Today in History for 20th September 2022

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Historical Events

1792 - French defeat Prussians at Valmy

1854 - Battle of the Alma: British, French and Ottoman alliance defeat the Russian Empire in the 1st major battle of the Crimean War

1873 - Panic sweeps NY Stock Exchange (railroad bond default/bank failure) NY shut banks for 10 days due to a bank scandal

1983 - Cryptographic Communications System and Method (RSA) patented

1986 - Wichita State Shockers blow a 35-3 lead; lose 36-35 to Morehead State

2011 - The United States ends its "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, allowing gay men and women to serve openly for the first time.

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Famous Birthdays

1832 - Johann Joseph Abert, German composer, born in Gastorf, Bohemia (d. 1915)

1920 - Jay Ward, American cartoonist (Rocky and his Friends, Bullwinkle), born in Berkeley, California (d. 1989)

1927 - Clarice Taylor, American actress (Nurse Bailey-Nurse), born in Buckingham County, Virginia (d. 2011)

1950 - James P[aul] Blaylock, American sci-fi author (Elfin Ship, Homunculus), born in Long Beach, California

1990 - John Tavares, Canadian ice hockey player (New York Islanders), born in Mississauga, Ontario

1995 - Sammi Hanratty, American actress

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Famous Deaths

1639 - John Meursius [van Meurs], historian, dies at 60

1773 - Pieter de Swart, architect (Delfts Port Rotterdam), dies at 63

1939 - Paul Bruchési, French Canadian Catholic archbishop of Montreal, dies at 83

1973 - Glenn Strange, American actor (Sam the Bartender-Gunsmoke), dies at 74

1995 - Walter Haas Jr., American businessman and sports team owner (Levi Strauss and Co, Oakland A's), dies of prostate cancer at 79

2009 - John Hart, American actor (The Lone Ranger, The Adventures of Captain Africa), dies from complications of dementia at 91

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