Today in History for 15th January 2019

Historical Events

1902 – Abdulaziz Ibn Saud leads 40 men over the walls of Riyadh and takes the city, marking the beginning of the Third Saudi State
1955 – Dmitri Shostakovich’s “From Jewish Folk Poetry” premieres in Leningrad
1956 – Dmitri Shostakovich appointed honorary member of Academia Santa Cecilia
1964 – Teamsters negotiate 1st national labor contract
1982 – “Forbidden Broadway” by/with Gerard Alessandrini premieres in NYC
2009 – Chesley Sullenberger lands US Airways Flight 1549 on the Hudson River shortly after takeoff from LaGuardia Airport in NYC. All passengers and crew members survive in what becomes known as the “Miracle on the Hudson”

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Famous Birthdays

1747 – John Aikin, English doctor and writer (d. 1822)
1905 – Torin Thatcher, British actor (Houdini, Isranbul, Lady Godiva), born in Bombay Presidency, British India (d. 1981)
1912 – Michel Debré, French politician, born in Paris, France (d. 1996)
1960 – Tim Curtis, English cricketer (England righty batsman in 5 Tests 1988-89), born in Chislehurst, United Kingdom
1970 – Michele Granger, American softball pitcher (Olympic gold 1996), born in Anaheim, California
1973 – Essam El-Hadary, Egyptian footballer, born in Damietta Governorate, Egypt

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Famous Deaths

1705 – Walraad, the Young, earl of Nassau-Ottweiler/gov of Nijmegen, dies
2000 – Georges-Henri Lévesque, Canadian Dominican priest and sociologist (b. 1903)
2005 – Deem Bristow, American video game voice actor (b. 1947)
2007 – Pura Santillan-Castrence, Filipino writer and diplomat (b. 1905)
2007 – James Hillier, Canadian-American inventor (co-created the electron microscope), dies at 91
2008 – Mark Haigh-Hutchinson, Game Designer (b. 1964)

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