Today in History for 2nd February 2020

Historical Events

1550 – Edward Seymour, Duke of Somerset, freed
1893 – 1st movie close-up (of a sneeze), Edison studio, West Orange, New Jersey
1960 – Michale Eufemia sinks 625 balls in pool match without a miss
1993 – Irina Privalova runs world record 50m indoor (6.05 sec)
1998 – Philippine DC-9 crashes apparently killing all 104 on board
2019 – Virginia Governor Ralph Northam admits to wearing blackface in 1984 but says he’s not in a photo of men wearing blackface and a Ku Klux Klan robe on a yearbook page

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Famous Birthdays

1882 – James Stephens, Irish poet (Crock of Gold)
1923 – Peter Fowler, physicist
1926 – Nydia Ecury, celebrated Afro-Dutch writer, translator and actress (Kantika pa Mama Tera), born in Rancho, Aruba (d. 2012)
1940 – David Jason, English actor
1977 – Heather Martin, American gospel singer
1983 – Will South, Thirteen Senses frontman

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Famous Deaths

1804 – George Walton, Signer of the Declaration of Independence (b. 1749-50)
1902 – Emanuil Manolov, composer, dies at 42
1990 – Joe Erskine, Welsh heavyweight boxer (British heavyweight champion 1956-58), dies at 56
1999 – David McComb, Australian musician (The Triffids) (b. 1962)
2003 – Lou Harrison, American composer (La Koro Sutro), dies of a heart attack at 85
2007 – Masao Takemoto, Japanese gymnast (b. 1919)

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