Today in History for 8th May 2022

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Historical Events

1821 – Greek War of Independence: Greeks defeat the Turks in Gravia
1895 – China cedes Taiwan to Japan under Treaty of Shimonoseki
1924 – Memel territories given to Lithuania
1942 – Aircraft carrier USS Lexington sunk by Japanese air attack in Coral Sea
1989 – US space shuttle STS-30 lands
1994 – President Clinton announces US will no longer repatriate boat people

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Famous Birthdays

1786 – Thomas Hancock, British engineer, founded British rubber industry, born in Malborough, Wilshire (d. 1865)
1893 – Francis Ouimet, American golfer (US Open 1913, US Amateur 1914, 31), born in Brookline, Massachusetts (d. 1967)
1921 – Graham Leonard, Bishop of London, most senior Anglican to convert to Catholicism since the reformation (d. 2010)
1932 – Phyllida Law, Scottish actress (Much Ado About Nothing, The Time Machine), born in Glasgow, Scotland
1977 – Joe Bonnamassa, American blues rock guitarist, singer and songwriter (“Dust Bowl”; “Redemption”), born in New Hartford, New York
1981 – Stephen Amell, Canadian actor (Arrow), born in Toronto, Ontario

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Famous Deaths

1941 – Heinrich Zöllner, German composer, dies at 86
1974 – Graham Bond, British RandB musician, dies jumping under a train at 36
1976 – Ulrike Meinhof, German journalist who lead Germany Red Army Faction ( “Baader-Meinhof gang”), dies in uncertain circumstances in prison at 41
1976 – Fred McLeod, Scottish golfer (US Open 1908), dies at 94
1992 – Richard Derr, American actor (When Worlds Collide), dies at 74 of cancer
2004 – John Peel, British politician (C), dies at 91

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