Today in History for 26th January 2024

Historical Events

1870 – US Congress authorises Virginia to rejoin the union
1918 – US Food Administrator Herbert Hoover calls for “wheatless” and “meatless” days to help war effort
1939 – Filming begins on film adaptation of “Gone With The Wind”
1951 – Mel Ott and Jimmie Foxx are elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame
1969 – 1st Australian Open Women’s Tennis: Margaret Court wins inaugural Open event; beats American Billie Jean King 6-4, 6-1
2013 – The United States Sentencing Commission is hacked by Anonymous in response to the suicide of Aaron Swartz

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Famous Birthdays

1786 – Benjamin Haydon, British painter (Waiting for The Times), born in Plymouth, England (d. 1846)
1913 – William Prince, American actor (Spies Like Us, The Stepford Wives, City in Fear), born in Nichols, New York, (d. 1996)
1932 – George H Clements, first Roman Catholic Priest to adopt a child.
1943 – Thom Bell, American session musician, arranger and Grammy Award-winning “Philadelphia soul” producer (Delfonics; Stylistics; The Spinners), born in Kingston, Jamaican (d. 2022)
1977 – Vince Carter, American basketball forward (8 x NBA All Star; NBA Rookie of the Year 1999, Toronto Raptors; Olympic gold 2000), born in Daytona Beach, Florida
1981 – Reminisce [Remilekun Khalid Safaru], Nigerian singer-songwriter and rapper (Vibes and Insha Allah), born in Kaduna, Nigeria

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Famous Deaths

1895 – Arthur Cayley, British mathematician (Cayley–Hamilton theorem), dies at 73
1974 – Siegfried von Vegesack, German writer, dies at 85
2006 – Carol Lambrino, son of Carol II of Romania and Zizi Lambrino (b. 1920)
2012 – Dimitra Arliss [Arlys], American actress (Rich Man Poor Man II, The Sting), dies at 79
2013 – Edwin London, American horn player, conductor (Cleveland Chamber Orchestra; Ineluctable Modality Choir), and composer (Dream Thing on Biblical Episodes), dies at 83
2022 – Janet Mead, Australian Catholic nun and pop-rock singer (The Lord’s Prayer), dies of cancer at 84

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