Today in History for 28th January 2024

Historical Events

1932 – Japanese forces attack Shanghai.
1943 – Chic Blackhawks beats NY Rangers 10-1, Max Bentley scores 4 goals
1951 – “La Vie Commence Demain” the 1st X-rated movie, depicting artificial insemination, opens in London
1979 – Pope John Paul II addresses the Third General Conference of Latin American Episcopate in Puebla, Mexico
2006 – Australian Open Women’s Tennis: Amélie Mauresmo of France wins her first Grand Slam title; beats Justine Henin 6-1, 2-0; Henin retires from stomach cramps
2017 – US President Donald Trump and Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull have a contentious phone call over deal for US to take 1,250 refugees

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Famous Birthdays

1600 – Clement IX [Giulio Rospigliosi], Italian Pope (238th: 1667-69), born in Pistoia, Italy (d. 1669)
1825 – George Edward Pickett, Major General (Confederate Army), (d. 1875)
1884 – Lucien d’Azambuja, French astronomer (studied the solar chromosphere), born in Paris, France (d. 1970)
1886 – Marthe Bibesco, Romanian writer (d. 1973)
1905 – Luther Simjian, Armenian-American Inventor (teleprompter and first self-posing portrait camera), born in Aintab, Ottoman Empire (d. 1997)
1951 – William “Billy Bass” Nelson Jr, American funk-rock-soul bassist (Funkadelic), born in Plainfield, New Jersey

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Famous Deaths

1895 – François Certain Canrobert, French marshal and parliament member, dies at 85
1898 – Alexandru Flechtenmacher, Romanian composer, violinist and teacher, dies at 74
1965 – Tich Freeman, English cricket leg-spin bowler (12 Tests, 66 wickets; Kent CCC), dies at 76
1986 – Ellison Onizuka, American Air Force Major and astronaut (STS 51C, 51L), dies in the Challenger space shuttle disaster at 39
2004 – Elroy “Crazylegs” Hirsch, American NFL halfback and end (LA Rams), dies at 80
2021 – Cicely Tyson, American stage and screen actress (Roots; The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman), dies at 96

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