Today in History for 12th February 2020

Historical Events

1876 – Al Spalding opens his sporting good shop
1925 – Estonia bans communist Party
1962 – Bus boycott starts in Macon, Georgia
1982 – US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1997 – Fred Goldman says he will settle for a signed murder confession from O.J. Simpson in lieu of his $20.5 million judgement
2007 – A gunman opens fire in a mall in Salt Lake City, killing 5 people in the Trolley Square shooting.

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Famous Birthdays

1775 – Louisa Adams, US First Lady (1825-29), born in London (d. 1852)
1914 – Arvid Pardo, Maltese diplomat, a.k.a “Father of the Law of the Sea Conference”, born in Rome, Italy (d. 1999)
1919 – Forrest Tucker, American actor (F Troop, Dusty Trail, The Crawling Eye), born in Plainfield, Indiana (d. 1986)
1961 – Jim Harris, Canadian author, environmentalist, and politician, born in Toronto, Ontario
1963 – Brent Jones, NFL tight end (SF 49ers), born in Santa Clara, California
1968 – Gregory Charles, French-Canadian performing artist, born in Montreal, Quebec

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Famous Deaths

1804 – Immanuel Kant, German philosopher (Zum ewigen Frieden), dies at 79
1945 – Antonio Villa-Real, Filipino jurist (b. 1880)
1969 – Johanna Tourniaire, Dutch actress (Potasch and Perlemoer), dies at 80
1995 – Terence Beckles, pianist/teacher, dies at 82
1995 – Rachid Mimouni, Algerian author (L’Honneur de la Tribu), dies at 49
2011 – Elizabeth “Betty” Garrett, American actress, comedian, singer and dancer (All in the Family), dies of an aortic aneurysm at 91

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