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Today in History for 7th January 2023

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Historical Events

1610 - Galileo Galilei discovers the first three moons of Jupiter: Io, Europa and Ganymede
1890 - African American inventor William Purvis receives a patent for the fountain pen
1933 - 1st edition of People and Fatherland published in Netherlands
1964 - Bahamas becomes self-governing
1985 - Revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical "The King and I", still starring Yul Brynner opens at Broadway Theater, NYC; runs for 191 performances
1994 - South Africa beat Australia in the Sydney Test by 5 runs

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Famous Birthdays

1903 - Vladimir Alexandrovich Vlasov, Russian composer and conductor, born in Moscow (d. 1986)
1911 - (Thelma) "Butterfly" McQueen, American actress (Gone With The Wind; Flame of Barbary Coast), born in Tampa, Florida (d. 1995)
1925 - Gerald Durrell, British naturalist, zoologist and writer (My Family and other Animals), born in Jamshedpur, British India (d. 1995)
1929 - Mario Bergamaschi, Italian soccer midfielder (5 caps; Calcio Como, A.C. Milan, U.C. Sampdoria), born in Crema, Italy (d. 2020)
1949 - Marshall Chapman, American country singer, born in Spartanburg, South Carolina
1962 - Aleksandr Dugin, Russian politician, born in Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic

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Famous Deaths

1721 - Rochus Aerts, Flemish sculptor, dies [or 1739]
1743 - Anne Sophie Reventlow, Queen of Denmark and Norway (1721-30), dies at 49
1767 - Thomas Clap, American academic, 1st president of Yale University, dies at 63
1922 - Antonio Scontrino, Italian composer, dies at 71
1935 - Alfred Ewing, Scottish Physicist (magnetic properties of metals, hysteresis), dies at 79
1943 - Nikola Tesla, Serbian-American physicist, electrical engineer and inventor who developed alternating current and the Tesla Coil, dies at 86

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