968 - The Washington Post reporter Carl Bernstein (24) weds fellow reporter Carol Honsa
2007 - Indian film actor and producer Abhishek Bachchan (31) weds actress Aishwarya Rai (33) at the Bachchan residence in Juhu, Mumbai
2008 - "The Game" actress Tia Mowry (29) weds actor Cory Hardrict (32) at the Biltmore Hotel in Santa Barbara, California
2011 - "Hollywood Confidential" radio host Leeza Gibbons (54) weds Steven Fenton (41) at the rooftop of the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills

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Famous Divorces

Divorces 1 - 1 of 1

2006 - Actor-writer Charlie Shanian (39) divorces former Beverly Hills, 90210 actress Tori Spelling (32) only 15 months after their lavish $1-million wedding

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Famous Deaths

Passed Away Today

Novelist Bram StokerNovelist Bram Stoker (1912)

Deaths 1 - 15 of 99

1164 - Victor IV, [Ottaviano Montecello], Italian antipope (1159-64), dies
1176 - Richard de Clare, 2nd Earl of Pembroke, English soldier (b. 1130)
1314 - Clement V, [Bertrand Got], pope (1305-14) move papacy to Avignon, dies
1317 - Agnes van Montepulciano, Italian mystic/saint, dies
1521 - Zhengde, Emperor of China (b. 1491)
1534 - Elizabeth Barton, [St Magd van Kent], British prophet, dies
1558 - Johannes Bugenhagen, German reformer (b. 1485)
1632 - Nicolas Antione, converted to Judiasm, burned at the stake
1643 - Christoph Demantius, composer, dies at 75
1662 - Gerard Terborch, the elder, painter, dies
1695 - Georg Caspar Weckler, composer, dies at 63
1703 - Lancelot Addison, English royal chaplain (b. 1632)
1765 - Abigail Williams, American accuser in the Salem witch trials (b. 1674)
1768 - Giovanni AC Canaletto, Italian painter/cartoonist (Rialto), dies at 70
1769 - Pontiac, indian chief to Ottawa, murdered

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