Today in History for 14th February 2019

Historical Events

1630 – Dutch fleet of 69 ships reaches Pernambuco, Brazil
1859 – Oregon admitted as 33rd state of the Union
1966 – Wilt Chamberlain breaks NBA career scoring record at 20,884 points
1978 – 1st “micro on a chip” patented by Texas Instruments
1980 – Soviet cross-country skier Nikolay Zimyatov wins first of 3 gold medals at the Lake Placid Winter Olympics when he takes out 30k event; also wins relay and 50k gold
1982 – “Night of 100 Stars” takes place at NY’s Radio City Music Hall

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Famous Birthdays

1923 – Jay Hebert, American golfer (PGA Championship 1960), born in St. Martinville, Louisiana (d. 1997)
1931 – Phyllis McGuire, vocalist (McGuire Sisters), born in Middletown, Ohio
1967 – Calle Johansson, Swedish NHL defenseman (Washington Capitals), born in Gothenburg, Sweden
1968 – Jules Asner, US television personality, born in Tempe, Arizona
1987 – Joseph Pichler, US actor, born in Bremerton, Washington
1992 – Freddie Highmore, English actor, born in Camden Town, London

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Famous Deaths

1714 – Maria Luisa of Savoy, Queen consort of Spain to Philip V (1701-14), dies tuberculosis at 25
1885 – Jules Vallès, French writer (b. 1832)
1908 – Georges Jean Pfeiffer, French composer, dies at 72
1942 – Adnan Bin Saidi, Officer of the Malay Regiment killed in the defense of Singapore (b. 1915)
2006 – Lynden David Hall, British singer (b. 1974)
2010 – Doug Fieger, American musician The Knack (b. 1952)

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