Today in History for 6th January 2020

Historical Events

1896 – 1st US women’s 6-day bicycle race starts, Madison Square Garden
1938 – Bronze memorial statue of Henry Hudson erected in Bronx
1972 – US female Figure Skating championship won by Janet Lynn
1984 – Last day of Test cricket for Chappell, Marsh and Lillee
1992 – Sachin Tendulkar completes 148* v Australia at the SCG
1995 – A chemical fire in an apartment complex in Manila, Philippines, leads to the discovery of plans for Project Bojinka, a mass-terrorist attack.

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Famous Birthdays

1868 – Vittorio Monti, Italian composer, born in Naples, Italy (d. 1922)
1870 – Gustav Bauer, Chancellor of Germany, born in Ozyorsk, Russia (d. 1944)
1911 – Billy Sands, American actor (Phil Silvers Show, McHale’s Navy), born in Bergen, New York (d. 1984)
1921 – Lou Harris, American pollster (Lou Harris Poll), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 2016)
1934 – Tassos Papadopoulos, Cypriot politician and barrister (President, 2003–2008), born in Nicosia, Cyprus (d. 2008)
1953 – Malcolm Young, Scottish guitarist (AC/DC-Highway to Hell), born in Glasgow, Scotland

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Famous Deaths

664 – Amr ibn al-A’as, Arab general (bc. 583)
1275 – Raymundus of Penafort, Spanish church law scholar, dies
1541 – Bernard van Orley, Flemish royal painter of Hungary, dies at about 52
1693 – Mehmed IV, sultan (Turkey), dies at 51
2012 – Ellen Pence, social activist, dies from cancer at 63
2014 – H. Owen Reed, American composer, dies at 103

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