Today in History: January 7, 2008

WAR!, TERRORISM, POLITICS, DISASTERS, ASSASSINATIONS, POPES, REVOLTS, SCIENCE, GOLD DIGGERS, PATENTS, PROGRESS, COOKBOOKS, BUSINESS, NATION BUILDING, CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTIONS, SPORTS, DISTRESS, COMICS, LABOR, CIVIL RIGHTS, TAXES, MUSIC, INFLATION, MAINSTREAM MEDIA, WOODSTOCK, RATIONING, EMPERORS, INFLATION, COUPS, LANDMARKS, DRAMA, BORN, DEATH

In 1953, President Truman announced in his State of the Union message that the United States had developed a hydrogen bomb.

WAR!

1558 Calais, last English possession in France, retaken by French under Francois, Duke of Guise.

1761 Battle at Panipat India Afghan army beats Mahratten

1861 Florida troops takeover Fort Marion at St Augustine

1862 Battle of Manassas Junction VA

1862 Romney Campaign-Stonewall Jackson march towards Romney WV

1911 1st airplane bombing experiments with explosives, San Francisco

1916 German troops conquer Fort Vaux at Verdun

1942 WWII siege of Bataan starts

1944 Air Force announces production of 1st US jet fighter, the Bell P-59

1945 Lord Haw-Haw reports total German victory at Ardennen

1979 Vietnamese forces capture Phnom Penh from Khmer Rouge

TERRORISM

1923 Baltimore Sun warns of Ku Klux Klan

1986 US President Reagan proclaims economic sanctions against Libya

ASSASSINATIONS

1537 Alessandro de’ Medici Italian monarch of Florence, assassinated

1962 Assassination attempt on Indonesian president Sukarno, fails

POLITICS

1618 Francis Bacon becomes English lord chancellor

1789, the first U.S. presidential election was held. Americans voted for electors who, a month later, chose George Washington to be the nation’s first president.

1959 US recognizes Fidel Castro’s Cuban government

1969 US Congress doubles presidential salary

1983 Reagan ends US arms embargo against Guatemala

1997 Newt Gingrich, narrowly re-elected speaker of the House

POPES

1566 Antonio Michaele Ghislieri is elected Pope Pius V

REVOLTS & RIOTS

1601 Robert, Earl of Essex leads revolt in London against Queen Elizabeth

1975 Led Zeppelin fans riot before Boston concert, causing $30,000 damage

1991 Soviet paratroopers sent to Baltic Republics

DISASTERS

1608 Fire destroys Jamestown, Virginia

1654 Fire after heavy storm destroys 2/3 of De Rijp Netherlands, 1 dies

1892 Mine explosion kills 100, Krebs OK-blacks trying to help rescue white survivors, driven away with guns

1950 Mental health wing of Mercy Hospital burns, kills 41 (Davenport IA)

1972 Iberian Airlines crashes into 800′ peak on island of Ibiza, 104 die

1989 British Midland Boeing 737 crashes on Motorway

1994 United Express commuter plane crashes in Ohio, killing 5

SCIENCE

1610 Galileo discovers 1st 3 Jupiter satellites, Io, Europa & Ganymede

1835 HMS Beagle anchors off Chonos Archipelago

1949 1st photo of genes taken at University of Southern California by Pease & Baker

1968 Surveyor 7 lands on the Moon

1985 Japanese space probe Sakigake launched to Halley’s comet

GOLD DIGGERS

1630 Composer Pier Cavalli marries rich widow Maria Sosomeno

PATENTS

1714 Typewriter patented by Englishman Henry Mill (built years later)

1890 W B Purvis patents fountain pen

1913 William M Burton patents a process to “crack” petroleum

PROGRESS

1785 1st balloon flight across English Channel (Blanchard & Jeffries)

1822 1st printing in Hawaii

1830 Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Co begins carrying revenue traffic – 1st US Railroad Station (Baltimore MD); Baltimore to Wheeling line.

1894 Motion picture experiment of comedian Fred Ott filmed sneezing

1914 1st steamboat passes through the Panamá Canal

1927 Commercial transatlantic telephone service inaugurated between New York & London

1992 AT&T releases video-telephone ($1499)

BUSINESS & FINANCE

1782 1st US commercial bank, Bank of North America, opens in Philadelphia

1784 1st US seed business established by David Landreth, Philadelphia

1817 2nd Bank of the United States opens

1965 France announces it will convert $150 million of its currency to gold

NATION BUILDING

1822 Liberia colonized by Americans

CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTIONS

1868 Arkansas constitutional convention meets in Little Rock

1868 Mississippi constitutional convention meets in Jackson

COOKBOOKS

1896 Fanny Farmer publishes her 1st cookbook

SPORTS

1899 Walter Camp publishes his 1st All-American football team in Collier’s

1927 Harlem Globetrotters play 1st game (Hinckley IL)

1964 Dick Weber rolls highest bowling game in the air (Boeing 707)

1972 Los Angeles Lakers chalk up 33rd consecutive win (NBA record)

1992 Tom Seaver & Rollie Fingers elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame

DISTRESS

1904, the Marconi International Marine Communication Co. of London announced that the telegraphed letters “CQD” would serve as a maritime distress call (it was later replaced by “SOS”).

COMICS

1929 “Buck Rogers”, 1st sci-fi comic strip, premieres

1929 “Tarzan”, one of the 1st adventure comic strips, 1st appears

1934 “Flash Gordon” comic strip (by Alex Raymond) debuts

LABOR

1939 US worker’s union leader Tom Mooney freed (jailed since 1916)

TAXES

1948 US President Truman raises taxes for Marshall-plan

MUSIC

1950 Hank Snow’s 1st appearance on “Grand Ole Opry”

CIVIL RIGHTS

1955 Marian Anderson becomes 1st black singer to perform at the Met (New York City NY)

1996 16th United Negro College Fund raises $12,600,000

INFLATION

1963 1st class postage raised from 4¢ to 5¢

1968 1st class postage raised from 5¢ to 6¢

MAINSTREAM MEDIA

1967 “Newlywed Game” premieres on ABC TV

1968 “GE College Bowl” quiz show premieres on NBC TV

1982 “Fame” premieres on NBC TV

WOODSTOCK

1970 Farmers sue Max Yasgur for $35,000 in damages caused by “Woodstock”

RATIONING

1974 Dutch rations gasoline

EMPERORS

1989 Akhito becomes emperor of Japan

LANDMARKS

1990 Tower Of Pisa closed to the public after leaning too far

COUPS

1991 Haiti coup defeated

DRAMA

1994 US female Figure Skating championship won by Tonya Harding

BORN

1845 Louis III last king of Bavaria (1913-18)
1879 St Bernadette (Marie-Bernarde Soubirous) 1844, religious visionary
1903 Alan Napier Birmingham England, actor (Alfred-Batman)
1911 Butterfly [Thelma] McQueen Tampa FL, actress (Prissy-Gone With the Wind)
1912 Charles Addams cartoonist (New Yorker, Addams Family)
1916 Paul Keres USSR, chess grandmaster (1950)
1920 Lionel Alexander Bethune [Alastair] Pilkington engineer/Industrialist
1922 Vincent Gardenia Naples Italy, actor (All in the Family, LA Law)
1928 William Peter Blatty New York City NY, author (The Exorcist)
1929 Douglas Kiker NBC newsman (1970 Peabody Award)
1939 Maury Povich TV host (Current Affair, Maury)/Connie Chung’s husband
1942 Paul Revere Boise ID, keyboardist (Paul Revere & Raiders-Fallin in Love, Good Thing)
1943 Jim Lefebvre Hawthorne CA, baseball manager (Seattle Mariners)
1945 Tony Conigliaro Massachusetts, baseball outfielder (Boston Red Sox)
1946 Jann S Wenner publisher (Rolling Stone)
1948 Kenny Loggins Everett WA, singer (Loggins & Messina-This is it, Footloose)
1949 John Christopher Parry rocker (Cure)
1949 Marshall Chapman Spartanburg SC, country singer
1950 Erin Gray Honolulu HI, actress (Silver Spoons, Buck Rogers)
1956 Trudie Styler England, wife of Sting/sponsor (Rainforest Concert)
1957 Kristen Meadows actress (Santa Barbara)
1957 Katie Couric [Katherine], Arlington VA, TV news host (Today)
1958 Donna Rice New Orleans La, model/Gary Hart’s alleged lover
1959 Kathy Valentine rocker (Go-Go’s-We Got the Beat)
1960 Tierre Turner Detroit MI, actor (Waverly Wonders, Cop & the Kid)
1960 David Marciano Newark NJ, actor (Detective Ray Vecchio-Due South)
1962 Hallie Todd actress (Check is in the Mail)
1964 Nicolas Cage actor (Moonstruck, Racing with the Moon)
1966 Carolyn Bessette Kennedy model/wife of John Kennedy Jr
1969 Doug E Doug actor (Cosby)
1974 Jennifer LeRoy Craig CO, playmate (Feb, 1993)
1977 Dustin Diamond San Jose CA, actor (Screech-Saved By Bell)
1996 Abbey Speakman England, born 19 days after her twin sister

DEATH

1451 Amadeus VIII last anti-pope Felix V (1439-49), dies at 67
1536 Catherine of Aragon 1st wife of England’s King Henry VIII, dies
1655 Innocentius X [Giambattista Pamfili], pope (1644-55), dies at 80
1695 Mary II Stuart queen of England, dies at 32
1890 Augusta Maria L Katharina wife of German emperor Wilhelm I, dies at 78
1943 Nikola Tesla Yugoslavian physicist (tesla motor), dies at 86
1944 J Verleun Dutch resistance fighter, executed
1980 Carl White rocker, dies
1982 Bert Oosterhuis Dutch motor racer (Paris-Dakar), dies in race crash
1988 Trevor Howard UK actor (Ryan’s Daughter), dies of bronchitis at 71
1989 Hirohito Japan`s emperor (1922-89), dies of duodenal cancer at 87 after 62-year reign (1/2 Million line Tokyo streets)
1990 Bronislau “Bronko” Nagurski football hall of famer, dies at 81
1990 Horace Stoneham baseball owner (Giants), dies at 86
1990 Joseph Robbie lawyer/NFL owner (Miami Dolphins), dies at 73
1995 Harry Golombek chess Grandmaster, dies at 83
1995 Murray Newton Rothbard economist, dies of cardiac arrest at 69

January 7, the 7th day of the 2008. There are 359 days left in the year.

compiled by Mondoreb
[image: koreaseabees]
Source: Today in History

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