Today in History for 15th January 2020

Historical Events

1861 – Steam elevator patented by Elisha Otis
1935 – Clifford Odets’ “Waiting for Lefty” premieres in NYC
1971 – Aswan Dam official opens in Egypt
1985 – CBS’ premiere of TV made teen drug abuse drama, “Not My Kid”, based on the previous year’s book by Beth Polson
1989 – Cerberal Palsy telethon raises 22,600,000
1992 – Supreme Court rules 5-3 that Joseph Doherty isn’t entitled to asylum

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Famous Birthdays

1845 – Heinrich Vogl, German operatic heldentenor, born in Munich, Germany (d. 1900)
1900 – Caesar Domela, Dutch painter (Ferdinand Domela Nieuwenhuis son), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1992)
1908 – Roberta Bitgood, American organist and composer, born in New London, Connecticut (d. 2007)
1920 – Steve Gromek, American baseball player, born in Hamtramck, Michigan (d. 2002)
1949 – Howard Twitty, American golfer, course designer (3 PGA Tour titles), born in Phoenix, Arizona
1960 – Tim Curtis, English cricketer (England righty batsman in 5 Tests 1988-89), born in Chislehurst, United Kingdom

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Famous Deaths

1781 – Marianne Victoria of Borbón, queen regent of Portugal (b. 1718)
1788 – Gaetano Latilla, composer, dies at 77
1911 – Wilhelm Berger, German composer, pianist and conductor, dies at 49
1950 – Gen Henry “Hap” Arnold, U.S. General of the Air Force (b. 1886)
1962 – Kenneth MacKenna, American actor and director (Judgment at Nuremberg, Those We Love), dies of cancer at 62
1987 – Ray Bolger, American actor and dancer (The Wizard of Oz), dies at 83

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