Today in History for 5th February 2019

Historical Events

1782 – British garrison in Menorca surrenders to French and Spanish fleet as part of the American Revolutionary War
1932 – American speed skater Jack Shea wins the 1,500m at the Lake Placid Winter Olympics; clinches sprint double after also taking out the 500m
1966 – BBC opens a relay radio station on Ascension Island
1989 – Kareem Abdul-Jabar becomes 1st NBA player to score 38,000 points
1997 – Brook Lee from Hawaii, crowned 46th Miss USA (en route to Miss Universe)
2008 – A major tornado outbreak across the Southern United States leaves at least 58 dead, the most since the May 31, 1985 outbreak that killed 88.

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Famous Birthdays

1856 – Otto Brahm, German critic/founder (Neue Deutsche Rundschau)
1948 – Sven-Göran Eriksson, Swedish football manager and player, born in Sunne, Sweden
1950 – Ann Sexton, American vocalist (You’re Gone too Long), born in Greenville, South Carolina
1976 – Brian Moorman, American football player, born in Wichita, Kansas
1980 – Brad Fitzpatrick, American programmer, born in Iowa, United States
1987 – Darren Criss, American actor and singer-songwriter (Glee, The Assassination of Gianni Versace), born in San Francisco, California

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Famous Deaths

1937 – Lou [Andreas-]Salome, Russian/German author (Eroticism), dies at 75
1981 – Ella Grasso, Governor of Connecticut (b. 1919)
1983 – Derk Roemers, Dutch union leader/politician (soc dem), dies at 67
1998 – Timothy “Tim” Kelly, American guitarist (Slaughter), dies in a car accident at 35
1999 – Neville Bonner, the first Indigenous Australian to become a member of the Parliament of Australia, dies at 76
2004 – John Hench, American animator (b. 1908)

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