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Today in History for 5th January 2023

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Historical Events

1925 - James Gleason and Richard Tabers "Is zat so?" premieres in NYC
1942 - 55 German tanks reach North-Africa
1969 - Creedence Clearwater Revival release their second album "Bayou Country", featuring singles "Good Golly, Miss Molly" and "Proud Mary"
1972 - US President Nixon signs a bill for NASA to begin research on a manned space shuttle
1976 - In retaliation for the Reavey and O'Dowd killings, the South Armagh Republican Action Force shoot dead 10 Protestant civilians after stopping their minibus in County Armagh
1995 - Bill Fitch becomes the 5th coach in NBA history to register 850 career victories with the LA Clippers' 95-93 home win over Philadelphia 76'ers at the LA Memorial Sports Arena

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Famous Birthdays

1888 - George "Rube" Foster, American baseball pitcher (World Series 1915, 16; no-hitter 1916; Boston Red Sox), born in Lehigh, Oklahoma (d. 1976)
1932 - Umberto Eco, Italian philosopher and author (Name of the Rose), born in Alessandria, Piedmont (d. 2016)
1938 - Leo Avery, Abbot of Quarr Abbey, born in Wakefield, United Kingdom (d. 1996)
1969 - Marilyn Manson [Brian Warner], American shock-rock singer-songwriter (Marilyn Manson - "The Dope Show"; "Tainted Love"), artist and actor, born in Canton, Ohio
1973 - Phil Joel, Australian bassist (Newsboys), born in Auckland, New Zealand
1987 - Kristin Cavallari, American actress, born in Denver, Colorado

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Famous Deaths

1740 - Antonio Lotti, Italian opera composer, dies at about 72
1858 - Joseph Radetzky von Radetz, Czech field marshal, dies at 91
1904 - Karl Alfred Ritter von Zittel, German geologist and paleontologist (Libya), dies at 64
1986 - Ilmari Salminen, Finnish athlete (Olympic gold 10,000m 1936), dies at 83
2003 - Massimo Girotti, Italian actor (Last Tango in Paris, In the Name of the Law), dies of a heart attack at 84
2006 - Lord Merlyn-Rees, British politician (b. 1920)

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