Today in History for 8th February 2019

Historical Events

1931 – Gas explosion Fire in Fushun-coal mine, Manchuria kills 3,000
1958 – Edgar Whitehead succeeds Garfield Todd as premier of South Rhodesia
1963 – AFL’s Dallas Texans become KC Chiefs
1971 – Pedro Morales beats Ivan Koloff in NY, to become WWF wrestling champ
1996 – The U.S. Congress passes the Communications Decency Act.
2015 – 57th Grammy Awards: Best Song “Stay With Me” by Sam Smith, Best Album “Morning Phase” by Beck

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Famous Birthdays

1902 – Demchugdongrub, Mongolian politician (d. 1966)
1911 – Anne Aitken, [nee Hopkins], co-found (Diamond Sangha), born in Chicago, Illinois
1925 – Alvin Brehm, American musician and composer, born in NYC, New York (d. 2014)
1936 – Larry Verne, singer (Custer)
1964 – Dennis Gibson, NFL inside linebacker (San Diego Chargers)
1977 – Barry Hall, Australian rules footballer

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Famous Deaths

1587 – Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots (1560-87), beheaded at 44 [NS=Feb 18]
1821 – Paul Anton Wineberger, composer, dies at 62
1849 – France Preseren, Slovenian poet (Sonetni Venec), dies at 48
1878 – Elias M. Fries, Swedish botanist (System mycologicum), dies at 83
1888 – Robert H. Anderson, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army, dies at 52
1924 – Gee John, US mobster (1st executed in gas chamber-Nevada), dies

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