Today in History for 16th February 2019

Historical Events

1852 – Studebaker Brothers wagon company, precursor of the automobile manufacturer, is established.
1899 – Knattspyrnufélag Reykjavíkur Iceland’s first football club is founded
1962 – “La Jetée”, French film directed by Chris Marker, starring Hélène Chatelain, Davos Hanich and Jacques Ledoux, is released
1986 – Karlstad skates world record 10 km (14:12.14)
1986 – French air force bombs Ouadi Doum airport in Chad
2014 – Netherlands sweeps the medals in the women’s 1,500m speed skating at the Sochi Winter Olympics; Jorien ter Mors wins gold ahead of team mates Ireen Wüst and Lotte van Beek

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Famous Birthdays

1852 – Charles Taze Russell, religion founder (Jehovah’s Witnesses)
1911 – Hal Porter, Australia, writer (Tilted Cross, Paper Chase)
1932 – Ahmad Tejan Kabbah, President of Sierra Leone
1973 – Cathy Freeman, Australian 100m/200m/400m (Olympic silver 1992, 96), born in Mackay, Queensland
1977 – Trina Jackson, 4X200m freestyle swimmer (Olympic gold 1996)
1978 – Tia Hellebaut, Belgian athlete

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Famous Deaths

1721 – James Craggs the Younger, English politician, dies at 34
1899 – Félix Faure, 6th President of the French Third Republic (1895-99), dies at 57
1919 – Vera Kholodnaya, Russian film star (b. 1893)
1968 – Healey Willan, Anglo-Canadian composer, dies at 87
1996 – Walter Brown “Brownie” McGhee, American blues singer/guitarist, dies at 80
2011 – Justinas Marcinkevičius, Lithuanian poet and playwright (b. 1930)

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