Today in History for 17th January 2019

Historical Events

1899 – US takes possession of Wake Island in the Pacific
1950 – The Great Brinks Robbery – 11 men rob $1.2M cash and $1.5M securities from armored car company Brink’s offices in Boston, Massachusetts
1966 – Martin Luther King Jr. opens campaign in Chicago
1977 – NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 24-14
1977 – KC releases Tommy Davis, ends an 18-year career with 10 teams
1994 – Actress Elizabeth Taylor released from the hospital after hip treatment

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Famous Birthdays

1902 – Geoffrey W Lloyd, British minister of Brandstoffen/Energy (1951-55)
1907 – Henk H Badings, Bandung Indonesia, Dutch opera composer (Orestes)
1920 – Nora Kaye, American prima ballerina, born in NYC, New York
1925 – Duane Hanson, US sculptor
1926 – Clyde Walcott, cricketer (one of the three W’s, later ICC chairman)
1947 – Ulysses Dove, dancer/choreographer

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Famous Deaths

1588 – Qi Jiguang, Chinese general, dies at 59
1902 – Gideon Scheepers, South Africa Boer leader, executed
1942 – Walther von Reichenau, German field marshal, dies at 57
1955 – Joannes A Veraart, Dut judge/MP, (Jews in Neth), dies at 68
1992 – Dorothy Alison, actress (Maggie, 3rd Key, Long Arm), dies
1997 – Amha Selassie, Crown prince of Ethiopia and son of emperor Haile Selassi, dies at 82

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