Today in History for 31st January 2020

Historical Events

1804 – British vice-admiral William Blighs fleet reaches Curacao
1955 – Australian Championships Women’s Tennis: Beryl Penrose wins her only Australian singles title; beats Thelma Coyne Long 6-4, 6-3
1970 – Grateful Dead members busted on LSD charges
1988 – Super Bowl XXII, Jack Murphy Stadium, San Diego, CA: Washington Redskins beat Denver Broncos, 42-10; MVP: Doug Williams, Washington, QB
2015 – Pr-Football Hall of Fame inductees: Junior Seau, Jerome Bettis, Charles Haley, Will Shields, Tim Brown, and Mick Tingelhoff
2019 – Blockbuster NBA trade: NY Knicks send Kristaps Porziņģis, Tim Hardaway Jr., Courtney Lee and Trey Burke to Dallas Mavericks for Dennis Smith Jr., DeAndre Jordan, Wesley Matthews and 2 future 1st-round picks

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Famous Birthdays

1686 – Hans Egede, Norwegian Lutheran missionary (d. 1758)
1820 – William B. Washburn, 28th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1887)
1909 – Foley Newns, British colonial administrator
1961 – Lloyd Cole, English rocker (Lloyd Cole and the Commotions), born in Buxton, Derbyshire
1971 – Lee Young Ae, South Korean actress, born in Seoul, South Korea
1973 – Portia de Rossi, Australian actress, born in Horsham, Australia

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Famous Deaths

1561 – Bairam Khan, Great Mughal General, regent for Akbar
1892 – Charles Spurgeon, English preacher and evangelist, dies at 57
1973 – Ragnar Frisch, Norwegian economist (Nobel 1969), dies at 77
1974 – Roger Pryor, American actor (Lady by Choice, Belle of the Nineties, Identity Unknown), dies at 72
1996 – Gustave Solomon, mathematician, dies at 65
2015 – Richard von Weizsacker, German politician and 1st president of reunited Germany (1990-94), dies at 94

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