Today in History for 11th May 2022

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Historical Events

1858 – Minnesota admitted as 32nd US state
1862 – Confederates scuttle CSS Virginia off Norfolk, Virginia
1949 – Siam renames itself Thailand
1975 – Natalie Cole releases her debut album “Inseparable” (wins 2 Grammys)
1998 – India conducts three underground nuclear tests in Pokhran, including a thermonuclear device
2018 – Most popular names in the US for 2017 revealed as Emma for girls, Liam for boys

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Famous Birthdays

1838 – Walter Goodman, British painter, illustrator and author (d. 1912)
1905 – Marjorie Sykes, peace campaigner
1947 – Butch Trucks, American drummer (The Allman Brothers – “Whipping Post”), born in Jacksonville, Florida (d. 2017)
1964 – Tim Blake Nelson, American actor (O Brother, Where Art Thou?; The Ballad of Buster Scruggs; Watchmen), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
1974 – Stanley Gene, Papua New Guinean rugby league footballer
1986 – Ronny, Brazilian footballer

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Famous Deaths

1304 – Maḥmūd Ghāzān, 7th Mongol Empire ruler in Iran, dies at 32
1938 – Arnold Sauwen, Flemish poet (Hours of Solitude), dies at 81
1996 – Bruce Boyce, Canadian-born American singer and teacher, dies at 85
2013 – Oliver “Ollie” Mitchell, American musician and bandleader (The Wrecking Crew), dies of cancer at 86
2017 – Yale Lary, American NFL safety Hall of Famer (Detroit Lions), dies at 86
2020 – John “Moon” Martin, American rockabilly singer-songwriter and guitarist (“Bad Case Of Loving You”), dies at 74

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