Today in History for 16th January 2019

Historical Events

1909 – British explorers David, Mawson and Mackay reach south magnetic pole as part of the Nimrod Expedition
1943 – -60°F (-51°C), Island Park Dam, Idaho (state record)
1976 – “Donny and Marie” [Osmond] musical variety show premieres on ABC TV
1981 – John Lennon releases “Woman” in UK
1988 – Czech dissident Václav Havel is arrested in Prague for taking part in demonstrations against the communist government
2013 – A four day occupation of an Algerian BP facility by Amenas militants begins, killing 48 hostages

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Famous Birthdays

1409 – René I of Naples (d. 1480)
1872 – Edward Gordon Craig, British modernist actor, director and theorist (On the art of theatre), born in Stevenage Hertfordshire, England (d. 1966)
1930 – Clarence Ray Allen, American murderer (d. 2006)
1931 – Johannes Rau, German politician (d. 2006)
1956 – Martin Jol, Dutch football manager
1969 – Chelan Kozak, Revelstoke BC, equestrian (Olympics 1996)

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Famous Deaths

308 – Marcellus I, Catholic Pope (-308), dies
1554 – Christiern Pedersen, Danish humanist (b. 1480)
1748 – Arnold Drakenborch, Dutch classical scholar (b. 1684)
1752 – Francis Blomefield, English topographer (History of Norfolk), dies at 46
1962 – Ivan Meštrović, Croatian sculptor and architect, dies at 78
1996 – Kaye Webb, publisher, dies at 81

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Today in History for 15th January 2019

Historical Events

1902 – Abdulaziz Ibn Saud leads 40 men over the walls of Riyadh and takes the city, marking the beginning of the Third Saudi State
1955 – Dmitri Shostakovich’s “From Jewish Folk Poetry” premieres in Leningrad
1956 – Dmitri Shostakovich appointed honorary member of Academia Santa Cecilia
1964 – Teamsters negotiate 1st national labor contract
1982 – “Forbidden Broadway” by/with Gerard Alessandrini premieres in NYC
2009 – Chesley Sullenberger lands US Airways Flight 1549 on the Hudson River shortly after takeoff from LaGuardia Airport in NYC. All passengers and crew members survive in what becomes known as the “Miracle on the Hudson”

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Famous Birthdays

1747 – John Aikin, English doctor and writer (d. 1822)
1905 – Torin Thatcher, British actor (Houdini, Isranbul, Lady Godiva), born in Bombay Presidency, British India (d. 1981)
1912 – Michel Debré, French politician, born in Paris, France (d. 1996)
1960 – Tim Curtis, English cricketer (England righty batsman in 5 Tests 1988-89), born in Chislehurst, United Kingdom
1970 – Michele Granger, American softball pitcher (Olympic gold 1996), born in Anaheim, California
1973 – Essam El-Hadary, Egyptian footballer, born in Damietta Governorate, Egypt

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Famous Deaths

1705 – Walraad, the Young, earl of Nassau-Ottweiler/gov of Nijmegen, dies
2000 – Georges-Henri Lévesque, Canadian Dominican priest and sociologist (b. 1903)
2005 – Deem Bristow, American video game voice actor (b. 1947)
2007 – Pura Santillan-Castrence, Filipino writer and diplomat (b. 1905)
2007 – James Hillier, Canadian-American inventor (co-created the electron microscope), dies at 91
2008 – Mark Haigh-Hutchinson, Game Designer (b. 1964)

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Today in History for 14th January 2019

Historical Events

1343 – Arnost of Pardubice becomes the first Archbishop of Prague (and the last bishop of Prague)
1526 – Charles V and Francis I sign the Treaty of Madrid, forcing Francis to give up claims to Burgundy, Italy and Flanders
1973 – “Aloha from Hawaii”, an Elvis Presley concert, becomes the most watched broadcast by an individual entertainer
1984 – Ray ‘Boom Boom’ Mancini scores a 3rd-round TKO of Bobby Chacon to retain his WBA lightweight title in Reno, Nevada; Chacon so severely battered he thanks referee Richard Steele for stopping the fight
1995 – 10,000 South Africans attend state funeral of Joe Slovo
1998 – Charles Barkley pleads not guilty to an assault charge

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Famous Birthdays

1824 – Vladimir Stasov, Russian art and music critic, born in Saint Petersburg, Russia (d. 1906)
1836 – Henri Fantin-Latour, French painter, born in Grenoble, France (d. 1904)
1919 – Andy Rooney, American CBS news correspondent (60 Minutes), born in Albany, New York (d. 2011)
1921 – Ken Sailors, American professional basketball player (popularized and may have invented the jump shot), born in Bushnell, Nebraska (d. 2016)
1936 – Clarence Carter, American singer (Thread the Needle), born in Montgomery, Alabama
1989 – 29-year-old Marie Claude Adam gives birth to sextuplets by Caesarean section in Port Royale, France

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Famous Deaths

1901 – Victor Balaguer, Catalaans historian/politician/author, dies at 76
1912 – Otto Liebmann, German philosopher (Kant and Epigones), dies at 71
1915 – Richard Meux Benson, founder of Anglican religious order (b. 1824)
1929 – Cornelis W Lely, Dutch Governor of Suriname (1902-05), dies at 74
1988 – Georgy M Malenkov, PM of USSR (1953-55), dies at 86
2016 – Alan Rickman, English actor (Die Hard, Harry Potter franchise), dies of cancer at 69

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Today in History for 13th January 2019

Historical Events

1404 – The Act of Multipliers is passed by the English Parliament forbidding alchemists to use their knowledge to create precious metals (it was feared that if any alchemist should succeed it would bring ruin upon the state)
1893 – British Independent Labour Party forms (Keir Hardie as its leader)
1895 – Oscar Wilde’s “Ideal Husband” premieres in London
1915 – Earthquake in Avezzano, Italy kills 29,800
1984 – TV anchor Christine Craft wins $325,000 in her case against KMBC-TV
2014 – 14 people are killed and 7 are injured after an explosion in an illegal gambling hall in Kaili City, China

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Famous Birthdays

1805 – Thomas Dyer, Mayor of Chicago (d. 1862)
1938 – Tord Grip, Swedish football manager
1960 – Takis Lemonis, Greek footballer and coach
1969 – Orlando Miller, Changionola Panama, infielder (Houston Astros)
1972 – Vitaly Scherbo, Belarusian gymnast (6 Olympic gold medals Barcelona 1992), born in Minsk, Belarus
1989 – Triinu Kivilaan, Estonian singer

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Famous Deaths

1691 – George Fox, founder of Quakers, dies at 66
1928 – Johan Peter Koch, Danish officer/explorer, dies at 57
1929 – Wyatt Earp, US marshall (OK Corral), dies at 80
1974 – Raoul Jobin, Canadian tenor (b. 1906)
1981 – Emiel van Hemeldonck, Belgian writer (Mary, My Child), dies at 83
2009 – William De Witt Snodgrass, American poet under the pseudonym S. S. Gardons (b. 1926)

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Today in History for 12th January 2019

Historical Events

1940 – World War II: Soviets bombs cities in Finland.
1942 – British troops reconquer Sollum
1963 – “Go Away Little Girl” by Steve Lawrence peaks at #1
1986 – 24th space shuttle (61-C) mission-Columbia 7-launched
1997 – Ice skater Oksana Baiul injured slightly whiled driving intoxicated
2014 – Stephen Bunting and Lisa Ashton win the 2014 BDO World Darts Championship

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Famous Birthdays

1562 – Charles Emanuel I, the great, Duke of Savoy
1821 – Nikolai Afanisev, composer
1932 – Des O’Connor, British television presenter, born in Stepney, London
1937 – Marie Dubois, French actress (Wise Guys, Jules and Jim), born in Paris, France (d. 2014)
1941 – Jaime Fuster, American politician (Rep-D-PR, 1985- ), born in Guayama, Puerto Rico (d. 2007)
1960 – Dominique Wilkins, American NBA forward (Atlanta Hawks), born in Paris, France

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Famous Deaths

1807 – Joan Lucaz, Dutch journalist and patriot, dies at 60
1867 – Victor Cousin, French philosopher/minister of Education, dies at 74
1944 – Lance C. Wade, American pilot (b. 1915)
1995 – Marion Herbst, German/Dutch jewelry designer, dies at 50
1997 – Charles Huggins, American-Canadian physician and cancer researcher (1966 Nobel Prize), dies at 95
1999 – Doug Wickenheiser, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1961)

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