Today in History for 6th January 2019

Historical Events

1853 – Franklin Pierce, the President-elect of the United States at the time, and his family are involved in a train wreck in Massachusetts
1893 – Great Northern Railway connects Seattle with east coast
1925 – Mussolini forms a cabinet composed entirely of Fascists in Italy
1947 – Pan American Airlines offers a round-the-world-ticket, the first commercial airline to do so
1965 – Geoff Boycott takes 3-47 against South Africa, his best Test bowling
1972 – US female Figure Skating championship won by Janet Lynn

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Famous Birthdays

1903 – Boris Blacher, German composer (Orchester-Ornament), born in Yingkou, China (d. 1975)
1903 – Stanley Smith, American actor (Honey, King of Jazz, Soup to Nuts), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1974)
1934 – Harry M. Miller, Australian entrepreneur, born in Auckland, New Zealand (d. 2018)
1963 – Paul Brindley, English pop bassist (Sundays, Can’t Be Sure)
1965 – Tim McDonald, NFL player (SF 49ers), born in Fresno, California
1969 – Nick A’Hern, Australian 20k walker (Olympics 22-92, 96), born in Swansea, United Kingdom

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Famous Deaths

1922 – Jakob Rosanes, German mathematician (algebraic geometry and invariant theory), dies at 79
1928 – Alvin Kraenzlein, American track and field athlete (4 Olympic gold 1900), dies at 51
1960 – Erik Lindahl, Swedish economist (Scope and Means), dies at 68
1960 – Edith Barstow, American choreographer (Frankie Laine Time, The Gem of the Ocean), dies at 54
1967 – Arnhem “Tata” Joseph Weiss, “the Zigeunerbaron,” buried
1981 – A. J. Cronin, Scottish writer (Citadel, Shining Victory), dies at 84

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