Today in History for 27th February 2020

Historical Events

1869 – John Menard is 1st African American to make a speech in the US Congress
1956 – Female suffrage granted in Egypt
1962 – South Vietnam President Ngô Đình Diệm’s palace bombed by dissident air pilots in a failed assassination attempt
1965 – France performs Underground nuclear test at Ecker Algeria
1966 – Ice Dance Championship at Davos won by Diane Towler and Bernard Ford of great Britain
1984 – WRC-AM in Washington, D.C. changes call letters to WWRC

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Famous Birthdays

1877 – Walter O Briggs, American entrepreneur and sports team owner (Detroit Tigers 1935-52), born in Ypsilanti, Michigan (d. 1952)
1897 – Marian Anderson, American contralto and celebrated singer (My Lord, What a Morning), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1993)
1907 – Mildred Bailey [Rinker], American jazz singer known as “The Queen of Swing” (Rockin’ Chair, Please Be Kind), born in Teoka, Washington (d. 1951)
1930 – Peter Stone, American writer (d. 2003)
1954 – Neal Schon, American rock guitarist (Journey-Open Arms, Bad English), born in Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma
1973 – Roderick “Pooh” Clark, American RandB singer (High-5)

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Famous Deaths

1706 – John Evelyn, English writer and diarist (Life of Mrs Godolphin), dies at 85
1874 – Carlos Manuel de Céspedes, Cuban revolutionary hero, dies at 54
1921 – Schofield Haigh, cricketer (Eng all-rounder 11 Tests 1898-1912), dies
1968 – Frankie Lymon, American rock and roll/rhythm and blues singer (The Teenagers), dies at 25 of a heroin overdose
1974 – Pat Brady [Robert Ellsworth O’Brady], American actor (The Roy Rodgers Show, Man from Music Mountain), dies at 57
1991 – Robert-Jan Akkerman, Dutch diplomat (to Tunis), murdered

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