Today in History for 23rd February 2020

Historical Events

1904 – United States acquires control of the Panama Canal Zone for $10 million
1910 – George Bernard Shaw’s “Misalliance” premieres in London
1916 – US Congress authorizes McKinley Memorial $1 gold coin
1960 – Carol Heiss wins the women’s figure skating gold medal at the Squaw Valley Winter Olympics; US takes the singles double after David Jenkins wins men’s event
1985 – Indiana basketball coach Bobby Knight throws a chair during a game
1994 – Indians owner Richard Jacobs announces he will pay $10 million to name baseball field (Jacobs Field) at Gateway (becomes official 3/23)

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Famous Birthdays

1865 – Barney Dreyfuss, baseball owner (Pittsburgh Pirates)
1923 – Gery Florizoone, Flemish poet
1933 – Lee Calhoun, Laurel, Mississippi, American 110m hurdler (Olympic gold 1956, 60)
1941 – Robin Bynoe, cricketer (WI opening batsman in 4 Tests 1959-67)
1949 – Terry “Tex” Comer, English bassist and guitarist (ACE), born in Burnley, England
1964 – John Norum, Swedish rocker (Europe), born in Vardø, Norway

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Famous Deaths

1526 – Diego Colón, Spanish Viceroy of the Indies
1572 – Pierre Certon, French composer
1603 – Andrea Cesalpino, Italian philosopher, physician and botanist, dies at 83
1766 – Stanislaw Leszcynski, duke of Lutherans/king of Poland, dies
1859 – Zygmunt Krasiński, Polish Romantic poet (b. 1812)
1945 – Aubrey Cousins, Canadian sergeant (Victoria Cross), dies in battle

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