Today in History for 17th January 2020

Historical Events

1882 – 1st Dutch female physician Aletta Jacobs opens her office
1915 – Battle of Sarikamish ends with a Russian victory over Ottoman forces led by Enver Pasha with loss of over 30,000 men of the Turkish Third Army during Caucasus Campaign
1923 – Origin of Brown lunation numbers
1939 – Ed Barrow is elected Yankee president succeeding deceased J Ruppert
1962 – Roy Harris’ 8th Symphony, premieres in San Francisco
1976 – “I Write the Songs” by Barry Manilow hits #1

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Famous Birthdays

1903 – Warren Hull, American actor (Strike it Rich, Who in the World), born in Gasport, New York (d. 1974)
1917 – Ulysses Simpson Kay, American composer, born in Tucson, Arizona (d. 1995)
1922 – Luis Echeverria Alvarez, president Mexico
1926 – Newton N. Minow, American lawyer and statesman
1949 – Andy Kaufman, American comedian and actor (Latka Gravas-Taxi), born in New York City, New York
1981 – Ray J [William Ray Norwood Jr.], American singer and actor (Everything You Want), born in McComb, Mississippi

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Famous Deaths

1598 – Fyodor I Tsar of Russia (b. 1557)
1884 – Hermann Schlegel, German ornithologist, dies at 79
1968 – Julis Deutsch, Austria politician/general Spanish rep army, dies at 83
1970 – Billy Stewart, singer (I Do Love You), dies in auto-accident at 32
2006 – Pierre Grondin, French Canadian cardiac surgeon (b. 1925)
2011 – Donald “Don” Kirshner, American rock and roll producer known as “The Man With the Golden Ear” (invented bubblegum music), dies at 76

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