Trotsky Expelled, Battle of Guadalcanal and the Deadliest Ever Tropical Cyclone

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Important Events

  • 764 Tibetan troops occupy Chang'an for 15 days, capital of the Chinese Tang Dynasty
  • 1927 Leon Trotsky is expelled from the Soviet Communist Party, paving the way for Joseph Stalin to consolidate complete power
  • 1942 WWII Naval Battle of Guadalcanal begins between Allied and Japanese forces in Solomon Islands
  • 1968 US Supreme Court: Epperson v. Arkansas, court declares unconstitutional Arkansas law banning teaching evolution in public schools
  • 1970 Cyclone Bhola makes landfall in East Pakistan (Bangladesh) killing up to 500,000, making it the deadliest tropical cyclone ever recorded
Today's Historical Events

Today in Film & TV

  • 1910 1st possible movie stunt: man jumps into the Hudson river from a burning balloon

Today in Music

  • 1989 George Forrest's musical "Grand Hotel" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 1018 performances (5 Tony wins)

Today in Sport

  • 1982 Zaheer Abbas gets his 100th 100 in Test Cricket for Pakistan v India, goes to 215
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British explorer Robert Scott's diary & body found in Antarctica

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Famous Weddings

  • 1028 Future Byzantine empress Zoe marries Romanus Argyrus according to the wishes of the dying Constantine VIII.
  • 1656 English Poet and author of epic "Paradise Lost" John Milton (47) marries 2nd wife Katherine Woodcock
  • 1963 Singer and actor Robert Goulet (30) weds actress Carol Lawrence (31)
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