Today in History for 21st February 2020

Historical Events

1173 – Pope Alexander III canonizes Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury
1431 – Joan of Arc’s first day of interrogation during her trial for heresy
1764 – John Wilkes thrown out of English House of Commons for “Essay on Women”
1878 – World’s 1st telephone directory issued, 50 subscribers (New Harbor, Connecticut)
1907 – SS Berlin sinks off the Hook of Holland (142 dead)
1970 – Jackson 5 make TV debut on “American Bandstand”

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Famous Birthdays

1674 – Johann Augustin Kobelius, composer
1814 – Nicolo Gabrielli, composer
1855 – Alice Freeman Palmer, educator (Hall of Fame)
1964 – Scott Kelly, American astronaut, born in Orange, New Jersey
1967 – Patrick Lodewijks, Dutch soccer player (PSV, FC Groningen), born in Eindhoven, Netherlands
1984 – Karina, Japanese model and actress, born in Shōwa-ku, Japan

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Famous Deaths

1926 – Heike Kamerlingh Onnes, Dutch physicist (liquid helium, Nobel 1913), dies at 72
1956 – Edwin Franko Goldman, composer, dies at 78
1991 – Roger Swaybill, actor/writer (Porky’s II, Breaking Point), dies at 47
2003 – Eddie Thomson, Australian soccer coach (Socceroos 1990-96), dies of cancer at 55
2008 – Sunny Lowry, First British woman to swim the English Channel (b. 1911)
2017 – Kenneth Arrow, American economist, (Nobel Prize 1972), dies at 95

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