On This Day…

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1477 – Battle of Nancy, Burgundy vs Switzerland, 7,000 + killed including their leader Charles Duke of Burgundy.
1781 – British naval expedition led by Benedict Arnold burns Richmond, Virginia.
1914Following the great success of the Model T, American automobile maker Henry Ford raised his workers’ pay from $2.40 to $5.00 a day and reduced the hours of the workday.
1919 – German Workers’ Party forms, precursor to the National Socialist German Workers’ Party (Nazi).
1925Nellie Tayloe Ross assumed office in Wyoming, becoming the first female governor in the United States.
1930 – Mao Zedong writes “A Single Spark Can Start a Prairie Fire”.
1933In San Francisco on this day in 1933, construction began on the Golden Gate Bridge, a suspension bridge that once boasted the longest main span in the world and that has been celebrated for the magnificence of its setting.
1949 – US President Harry Truman labels his administration the “Fair Deal”. 

Births & Deaths:1863Russian actor, director, and producer Konstantin Sergeyevich Stanislavsky, who developed a highly influential theory of acting called the Stanislavsky method, was born.
1931American actor Robert Duvall, who was known for his convincing portrayals of a diverse range of characters, was born in San Diego. 
1946American actress and director Diane Keaton, who first achieved fame in quirky comic roles before earning acclaim as a dramatic actress, was born.
2014Eusébio, perhaps the greatest Portuguese football (soccer) player of all time, died in Lisbon. 

Music:1649 – Francesco Cavalli’s opera “Giasone” premieres in Venice (the most popular opera of the 17th century).
1973American musician Bruce Springsteen released his debut album, Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. 

TV & Film: 1933 – “Cavalcade” based on the play by Noel Coward, directed by Frank Lloyd and starring Diana Wynyard and Clive Brook premieres in New York (Best Production/Picture 1934) 

Via Britannica / On This Day


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