Today in History for 23rd January 2020

Historical Events

1912 – The International Opium Convention is signed at The Hague
1942 – Battle of Rabaul: Japanese attack Australian air base in Rabaul, New Britain
1967 – Stan Musial is named GM of Cards
1968 – Spy ship USS Pueblo and 83-man crew seized in Sea of Japan by North Korea
1970 – Australia’s 1st amateur radio satellite (Oscar 5) launched (California)
1987 – Japan 1st exceeds military spending cap of 1% of GNP ($23 billion)

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Famous Birthdays

1719 – John Landen, English mathematician, born in England, United Kingdom (d. 1790)
1905 – Konstanty Ildefons Gałczyński, Polish poet (Zielona Ges), born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1953)
1971 – Lorne Spicer, British TV presenter, born in Upminster, United Kingdom
1974 – Tiffani Theissen, American actress (Saved by Bell, 90210), born in Long Beach, California
1974 – Yosvani Pérez, Cuban baseball player, born in Rodas, Cuba
1986 – Steven Taylor, English footballer, born in Greenwich, London

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Famous Deaths

1199 – Yaqub, Almohad Caliph (b. 1160)
1648 – Francisco de Rojas Zorrilla, Spanish playwright (Del Rey Abajo Ninguno), dies at 40
1976 – Paul Robeson, American singer (Old Man River), actor and civil rights activist, dies in Philadelphia at 77
1981 – Samuel Barber, American composer (School for Scandal), dies of cancer at 70
1993 – Keith Laumer [Anthony LeBaron], American sci-fi author (Retief’s War), dies at 67
2005 – Morys George Lyndhurst Bruce, 4th Baron Aberdare, British politician (b. 1921)

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