Today in History for 21st February 2019

Historical Events

1746 – Jacobite Rising 1745: British forces surrender Inverness Castle to Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobite forces
1828 – 1st American Indian newspaper in US, “Cherokee Phoenix”, published
1942 – US male Figure Skating championship won by Bobby Specht
1960 – Biathlon debuts at the Squaw Valley Winter Olympics; Klas Lestander from Sweden becomes the first Olympic champion ahead of Finland’s Antti Tyrväinen and Soviet Aleksandr Privalov
1980 – British figure skater Robin Cousins wins men’s singles gold medal at the Lake Placid Winter Olympics; goes on to pro career, TV analysis and stage performance and production
1981 – “Yorkshire Ripper” Peter Sutcliffe, murderer of 13 women, captured

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Famous Birthdays

1417 – Louis IX, Duke of Bayern (University of Ingolstadt)
1710 – Willem van Haren, Frisian nobleman/poet (Human Life)
1917 – Victor G M Marijnen, Dutch premier (1963-65)
1937 – Ron Clarke, Australian runner (set 17 world records) and mayor, born in Melbourne, Victoria (d. 2015)
1946 – Alan Rickman, English actor (Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, Die Hard, Harry Potter), born in Hammersmith, London (d. 2016)
1970 – Michael Slater, Australian cricketer (devastating Aust opening bat since 1993), born in Wagga Wagga, Australia

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Famous Deaths

1866 – Stephen Elliott, Jr., Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 35
1919 – Giovanni Bolzoni, composer, dies at 77
1920 – Jacinta Marto, witness of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Fatima (b. 1910)
1945 – Eric Liddell, Scottish 400m runner (Olympic gold 1924) and Christian missionary in China, dies of an inoperable brain tumor at 43 while interned at the Weihsien Internment Camp in Weifang, Shandong, China
1965 – Malcolm X [Little], African American human rights activist and Muslim minister, assassinated in New York City at 39
2015 – Clark Terry, American jazz trumpeter, dies at 94

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