Today in History for 7th February 2020

Historical Events

1944 – Germans launch counteroffensive at Anzio, Italy
1945 – London, Washington and Moscow discuss final phase of World War II
1968 – Arthur Miller’s play “Price” premieres in NYC
1969 – Al-Fatah-leader Yasser Arafat becomes president of PLO
1973 – North Ireland’s United Loyalist Council hold a one-day strike, loyalist paramilitaries forcibly try to stop people going to work
1974 – Mel Brooks’ film “Blazing Saddles” opens in movie theaters starring Cleavon Little and Gene Wilder

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Famous Birthdays

1655 – Jean-Francois Regnard, French comedy writer (Slave in Algeria)
1804 – John Deere, American blacksmith and manufacturer (founded Deere and Company), born in Rutland, Vermont (d. 1886)
1814 – Gardner Quincy Colton, American lecturer who was the first to use nitrous oxide as an anesthetic in dentistry, born in Georgia, Vermont
1877 – Julius Curtius, German minister of Foreign affairs (1929-..)
1958 – Michele Drake, La Jolplaymate (May, 1979), born in Los Angeles, California
1969 – Bucky Richardson, US football quarterback (Houston Oilers)

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Famous Deaths

1317 – Robert, Count of Clermont, French founder of the House of Bourbon (b. 1256)
1920 – Aleksandr Vasilevich Kolchak, Russian military commander, dies at 45
1990 – Dom Heider Camara, nonviolent/human rights Bishop of Brazil, dies
1996 – Isian Kehinde I K Dairo, musician/academic, dies at 65
1999 – Hussein ibn Talal, King of Jordan (1952-99), dies at 63
2015 – Dean Smith, American actor and relay runner (Olympic gold 1952), dies at 83

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