Today in History for 2nd February 2019

Historical Events

1349 – By this date at least 200 people a day were being buried in London as a result of the Black Death
1802 – 1st leopard exhibited in US, Boston (admission 25 cents)
1829 – Madman Jonathan Martin sets York Cathedral on fire, does £60,000 damage
1927 – Harry Tierney/Joseph McCarthy’s “Rio Rita” premieres in NYC
1952 – Hubert de Givenchy presents his first collection in Paris with Bettina Graziani opening the show
1955 – 1st presidential news conference on network TV-Eisenhower on ABC

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Famous Birthdays

1925 – Michel Philippot, French composer and musicologist, born in Verzy, France (d. 1996)
1929 – Reiner Bredemeyer, composer
1932 – Robert Mandan, American actor best known for his role as Chester Tate in US sitcom “Soap”, born in Clever, Missouri (d. 2018)
1942 – Barry Diller, founder (Fox-TV)
1954 – Ina Garten, American author and TV cooking show host (Barefoot Contessa, Food Network), born in Brooklyn, New York
1966 – Andrei Chesnokov, Russian tennis star

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Famous Deaths

1512 – Hatüey, Taíno chief known as Cuba’s First National Hero, is burned alive by Spanish colonialists
1660 – Gaston, Duke of Orleans, brother of French King Louis XIII, dies at 51
1867 – Forceythe Willson, American poet (The Old Sergeant), dies at 29
1941 – Johannes Schlaf, German writer and translator, dies at 78
1952 – Johann Babtist Thaller, German composer, dies at 79
1969 – Giovanni Martinelli, opera singer (NY Met), dies at 83

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Today in History for 1st February 2019

Historical Events

1662 – Dutch garrison on Formosa surrenders to Chinese pirates
1954 – Scapino Ballet Studio in Amsterdam destroyed by fire
1960 – Australian Championships Men’s Tennis: In a classic all-Australian final Rod Laver beats Neale Fraser 5-7, 3-6, 6-3, 8-6, 8-6; Laver’s first Grand Slam title win
1965 – Former world heavyweight boxing champion Floyd Patterson beats Canadian George Chuvalo by unanimous decision in a 12-round non-title clash at New York’s Madison Square Garden; ‘The Ring’ names bout Fight of the Year.
1980 – “Call Me” single released by Blondie (Billboard Song of the Year 1980)
1993 – NY Judge Sol Wachtler indicted for harassing Joy Silverman

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Famous Birthdays

1761 – Christian Hendrik Persoon, South African mycologist (d. 1836)
1791 – Charles J Sax, Belgian music instrument builder
1807 – William Bowen Campbell, American politician and Civil War Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Sumner County, Tennessee (d. 1867)
1906 – Hildegarde, Adell Wisc, night club vocalist (I’ll Be Seeing You)
1968 – Mark Recchi, Canadian NHL right wing (Montreal Canadiens), born in Kamloops, Canada
1972 – Richard Becker, American baseball outfielder (Minnesota Twins), born in Aurora, Illinois

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Famous Deaths

1902 – Salomon Jadassohn, German pianist and composer, dies at 70
1958 – Clinton Joseph Davisson, dies
1966 – Nicholas Piantanida, sets balloon flight record and dies in descent
1987 – Alessandro Blasetti, Italian film director (b. 1900)
1997 – Herb Caen, American columnist (SF Chronicle), dies of lung cancer, at 80
2005 – George Douglass Milne, British peer, soldier and artist dies at 95

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Today in History for 31st January 2019

Historical Events

1893 – “Westminster Gazette” begins publishing
1934 – FDR devalues US dollar in relation to gold at $35 per ounce
1961 – NATO secretary-general Paul-Henri Spaak says he’ll resign
1972 – Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev becomes 11th King of Nepal
1978 – “Elvis: The Legend Lives!” opens at Palace Theater NYC for 101 performances
2000 – Alaska Airlines flight 261 MD-83, experiencing horizontal stabilizer problems, crashes in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Point Mugu, California, killing all 88 persons aboard.

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Famous Birthdays

1901 – Blaž Arnič, Slovenian composer, born near Mount Raduha, Austria-Hungary (d. 1970)
1915 – Garry Moore, [Thomas Garrison Morfit], Balt, host (I’ve Got a Secret)
1915 – Bobby Hackett, American jazz cornetist and orchestra leader (Air time ’57), born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 1976)
1964 – Jeff Hanneman, American musician (Slayer), born in Oakland, California (d. 2013)
1968 – Michael Sinclair, American football defensive end (Seattle Seahawks), born in Galveston, Texas
1974 – Bob Mulder, Dutch football player (Appingedam, FC Groningen), born in Delfzijl, Netherlands

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Famous Deaths

1398 – Emperor Sukō (b. 1334)
1942 – Henry Larkin, American baseball player (b. 1860)
1967 – Eddie Tolan, American sprinter the “Midnight Express” (1932 Olympics), dies at 58
1970 – Slim Harpo [James Moore], American blues musician (I’m a King Bee, Baby Scratch My Back), dies of a heart attack at 46
1974 – Paul Haesaerts, Flemish architect/painter (Flandre), dies at 72
2007 – Lee Bergere, American actor (Star Trek, Soap, Dynasty), dies at 82

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Today in History for 30th January 2019

Historical Events

1804 – Scottish explorer Mungo Park leaves England seeking source of Niger River
1858 – Charles Halle founds Halle Orchestra in Manchester, England
1933 – Grimmett takes 7-86 for SA in Qld 2nd inn, 13-135 for match
1945 – “Wilhelm Gustloff” torpedoed off Danzig by Soviet sub-c 9,400 die
1961 – Bobby Darin is youngest performer to headline a TV special on NBC
1962 – UN General Assembly censures Portugal over Angola

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Famous Birthdays

1915 – Pierre Wissmer, Swiss composer/theory (Capitaine Bruno)
1922 – Pal Jardanyi, composer
1928 – Harold Prince, US producer/director (West Side Story, Evita)
1931 – John Crosbie, Canadian politician
1943 – Sandy Deane, American rocker (Jay and the Americans), born in Brooklyn, New York
1981 – Dimitar Berbatov, Bulgarian footballer, born in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria

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Famous Deaths

1384 – Louis II, Count of Flanders, dies at 53
1881 – Jaak Nikolaas Lemmens, Flemish composer, dies at 58
1975 – Boris Blacher, German composer (Purloined Letter), dies at 72
2005 – Martyn Bennet, Canadian musician (b. 1971)
2015 – Ezra Sims, American composer of microtonal music, dies at 88
2015 – Carl Djerassi, Austrian-born American chemist and father of the contraceptive pill, dies at 91

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Today in History for 29th January 2019

Historical Events

1802 – First celebration of Burns night, in honor of poet Robert Burns’s birthday by The Mother Club in Greenock (later realized his actual birthday 25th January)
1943 – New Zealand cruiser Kiwi collides with Japanese submarine I-1 at Guadalcanal
1951 – “Where’s Charley?” opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 56 performances
1966 – Neil Simons, Coleman and Fields’ musical “Sweet Charity” premieres
1989 – Game-winning RBI, official statistic dropped after 9 years of use NY Mets Keith Hernandez is the all-time leader with 129
1991 – Nelson Mandela and Mangosuthu Buthelezi meet after 28 years

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Famous Birthdays

1900 – Marco Tajcevic, composer
1908 – Adam Clayton Powell, (Rep-D-NY, 1945-70)
1926 – Abdus Salam, theoretical physicist
1964 – Andre Reed, NFL wide receiver (Buffalo Bills)
1973 – Jason Schmidt, Lewiston ID, pitcher (Atlanta Braves)
1975 – Hendrik Dreekmann, German tennis star

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Famous Deaths

1824 – Louise of Stolberg-Gedern, Countess of Albany, dies at 71
1995 – Richard Burnell, British rower (Olympic gold 1948), dies at 77
1995 – Chris de Marigny, painter/designer, dies at 52
2002 – Harold Russell, Canadian actor (Best Years of Our Life, Dogtown), dies from a heart attack at 88
2004 – Otto Wilhelm Fischer, Austrian actor (Helden, Ich suche dich), dies of kidney disease at 88
2007 – Barbaro, American thoroughbred racehorse (b. 2003)

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