Today in History in 1929 the first Academy Awards were presented with "Wings", Emil Jennings and Janet Gaynor winning; in 1953 actor Pierce Brosnan was born in County Meath, Ireland; and in 1985 actress Margaret Hamilton (Wicked Witch-Wizard of Oz), dies at age 82.
Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:
1920 - Joan of Arc (Jeanne D'arc) canonized a saint
1929 - 1st Academy Awards - "Wings", Emil Jennings & Janet Gaynor wins
1943 - -17th] Operation Chastise - the Dambusters Raid; 617 Squadron RAF bombs Möhne & Eder dams (Ruhr valley) with bouncing bombs
1944 - 1st of 180,000+ Hungarian Jews reach Auschwitz
2013 - Human stem cells are successfully cloned
1801 - William H. Seward, United States Secretary of State, bought Alaska at 2 ¢/acre (d. 1872)
1804 - Elizabeth Palmer Peabody, educator/founder (US kindergarten)
1861 - H. H. Holmes [Herman Webster Mudgett], Gilmanton, New Hampshire, American serial killer
1911 - Margaret Sullavan, Norfolk, Virginia, American actress (Three Comrades, The Shop Around the Corner)
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