This Day In History
Thursday, July 19, 2018
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Births

in 1811
Elisha Otis

Elisha Graves Otis was an American industrialist, founder of the Otis Elevator Company, and inventor of a safety device that prevents elevators from falling if the hoisting cable fails. He worked on this device while living in Yonkers, New York in 1852, and had a finished product in 1854.

Deaths

in 1924
Joseph Conrad

Joseph Conrad (born Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski) was a Polish-born English novelist.
in 2008
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn was a Russian novelist, dramatist, and historian. Through his often-suppressed writings, he helped to raise global awareness of the Gulag, the Soviet Union's forced labor camp system – particularly in «The Gulag Archipelago» and «One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich», two of his best-known works.
in 2011
Bubba Smith

Charles Aaron "Bubba" Smith was an American professional football player who became an actor after his retirement from the sport.
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