Today in History for 18th January 2020

Historical Events

1951 – 1951 NFL Draft: Kyle Rote from SMU first pick by New York Giants
1962 – US begins spraying foliage in Vietnam to reveal Viet Cong guerrillas
1973 – John Cleese’s final episode on “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” on BBC TV
1981 – Swedish tennis star Björn Borg claims his second straight ATP Masters Grand Prix title with a 6–4, 6–2, 6–2 win over Ivan Lendl at Madison Square Garden, NYC
2009 – AFC Championship, Heinz Field, Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Baltimore Ravens, 23-14
2013 – Brandon Boyd announces his new band, Sons of the Sea

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Famous Birthdays

1921 – Robert Glaser, American educational psychologist (National Assessment of Educational Progress), born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 2012)
1922 – Yehezkel Braun, Israeli composer (Shir ha-shirim), born in Breslau, Germany (d. 2014)
1933 – Jean Vuarnet, French alpine skier (Olympic gold downhill 1960; World C’ship gold 1960), born in Le Bardo, Tunisia (d. 2017)
1967 – MC Tab [Sharon Richard], American rapper, born in NYC, New York
1971 – Jonathan Davis, American singer (Korn), born in Bakersfield, California
1973 – Regilio Vreede, Dutch football player (Blue White, RKC), born in Paramaribo, Suriname

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Famous Deaths

1659 – Benedikt Lechler, German composer, dies at 64
1677 – Jan van Riebeeck, Dutch founder of Cape Colony (Cape Town), dies at 57
1913 – Edmond Robert Hubert Regout, Dutch industrialist and politician, dies at 49
1977 – Carl Zuckmayer, German/Swiss/US playwright (Second Wind), dies at 80
2002 – Alex Hannum, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach (1st ABA, NBA winning coach), dies at 78
2017 – Roberta Peters, American operatic soprano (NY Met), dies at 86

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