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Today in History

1579: Drake claims California for England

1775: Battle of Bunker Hill

1824: Bureau of Indian Affairs established

1864: 640m long ponton bridge over James River Virginia finished

1916: US troops under Gen Pershing march into Mexico

1928: Amelia Earhart leaves Nfld to become 1st woman (passenger) to fly Atlantic (as a passenger in a plane piloted by Wilmer Stultz)

1940: Marshal Henri Pétain announces France will surrender to Nazi Germany

1944: Iceland gains independence

1950: First kidney transplant

1954: Rocky Marciano beats Ezzard Charles in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

1957: Tuskegee boycott begins (Blacks boycotted city stores)

1970: Land patents Polaroid camera

1972: Watergate burglars arrested

1994: O.J. Simpson arrested after flight from justice

Notable Births

1702: John Wesley (religious leader)

1882: Igor Fedorovich Stravinsky (composer: The Firebird, Petrouchka, The Rite of Spring, The Wedding, The Soldier's Tale)

1902: Sammy Fain (Feinberg) (Oscar-winning musician, composer: Secret Love [1953], Love is a Many-Splendored Thing [1955]; April Love, A Certain Smile, A Very Precious Love, Tender is the Night, I'll Be Seeing You, I Can Dream Can't I, Let a Smile be Your Umbrella, mostly w/Irving Kahal)

1904: Ralph Bellamy (actor: The Awful Truth, Trading Places, War & Remembrance, The Winds of War, Oh, God!, Rosemary's Baby, Man Against Crime, The Eleventh Hour; panelist: To Tell the Truth)

1910: Red (Clyde) Foley (songwriter, singer: Chattanooga Shoe Shine Boy, Birmingham Bounce, Just a Closer Walk with Thee, Blues in My Heart, Tennessee Saturday Night, Tennessee Polka, Peace in the Valley, Mississippi, Tennessee Border, Goodnight Irene; TV host: Ozark Jubilee; elected to Country Music Hall of Fame [1967]; actor: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington)

1915: Stringbean (David Akeman) (country comedian: Grand Old Opry, Ozark Jubilee, Hee-Haw)

1917: John Hersey (author: A Bell for Adano, Hiroshima)

1917: Dean Martin (Dino Crocetti) (comedian: Martin and Lewis; singer: Memories are Made of This, Return to Me, Everybody Loves Somebody, The Door is Still Open to My Heart, Houston; actor: My Friend Irma, Hollywood or Bust, Airport, Bells are Ringing, The Caddy, Cannonball Run, Ocean's 11, Rio Bravo)

1923: Elroy Hirsch (Crazy Legs: Pro Football Hall of Famer: LA Rams pass receiver; University of Wisconsin, player, athletic director) Died January 28, 2004

1928: James Brown, Pulaski TN, soul singer (Hot Pants, Living in America)

1929: Bud Collins (sportscaster)

1943: Steve Clark (swimmer: Olympic Gold medalist [1964]; broke nine world swimming records from 1960-65 in short-course times)

1946: Barry Manilow (Barry Alan Pincus) (Grammy Award-winning singer: I Write the Songs [1975], Mandy, Looks Like We Made It, Can't Smile Without You, Copacabana)

1948: Dave Concepcion (baseball: Cincinnati Reds; World Series [1975])

1951: Dave Fortier (hockey)

1951: Joe Piscopo (comedian, actor: Saturday Night Live, Sidekicks, Wise Guys, Johnny Dangerously)

1966: Fred Barnett, NFL wide receiver (Phila Eagles)

Notable Deaths

0855: Leo IV, Italian Pope (847-55), dies

1961: Jeff Chandler, [Ira Grossel], actor (Away all boats), dies at 40

1989: John Matusek, NFLer (Oak Raider)/actor, dies of a heart attack at 38

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