Today in History for 8th January 2020

Historical Events

1610 – Simon Marius. a German astronomer, independently discovers the first three moons of Jupiter one day after Galileo
1968 – Jacques Cousteau’s 1st undersea special on US network TV
1972 – Dmitri Shostakovich’ 15th Symphony premieres in Moscow
1984 – NCAA announces that basketball tournament will have 64 teams
1989 – Boeing 737-400 crashes at Kegworth, England, 46 die
2018 – US record year for cost of natural disasters announced – $306 billion in 2017

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Famous Birthdays

1556 – Uesugi Kagekatsu, Japanese samurai and warlord (d. 1623)
1836 – Lawrence Alma Tadema, Dutch/British painter/husband of Laura Epps
1883 – Pavel Filonov, Russian painter (d. 1941)
1906 – Jan A H J S Bruins Slot, Dutch founder illegal Trouw/MP (ARP)
1965 – Eric Wohlberg, Canadian cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Greater Sudbury, Canada
1980 – Rachel Nichols, American actress, born in Phoenix, Arizona

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Famous Deaths

1713 – Arcangelo Corelli, Italian composer and violinist (Concerti Grossi), dies at 59
1811 – Samuel Story, Dutch rear admiral (Battle of Kamperduin), dies at 58
1858 – Friedrich Karl Kuhmstedt, composer, dies at 48
1975 – John Gregson, British actor (Gideon CID, The Longest Day, Shirley’s World), dies from a heart attack at 55
1981 – Woody Chamblis, actor (Mr Lathrop-Gunsmoke), dies at 66
2017 – Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, 4th President of Iran (1989-97) and de facto commander-in-chief of the Iranian military during the Iran-Iraq War, dies of a heart attack at 82

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