Today in History for 14th February 2019

Historical Events

1630 – Dutch fleet of 69 ships reaches Pernambuco, Brazil
1859 – Oregon admitted as 33rd state of the Union
1966 – Wilt Chamberlain breaks NBA career scoring record at 20,884 points
1978 – 1st “micro on a chip” patented by Texas Instruments
1980 – Soviet cross-country skier Nikolay Zimyatov wins first of 3 gold medals at the Lake Placid Winter Olympics when he takes out 30k event; also wins relay and 50k gold
1982 – “Night of 100 Stars” takes place at NY’s Radio City Music Hall

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Famous Birthdays

1923 – Jay Hebert, American golfer (PGA Championship 1960), born in St. Martinville, Louisiana (d. 1997)
1931 – Phyllis McGuire, vocalist (McGuire Sisters), born in Middletown, Ohio
1967 – Calle Johansson, Swedish NHL defenseman (Washington Capitals), born in Gothenburg, Sweden
1968 – Jules Asner, US television personality, born in Tempe, Arizona
1987 – Joseph Pichler, US actor, born in Bremerton, Washington
1992 – Freddie Highmore, English actor, born in Camden Town, London

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Famous Deaths

1714 – Maria Luisa of Savoy, Queen consort of Spain to Philip V (1701-14), dies tuberculosis at 25
1885 – Jules Vallès, French writer (b. 1832)
1908 – Georges Jean Pfeiffer, French composer, dies at 72
1942 – Adnan Bin Saidi, Officer of the Malay Regiment killed in the defense of Singapore (b. 1915)
2006 – Lynden David Hall, British singer (b. 1974)
2010 – Doug Fieger, American musician The Knack (b. 1952)

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Today in History for 13th February 2019

Historical Events

1575 – Henry III of France is crowned at Rheims
1943 – German assault on Sidi Bou Zid Tunisia, General Dwight D. Eisenhower visits front
1972 – XI Winter Olympic Games close at Sapporo, Japan
1990 – Larry Bird (Celtics) ends NBA free throw streak of 71 games
2000 – The last original “Peanuts” comic strip appears in newspapers one day after Charles M. Schulz dies.
2010 – A bombing at the German Bakery in Pune, India, kills 10 and injures 60 more.

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Famous Birthdays

1908 – Gerald Strang, Claresholm Canada, composer
1911 – Jean Muir Fullarton, American actress and educator (Fugitive in the Sky, The Aldrich Family), born in Suffern, New York (d. 1996)
1937 – Sigmund Jaehn, German cosmonaut (Soyuz 31/29), born in Muldenhammer, Germany
1979 – Rafael Márquez, Mexican footballer, born in Zamora, Mexico
1980 – Kristy Powell, US gymnast (Olympics 1996), born in Stuart, Florida
1997 – Michael Jackson Jr., son of Michael Jackson, born in Beverly Hills, California

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Famous Deaths

1315 – Jean I of Chalon-Arlay, mayor of Neuchôtel, dies
1883 – Richard Wagner, German composer (The Ring of the Nibelung, The Flying Dutchman), dies at 69
1906 – Albert Gottschalk, Danish painter, dies at 39
1963 – Harry Steers, bowling hall of famer, dies
1990 – Ken Lynch, actor (Paratroop Command, Legend of Tom Dooley), dies at 79
1991 – Bernard Sauer, Yiddish actor, dies of heart attack at 67

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Today in History for 12th February 2019

Historical Events

1130 – Pope Innocent II elected
1908 – Anna Jeanes bequeaths $1,000,000 to Swarthmore to become all female
1909 – Symphony in B minor “Polonia”, by polish composer Ignacy Jan Paderewski has its public premiere with the Boston Symphony Orchestra
1912 – The last Qing Emperor of China, Puyi abdicates after losing the support of the Chinese people and thus the mandate of heaven
1958 – Gen Miguel Ydegoras Fuentes elected President of Guatemala
2016 – Student leader Kanhaiya Kumar is arrested on “anti-nationalism” charges by Indian police at an anniversary event of the death of Afzal Guru, at Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University

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Famous Birthdays

1804 – Heinrich Lenz, German physicist (d. 1865)
1870 – Marie Lloyd, English music-hall performer (d. 1922)
1893 – Omar Bradley, General of Army WW II (GI General)
1946 – Ajda Pekkan, Turkish singer and actress, born in Istanbul, Turkey
1946 – Ever Meulen [Eddy Vermeulen], Dutch illustrator and cartoonist (children stamps 1992), born in Kuurne, Belgium
1956 – Brian Robertson, Scottish rock guitarist (Thin Lizzy), born in Clarkston, Scotland

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Famous Deaths

1916 – Richard Dedekind, German mathematician (Nature and Meaning of Numbers), dies at 84
1920 – Jean Allemane, French socialist/communard (allemanisten), dies at 77
1929 – Freiherr Albert von Schrenk-Notzing, German para-psychologist, dies at 66
1982 – Kees Rijnsdorp, Dutch writer (Culprit), dies at 87
1994 – Donald Judd, US furniture maker/architect/artist, dies at 65
2012 – David Kelly, Irish actor (Grandpa Joe-Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Fawlty Towers), dies of pneumonia and lung cancer at 82

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Today in History for 11th February 2019

Historical Events

824 – St Paschal I ends his reign as Pope
1873 – Spanish Cortes fires king Amadeus I
1922 – Influential arts festival Semana de Arte Moderna (Modern Art Week) opens in São Paulo – the beginning of Modernism in Brazil
1945 – Yalta agreement signed by FDR, Churchill and Stalin
1945 – 1st gas turbine propeller-driven airplane flight tested, Downey, CA
1975 – Margaret Thatcher defeats Edward Heath for leadership of the British Conservative Party

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Famous Birthdays

1904 – Keith Holyoake, 26th Prime Minister of New Zealand (National: 1960-72), born in Pahiatua, New Zealand (d. 1983)
1930 – Alevtina Koltschina, USSR, cross coutry relay skier (Olympic gold 1960)
1932 – Jerome Lowenthal, pianist/prof (Jerusalem Academy of Music), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1937 – Bill Lawry, cricketer (dour Australian lefty opener, Can talk a bit)
1963 – José Mari Bakero, Spanish footballer
1967 – John Patterson, American baseball infielder (SF Giants)

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Famous Deaths

821 – Benedict of Aniane, saint, dies
1543 – Ahmed Gran, sultan of Adal, dies in battle at Wayna Daga
1626 – Pietro Cataldi, Italian mathematician (b. 1552)
1894 – Pasqual Juan Emilio Arrieta y Corera, composer, dies at 70
1972 – Jan Wils, architect (Olympian Stadium, Amsterdam), dies at 80
1994 – Antonio Martin, Spanish cyclist, dies in cycling accident at 23

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Today in History for 10th February 2019

Historical Events

60 – St Paul thought to have been shipwrecked at Malta
1549 – Tomé de Sousa appointed governor general of Brazil
1966 – “Valley of the Dolls” by Jacqueline Susann is published by Bernard Geis Associates in the US – sold over 31 million copies
1968 – “Spooky” by Classics IV hits #3
1991 – Lithuania votes for independence from USSR
2007 – NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: AFC beats NFC, 31-28; MVP: Carson Palmer, Cincinnati Bengals, QB

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Famous Birthdays

1918 – Idwal Pugh, British ombudsman
1937 – Yuriy Poyarkov, USSR, volleyball player (Olympic 2 gold/1 silver-1964-72)
1957 – Debbie Brinkley, Tasmania, golfer (1990 T25 Victorian Open)
1964 – Mir Aimal Kansi, Pakistani perpretrator of the 1993 shootings at CIA Headquarters, born in Quetta, Pakistan (d. 2002)
1964 – Francesca Neri, Italian actress (Ages of Lulu), born in Trento, Italy
1965 – Marjolein Macrander, Dutch actress (Drowned), born in Zutphen, Netherlands

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Famous Deaths

1783 – James Nares, composer, dies at 67
1822 – Albert Casimir, Duke of Teschen and Governor of the Austrian Netherlands, dies at 83
1868 – David Brewster, Scottish physicist and inventor (kaleidoscope), dies at 86
1906 – Ezra Butler Eddy, Canadian businessman (E.B. Eddy Company) and politician, dies at 78
1960 – Aloysius Stepinac, Croatian cardinal (b. 1898)
2006 – J Dilla, American rapper/producer (b. 1974)

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