Today in History for 16th February 2021

Historical Events

1892 – Opera “Werther” by Jules Massenet premieres in Vienna
1946 – 1st commercially designed helicopter tested, Bridgeport, Connecticut
1946 – “The Duchess Misbehaves” closes at Adelphi Theater NYC after 5 performances
1980 – American speed skater Eric Heiden wins 5,000m in Olympic record 7:02.29; second of record 5 gold medal sweep of events at Lake Placid
2001 – Mathieu Schneider of the Los Angeles Kings becomes the first defenseman in history to score a goal against all 30 NHL teams as LA beats Minnesota, 4-0
2004 – The Pittsburgh Penguins lose their 12th consecutive home game, a NHL record

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Famous Birthdays

1519 – Gaspard de Coligny, Huguenot leader/French admiral
1543 – Kano Eitoku, Japanese painter (d. 1590)
1868 – Wilhelm Schmidt, German anthropologist/linguist (Anthropos)
1920 – Lee Russell, vocalist (Vincent Lopez), born in Cleveland, Ohio
1935 – Robin Clark, chemist (FRS)
1995 – Denzel Curry, American rapper, singer, and composer (Unlocked), born in Carol City, Florida

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Famous Deaths

1803 – Jan V clav Stich, Bohemian composer, dies at 56
1912 – St. Nikolai of Japan, Eastern Orthodox priest (b. 1836)
1933 – Archie Jackson, Australian cricket batsman (8 Tests, 1 x 100, HS 164), dies from tuberculosis at 23
1963 – Friedrich Dessauer, German physicist (radiologist), dies at 81
1978 – E. Roland Harriman, American financier (b. 1895)
1979 – Nematullah Nassiri, Iran general/head of Savak, executed

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