Today in History for 5th January 2020

Historical Events

1349 – Margaretha of Bavaria names her son Willem V Earl of Holland and Zealand
1896 – Isaac Albéniz’ opera “Pepita Jiminez” premieres in Barcelona
1949 – US President Harry Truman labels his administration the “Fair Deal”
1968 – Alexander Dubček succeeds Antonín Novotný as communist party leader of Czechoslovakia
1969 – Bollingen prize for poetry presented to John Berryman and Karl Shapiro
1994 – Aleksandr Popov swims world record 100m free style (47.82)

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Famous Birthdays

1885 – Humbert Wolfe, Italian-born British poet, born in Milan, Italy (d. 1940)
1910 – Ed Widseth, American College Football Hall of Fame tackle (University of Minnesota; Pro Bowl 1938; NY Giants), born in Gonvick, Minnesota (d. 1998)
1910 – Jack Lovelock, New Zealand athlete (Olympic gold 1,500m 1936), born in Crushington, New Zealand (d. 1949)
1928 – Imtiaz Ahmed, Pakistani cricketer (Pakistan wicket-keeper in 41 Tests 1952-62), born in Lahore, Pakistan (d. 2016)
1947 – Mercury Morris, American football player, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1950 – Ioan Petru Culianu, Romanian historian, born in Iași, Romania (d. 1991)

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Famous Deaths

1960 – Pavel P Parenago, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 53
1979 – Charles Mingus, American jazz bassist (Pithecanthropus Erectus), dies at 56
1990 – Bart LaRue, entertainer, dies
1991 – Vasko Popa, Yugoslavia-Serbian poet (Heaven is a Side Issue), dies at 68
1995 – Somerset de Chair, British writer, politician and poet, dies at 83
2007 – Chih Ree Sun, Chinese-American physicist and poet (b. 1923)

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