Today in History for 24th February 2020

Historical Events

1786 – Charles Cornwallis appointed governor-general of India
1955 – 12th Golden Globes: “On The Waterfront”, Marlon Brando, and Judy Garland win
1982 – Wayne Gretzky scores NHL-record 78th goal of season en route to 92
1987 – LA Laker Kareem Abdul-Jabbar scores his 36,000th NBA point
1989 – US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
2008 – 80th Academy Awards: “No Country for Old Men”, Daniel Day-Lewis and Marion Cotillard win

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Famous Birthdays

1811 – Daniel A Payne, Bishop/reformer/educator of AME Church
1877 – Ettie Rout, New Zealand activist (d. 1936)
1923 – David Soyer, American cellist
1932 – Andrew Jacobs Jr, American politician (Rep-D-IN, 1965-73, 75-97), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 2013)
1946 – John Stapleton, English television presenter
1970 – Jeff Garcia, CFL quarterback (Calgary Stampeders)

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Famous Deaths

1563 – Francois Guise, French general/duke, assassinated at 44
1686 – Ferdinando Tacca, Italian painter/son of Pietro Tacca, dies at 66
1919 – Josephine McGill, composer, dies at 41
2006 – Don Knotts, American actor (Andy Griffth Show, 3’s Company), died of lung cancer at 81
2007 – Bruce Bennett, American actor (The Treasure of the Sierra Madre), dies from complications of a broken hip at 100
2018 – Durward Knowles, Bahamas yachtsman (Olympic gold, Star class 1968), dies at 100

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