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10/8/2021 12:01:00 AM
Today In History - October 8

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Today in History in Today in History in 1793 John Hancock who signed the Declaration of Independence died at age 56; in 1935 Ozzie Nelson married Harriet Hilliard (Ozzie & Harriet); and in 1941 Jesse Jackson, clergyman and presidential candidate was born in Greenville, S.C.

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:

Historical Events

  • 1480 - Great standing on the Ugra river, a standoff between the forces of Akhmat Khan, Khan of the Great Horde, and the Grand Duke Ivan III of Russia, which resulted in the retreat of the Tataro-Mongols and eventual disintegration of the Horde.
  • 1856 - The Second Opium War or second Anglo-Chinese War: begins with the Arrow Incident on the Pearl River.
  • 1862 - Otto Von Bismarck becomes chancellor of the German Empire
  • 1915 - Battle of Loos WWI, almost 430,000 French, British & Germans killed
  • 1917 - Leon Trotsky named chairman of the Petrograd Soviet as Bolsheviks gain control
  • 2001 - U.S. President George W. Bush announces the establishment of the Office of Homeland Security.

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1895 - Juan Peron, Argentine Pres (1946-55, 1973-74)
  • 1941 - Jesse Jackson, Greenville SC, clergyman/presidential candidate (D)
  • 1943 - Chevy Chase, NYC, comedian/actor (SNL, Vacation, Fletch, Caddyshack)
  • 1943 - R. L. Stine, Columbus, Ohio, children's book writer (Goosebumps)
  • 1949 - Sigourney Weaver [Susan Alexandra], LA, actress (Alien, Working Girl)
  • 1964 - CeCe Winans, American singer
  • 1970 - Matt Damon, Cambridge, Massachusetts, American actor (Good Will Hunting, Ocean's trilogy, Bourne trilogy)
  • 1980 - Nick Cannon, San Diego, California, American actor and rapper (Love Don't Cost a Thing)
  • 1993 - Angus T. Jones, American actor (Two and a Half Men)

Famous Weddings

  • 1824 - Salt Lake City founder Brigham Young (23) weds first wife Miriam Angeline Works (18) in Port Byron, New York
  • 1842 - Princess Sophia weds her cousin duke Charles Saksen-Weimar-Eisenach
  • 1846 - Prime Minister of Canada Charles Tupper (25) weds Frances Amelia Morse (20) in Amherst, Nova Scotia
  • 1934 - South Korean President Syngman Rhee (59) weds Francesca Donner (34)
  • 1935 - Ozzie Nelson marries Harriet Hilliard (Ozzie & Harriet)

Famous Divorces

  • 2010 - Musician Ben Harper (40) divorces actress Laura Dern (43) due to irreconcilable differences after 5 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • 1793 - John Hancock, US merchant/statesman (Declaration of Independence), dies at 56
  • 1869 - Franklin Pierce, 14th President of the United States, dies at 64
  • 1947 - Felix Salten, [Siegmund Salzmann], Austria writer (Bambi), dies at 78
  • 2011 - Al Davis, American football executive, dies at 82

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