Today in History for 8th February 2020

Historical Events

1943 – Red Army recaptures Kursk
1948 – V Winter Olympic Games close at St Moritz, Switzerland
1986 – The crime film “A Better Tomorrow”, starring Yun Fat Chow, premieres in Hong Kong
2013 – 16 people are killed and 27 are wounded by a market bombing in Kalaya, Pakistan
2014 – Ole Einar Bjørndalen equals the Winter Olympics medal record with 12
2019 – Washington’s Governor Jay Inslee declares a state emergency after heavy snowfall

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Famous Birthdays

1807 – Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins, English sculptor and naturalist (d. 1889)
1883 – Joseph A Schumpeter, Austria/US economist/minister of finance
1906 – Artur Balsam, Polish/US pianist (Begeleidde Menuhin, Milstein)
1944 – Sebastião Salgado, Brazilian documentary photographer
1949 – Brooke Adams, American actress (Cynthia-OK Crackerby, Body Snatchers), born in NYC, New York
1960 – Linda Fratianne, figure skater (Olympic silver 1980), born in Los Angeles, California

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Famous Deaths

1245 – Johannes de Rupella/de la Rochelle, French theologist, dies
1725 – Peter the Great [Pyotr Alexeyevich Romanov], Tsar of Russia (1682-1725) dies of uremia at 52
1910 – Hans Jæger, Norwegian writer and political activist (b. 1854)
1993 – Douglas Heyes, director/writer (Kitten with a Whip), dies at 73
1994 – Jacob Firet, Dutch theologist (Agogic Moment), dies at 70
2013 – James DePreist, American conductor, dies at 76

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