Today in History for 13th January 2020

Historical Events

1893 – British Independent Labour Party forms (Keir Hardie as its leader)
1895 – Oscar Wilde’s “Ideal Husband” premieres in London
1976 – American inventor Ray Kurzweil and the National Federation of the Blind unveil the Kurzweil Reading Machine, the first omni-font optical character recognition system
1985 – Playing in his 436th career game, Edmonton center Wayne Gretzky scores his 400th career NHL goal and adds 2 assists in a 5-4 Oilers’ win over the Sabres in Buffalo
2001 – Earthquake measuring magnitude 7.6 strikes El Salvador, killing more than 840 people
2004 – Harold Shipman, a British GP who is believed to have killed more than 200 of his patients in Manchester, is found hanged in his prison cell

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Famous Birthdays

1734 – Luca Sorkocevic, composer
1749 – Friedrich Müller, painter and dramatist (d. 1825)
1805 – Thomas Dyer, Mayor of Chicago (d. 1862)
1898 – Pedro DE Teixeira de Mattos, Dutch diplomat
1909 – Marinus van der Lubbe, Dutch communist
1963 – Felita Carr, dance skater (and Komarov-1995 Pac Champ), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

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Famous Deaths

1924 – Georg Hermann Quincke, German physicist (Test of Quincke), dies at 89
1930 – Auguste Rateau, French mining engineer and inventor (Rateau steam turbine), dies at 66
1996 – Willian Myuon Bany Guerrilla leader, dies
2008 – Johnny Podres, American baseball player (b. 1932)
2010 – Theodore “Teddy” Pendergrass, American singer (Turn Off the Lights), dies of respiratory failure at 59
2015 – Trevor Leonard Ward-Davies ‘Dozy’, English musician (Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich), dies at 70

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