Today in History for 30th January 2019

Historical Events

1804 – Scottish explorer Mungo Park leaves England seeking source of Niger River
1858 – Charles Halle founds Halle Orchestra in Manchester, England
1933 – Grimmett takes 7-86 for SA in Qld 2nd inn, 13-135 for match
1945 – “Wilhelm Gustloff” torpedoed off Danzig by Soviet sub-c 9,400 die
1961 – Bobby Darin is youngest performer to headline a TV special on NBC
1962 – UN General Assembly censures Portugal over Angola

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Famous Birthdays

1915 – Pierre Wissmer, Swiss composer/theory (Capitaine Bruno)
1922 – Pal Jardanyi, composer
1928 – Harold Prince, US producer/director (West Side Story, Evita)
1931 – John Crosbie, Canadian politician
1943 – Sandy Deane, American rocker (Jay and the Americans), born in Brooklyn, New York
1981 – Dimitar Berbatov, Bulgarian footballer, born in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria

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Famous Deaths

1384 – Louis II, Count of Flanders, dies at 53
1881 – Jaak Nikolaas Lemmens, Flemish composer, dies at 58
1975 – Boris Blacher, German composer (Purloined Letter), dies at 72
2005 – Martyn Bennet, Canadian musician (b. 1971)
2015 – Ezra Sims, American composer of microtonal music, dies at 88
2015 – Carl Djerassi, Austrian-born American chemist and father of the contraceptive pill, dies at 91

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