Today in History for 7th February 2019

Historical Events

1883 – Lt-colonel Borgnis-Desbordes founds Fort Bamako, Niger
1915 – Second Battle of Masurian Lakes: German armies surrounded a Russian army
1941 – Frank Sinatra and Tommy Dorsey orchestra record “Everything Happens to Me”
1950 – Senator Joe McCarthy finds “communists” in US Department of State (equiv. Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
1976 – Toronto center Darryl Sittler sets NHL record with 10 points in a Maple Leafs’ 11-4 win over Boston at Maple Leaf Gardens; 6 goals, 4 assists
1998 – XVIII Winter Olympic Games open in Nagano, Japan

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Famous Birthdays

1710 – William Boyce, English organist/composer (Cathedral Music), born in London (d. 1779)
1864 – Ricardo Castro Herrera, composer
1889 – Harry Nyquist, important contributor to information theory (d. 1976)
1942 – Ton de Kok, Dutch politician (CDA)
1983 – Teshome Getu, Ethiopian footballer
1991 – Rachel Sibner, American actress

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Famous Deaths

1560 – Bartolomeo Bandinelli, Italian sculptor (b. 1493)
1901 – Benjamin Edward Woolf, composer, dies at 64
1963 – Learco Guerra, Italian road racing cyclist, dies at 60
1980 – Secondo Campini, Italian jet engine pioneer, dies at 75
1988 – Lin[wood V] Carter, American sci-fi writer (Lost World of Time), dies at 57
2009 – Blossom Dearie, American jazz singer and pianist, dies of natural causes at 84

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