Today in History for 16th January 2019

Historical Events

1909 – British explorers David, Mawson and Mackay reach south magnetic pole as part of the Nimrod Expedition
1943 – -60°F (-51°C), Island Park Dam, Idaho (state record)
1976 – “Donny and Marie” [Osmond] musical variety show premieres on ABC TV
1981 – John Lennon releases “Woman” in UK
1988 – Czech dissident Václav Havel is arrested in Prague for taking part in demonstrations against the communist government
2013 – A four day occupation of an Algerian BP facility by Amenas militants begins, killing 48 hostages

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Famous Birthdays

1409 – René I of Naples (d. 1480)
1872 – Edward Gordon Craig, British modernist actor, director and theorist (On the art of theatre), born in Stevenage Hertfordshire, England (d. 1966)
1930 – Clarence Ray Allen, American murderer (d. 2006)
1931 – Johannes Rau, German politician (d. 2006)
1956 – Martin Jol, Dutch football manager
1969 – Chelan Kozak, Revelstoke BC, equestrian (Olympics 1996)

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Famous Deaths

308 – Marcellus I, Catholic Pope (-308), dies
1554 – Christiern Pedersen, Danish humanist (b. 1480)
1748 – Arnold Drakenborch, Dutch classical scholar (b. 1684)
1752 – Francis Blomefield, English topographer (History of Norfolk), dies at 46
1962 – Ivan Meštrović, Croatian sculptor and architect, dies at 78
1996 – Kaye Webb, publisher, dies at 81

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