Today in History for 16th January 2020

Historical Events

1863 – -Aug 23rd) Cruise of CSS Florida
1887 – Cliff House damaged when powder cargo of schooner “Parallel” explodes
1908 – Pinnacles National Monument, California established
1938 – 1st jazz concert held at Carnegie Hall (Benny Goodman)
1958 – William Gibson’s “Two for the Seesaw” premieres in NYC
1960 – Detroit right wing Gordie Howe scores a goal and assist in his 888th career game, a 3-1 win at home over Chicago; becomes NHL’s all time leading scorer, with 947 points passing Montreal’s Maurice Richard

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Famous Birthdays

1910 – David McCampbell, US Navy captain, fighter pilot, and Medal of Honor recipient (WW II, Pacific theatre, downed 34 Japanese planes), born in Bessemer, Alabama (d. 1996)
1928 – John William Fozard, aircraft designer
1956 – Martin Jol, Dutch football manager, born in The Hague, Netherlands
1964 – Trevor Barsby, Australian cricketer (Queensland opening batsman since 1984-85), born in Brisbane, Australia
1973 – Josie Davis, American actress (Sarah-Charles in Charge) [or Jun 19], born in Los Angeles, California
1980 – Lin-Manuel Miranda, American composer and playwright (In The Heights, Hamilton), born in New York City

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Famous Deaths

1750 – Ivan Trubetskoy, Russian field marshall, dies at 82
1817 – Alexander J. Dallas, American statesman and financier, dies at 57
1981 – Bernard Lee, British actor (M in James Bond movies, Fallen Idol, Dr No), dies at 73
1992 – Roselle Novelle, silent film actress, dies at 95
2007 – Thornton James “Pookie” Hudson, American vocalist (The Spaniels- “Goodnite Sweetheart Goodnite”), dies of cancer at 72
2018 – Dave Holland, English heavy metal rocker (Judas Priest-Breakin’ the Law), dies at 69

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