Today in History for 5th January 2019

Historical Events

1638 – Petition in Recife Brazil leads to closing of their 2 synagogues
1905 – Charles Perrine announces discovery of Jupiter’s 7th satellite, Elara
1946 – “Show Boat” opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 417 performances
1972 – Largest crowd at Cleveland Arena (Cavs vs Lakers-11,178)
1976 – “MacNeil-Lehrer Report” premieres on PBS
1997 – “Show Boat” closes at Gershwin Theater NYC

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Famous Birthdays

1858 – Gustaf af Geijerstam, Swedish author (Boken om Lillebror), born in Hed socken (d. 1909)
1936 – Florence King, American humorist, born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2016)
1940 – Michael Rose, British army officer, born in British India
1957 – Kevin Hastings, Australian rugby league footballer, born in Surry Hills, Australia
1967 – J. H. Wyman, American film producer and director (Almost Human), born in Oakland, California
1969 – Paul McGillion, Scottish actor, born in Paisley, United Kingdom

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Famous Deaths

1589 – Catherine de’ Medici, Queen mother of France, dies at 69
1796 – Samuel Huntington, American politician and signer of the Declaration of Independence, dies at 64
1891 – Guillaume L Baud, Dutch minister of Colonies (1848-49), dies at 89
1971 – Columbus O’Donnell Iselin, American oceanographer, dies at 66
1981 – Harold C Urey, US chemist (Deuterium, Nobel 1934), dies at 87
1998 – Georgi Sviridov, Soviet neoromantic composer, dies of a heart attack at 82

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