Today in History for 18th February 2020

Historical Events

1913 – President Francisco Madero of Mexico is overthrown
1928 – Sonja Henie of Norway wins the women’s figure skating gold medal at the St. Moritz Winter Olympic Games; her first of 3 consecutive titles in the event
1962 – France and Algerian Muslims negotiate truce to end 7 year war
1973 – 54-kg octopus measuring 7m across captured in Hood Canal, Washington
2013 – $50 million worth of diamonds is stolen in an armed robbery at Brussels Airport, Belgium
2019 – 25-year old murder of a woman solved when police in Minnesota run DNA though a genealogy site and find suspect

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Famous Birthdays

1781 – Henry Martyn, Truro, missionary
1907 – Billy De Wolfe, American character actor (Good Morning World), born in Quincy, Massachusetts (d. 1974)
1932 – Duane Michals, American photographer (Sequences, The journey of the spirit after death), born in McKeesport, Pennsylvania
1953 – Derek Pellicci, English-born Australian rock drummer (Little River Band-Help Is On It’s Way), born in London, United Kingdom
1969 – Alexander Mogilny, Russian ice hockey player and 1st soviet to defect to NHL (Sabres), born in Khabarovsk, Russia
1980 – Alison Rachel Fitch, New Zealand swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Hamilton, New Zealand

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Famous Deaths

999 – Gregory V, [Bruno] 1st German Pope, dies
1748 – Otto Ferdinand von Abensberg und Traun, Austrian field marshal, dies at 70
1900 – Clinton L. Merriam, American politician (b. 1824)
1925 – James Lane Allen, American writer (Choir Invisible), dies at 75
1968 – Sigurd Erixon, etnologist (Atlas “ver Svensk Folkkultur), dies at 79
2008 – Mickey Renaud, Canadian professional ice hockey player (b. 1988)

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