Today in History for 5th February 2020

Historical Events

1933 – Marinus van der Lubbe passes Dutch German boundary
1938 – Hans Engnestangen skates world record 500m (41.8 sec)
1941 – Dutch Premier De Geer returns from Lisbon to Netherlands
1942 – Braves get Tommy Holmes from Yanks for Buddy Hassett and Gene Moore
1980 – Egyptian parliament votes to end boycott of Israel
2017 – Romanian government scraps corruption degree after 6 days of mass demonstrations

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Famous Birthdays

1878 – André Citroën, French automobile pioneer (d. 1935)
1937 – Stuart Damon, American actor (Alan Quartermaine-General Hospital), born in Brooklyn, New York
1941 – Stephen J. Cannell, American TV producer (The Rockford Files, The A-Team, 21 Jump Street) and writer, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2010)
1943 – Ivan Alexandrovich Tcherepnin, composer
1947 – Mary Louise Cleave, American engineer and NASA astronaut (STS 61-B, STS 30), born in Southampton, New York
1964 – Laura Linney, American actress (The Truman Show, Mystic River), born in Manhattan, New York

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Famous Deaths

1721 – James Stanhope 1st earl of Stanhope, English general, dies at 47
1967 – Herman Teirlinck, Belgian writer (Jokaste against God), dies at 87
1984 – Manès Sperber, Austrian-French writer (Like a Tear in the Ocean: A Trilogy), dies at 78
1995 – Doug Mcclure, US rodeo rider/actor (Trampas-Virginian), dies at 59
2012 – Sam Coppola, American actor (Saturday Night Fever), dies at 79
2019 – Dakshayani ‘Gaja Muthassi, elephant ‘granny’ Indian elephant, oldest in captivity, dies in Kerala at 88

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