Today in History for 21st January 2024

Historical Events

1749 – Verona Philharmonic Theatre destroyed by fire. Rebuilt 1754.
1900 – The second contingent of Canadian troops sails from Halifax to fight in South Africa against the Boers
1948 – Three of the greats of cricket make their debut in a drawn 1st Test match at Bridgetown, Barbados; Sir Clyde Walcott and Sir Everton Weekes for the West Indies, and Jim Laker for England
1972 – Mizoram, formerly part of Assam, creates an Indian union territory
1978 – Bee Gees’ album “Saturday Night Fever” goes #1 for 24 weeks
1990 – 41st NHL All-Star Game, Civic Arena, Pittsburgh, PA: Wales beats Campbell, 12-7; MVP: Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins, C

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Famous Birthdays

1878 – Egon Friedell, Austrian journalist, actor and writer (Kleine Portratgalerie, Der Partylowe), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1938)
1888 – Herbie Collins, Australian cricket all-rounder and captain (19 Tests, 1,352 runs @ 45.06, 4 x 100s), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1959)
1937 – George Flynn, American pianist, composer (Trinity), and teacher (Columbia; DePaul), born in Miles City, Montana
1971 – Tommy Puett, actor (Tyler-Life Goes On, America’s Top 10), born in Gary, Indiana
1980 – Aubrie Rippner, tennis star (1995 USTA National Girls 18), born in Los Angeles, California
1988 – Felipe Neto, Brazilian vlogger (YouTube), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Famous Deaths

1118 – Pope Paschal II, born Raniero (1099-1118), dies
1519 – Vasco Núñez de Balboa, Spanish explorer executed on charges of treason at about 42 [birthdate undocumented, born c. 1475; exact death date uncertain, may have been as early as 15 January)
1815 – Matthias Claudius, German poet (Death and the Maiden), and journalist (Der Wandsbecker Bote), dies at 74
1881 – Wilhelm Matthias Naeff, Swiss Federal Councilor (b. 1802)
1942 – Henryk Opieński, Polish violinist, conductor, choral director, composer (Zygmunt August and Barbara), and musicologist (Moniuszko), dies at 72
2005 – John L. Hess, American journalist (b. 1917)

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