Today In History

May 23, 2017

Historical Events

1934 – The Auto-Lite Strike culminates in the “Battle of Toledo”, a five-day melée between 1,300 troops of the Ohio National Guard and 6,000 picketers.
1944 – Polo Grounds host 1st NYC night game since 1941
1962 – 15th Cannes Film Festival: “Keeper of Promises” directed by Anselmo Duarte wins the Palme d’Or
1962 – Joe Pepitone 2nd Yankee to hit 2 HRs in 1 inning (Joe DiMaggio)
1989 – Lincoln Square in Bronx named
2003 – The Euro exceeds its initial trading value as it hits $1.18 for the first time since its introduction in 1999.

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Famous Birthdays

1756 – Nicolas-Joseph Hullmandel, composer
1918 – Denis Compton, cricketer (England batsman 1938-56 and Arsenal forward)
1925 – Mac Wiseman, American musician
1944 – Giles Smith, TV journalist
1945 – Padmarajan, Indian film director (d. 1991)
1965 – James Hasty, NFL cornerback (KC Chiefs)

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Famous Deaths

1304 – Jehan de Lescurel, French poet and composer
1684 – Adriaen Backer, Amsterdams painter buried at about 48
1691 – Adrien Auzout, French astronomer (b. 1622)
1838 – John W Janssens, gov-gen (Cape Colony), dies at 75
1908 – Francois Coppee, French poet, dies
1937 – John Davison Rockfeller, industrialist, dies at 97 in Ormond Beach Fla

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