Today in History for 3rd January 2019

Historical Events

1338 – Jacob of Arteveld elected mayor of Ghent
1888 – 1st wax drinking straw patented, by Marvin C Stone in Washington, D.C.
1914 – Kelman/Cushing/Heath’ musical “Sari,” premieres in NYC
1961 – US breaks diplomatic relations with Cuba
1985 – Leontyne Price makes her final operatic appearance in a televised performance of “Aida” at the Metropolitan Opera, New York.
1993 – “Christmas Carol” closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 22 performances

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Famous Birthdays

1719 – Francisco José Freire, Portuguese historian (d. 1773)
1897 – Pola Negri, [Barbara A Chalupiec], Polish-American stage actress (Madame Dubarry), born in Lipno, Kingdom of Poland, Russian Empire (d. 1987)
1923 – Charles ‘Bud’ Tingwell, Australian actor, pilot and radio announcer, born in Coogee, New South Wales, Australia (d. 2009)
1944 – Blanche d’Alpuget, Australian novelist, biographer and second wife of Bob Hawke
1953 – Angelo Parisi, French heavyweight judo (Olympic gold 1980)
1965 – Mark Dewey, pitcher (SF Giants), born in Grand Rapids Michigan

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Famous Deaths

1670 – George Monck, English general, dies at 61
1923 – Jaroslav Hašek, Czech writer (Good Soldier Schweyk), dies at 39
1974 – Gino Cervi, Italian actor (Les Miserables, Naked Maja), dies at 72
1992 – Judith Anderson, actress (Star Trek 3), dies of pneumonia at 93
1994 – Roel Bazen, Dutch sound technician (Van Kooten and The Bie), dies at 48
2007 – Janos Furst, Hungarian orchestral conductor (b. 1935)

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