Today in History for 26th January 2019

Historical Events

1920 – Former Ford Motor Co. executive Henry Leland launches the Lincoln Motor Company which he later sold to his former employer
1961 – 1st woman personal physician to a US President – Janet G. Travell (to John F. Kennedy)
1970 – Australian Open Women’s Tennis: Margaret Court beats fellow Australian Kerry Melville Reid 6-1, 6-3; Court retains title for 9th Australian singles crown and 1st leg of her Grand Slam
1979 – Music Center Vredenburg opens in Utrecht Neth
2003 – Australian Open Men’s Tennis: Andre Agassi of the US wins his 8th and last Grand Slam title; beats Rainer Schuttler of Germany 6-2, 6-2, 6-1
2014 – NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu: Team Rice beats Team Sanders, 22-21; MVPs: Nick Foles, Philadelphia, QB; Derrick Johnson, KC Chiefs, LB

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Famous Birthdays

1905 – Maria Augusta von Trapp, Austrian singer, inspired “Sound of Music”, (d. 2014)
1911 – Norbert Schultze, composer
1914 – Kaye Webb, English writer/publisher (Puffin Club)
1923 – Anne Jeffreys [Annie Carmichael], American singer and actress (Dick Tracy, Topper, General Hospital), born in Goldsboro, North Carolina (d. 2017)
1927 – Bob Nieman, American baseball player (d. 1985)
1965 – Allison Hossack, Manitoba, actress (Olivia-Another World)

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Famous Deaths

1630 – Henry Briggs, English mathematician (b. 1556)
1849 – Thomas Lovell Beddoes, English poet (Death’s Jest-Book), suicide at 45
1855 – Gérard de Nerval, French writer (b. 1808)
1979 – Nelson Rockefeller, American politician (Vice President: 1974-1977; Governor of New York (R), 1959-73), dies of a heart attack at 70
2003 – Hugh Trevor-Roper, English historian (The Last Days of Hitler), dies at 89
2011 – Gladys Horton, American musician and singer, member of the group The Marvelettes (b. 1944)

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