Today in History for 24th January 2020

Historical Events

1644 – Parliamentary army wins battle of Nantwich, Cheshire, English Civil War
1848 – James Marshall finds gold in Sutter’s Mill in Coloma, California
1862 – Romanian principality arises under King Alexander Cuza. Bucharest proclaimed its capital.
1924 – Russian city of St Petersburg renamed Leningrad (changed back in 1991)
1956 – 6th NBA All Star Game, Rochester War Memorial Coliseum, NY: West beats East, 108-94; MVP: Bob Pettit, St. Louis Hawks, C
2009 – Pope Benedict XVI rescinds the excommunications of four bishops consecrated without papal consent in 1988 by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre.

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Famous Birthdays

1779 – Elizabeth Alexeievna (Louise of Baden), Russian tsarina (d. 1826)
1907 – Alfonse Vranckx, Belgian lawyer/politician
1921 – Bernard J. Dwyer, American politician (Rep-D-NJ, 1981- 93), born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey (d. 1998)
1928 – Michel Serrault, French actor (Nelly and Monsieur Arnaud, La Cage aux Folles), born in Brunoy, France (d. 2007)
1943 – Subhash Ghai, Indian film director, born in Nagpur, India
1968 – Mark Burmester, Zimbabwean cricketer (Zimbabwe Test all-rounder in 3 Tests 1992), born in Durban, South Africa

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Famous Deaths

772 – Stephen III/IV, Catholic Pope (768-72), dies. (b. 720)
1666 – Johann Andreas Herbst, composer, dies at 77
1904 – Franz Coenen, composer, dies at 77
1930 – Rebecca Latimer Felton, American writer and politician (first woman to serve as U.S. Senator (Georgia)), dies at 94
1962 – Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar, Turkish poet, novelist, recognized as one of the most important representatives of modernism in Turkish literature (A Mind at Peace, The Time Regulation Institute), dies of a heart attack at 60
2005 – June Bronhill, Australian singer (b. 1929)

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