Today in History for 19th January 2019

Historical Events

1955 – “Scrabble” debuts on board game market
1960 – Eisenhower and Premier Kishi sign US-Japanese Security pact
1967 – Herr Karl Tausch writes shortest will “Vse Zene” (All to wife)
1996 – NHL Board of Governors approves sale of Winnipeg Jets, officially clearing the way for the team to move to Phoenix, Arizona in time for 1996-97 season
2001 – Cult film “Donnie Darko” written and directed by Richard Kelly, starring Jake Gyllenhaal premieres at the Sundance Film Festival
2013 – The 2012-2013 NHL season begins after a 119-day lockout

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Famous Birthdays

1639 – Noel Alexandre, French theologian/historian
1679 – Girolamo Chiti, Italian composer and music theorist, born in Siena (d. 1759)
1813 – Henry Bessemer, engineer/inventor (Bessemer engine)
1947 – Paula Deen, American chef and restaurateur, born in Albany, Georgia
1971 – Maurice Hofman, Dutch soccer player (MVV), born in Maastricht, Netherlands
1971 – Jeff Juden, American baseball pitcher (Philadelphia Phillies, SF Giants), born in Salem, Massachusetts

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Famous Deaths

1547 – Henry Howard, earl of Surrey, army commander/poet, beheaded at 29
1865 – Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, French philosopher and anarchist (b. 1809)
1945 – Ernest B Allo, French theologist, dies at 71
1964 – Joe Weatherly, American auto racer (NASCAR Sprint Cup champion 1962-63), dies of head injuries in race crash at 41
1980 – William O Douglas, member US Supreme court (1939-75), dies at 81
2013 – Stan Musial, American MLB hall of famer, dies from Alzheimer’s disease at 92

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