Today in History for 12th January 2020

Historical Events

1806 – French evacuate Vienna
1820 – Astronomical Society of London (now the Royal Astronomical Society) founded in England
1899 – Lynmouth Lifeboat rescues 18 people from the stricken schooner Forest Hall off the coast of Devon
1908 – A long-distance radio message is sent from the Eiffel Tower for the first time.
2001 – Downtown Disney opens to the public in Anaheim
2006 – During an emotional ceremony, Mark Messier’s #11 jersey is retired by the New York Rangers

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Famous Birthdays

1591 – José Ribera/Jusepe de Ribera, Spanish painter and printmaker, nicknamed Lo Spagnoletto (d. 1652)
1821 – Nikolai Afanisev, composer
1910 – Patsy Kelly, American actress (Rosemary’s Baby, North Ave Irregulars), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1981)
1920 – Prof Jerzy Zubrzycki, Polish-born Australian sociologist, born in Kraków, Poland (d. 2009)
1972 – Dominique Ross, American NFL running back (Dallas Cowboys), born in Jacksonville, Florida
1987 – Naya Rivera, American actress (Glee), born in Santa Clarita, California

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Famous Deaths

689 – Benedict Biscop, English saint, dies
1962 – Richard de Guide, composer, dies at 52
1962 – Ariadna Tyrkova-Williams, Russian writer and feminist, dies at 92
1992 – Walt Morey, US children’s book writer (Gentle Ben), dies at 84
1999 – Doug Wickenheiser, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1961)
1999 – Betty Lou Gerson, American voice actress (101 Dalmatians, Cinderella), dies of a stroke at 84

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