Today in History for 26th February 2019

Historical Events

1881 – -27] Natal: British troops under Major General Colley occupy Majuba Hill
1918 – Stands at Hong Kong Jockey Club collapse and burn, killing 604
1987 – USSR resumes nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1991 – Signs of Iran crude now an option for US refiners, but no imports from Iran likely in near future
2012 – 61st NBA All-Star Game, Amway Centre, Orlando, FL: West beats East, 152-149; MVP: Kevin Durant, OKC Thunder, F
2013 – A flexible battery capable of being charged wirelessly and folded and stretched is developed

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Famous Birthdays

1564 – Christopher Marlowe, English poet and dramatist (Dr Faustus), born in Canterbury, England (d. 1593) baptism date
1887 – Stefan Grabinski, Polish writer (d. 1936)
1909 – King Talal of Jordan (d. 1972)
1913 – George G Barker, English poet (Calamiterror, Anno Domini)
1970 – Meeno Peluce, Dutch actor (Bad News Bears), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
1970 – Katie O’Neill, American actress (Together We Stand), born in Los Angeles, California

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Famous Deaths

1814 – Johan Tobias Sergel, Swedish sculptor, dies at 73
1981 – FC Terborgh, [Reijnier Flaes], lawyer/writer (Turkish War), dies at 79
1994 – William Melvin “Bill” Hicks, American stand-up comedian and social critic, dies of pancreatic cancer at 32
1996 – Daniel John Chapman Cunningham, physiologist, dies at 76
1996 – Mieczysław Weinberg [Moisey Samuilovich Vaynberg], Polish-Soviet composer, dies from Crohn’s disease at 77
2017 – Dimiter Khristov, Bulgarian composer, dies at 83

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