Today in History for 12th February 2019

Historical Events

1130 – Pope Innocent II elected
1908 – Anna Jeanes bequeaths $1,000,000 to Swarthmore to become all female
1909 – Symphony in B minor “Polonia”, by polish composer Ignacy Jan Paderewski has its public premiere with the Boston Symphony Orchestra
1912 – The last Qing Emperor of China, Puyi abdicates after losing the support of the Chinese people and thus the mandate of heaven
1958 – Gen Miguel Ydegoras Fuentes elected President of Guatemala
2016 – Student leader Kanhaiya Kumar is arrested on “anti-nationalism” charges by Indian police at an anniversary event of the death of Afzal Guru, at Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University

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Famous Birthdays

1804 – Heinrich Lenz, German physicist (d. 1865)
1870 – Marie Lloyd, English music-hall performer (d. 1922)
1893 – Omar Bradley, General of Army WW II (GI General)
1946 – Ajda Pekkan, Turkish singer and actress, born in Istanbul, Turkey
1946 – Ever Meulen [Eddy Vermeulen], Dutch illustrator and cartoonist (children stamps 1992), born in Kuurne, Belgium
1956 – Brian Robertson, Scottish rock guitarist (Thin Lizzy), born in Clarkston, Scotland

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Famous Deaths

1916 – Richard Dedekind, German mathematician (Nature and Meaning of Numbers), dies at 84
1920 – Jean Allemane, French socialist/communard (allemanisten), dies at 77
1929 – Freiherr Albert von Schrenk-Notzing, German para-psychologist, dies at 66
1982 – Kees Rijnsdorp, Dutch writer (Culprit), dies at 87
1994 – Donald Judd, US furniture maker/architect/artist, dies at 65
2012 – David Kelly, Irish actor (Grandpa Joe-Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Fawlty Towers), dies of pneumonia and lung cancer at 82

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