Today in History for 2nd February 2019

Historical Events

1349 – By this date at least 200 people a day were being buried in London as a result of the Black Death
1802 – 1st leopard exhibited in US, Boston (admission 25 cents)
1829 – Madman Jonathan Martin sets York Cathedral on fire, does £60,000 damage
1927 – Harry Tierney/Joseph McCarthy’s “Rio Rita” premieres in NYC
1952 – Hubert de Givenchy presents his first collection in Paris with Bettina Graziani opening the show
1955 – 1st presidential news conference on network TV-Eisenhower on ABC

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Famous Birthdays

1925 – Michel Philippot, French composer and musicologist, born in Verzy, France (d. 1996)
1929 – Reiner Bredemeyer, composer
1932 – Robert Mandan, American actor best known for his role as Chester Tate in US sitcom “Soap”, born in Clever, Missouri (d. 2018)
1942 – Barry Diller, founder (Fox-TV)
1954 – Ina Garten, American author and TV cooking show host (Barefoot Contessa, Food Network), born in Brooklyn, New York
1966 – Andrei Chesnokov, Russian tennis star

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Famous Deaths

1512 – Hatüey, Taíno chief known as Cuba’s First National Hero, is burned alive by Spanish colonialists
1660 – Gaston, Duke of Orleans, brother of French King Louis XIII, dies at 51
1867 – Forceythe Willson, American poet (The Old Sergeant), dies at 29
1941 – Johannes Schlaf, German writer and translator, dies at 78
1952 – Johann Babtist Thaller, German composer, dies at 79
1969 – Giovanni Martinelli, opera singer (NY Met), dies at 83

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