Drama, WAR!, SCANDAL, POLITICS, JEWS, CITIES, MARRIAGE, SMOKE NAZIS, DISASTER, SPORTS, CIVIL RIGHTS, INVENTIONS, PATENTS, POPES, CLIMATE, PROGRESS, EDUCATION, FINANCE, DICTATORS, WOMEN, SCIENCE, MUSIC, POETS, MAINSTREAM MEDIA, LABOR, CROWNS, LOTTERIES, BORN, DEATH
1994 Ice skater Nancy Kerrigan is attacked by Tonya Harding’s bodyguard.
1496 Moorish fortress Alhambra, near Grenada, surrenders to the Christi.
1842 4,500 British & Indian troops leave Kabul, massacred before India.
1861 Florida troops seize Federal arsenal at Apalachicola.
1900 Boers attack at Ladysmith, about 1,000 killed or injured.
1967, U.S. Marines and South Vietnamese troops launched Operation Deckhouse Five, an offensive in the Mekong River delta.
1987, the U.S. Senate voted 88-4 to establish a panel to hold hearings on the Iran-Contra affair.
1896 Cecil Rhodes resigns as premier of Cape colony.
1912 New Mexico becomes 47th state.
1941 FDR’s “4 Freedoms” speech (speech, worship, from want & from fear).
1980 Indira Gandhi’s Congress Party wins elections in India.
1987 100th US Congress convenes.
1497 Jews are expelled from Graz (Syria).
1535 City of Lima Peru founded by Francisco Pizarro.
1540 King Henry VIII of England married his 4th wife, Anne of Cleves.
1759 George Washington marries Martha Dandridge Curtis.
1945 Future President George Bush marries Barbara Pierce in Rye NY.
1639 Virginia is 1st colony to order surplus crops (tobacco) destroyed.
1663 Great earthquake in New England.
1839 2 day storm off Irish & English coast immortalized as “The Big Wind”.
1967 2 homemade buses collided on a mountain road in Terpate, Philippines plunging off a cliff, killing 84, injuring 140.
1681 1st recorded boxing match (Duke of Albemarle’s butler vs his butcher).
1964 Charlie Finlay announces he wants to move Kansas City A’s to Louisville.
1976 Ted Turner purchases Atlanta Braves for reported $12 million.
1980 Philadelphia Flyers set NHL record of 35 straight games without a defeat.
1995 Atlanta Hawks’ Lenny Wilkens becomes NBA’s winningest coach (939).
1998 Barry Switzer resigns as Dallas Cowboy coach.
1998 Don Sutton selected to Baseball Hall of Fame.
1773 Massachusetts slaves petition legislature for freedom.
1832 New England Anti-Slavery Society organizes (Boston).
1838 Samuel Morse made 1st public demonstration of telegraph.
1857 Patent for reducing zinc ore granted to Samuel Wetherill, Pennsylvania.
1873 Pope Pius IX encyclical “On the Church in Armenia”.
1928 Pope Pius XI publishes encyclical Mortalium animos (against oecumene).
1946 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Quemadmodum.
1880 Record snow cover in Seattle-120cm.
1893 Great Northern Railway connects Seattle with east coast.
1898 1st telephone message from a submerged submarine, by Simon Lake.
1930 1st diesel engine automobile trip (in a Packard sedan) completed.
1942 1st around world flight (Pan Am “Pacific Clipper”).
1907 Maria Montessori opens her 1st (Montessori) school (Rome).
1914 Stock brokerage firm of Merrill Lynch founded.
1994 Dow-Jones hits record 3803.88.
1929 Alexander I establishes a royal dictatorship in Yugoslavia.
1936 Barbara Hanley became Canada’s 1st woman mayor (Webbwood, Ontario).
1938 Bronze memorial statue of Henry Hudson erected in the Bronx.
1968 Surveyor 7 (last of series) launched by US for soft-landing on Moon.
1987 Astronomers at University of California see 1st sight of birth of a galaxy.
1993 Jean Mueller discovers comet Mueller/1993a.
1957 Elvis Presley makes his 7th & final appearance on Ed Sullivan Show.
1958 Gibson patents the Flying V Guitar.
1964 Rolling Stones’ 1st tour as headline act (with Ronettes).
1968 Beatles’ “Magical Mystery Tour” album goes #1 & stays #1 for 8 weeks.
1977 EMI records drop punk rock group Sex Pistols.
1993 Bill Wyman announces he will leave Rolling Stones.
1958 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to ee cummings.
1963 “Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom” with Marlin Perkins begins on NBC.
1967 “Milton Berle Show” last airs on ABC-TV.
1973 “Schoolhouse Rock” premieres on ABC-TV with Multiplication Rock.
1974 “CBS Mystery Theater” premieres on radio.
1975 “Wheel Of Fortune” debuts on NBC-TV.
1968 Dr N E Shumway performs 1st US adult cardiac transplant operation.
1971 Berkeley chemists announces 1st synthetic growth hormones.
1974 England begins 3 day work week during mine strike.
1986 Impala Platinum fires 20,000 black mine workers in Johannesburg.
1978 US hand over St Stephan crown to Hungary.
1990 New York Lotto pays $35 million to one winner (#s are 18-25-26-32-42-44).
1996 Record $65.2 million British lottery won by 3 people (2-3-4-13-42-44).
1412 Joan of Arc Domremy, martyr
1745 Jacques-Étienne Montgolfier Annonay France, aeronaut (1st pioneer balloonist/brother of Joseph-Michel/co-inventor of calorimeter, hydraulic ram, and process for producing vellum)
1822 Heinrich Schliemann German polyglot/archeologist (Troje)
1854 Sherlock Holmes Mycroft, fictional detective (via Arthur Conan Doyle)
1864 Ban Johnson Norwalk CT, baseball founder (American League)
1878 Carl Sandburg US, poet/biographer of Lincoln (The People, Yes)
1880 Tom Mix Mix Run PA, silent screen cowboy actor (Dick Turpin)
1882 Samuel Rayburn Tennessee, (Representative-D-TX), speaker of the House (1940-57)
1883 Khalil Gibran Lebanon, mystic poet (The Prophet, Broken Wings)
1913 Loretta Young Salt Lake City UT, actress (Farmer’s Daughter, Stranger)
1914 Danny Thomas Deerfield MI, comedian (Danny Thomas Show)
1920 Early Wynn Hartford AL, baseball Hall of famer (pitcher)
1920 Reverand Sun Myung Moon evangelist (Unification Church-Moonies)
1921 Lou Harris pollster (Lou Harris Poll)
1924 Earl Scruggs NC, bluegrass musician (Flatt & Scruggs-Ballad of Jed Clampett, Rocky Top)
1925 John Z DeLorean former automaker (DeLorean)
1930 Vic Tayback Brooklyn NY, actor (Mel-Alice, Khan, Portrait of a Stripper)
1931 E[dgar] L[aurence] Doctorow New York City NY, novelist (World’s Fair)
1937 Lou Holtz US, football coach (New Jersey Jets)
1944 Bonnie Franklin Santa Monica CA, TV actress (Ann-1 Day at a Time)
1946 Roger Keith (Syd) Barrett Cambridge England, lead guitarist (Pink Floyd-The Piper at the Gates of Dawn)
1949 Robert Englund Glendale CA, actor (V, Nightmare on Elm Street)
1957 Nancy Lopez Knight Torrance CA, pro golfer (1988 Mazda, 1981 Dinah Shore)
1961 Howie Long former NFL tackle/actor/broadcaster (Broken Arrow)
1975 James Farrior linebacker (New York Jets, Pittsburgh Steelers)
1989 Baby lion-tailed macaques at Woodland Park Zoo (Seattle)
1884 Gregor Mendel Augustine monk/heredity pioneer, dies at 61
1919 Theodore Roosevelt 26th President (1901-09), dies at his home in Oyster Bay NY at 60
1988 Brent Collins soap actor (Another World), dies of heart attack at 46
1993 John B “Dizzy” Gillespe blues trumpeter, dies of cancer at 75
1993 Rudolph Nureyev Russian ballet dancer (Kirov), dies of AIDS at 54
1994 Morty the Moose (Northern Exposure), dies at 6
1994 Tip O’Neill speaker of the house, dies of cancer
1994 Virginia Kelley Clinton Mother of President Clinton, dies at 70
1997 Vince Williams actor (Hamp-Guiding Light), dies of cancer at 39
January 6, the 6th day of 2008. There are 360 days left in the year. This is the 12th day of Christmas, also known as the Epiphany (12th Night of Christmas), (England) 3 Kings/Adoration of Magi.
compiled by Mondoreb
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