Today in History for 14th February 2020

Historical Events

842 – Charles II and Louis the German sign treaty
1130 – Jewish Cardinal Pietro Pierleone elected as anti-pope Anacletus II
1862 – Galena, 1st US iron-clad warship for service at sea, launched, Connecticut
1970 – “Gantry” closes at George Abbott Theater NYC after 1 performance
1971 – 13th Daytona 500: Richard Petty wins his 3rd Great American Race; goes on to win the inaugural Winston Cup title
1981 – Stardust Disaster: A fire in a Dublin nightclub kills 48 people

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Famous Birthdays

1911 – Willem J Kolff, Dutch/US internist/inventor (Artificial Kidney)
1948 – Wally Tax, Dutch guitarist
1958 – Grant Thomas, Australian rules footballer
1963 – Enrico Colantoni, Canadian actor, born in Toronto, Ontario
1963 – John Marzano, American baseball catcher (Seattle Mariners), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1971 – Tommy Dreamer, US professional wrestler, born in Yonkers, New York

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Famous Deaths

1317 – Marguerite of France, queen of Edward I of England (b. 1282)
1857 – Johannes Bernardus van Bree, Dutch violinist/composer/conductor, dies at 56
1885 – Jules Vallès, French writer (b. 1832)
1992 – Angelique Pettyjohn, actress (Biohazard), dies of cancer at 48
1993 – Buddy Pepper, composer, dies of heart failure at 70
2015 – Philip Levine, American poet (1995 Pulitzer prize), dies at 87

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