Today in History for 9th January 2019

Historical Events

1493 – 1st sight of manatees by Christopher Columbus
1923 – Juan de la Cierva makes 1st autogiro flight, Spain
1973 – Luna 21 launched, to Moon
1976 – C. W. McCall CB song “Convoy” hits #1 on the country music charts
1976 – Ringo Starr releases “Oh My My” in UK
1984 – Rock band Van Halen release their most successful album “1984”

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Famous Birthdays

1554 – Gregory XV, [Alessandro Ludovisi], pope (1621-23)
1856 – Anton Askerc, Slavic priest/poet (Primoz Trubar)
1857 – Henry B Fuller, American writer (Under the Skylights)
1959 – Mark Martin, American stock car racing driver, born in Batesville, Arkansas
1965 – Joely Richardson, English actress (Body Contact, Wetherby), born in London, England
1969 – Johanna Ikonen, Finnish ice hockey defenseman (Finland, Olympics 1998), born in Eno, Finland

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Famous Deaths

1854 – Filippo Traetta, [Philip Trajetta], Italian composer, dies at 77
1968 – Louis-Francois-Marie Aubert, French composer (Habanera), dies at 90
1990 – Sir Edward McTiernan, Australian jurist, lawyer and politician (b. 1892)
1991 – Chris Baay, Dutch actor (Tomorrow It Will Be Better, Klatergoud, Surprise Raid), dies at 86
1993 – Alois Brunner, German/Syrian commandant of KZ-Lower Drancy, dies
2018 – Tommy Lawrence, Scottish football player and goalkeeper (Liverpool, Tranmere Rovers), dies at 77

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