Today in History for 31st January 2019

Historical Events

1893 – “Westminster Gazette” begins publishing
1934 – FDR devalues US dollar in relation to gold at $35 per ounce
1961 – NATO secretary-general Paul-Henri Spaak says he’ll resign
1972 – Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev becomes 11th King of Nepal
1978 – “Elvis: The Legend Lives!” opens at Palace Theater NYC for 101 performances
2000 – Alaska Airlines flight 261 MD-83, experiencing horizontal stabilizer problems, crashes in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Point Mugu, California, killing all 88 persons aboard.

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Famous Birthdays

1901 – Blaž Arnič, Slovenian composer, born near Mount Raduha, Austria-Hungary (d. 1970)
1915 – Garry Moore, [Thomas Garrison Morfit], Balt, host (I’ve Got a Secret)
1915 – Bobby Hackett, American jazz cornetist and orchestra leader (Air time ’57), born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 1976)
1964 – Jeff Hanneman, American musician (Slayer), born in Oakland, California (d. 2013)
1968 – Michael Sinclair, American football defensive end (Seattle Seahawks), born in Galveston, Texas
1974 – Bob Mulder, Dutch football player (Appingedam, FC Groningen), born in Delfzijl, Netherlands

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Famous Deaths

1398 – Emperor Sukō (b. 1334)
1942 – Henry Larkin, American baseball player (b. 1860)
1967 – Eddie Tolan, American sprinter the “Midnight Express” (1932 Olympics), dies at 58
1970 – Slim Harpo [James Moore], American blues musician (I’m a King Bee, Baby Scratch My Back), dies of a heart attack at 46
1974 – Paul Haesaerts, Flemish architect/painter (Flandre), dies at 72
2007 – Lee Bergere, American actor (Star Trek, Soap, Dynasty), dies at 82

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