Today in History for 19th February 2021

Historical Events

1920 – Netherlands joins League of Nations
1950 – Groundbreaking ceremony held for Mississippi Vocational College (later Mississippi Valley State University)
1987 – Minnesota sheriff’s office arrest FBI’s most wanted, Thomas G. Harrelson
1995 – Michael Tippett’s “Rose Lake,” premieres
2007 – Three Salvadoran deputies to the Central American Parliament and their driver are murdered in Guatemala
2007 – Blogging website Tumblr is founded by David Karp in New York

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Famous Birthdays

1894 – Herb Pennock, hall of fame pitcher (Yankees, 243 career wins)
1903 – Sadiq Hidajat, Persian writer (Blind Person Owl), (d. 1951)
1912 – Adolf Rudnicki, Polish writer (Niekochana)
1944 – Jan Bart Klaster, mythologist (Slogan)
1961 – Justin Fashanu, English footballer (d. 1998)
1975 – Raymond Graanoogst, Suriname/Dutch soccer player (FC Utrecht)

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Famous Deaths

1957 – Maurice Garin, Italian-born French road bicycle racer (winner of Tour de France in 1903), dies at 85
1968 – Ralph Dunn, actor (Mr Rudge-Norby), dies at 65
1985 – Elizabeth Julesberg, author (Dick and Jane), dies
2001 – Stanley Kramer, American producer/director (Inherit the Wind), dies at 87
2007 – Celia Franca, Canadian ballet dancer, founder of National Ballet of Canada, dies at 85
2008 – Teo Macero [Attilio Joseph Macero], American jazz saxophonist, composer and record producer (Miles Davis), dies at 82

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