Today in History for 5th March 2020

Historical Events

1046 – Persian scholar Naser Khosrow begins the 7 year Middle Eastern journey which he will later describe in his book Safarnama
1910 – Stanley Cup, Dey’s Arena, Ottawa, ON: Montreal Wanderers beat Ottawa Senators, 3-1
1956 – “King Kong” 1st televised
1966 – 11th Eurovision Song Contest: Udo Jurgens for Austria wins singing “Merci, Cherie” in Luxembourg
1977 – 24th ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament: North Carolina beats Virginia, 75-69
2012 – 27 members of Iraq’s security force are killed by gunmen disguised as police in Haditha

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Famous Birthdays

1899 – Patrick Hadley, composer
1905 – Gilroy Roberts, US chief engraver (1948-64)
1918 – Halsey S Colchester, British SAS/spy (MI6)/priest
1920 – Virginia Christine [Ricketts], American actress (Mrs Olson, Tales of Wells Fargo), born in Stanton, Iowa (d. 1996)
1985 – Whitney Port, Cast member of The Hills TV series
1988 – Bjarni Viðarsson, Icelandic footballer

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Famous Deaths

1539 – Nuno da Cunha, Portuguese governor in India (b. 1487)
1732 – Joseph François Salomon, French composer, dies at 82
1829 – John Adams, last surviving HMS Bounty mutineer (b. 1766)
1873 – Marie-Alexis Castillon de Saint-Victor, French composer, dies at 34
1988 – Alberto Olmedo, Argentine comedian (b. 1933)
2000 – Lolo Ferrari [Eve Valois], French adult actress and dancer, dies from an overdose of prescription drugs at 37

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