Today in History for 28th April 2022

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Historical Events

1865 – Giacomo Meyerbeer’s opera “L’Africaine” premieres in Paris
1943 – 1st performance of Marc Blitzstein’s “Freedom Morning”
1987 – NBA announces expansion to Charlotte NC and Miami Fla in 1988 and Minneapolis Minn and Orlando Fla in 1989
1991 – “Taking Steps” closes at Circle in Sq Theater NYC after 78 performances
1994 – Freddy Thielemans sworn in as Mayor of Brussels, Belgium
2019 – Spanish general election: no party wins a majority, Socialists under Pedro Sanchez win most with 29%

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Famous Birthdays

1928 – Eugene M. Shoemaker, American planetary scientist and geologist (Shoemaker-Levy comet), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1997)
1930 – Carolyn Jones, American actress (Morticia-Addams Family), born in Amarillo, Texas (d. 1983)
1936 – John Tchicai, Danish jazz saxophonist and composer (New York Art Quartet), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 2012)
1941 – Lucien Aimar, French cyclist (won 53rd Tour de France 1966), born in Hyères, France
1956 – Jimmy Barnes [Swan], Scottish-Australian rock and blues singer-songwriter (“For the Working Class Man”), born in Glasgow, Scotland
1975 – James Thrash, American football wide receiver (Washington Redskins)

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Famous Deaths

1741 – Magnus Julius De la Gardie, Swedish general and statesman, dies at 73
1841 – Peter Chanel, French priest and saint, dies at 37
1976 – Richard Hughes, English writer (Fiction as Truth), dies at 76
1987 – Åke Olof Sebastian Uddén, Swedish violist, composer and educator (Royal College Of Music, 1934-70), dies at 84
1991 – Steve Broidy, American motion picture executive, dies at 85
2007 – Tommy Newsom, American saxophonist and bandleader (The Tonight Show), dies at 78

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