Today in History for 14th February 2021

Historical Events

1940 – British merchant vessel fleet is armed
1941 – Carson McCuller’s “Reflections in a Golden Eye” published
1942 – Japanese parachutists land near oil center Palembang, Sumatra
1950 – Moroney scores cricket twin centuries for Australia at Johannesburg
1973 – Muhammad Ali beats British heavyweight boxing champion Joe Bugner by unanimous points decision in 12 rounds at Las Vegas Convention Centre
2019 – Explosive-packed vehicle rams paramilitary convoy in Indian-controlled Kashmir killing at least 40. Islamic group Jaish-e-Mohammad claim responsibility.

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Famous Birthdays

1824 – Winfield Scott Hancock, American politician and Major General (Union Army), born in Montgomeryville, Pennsylvania (d. 1886)
1916 – Marcel Bigeard, French general
1944 – Alan Parker, English director (Bugsy Malone, Midnight Express), born in London, England (d. 2020)
1963 – John Marzano, American baseball catcher (Seattle Mariners), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1970 – Simon Pegg [Buckingham], English comedian and actor (Shaun of the Dead, Mission: Impossible), born in Brockworth, England
1977 – Cadel Evans, Australian road cyclist (Tour de France 2011; UCI World Road Race C’ships 2009), born in Katherine, Australia

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Famous Deaths

1528 – Edzard I the Great, count of Austria-E Frisia (1494-1528), dies at 66
1714 – Maria Luisa of Savoy, Queen consort of Spain to Philip V (1701-14), dies tuberculosis at 25
1780 – William Blackstone, English jurist (Blackstone’s Commentaries), dies at 56
1841 – Antun Sorkocevic, composer, dies at 65
1873 – Charles Samvei Bovy-Lysberg, Swiss pianist and composer, dies at 51
2003 – Dolly the sheep, first mammal to be cloned from an adult cell dies young form a progressive lung disease aged 6

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