Today in History for 1st February 2019

Historical Events

1662 – Dutch garrison on Formosa surrenders to Chinese pirates
1954 – Scapino Ballet Studio in Amsterdam destroyed by fire
1960 – Australian Championships Men’s Tennis: In a classic all-Australian final Rod Laver beats Neale Fraser 5-7, 3-6, 6-3, 8-6, 8-6; Laver’s first Grand Slam title win
1965 – Former world heavyweight boxing champion Floyd Patterson beats Canadian George Chuvalo by unanimous decision in a 12-round non-title clash at New York’s Madison Square Garden; ‘The Ring’ names bout Fight of the Year.
1980 – “Call Me” single released by Blondie (Billboard Song of the Year 1980)
1993 – NY Judge Sol Wachtler indicted for harassing Joy Silverman

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Famous Birthdays

1761 – Christian Hendrik Persoon, South African mycologist (d. 1836)
1791 – Charles J Sax, Belgian music instrument builder
1807 – William Bowen Campbell, American politician and Civil War Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Sumner County, Tennessee (d. 1867)
1906 – Hildegarde, Adell Wisc, night club vocalist (I’ll Be Seeing You)
1968 – Mark Recchi, Canadian NHL right wing (Montreal Canadiens), born in Kamloops, Canada
1972 – Richard Becker, American baseball outfielder (Minnesota Twins), born in Aurora, Illinois

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Famous Deaths

1902 – Salomon Jadassohn, German pianist and composer, dies at 70
1958 – Clinton Joseph Davisson, dies
1966 – Nicholas Piantanida, sets balloon flight record and dies in descent
1987 – Alessandro Blasetti, Italian film director (b. 1900)
1997 – Herb Caen, American columnist (SF Chronicle), dies of lung cancer, at 80
2005 – George Douglass Milne, British peer, soldier and artist dies at 95

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