Today in History for 22nd January 2019

Historical Events

1588 – Pope Sixtus V decrees “Immense aeterni” (Reformed curia)
1813 – Americans capture Frenchtown, Michigan Territory
1879 – Battle of Rorke’s Drift: British garrison of 150 holds off 3,000-4,000 Zulu warriors. Eleven Victoria Crosses and a number of other decorations were awarded to the defenders.
1906 – SS Valencia runs aground on rocks on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, killing more than 130
1969 – Orbiting Solar Observatory 5 launched into earth orbit
1983 – 2nd flight readiness firing of Challenger’s main engines; 22 seconds

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Famous Birthdays

1263 – Ibn Taymiya, Islamic scholar (d. 1328)
1906 – Willa B Brown (Coffey), US African American air pioneer (NAAA)
1916 – Harilal Upadhyay, Gujarati Author, Poet, Astrologist (Gujarat is a State of India) (d. 1994)
1921 – Andre Hodeir, composer
1935 – Pierre S Du Pont IV, (gov-Del)
1963 – Andrei Tchmil, Ukrainian-Belgian cyclist, born in Khabarovsk, Russia

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Famous Deaths

1900 – David Edward Hughes, British-American inventor (microphone, teleprinter), dies at 68
1945 – Alfred Wolfenstein, German writer, dies at 61
1978 – Oliver Leese, British World War II general, dies at 83
1988 – Georgi M Malenkov, Russian premier (1953-55), dies at 86
2005 – Carlo Orelli, Italian veteran of World War I (b. 1894)
2010 – Jean Simmons, British actress (Thorn Birds, Guys and Dolls), dies at 80

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