Today in History for 23rd February 2021

Historical Events

1792 – Humane Society of Massachusetts incorporated (erected life-saving stations for distressed mariners)
1904 – United States acquires control of the Panama Canal Zone for $10 million
1987 – Russian Writers Union accepts Boris Pasternak posthumous as member
2007 – A train derails on an evening express service near Grayrigg, Cumbria, England, killing one person and injuring 22. This results in hundreds of points being checked over the UK after a few similar accidents.
2008 – B-2 Spirit of the USAF crashes at Guam. Crew survives but aircraft written off, the most expensive air crash in human history (aircraft alone cost $1.2Bn). B-2 had a perfect safety record before the crash; not one B-2 ever crashed.
2019 – Clashes on Venezuelan border kills two as its country’s officials try to stop aid getting in

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Famous Birthdays

1723 – Richard Price, Welsh philosopher (d. 1791)
1824 – Herman N van der Tuuk, Dutch philologist (Tobasch’ Grammar)
1920 – John St Aubyn, 4th Baron St Levan, English peer (St Michael’s Mount), born in London (d. 2013)
1937 – David Ward, president (Law Society)
1940 – Jermyn P Brooks, CEO (Price Waterhouse Europe)
1980 – Rafael Payare, Venezuelan conductor (San Diego Symphony, 2019-present), born in Puerto la Cruz, Venezuela

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Famous Deaths

1821 – John Keats, English Romantic poet (Ode to a Grecian Urn), dies of tuberculosis at 25
1934 – Edward Elgar, English composer (Coronation Ode, Pomp and Circumstance), dies of colorectal cancer at 76
1969 – Madhubala [Mumtaz Jehan Begum Dehlavi], Indian actress regarded as “The Venus of Indian Cinema”, dies of a heart condition at 36
1994 – Stuart Berger, doctor (Immune Power Diet), dies from obesity at 40
1995 – James Herriot [Alfred Wight], Scottish author (All Creatures Great and Small), dies at 78
1996 – George Alan Dawson, jazz drummer/teacher, dies at 66

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