Today in History for 4th February 2020

Historical Events

960 – Coronation of Zhao Kuangyin as Emperor Taizu of the Song, initiating three centuries of Song Dynasty dominance in southern China
1846 – Mormons leave Nauvoo, Illinois, for settlement in the west
1924 – Norway sweeps the medals in the Nordic combined event at the inaugural Chamonix Winter Olympics; Thorleif Haug wins his 3rd gold of the Games ahead of team mates Thoralf Strømstad and Johan Grøttumsbråten
1969 – Beatles appoint Eastman and Eastman, as general cousel to Apple
1991 – NZ cricketers Martin Crowe and Andrew Jones make a world record 467 run stand, against Sri Lanka at the Basin Reserve in Wellington
2004 – Mark Zuckerberg launches Facebook from his Harvard dormitory room

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Famous Birthdays

1524 – Luis de Camões, Portugal’s greatest poet (d. 1580)
1891 – Madabhushi Ananthasayanam Ayyangar, Speaker of Lok Sabha (d: 1978).
1917 – Aga Yahya Khan, Pakistan military/politician
1943 – Jimmy Johnson, American session musician and co-founder of the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, born in Sheffield, Alabama
1943 – Cheryl Miller, Sherman Oaks California, actress (Paula-Daktari, Born Free)
1952 – Lisa Eichhorn, actress (Cutter’s Way, Yanks), born in Reading, Pennsylvania

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Famous Deaths

1503 – Queen Elizabeth, consort of Henry VII of England, dies
1505 – Joan of France, Queen of France (1498) and Catholic saint who founded several religious orders, dies at 40
1615 – Giovanni Battista della Porta, Italian scholar, polymath and child prodogy (b. 1535)
1927 – Thomas Laub, Danish organist and composer, dies at 74
1964 – Siegfried T Bok, neurobiologist/anatomist (Cybernetica), dies at 71
1982 – Sue Carol, actress (She’s My Weakness), dies at 73 of a heart attack

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