Today in History for 20th January 2020

Historical Events

1943 – Operation Weiss: German, Italian, Bulgarian and Croatian troops attempt to retake land liberated by Tito’s partisans
1965 – The US Jet Propulsion Laboratory proposes modified Apollo flight to fly around Mars and return
1975 – 25th NFL Pro Bowl, Miami Orange Bowl: NFC beats AFC, 17-10; MVP: James Harris, LA Rams, QB
1991 – “Shogun – The Musical” closes at Marquis Theater NYC after 72 performances
1993 – Bill Clinton (D) inaugurated as 42nd US President
2006 – TV movie “High School Musical” released starring Zac Efron and Vanessa Hugdens, becomes Disney Channel’s most successful TV movie

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Famous Birthdays

1761 – Giovanni Domenico Perotti, composer
1806 – Nathaniel Willis, writer/editor/founder (American Monthly Mag)
1898 – U Razak, Burmese politician (d. 1947)
1939 – Paul Coverdell, American politician, born in Des Moines, Iowa (d. 2000)
1940 – Carol Heiss Jenkins, American figure skater (Olympic gold singles 1960; silver 1956; World C’ship gold 1956–1960), born in NYC, New York
1981 – Owen Hargreaves, English football player and television pundit, born in Calgary, Canada

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Famous Deaths

1957 – James Connolly, 1st Oly winner (1896) since Barasdates (369 CE), dies
1984 – Johnny Weissmuller, American actor (Tarzan), swimmer (5 Olympic gold 1924, 28), dies of pulmonary edema at 79
1990 – Miloslav Istvan, composer, dies at 61
1996 – Sidney Korshak, lawyer, dies at 87
1997 – Curt Flood, centerfielder (Cards), dies of throat cancer at 59
2019 – Dumisani Kumalo, South African anti-apartheid activist and UN ambassador, dies at 71

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