Today in History for 4th January 2020

Historical Events

274 – St Eutychian begins his reign as Catholic Pope
1884 – The Fabian Society is founded in London.
1903 – Topsy the elephant is electrocuted by her owners at Luna Park, Coney Island and filmed by Edison Manufacturing movie company
1907 – George Bernard Shaw’s “Don Juan in Hell” premieres in London
1976 – “Candide” closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 740 performances
1976 – AFC Championship, Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Oakland Raiders, 16-10

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Famous Birthdays

1805 – Stephan Hale Alonzo Marsh, composer
1869 – Tommy Corcoran, American baseball shortstop (MLB shortstop game assist record 14), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1960)
1893 – Manuel Palau Boix, composer
1930 – Don Shula, American NFL coach (Miami Dolphins), born in Grand River Ohio
1942 – Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, Prime Minister of Kuwait (2011-present), born in Kuwait City, Kuwait
1979 – Jeph Howard, American musician (The Used), born in Orem, Utah

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Famous Deaths

1891 – Antoine Labelle, Quebec catholic priest (b. 1833)
1908 – Antony Winkler Prins, writer (Groiller Encyclopaedia), dies at 70
1955 – G. G. van der Hoeven, Dutch editor-in-chief (NRC newspaper), dies at 82
1991 – Leo Wright, American saxophonist (I Left My Heart in San Francisco), dies at 57
1995 – Eduardo Mata, Mexican conductor (Improvisaciones), dies in air crash at 52
2004 – Jeff Nuttall, English writer (b. 1933)

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