Today in History for 24th January 2024

Historical Events

1857 – University of Calcutta founded as the first full-fledged university in South Asia
1961 – Lazard Brothers Ltd draw a check for $334,867,807.68
1986 – NHL New York Islanders Mike Bossy scores his 1,000th point
1988 – 4th Sundance Film Festival: “Heat and Sunlight” wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic
1988 – Australian Open Men’s Tennis: Mats Wilander wins 3rd Australian title; beats home town favourite Pat Cash 6-3, 6-7, 3-6, 6-1, 8-6
2013 – A Japanese Coast guard ship engages a Taiwanese activist ship in the Senkaku Islands dispute

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Famous Birthdays

1712 – Georg Friedrich Schmidt, German engraver and etcher (court artist for King Frederick of Prussia and Empress Elizabeth of Russia), born in Wandlitz (d. 1775)
1798 – Karl von Holtei, Silesian actor, playwright and author (Die Vagabunden), born in Poland (d. 1880)
1828 – Adam Jacoby Slemmer, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania (d. 1868)
1886 – Henry King, Christiansburg Virginia, American film director (d. 1982)
1972 – Naoshi Mizuta, Japanese composer, born in Kōchi
1977 – Lenka Cenkova, Czech tennis player (1995 Futures-Vaihingen-GER), born in Trinec, Czechia

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Famous Deaths

817 – Stefanus IV, Pope (816-17), dies
1812 – Eligio Celestino, Italian violinist and composer, dies at 72
1948 – Arthur Liebehenschel, Polish Commandant at the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp, executed for war crimes at 48
1995 – David Cole, American songwriter ( C+C Music Factory – “Gonna Make You Sweat”), and record producer (Mariah Carey, Aretha Franklin, James Brown), dies at 32
2003 – (Giovanni) “Gianni”Agnelli, Italian industrialist, executive (President of Fiat Automobiles, 1966-96), and Italian Senator-for-life (1991-), dies of prostate cancer at 81
2012 – James Farentino, American actor (The Final Countdown; Dynasty; Mary), dies of heart failure at 73

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