Today in History for 6th February 2020

Historical Events

1820 – First 86 African American immigrants sponsored by the American Colonization Society start a settlement in present-day Liberia
1928 – A woman dubbed Anna Anderson [possibly Franziska Schanzkowska] arrives in NYC, using the alias “Anastasia Tschaikovsky” claims to be Grand Duchess Anastasia, daughter of Tsar Nicholas II
1929 – Rudy Vallee records single “Deep Night”
1975 – US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1995 – Darryl Strawberry suspended from baseball for 60 days
2018 – Brazilian jockey Jorge Ricardo equals world record number of victories for a jockey – 12,844 in Rio de Janeiro

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Famous Birthdays

1900 – Roy Smeck, American musician, born in Reading, Pennsylvania (d. 1994)
1908 – Edward Lansdale, United States Air Force Officer, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1987)
1912 – Eva Braun, German mistress and wife of Adolf Hitler, born in Munich, Germany (d. 1945)
1945 – Bob Marley, Jamaican reggae musician (Exodus, One Love), born in Nine Mile, Saint Ann, Jamaica (d. 1981)
1949 – Mike Batt, British director, actor, composer, and former Deputy Chairman (British Phonographic Industry), born in Southampton, England
1976 – Tanja Frieden, Swiss snowboarder, born in Bern, Switzerland

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Famous Deaths

1917 – Édouard Drumont, French anti-semite journalist, dies at 72
1927 – Daniel François Scheurleer, Dutch musicologist and banker, dies at 71
1961 – Archibald T Davison, American musicologist and composer, dies at 77
1981 – Hugo Montenegro, American film music composer (b. 1925)
1991 – Danny Thomas, comedian (Jazz Singer), dies of a heart attack at 79
2007 – Willye White, American athlete (Olympic silver long jump 1956, 4x100m relay 1964; Sports Illustrated 100 greatest women athletes of 20th century), dies of pancreatic cancer at 67

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