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 This day in History - January 1
692 Historic Events for January 1
1940

Richard Henry Orton, composer

Birth
1941

Netherlands begins taxing wages

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1941

Russian general Zhukov appointed chief of general staff

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1942

Jaroslav Jezek, composer, dies at 35

Death
1942

Martin Frost, (Rep-D-TX, 1971- )

Birth
1942

George Couroupos, composer

Birth
1942

Gennadi Vassilyevich Sarafanov, USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz 15)

Birth
1942

US and 25 other countries sign a united declaration against the Axis

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1942

Don Novello, [Father Guido Sarducci], Ashtabula Oh, comedian (SNL)

Birth
1942

Rose Bowl played in NC due to Japanese threat-Oregon 20, Duke 16

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1942

Country Joe McDonald, Calif, rock guitarist/vocalist (and the Fish)

Birth
1943

Jerilyn Britz, Minneapolis MN, LPGA golfer (1979 US Women's Open)

Birth
1943

Count Claus von Stauffenberg promoted to lt-colonel

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1943

Negro League star Josh Gibson suffers a nervous breakdown

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1944

Gen Clark replaces Gen Patton as commander of 7th Army

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1944

C T B Turner, cricket (17 Tests 1886-95, 101 wkt All time great), dies

Death
1944

Army defeats Navy 10-7 in football "Arab Bowl," Oran, North Africa

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1944

1st feature-length foreign movie, African Journey, shown on TV, NYC

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1944

Charlie Davis, cricketer (WI batsman in 15 Tests 1968-73)

Birth
1945

Vit Nejedly, composer, dies at 33

Death
1945

Jacques Ickx, Belgium, Le Mans auto race (6-time winner)

Birth
1945

France joins the UN

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1945

German air raid on allied airports at Eindhoven/Saint-Trond/Brussels

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1946

National Assembly proclaims Hungary a republic

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1946

Emperor Hirohito of Japan announces he is not a god

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