Today in History for 11th February 2024

Historical Events

1814 – Norway’s independence proclaimed
1929 – Eugene O’Neill’s play “Dynamo” premieres in NYC
1989 – Barbara Clementine Harris consecrated 1st female bishop (Episcopalian)
1994 – Space shuttle STS-60 (Discovery 18), lands
1995 – Space shuttle STS-63 (Discovery 19), lands
2020 – “The Hot Wing King” a play by Katori Hall premieres off-Broadway at Signature Theatre in New York (Pulitzer Prize 2021 for Drama)

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Famous Birthdays

1889 – Vladimir Mikhaylovich Deshevov, Russian-Soviet composer (Ice and Steel), born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 1955)
1904 – Keith Holyoake, 26th Prime Minister of New Zealand (National: 1960-72), born in Pahiatua, New Zealand (d. 1983)
1923 – Sy Kattelson, American photographer, born in the Bronx, New York (d. 2018)
1929 – Leonard Kastle, opera composer, librettist, director (The Passion of Mother Ann), and film maker (The Honeymoon Killers), born in New York City (d. 2011)
1930 – Alevtina Koltschina, USSR, cross coutry relay skier (Olympic gold 1960)
1977 – Mike Shinoda, American musician (Linkin Park, Fort Minor), born in Agoura Hills, California

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Famous Deaths

1755 – Francesco Scipione, marchese di Maffei, Italian archaeologist (b. 1675)
1939 – Franz Schmidt, Austro-Hungarian cellist, pianist, and composer, dies at 64
1944 – Ivan Sollertinski, friend of Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich, dies
1997 – Don Porter, American actor (Gidget), dies at 84
1999 – Jaki Byard, American jazz pianist (Charlie Mingus), saxophonist, drummer, composer, arranger, and educator, dies from an unsolved gunshot at 76
2021 – Phil Horrocks-Taylor, English rugby union fly half (9 caps England, 1 British and Irish Lions; Leicester Tigers), dies at 86

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