Today in History for 29th January 2020

Historical Events

1781 – Mozart’s opera “Idomeneo” premieres in Munich
1861 – US state of Kansas admitted to the Union as the 34th state
1936 – 1st players elected to Baseball Hall of Fame: Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson and Walter Johnson
1964 – Beatles record in German “Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand” and “Sie Liebt Dich”
1964 – Most lopsided high-school basketball score 211-29 (Louisiana)
1989 – Game-winning RBI, official statistic dropped after 9 years of use NY Mets Keith Hernandez is the all-time leader with 129

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Famous Birthdays

1908 – Adam Clayton Powell, (Rep-D-NY, 1945-70)
1940 – Katharine Ross, American actress (Graduate, Francesca-Colbys), born in Hollywood, California
1964 – John Gallagher, rugby league player
1968 – John Hudson, American football center (NY Jets, Philadelphia Eagles), born in Memphis, Tennessee
1972 – Hessley Hempstead, American NFL guard (Detroit Lions), born in Upland, California
1987 – Spencer Clark, American race car driver, born in Las Vegas, Nevada (d. 2006)

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Famous Deaths

969 – Peter, tsar of Bulgaria (927-69), dies
1941 – Ioannis Metaxas, Greek general and dictator (1936-41), commits suicide at 69
1973 – Johannes Paul Thilman, composer, dies at 67
1988 – James R. Killian Jr., 10th president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1948-59), dies at 83
2005 – Ephraim Kishon, Israeli author, dramatist, screenwriter, and Oscar-nominated film director, dies at 80
2012 – Goody Petronelli, American boxing trainer and manager, dies at 88

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