Today in History for 23rd January 2022

Historical Events

393 – Roman Emperor Theodosius I proclaims his nine year old son Honorius co-emperor
1912 – The International Opium Convention is signed at The Hague
1973 – Helgafell, island of Heimaey Iceland erupts for 1st time in 7,000 yrs
1979 – NY/SF Giants / New York Mets center fielder Willie Mays elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
2003 – Final communication between Earth and NASA space probe Pioneer 10
2011 – NFC Championship, Soldier Field, Chicago: Green Bay Packers beat Chicago Bears, 21-14

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Famous Birthdays

1841 – Benoît-Constant Coquelin, French actor, born in Boulogne-sur-Mer, France (d. 1909)
1878 – Rutland Boughton, British composer (The Immortal Hour), born in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire (d. 1960)
1898 – Randolph Scott, American actor (Ride the High Country, Last of the Mohicans, Western Union), born in Orange County, Virginia (d. 1987)
1970 – Richard Šmehlik, Czech NHL defenseman (Buf Sabres, Olympic gold 1998), born in Ostrava, Czech Republic
1984 – Arjen Robben, Dutch football player, born in Bedum, Netherlands
1985 – Doutzen Kroes, Dutch supermodel, born in Eastermar, Netherlands

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Famous Deaths

1898 – W. A. Remy [Wilhelm Mayer], Austro-Bohemian composer, dies at 66
1978 – Jack Oakie, American actor (The Great Dictator, 1974 Photoplay Award), dies at 74
1995 – Ken Hill, English playwright and director, dies at 57
2012 – Anthony Capo, DeCavalcante crime family hitman and informant, dies from heart attack at 52/53
2015 – Ernie Banks, American baseball shortstop, 1st baseman and hall of famer known as “Mr Cub” as he played all 19 of his seasons with the Chicago Cubs, dies of a heart attack at 83
2021 – Hal Holbrook, American stage and screen Tony and Emmy award-winning actor (All the President’s Men; “Mark Twain Tonight!”), dies at 95

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