1594 - Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, regarded greatest composer of the Catholic Church
1752 - Philip Freneau, known as 'the poet of the American Revolution.'
1785 - Isabella Colbran, Spanish Soprano and wife of composer G. Rossini
1875 - Fritz Kreisler, Composer
1882 - James Joyce, Author and Poet
1905 - Ayn Rand, Author and Essayist
1947 - Farrah Fawcett, Actress
1954 - Christie Brinkley, Model
Actor/Comedian Brent Spiner
Below are Kreisler's two popular short pieces: "Liebesleid" (love's sorrow) and "Liebesfreud" (love's joy).
1933 - Just two days after becoming Chancellor of Germany, Adolf Hitler dissolves the German Parliament.
1943 - The last German forces surrender to the Soviets after the Battle of Stalingrad after months of some of the most vicious fighting of the Second World War.
1971 - After a coup in Uganda, Idi Amin replaces President Milton Obote as leader.
1990 - In South Africa, President F.W. de Klerk allows the African national Congress to legally function again and promises to set human rights activist Nelson Mandela free.
David Garrett plays Fritz Kreisler: "Liebesleid." YouTube, uploaded by Kadesh86. Accessed February 2, 2018.
Kreisler Liebesfreud (Queyras - Cello). Pianist: Ichiro Nodaira. YouTube, uploaded by Rushcello. Accessed February 2, 2018.
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