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1864: Stephen Foster, US composer of minstrel songs and ballads (The Old Folks At Home, Beautiful Dreamer, etc) died after hitting his head on a chamber pot.

TODAY FEAST DAYOFST KENTIGERN, ST MUNGO 1884: Sophie Tucker, singer and vaudeville star known in America as "the last of the Red Hot Mamas", was born in Russia. 1893: The Independent British Labour Party was formed by Keir Hardie. 1921: The first British patent for windscreen wipers was registered by Mills Munitions of Birmingham. 1942: The pilot of an experimental jet fighter became the first to leave his plane via an emergency ejector seat. 1962: An outbreak of smallpox spread throughout Britain. 1964: A reluctant Capitol Records released the first Beatles record in the US "to see how it goes". I Wanna Hold Your Hand became their fastest selling single: one million copies were sold in the first three weeks. 1990: An army undercover unit shot dead three men robbing a betting shop in west Belfast, causing uproar among republicans. Two of the raiders were hooded and carried replica guns.

12 MONTHS AGO TODAY... Pope Benedict XVI met and forgave the woman who knocked him down at Christmas Eve Mass in 2009.
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Date:Jan 13, 2011
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