Today in History for 2nd November 2019

Historical Events

1936 – At 3pm the BBC begins the world’s first regular high-definition TV broadcast service from specially constructed studios at Alexandra Palace, North London
1966 – The Cuban Adjustment Act comes into force, allowing 123,000 Cubans opportunity to apply for permanent residence in the US
1972 – USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1991 – Nevada makes biggest comeback in NCAA football history, overcoming a 35 point 3rd quarter deficit to rally and beat Weber State, 55-49
2002 – 14th College Football Holy War: Boston College beats Notre Dame 14-7 in South Bend
2012 – Breeders’ Cup Horse Racing, Santa Anita Racetrack; Day 1 winners: Hightail, Calidoscopio, Flotilla, Beholder, Zagora, Royal Delta

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Famous Birthdays

1837 – Émile Bayard, French artist and illustrator, born in La Ferté-sous-Jouarre, Seine-et-Marne, France (d. (1891)
1843 – Caryl Florio [William James Robjohn], English-American composer, born in Tavistock, Devon, England (d. 1920)
1924 – David Bauer, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame player and builder (priest, school coach; National Team manager), born in Kitchener, Ontario (d. 1988)
1948 – Rich Gooch, American rock bassist (Quarterflash)
1961 – K.D. Lang [Kathy Dawn], Canadian country singer, born in Consort, Alberta
1962 – David Brock, American political commentator (Media Matters for America), born in Washington, D.C.

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Famous Deaths

1863 – Theodore Judah, American railroad engineer (b. 1826)
1887 – Swedish Nightingale [Jenny Lind], Swedish soprano, dies at 67
1905 – Albert von Kölliker, Swiss anatomist and histologist (one of the first to interpret tissue structure in terms of cellular elements), dies at 88
1977 – Hans Erich Nossak, German writer, dies at 76
1995 – Bill Blair, American auto racer (NASCAR pioneer; 54 top-10 finishes), dies at 84
2013 – Walt Bellamy, American Basketball Hall of Fame center (NBA All-Star 1962–65; NBA Rookie of the Year 1962; Olympic gold 1960), dies at 74

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