Today in History for 22nd January 2020

Historical Events

1837 – Earthquake in southern Syria kills thousands
1905 – Dutchman Coen de Koning wins the 1,500m, 5,000m and 10,000m at World Allround Speed Skating Championships in Groningen, Netherlands to become 2nd Dutchman to win a world title
1924 – KGO-AM in San Francisco CA begins radio transmissions
1968 – “Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In” premieres on NBC
1992 – Sarah, Duchess of York (aka Fergie) wears paper bag over her head on airline ride
2006 – Kobe Bryant scores 81 points in a 122-104 Lakers victory over the Toronto Raptors; second-highest game total in NBA history, behind only Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game (1962)

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Famous Birthdays

1649 – Pascal Collasse, composer
1894 – Matt McHugh, American actor (Taxi, Freaks, Barbary Coast, Innocent Affair), born in Connellsville, Pennsylvania (d. 1971)
1898 – Alexander Abramsky, composer
1898 – Sergei Eisenstein, Russian director (Battleship Potemkin), born in Riga, Latvia [NS] (d. 1948)
1917 – Herwig Hensen, [Flor Mielants], Flemish poet/playwright
1969 – Vinnie Clark, American NFL cornerback (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Cincinnati, Ohio

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Famous Deaths

1750 – Franz Xaver Josef von Unertl, Bavarian politician (b. 1675)
1919 – Carl Larsson, Swedish painter (Midwinter Sacrifice – Swedish National Museum of Fine Arts), dies at 65
1981 – Ishtiaq Hussain Qureshi, Pakistani historian and educationist, dies at 77
1996 – Edward Thomas, historian/intelligence expert, dies at 77
1997 – Mollie Panter-Downes, British writer and columnist (The Shoreless Sea), dies at 90
2016 – Anthony Simmons, British writer and film director (The Optimists of Nine Elms), dies at 93

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