Today in History for 1st February 2024

Historical Events

1957 – 1st black pilot (PH Young) on a US scheduled passenger airline
1959 – Swiss men vote against voting rights for women
1965 – Martin Luther King Jr. and 700 demonstrators arrested in Selma, Alabama
1973 – Outfielder Monte Irvin is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Special Committee on the Negro Leagues; fourth inductee through the committee
1981 – French government accord sends 60 Mirage fighter jets to Iraq
2013 – John Kerry succeeds Hillary Clinton as US Secretary of State

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Famous Birthdays

1710 – Konrad Ernst Ackermann, German actor and theatre director (Die Oberpfalz), born in Schwerin, Germany (d. 1771)
1934 – Bob Shane, American folk vocalist (Kingston Trio – “Tom Dooley”), born in Hilo, Territory of Hawaii (d. 2020)
1967 – Patle Shishupal Natthu, Indian politician, born in Bhandara, India
1972 – Geoff Sanderson, Canadian ice hockey left wing (NHL All Star 1994, 97; World C’ships gold 1994, 97; Hartford Whalers, Columbus Blue jackets), born in Hay River, Canada
1989 – Hurricane Chris [Dooley], American rapper, born in Shreveport, Louisiana
1994 – Julia Garner, American Actress (Ozark), born in New York City

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Famous Deaths

1922 – Yamagata Aritomo, Japanese soldier and statesman (Prime Minister of Japan 1889–91,1898–1900), dies at 83
1957 – Friedrich Paulus, German field marshal who commanded the 6th Army at Stalingrad and highest-ranking German officer to surrender, dies at 66
1967 – Ernie Bromley, Australian cricket batsman (2 Tests; first Western Australian to play Test cricket for Australia), dies at 54
2000 – Dick Rathmann, American auto racer (first Indy pole-sitter to complete no laps), dies at 74
2007 – Ahmad Abu Laban, Danish Muslim leader, dies at 60
2017 – Étienne Tshisekedi, Congolese opposition leader, dies at 84

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