Today in History for 26th January 2020

Historical Events

1850 – 1st German language daily newspaper in US published, NYC
1857 – Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville delivers his design for a phonautograph, which created visual images of sound, to the French Academy
1900 – Henrik Ibsen’s “Naar vi Dode Vaaguer” premieres in Stuttgart
1907 – 1st US federal corrupt election practices law passed
1948 – Australian Championships Women’s Tennis: Nancye Wynne Bolton beats Marie Toomey 6-3, 6-1 for 4th straight Australian single title
2013 – 10 people are killed and 20 are injured by a suicide bombing in Kunduz, Afghanistan

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Famous Birthdays

1541 – Florent Chrestien, French writer (d. 1596)
1786 – Benjamin Robert Haydon, Plymouth, painter (Waiting for The Times)
1852 – Frederick Corder, composer
1921 – Frantisek Chaun, composer
1949 – Jonathan Carroll, American author, born in New York
1977 – Vince Carter [Vinsanity], American basketball player who famously made “Le dunk de la mort” (the Dunk of Death), born in Daytona Beach, Florida

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Famous Deaths

1885 – Edward Davy, English inventor (b. 1806)
1950 – Betsy van den Arend, Dutch [Betje], actress (Miss Hobbs), dies at 78
1967 – Kenneth Thomson, American character actor (Broadway Melody, Little Giant), dies of emphysema at 68
1968 – Merrill C. Meigs, American newspaper publisher (b. 1883)
1990 – Bob Gerard, British racing driver (b. 1914)
2000 – Don Budge, American tennis player (6 Grand Slam singles titles, Grand Slam 1938), dies of cardiac arrest at 84

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