Today in History for 18th January 2024

Historical Events

1908 – Frederick Delius’ “Brigg Fair” premieres in London
1915 – Train crashes at Colima-Guadalajara Mexico, about 600 die
1992 – Comedian Pat McCormick injured in a car accident
1992 – 43rd NHL All-Star Game, Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA: Campbell beats Wales, 10-6; MVP: Brett Hull, St. Louis, RW
2001 – New York’s Mike Richter picks up his 267th career NHL win to become the winningest goaltender in team history; passes Ed Giacomin; Rangers beat the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs, 2-1 in overtime
2004 – NFC Championship, Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia: Carolina Panthers beat Philadelphia Eagles, 14-3

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Famous Birthdays

1903 – Berthold Goldschmidt, German-British opera composer (Beatrice Cenci), born in Hamburg, German Empire (d. 1996)
1919 – Juan Antonio Orrego-Salas, Chilean composer, born in Santiago, Chile (d. 2019)
1962 – Dito, Portuguese soccer defender (17 caps; Braga, Benfica, Vitória Setúbal) and manager (Portimonense, Moreirense), born in Barcelos, Portugal (d. 2020)
1964 – Jane Horrocks, British actress (Little Voice, Corpse Bride, Absolutely Fabulous), born in Rossendale Valley, Lancashire, England
1979 – Leo Varadkar, Irish politician (Prime Minister, 2017-), born in Dublin, Ireland
1986 – Eugene Lee Yang, American filmmaker and internet personality (Buzzfeed, The Try Guys), born in Waco, Texas

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Famous Deaths

1677 – Jan van Riebeeck, Dutch founder of Cape Colony (Cape Town), dies at 57
1859 – Alfred Vail, American inventor and early telegraph pioneer, dies at 51
1954 – Sydney Greenstreet, British actor (Casablanca, Maltese Falcon), dies at 74
1978 – Walter H. Thompson, English Scotland Yard detective, bodyguard of Winston Churchill, dies of cancer at 77
1996 – Leonor Fini, Argentine artist, dies at 87
2021 – Perry Botkin Jr, American arranger, composer (“Nadia’s Theme”), and producer (Incredible Bongo Band), dies at 87

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