Today in History for 27th January 2024

Historical Events

1880 – Thomas Edison patents electric incandescent lamp
1924 – The Natal Indian Congress and the Natal Indian Association jointly organise a mass meeting in Durban, South Africa in opposition to the Class Areas Bill
1936 – Australian Championships Women’s Tennis, Adelaide: Joan Hartigan Bathurst wins her 3rd Australian singles title; beats Nancye Wynne Bolton 6-4, 6-4
1956 – NFL’s New York Giants move their home from the Polo Grounds in Upper Manhattan to Yankee Stadium in The Bronx
1973 – UCLA’s basketball team wins 61st consecutive game (NCAA record)
1980 – Robert Mugabe returns to Rhodesia after 5 years in exile

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Famous Birthdays

1858 – Neel Doff, Dutch born Belgian writer (Days of Hunger and Distress)and artist’s model, born in Buggenum, Netherlands (d. 1842)
1901 – Art Rooney, NFL Pittsburgh Steelers [Pirates] team founder,owner, and chairman, 1933-88, born in Coulterville, Pennsylvania (d. 1988)
1908 – William Randolph Hearst, Jr., American newspaper magnate (Hearst Newspapers) and 1955 Pulitzer Prize winner, (d. 1993)
1934 – Federico Mayor Zaragoza, UNESCO director (1987- ), born in Barcelona, Spain
1969 – Michael Kulas, Canadian singer-songwriter (James, 1997-2001), and record producer, born in Oakville, Ontario
1972 – Guillermo, Mexican-born American TV personality

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Famous Deaths

1688 – Empress Dowager Xiaozhuang, Empress of Manchu (1643-62), dies at 74
1773 – Philippe Buache, French geographer and cartographer (pioneered use of contour lines), dies at 72
1921 – Maurice Buckley, Australian soldier and winner of the Victoria Cross, dies at 29
1992 – Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies, British actress (Eliza Dolittle), dies at 101
1996 – Tommy Mitchell, English cricket spin bowler (5 Tests, 8 wickets; Derbyshire CCC), dies at 93
2022 – Diego Verdaguer [Miguel Boccadoro], Argentine-Mexican singer-songwriter, bandone√≥n player, and trumpeter (“Volver√©”; “Voy a Conquistarte”), dies of COVID-19 complications at 70

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