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On This Day (by Bruce)
Events and birthdays around the world on this day
In 1493 France cedes Roussillon and Cerdogne to Spain by treaty of Barcelona.
In 1544 Francis II, king of France (1559-60), born.
In 1629 Abbas I Shah of Persia (1588-1629), dies at 57.
In 1736 James Watt, Scotland, inventor (steam engine), born.
In 1806 Britain occupies the Cape of Good Hope.
In 1809 Edgar Allan Poe, Boston, author (Pit and the Pendulum), born.
In 1825 Ezra Daggett and nephew Thomas Kensett patent food storage in tin cans.
In 1839 Paul Cezanne, France, impressionist painter (Bathers), born.
In 1853 Verdi's opera Il Trovatore premiers, in Rome.
In 1899 Anglo-Egyptian country of Sudan forms.
In 1915 Electric neon sign patented.
In 1920 Javier Perez de Cuellar, Lima, Peru, 5th secretary-general of UN (1982-1996), born.
In 1935 Tippi Hedren Minnesota, actress (The Birds), born.
In 1937 Millionaire Howard Hughes sets transcontinental air record (7h28m25s).
In 1939 Ernest Hausen of Wisconsin sets chicken-plucking record-4.4 sec..
In 1942 Michael Crawford England, Broadway star (Phantom of the Opera), born.
In 1943 Janis Joplin, bluesy rock singer (Down on Me), born.
In 1946 Dolly Parton, country singer (Dolly, 9 to 5), born.
In 1954 Sydney Greenstreet actor (Maltese Falcon), dies at 74.
In 1966 Stefan Edberg, Sweden, tennis player (Wimbeldon 1988), born.
In 1971 Beatles' Helter Skelter is played at the Charles Manson trial.
In 1981 Muhammad Ali talks a despondent 21 year old out of committing suicide.
In 1981 US and Iran sign agreement to release 52 American hostages.
In 1990 Bhadwan Shree Rajneesh, indian guru, dies at 58.
Jan 13th, 2014