Today in History for 2nd January 2020

Historical Events

1918 – Montreal Arena in Westmount, Quebec, the home rink of 4-time NHL Stanley Cup winners the Montreal Wanderers burns down leading to the club disbanding
1943 – University of Kentucky Wildcats men’s basketball team begins 129 home game winning streak that only ends in 1955; incorporates NCAA titles in 1948, 1949 and 1951
1945 – Radio Orange ends cooperation at Liese-Aktion
1972 – AFC Championship, Miami Orange Bowl: Miami Dolphins beat Baltimore Colts, 21-0
2014 – 80th Sugar Bowl: #11 Oklahoma beats #3 Alabama, 45-31
2019 – Two women become the first to ever enter India’s Sabarimala shrine in Kerala State, after law change, prompting protests

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Famous Birthdays

1866 – Prof Gilbert Murray, Australian classical scholar (d. 1957)
1904 – James Melton, Moultrie Ga, opera tenor (Ford Festival)
1915 – John Hope Franklin, historian
1947 – Jack Hanna, American zoologist
1959 – Kirti Azad, Indian cricket all-rounder (7 Tests; 25 ODIs) and politician, born in Darbhanga, India
1981 – Maxi Rodríguez, soccer midfielder (57 caps; Atlético Madrid, Newell’s Old Boys), born in Rosario, Argentina

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Famous Deaths

1921 – Theobald von Bethmann-Hollweg, Chancellor of the German Empire (1909-17), dies at 64
1946 – Joe Darling, Australian cricket batsman and captain (34 Tests, 21 as captain), dies following a gall bladder operation at 75
1971 – Richard Maxwell (Dick) Haldane, South African trade unionist, dies at 62
1980 – Larry Williams, rocker, dies at 44
2006 – Osa Massen [Aase Madsen Iversen], Dutch actress (Jack London, Rocketship X-M), dies at 91
2007 – Elizabeth Fox-Genovese, American historian (b. 1941)

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