Today in History for 14th January 2020

Historical Events

1911 – Roald Amundsen’s South Pole expedition lands on the Ross Ice Shelf
1924 – Allies direct Fiume (Rijeka) in Italy
1943 – World War II: Japan begins Operation Ke, withdrawal of its troops from Guadalcanal
1963 – George Wallace sworn in as Governor of Alabama, his address states “segregation now; segregation tomorrow; segregation forever!”
1971 – John Snow takes 7-40 for England to beat Australia by 299 runs
1974 – World Football League founded

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Famous Birthdays

1798 – Isaac da Costa, Jewish poet, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1860)
1804 – John Park, Scottish composer and minister, born in Greenock, Renfrewshire (d. 1865)
1806 – Sir Charles Hotham, Governor of Victoria, born in Dennington, United Kingdom (d. 1855)
1857 – Alice Pike Barney, American painter, born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1931)
1963 – Steven Soderbergh, American producer, director, writer (Ocean’s Eleven, Traffic), born in Atlanta, Georgia
1994 – Samir Patel, American spelling bee winner

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Famous Deaths

1819 – John Wolcot, English satirist (Peter Pindar), dies at 80
1929 – Cornelis W Lely, Dutch Governor of Suriname (1902-05), dies at 74
1948 – Anna “Ans” van Dike, Dutch Jewish Nazi-collaborator, executed at 42
1977 – Peter Finch, actor (Network, The Nun’s Story, Judith), dies at 60
1978 – Harold Abrahams, British athlete (Olympic gold and silver 1924), dies at 78
1996 – Eric Briault, educationalist, dies at 84

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