Today in History for 3rd February 2020

Historical Events

1834 – Wake Forest University is established in North Carolina
1860 – Thomas Clemson takes office as 1st US superintendent of agriculture
1900 – Rival forces fight for control of the Union Park ball grounds in Baltimore
1969 – Northern Ireland Prime Minister Terence O’Neill announces the dissolution of the Stormont parliament and the holding of new elections
1978 – Egyptian President Anwar al-Sadat and US President Jimmy Carter discuss the Middle East peace process in Washington, D.C.
1998 – Mary Kay LeTourneau, 36, former teacher, violates probation with 14 year-old father of her baby

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Famous Birthdays

1747 – Samuel Osgood, American patriot (d. 1813)
1817 – Samuel Ryan Curtis, American politician and Major General (Union Army), born in Champlain, New York (d. 1866)
1831 – Cyrus Ballou Comstock, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Wrentham, Massachusetts (d. 1910)
1883 – Camille Bombois, French circus wrestler/painter
1932 – Jonathan Fellows-Smith, South African cricket all-rounder (4 Tests), born in Durban, Natal (d. 2013)
1962 – Joe Handle, American baseball pitcher (Florida Marlins)

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Famous Deaths

1116 – King Coloman of Hungary (b. 1070)
1874 – Lunalilo, Hawaiian monarch (b. 1835)
1922 – Christiaan R de Wet, South African Boer general, dies at 67
1924 – Woodrow Wilson, 28th US President (1913-21), dies at his home in Washington at 67
1936 – Sophie of Schönburg-Waldenburg, consort of William of Wied, Prince of Albania (b.1885)
2012 – Norton Zinder, American biologist (genetic transduction), dies from pneumonia at 83

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