Today in History for 11th February 2020

Historical Events

1543 – Battle at Wayna Daga: Ethiopian and Portuguese troops beat Muslim army
1855 – Kassa Hailu is crowned Tewodros II, Emperor of Ethiopia, by Abuna Salama III in a ceremony at the church of Derasge Maryam
1903 – US Congress adopts the Expedition Act, which authorizes the Attorney General to ‘expedite’ anti-trust cases through the courts, reflecting growing popular support for President Theodore Roosevelt’s “trust busting” campaign
1922 – Influential arts festival Semana de Arte Moderna (Modern Art Week) opens in São Paulo – the beginning of Modernism in Brazil
1938 – Steve Casey beats Lou Thesz in Boston, to win National Boxing Association world heavyweight title
1977 – 20.2-kg lobster caught off Nova Scotia (heaviest known crustacean)

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Famous Birthdays

1649 – William Carstares, Scottish minister (d. 1715)
1932 – Jerome Lowenthal, pianist/prof (Jerusalem Academy of Music), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1934 – Mel Carnahan, American politician (d. 2000)
1941 – Sergio Mendes, jazz/pop musician (Brazil ’66/’77/’88)
1944 – Michael G. Oxley, American politician (Rep-R-OH, 1981-2007), born in Findlay, Ohio (d. 2016)
1977 – Mike Shinoda, American musician (Linkin Park, Fort Minor), born in Agoura Hills, California

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Famous Deaths

641 – Heraclius, emperor of Byzantium (610-641), dies at about 65
1868 – Leon Foucault, discovers 1st physical proof of Earth’s rotation, dies at 48
1931 – Charles Algernon Parsons, British inventor (steam turbine), dies at 76
1945 – Al Dubin, Swiss-American songwriter (Tiptoe Thru The Tulips), dies at 53
1982 – Takashi Shimura, Japans actor (Rashomon, 7 Samurais), dies at 76
1986 – Frank [Patrick] Herbert, American sci-fi author (Dune), dies at 65

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