Today in History for 20th February 2020

Historical Events

1525 – Swiss and German mercenaries desert Francois I’s army
1809 – US Supreme Court rules federal government power greater than any state
1872 – Hydraulic electric elevator patented by Cyrus Baldwin
1921 – Riza Khan Pahlevi seizes control of Iran
1950 – WOL-AM in Washington, D.C. swaps calls with WWDC
1992 – Ross Perot says he’ll run for President on Larry King Show

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Famous Birthdays

1848 – Edward Henry Harriman, American railroad executive (d. 1909)
1888 – Georges Bernanos, French novelist (Diary of a Country Priest)
1957 – Glen Hanlon, Canadian ice hockey coach
1970 – Cheyenne Brando, Papeete Tahiti, daughter of Marlon
1978 – Jay Hernandez, American actor
1983 – Justin Verlander, American baseball player

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Famous Deaths

702 – K’inich Kan B’alam II, king of the Maya state of Palenque (b. 635)
1171 – Conan IV, Duke of Brittany (b. 1138)
1408 – Henry Percy, 1st Earl of Northumberland, English statesman, dies at 66
1803 – Marie Dumesnil, French actress (Iphigénie en Aulide), dies at 90
1806 – Lachlan McIntosh, Scottish-born American military and political leader (b. 1725)
1959 – Laurence Housman, English author and playwright (Victoria Regina), dies at 93

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