Today in History for 20th February 2021

Historical Events

1811 – Austria declares bankruptcy
1922 – Marc Connelly and George Kaufman’s “To the Ladies” premieres in NYC
1931 – Congress allows California to build Oakland-Bay Bridge
1950 – WOL-AM in Washington, D.C. swaps calls with WWDC
1959 – The Avro Arrow program to design and manufacture supersonic jet fighters in Canada is cancelled by the Diefenbaker government amid much political debate.
2016 – US primary elections: South Carolina Republican Primary – Donald Trump wins with 32.5%

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Famous Birthdays

1901 – Jimmy Yancey, American boogie-woogie jazz and blues pianist, born in Chicago, Illinos (d. 1951) [birth year disputed – documentation ranges from 1894-1903]
1908 – Rosalind Laura Burke, aviatrix
1940 – Christoph Eschenbach, German-born pianist and conductor, born in Breslau, Germany
1943 – Mike Leigh, dramatist/director (High Hopes, Secrets and Lies)
1963 – Darek Oleszkiewicz [formerly known as Oles], Polish jazz bassist, composer (Los Angeles Jazz Quartet), and educator, born in Wrocław, Poland
1976 – Fulvia di Domenico, Italian jazz and world music singer-songwriter, born in Rome, Italy

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Famous Deaths

702 – K’inich Kan B’alam II, king of the Maya state of Palenque (b. 635)
1408 – Henry Percy, 1st Earl of Northumberland, English statesman, dies at 66
1907 – Henri Moissan, French chemist who isolated the element “fluorine” from its compounds (Nobel 1906), dies of appendicitis at 54
1995 – Shlomo Averbach, Rabbi, buried in Jerusalem, 250,000 attend
1999 – Sarah Kane, English playwright (b. 1971)
2016 – Peter Mondavi, American winemaker (Charles Krug – Napa Valley), dies at 101

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