Today in History: January 12, 2008

WAR!, TERRORISM, DISASTERS, JEWS, CONGRESS, PROGRESS, DECREES, UNION, EXPELLED, FAUX COMPUTER, MARRIAGE, MEDICINE, REBELLION, SPORTS, FINANCE, WOMEN, PATENTS, VICTORY!, SCIENCE, MAINSTREAM MEDIA, SUPERMARKETS, DEATH PENALTY, CIVIL RIGHTS, DIPLOMACY, SERIAL KILLERS. CLIMATE, BANS, PLOTS, EXPELLED, RODENTS, MUSIC, BORN, DEATH, RESIGNATION


1995 Murder trial against OJ Simpson, begins in Los Angeles

WAR!

1809 British take Cayenne (French Guiana) from the French (until 1814)

1836 Battle of Wetumka

1861 FL state troops demand surrender of Fort Pickens

1863 President Davis delivers his “State of the Confederacy” address

1865 Union fleet bombs Fort Fisher NC

1879 British Zulu War begins Lieutenant-General Chelmsford invades Zululand

1942 National War Labor Board created

1942 British troops reconquer Sollum

1942 Dutch troops on Tarakan surrender

1944 Churchill & de Gaulle begin a 2-day wartime conference in Marrakesh

1944 Failed resistance raid on distribution office of Borgerstraat Amsterdam

1945 German forces in Belgium retreat in Battle of the Bulge

1945 US Task Force 38 destroys 41 Japanese ships in Battle of South China Sea

1970 Biafran War ends, Biafra surrenders to Nigeria

1991 US Congress gives George Bush authority to wage war against Iraq

1996 Russian troops arrived in Bosnia (joint operation with US)

TERRORISM

1971 Fed grand jury indicts Reverand Philip Berrigan & 5 others, including a nun & 2 priests, on charges of plotting to kidnap Henry Kissinger

1977 Anti-French demonstrations takes place in Israel after Paris released Abu Daoud, responsible 1972 Munich massacre of Israeli athletes

JEWS

1493 Last day for all Jews to leave Sicily

1953 9 “Jewish” physicians arrested for “terrorist activities” in Moscow

CONGRESS

1933 US Congress recognize independence Philippines

DISASTERS

1552 Dutch west coast hit by heavy storm, 100s killed

1807 Gunpowder-ship explodes in Leiden Netherlands, 150 die

1903 Rhodes Opera House burns in Boyertown PA, killing 170

1950 Swedish tanker rams British submarine Truculent in Thames, 64 die

1954 Austria’s worst avalanche-kills 200; 9hours later 2nd one-kills 115

1989 6 claim to survive in rubble, 35 days after Armenian quake (hoax)

1995 Major earthquake kills 5,092 in Kobe Japan

PROGRESS

1812 1st cargo arrives in New Orleans by steam, from Natchez

1839 Anthracite coal 1st used to smelt iron, Mauch Chunk PA

1929 Seatrain (RR cars on ships) service begins, New Orleans-Havana

1970 Boeing 747 makes its maiden voyage

DECREES

1816 France decrees Bonaparte family excluded from the country forever

UNION

1974 Libya & Tunisia announces they are merging as “Islamic Arab Republic”

EXPELLED

1989 Idi Amin expelled from Zaire

FAUX COMPUTERS

1997 HAL becomes operational (2001: A Space Odyssey); this date was given as January 12, 1992 on screen, but 1997 is the date used in both the novel and screenplay

SCIENCE

1820 Royal Astronomical Society founded in England

1836 HMS Beagle/Charles Darwin reach Sydney Australia

1986 24th space shuttle (61-C) mission-Columbia 7-launched

MEDICINE

1896 1st X-ray photo in US (Dr Henry Smith, Davidson NC)

REBELLION

1904 Southwest-Africa uprising under Samuel Maherero against German garrison

1933 Uprising of Guardia Civil in Spain, 25 dies

1964 Revolution overthrows Sultan of Zanzibar, 1 month after independence

SPORTS

1906 Football rules committee legalizes the forward pass

1921 Kenesaw Mountain Landis becomes 1st commissioner of baseball

1958 NCAA adds 2 point conversion to football scoring

1960 Syracuse National Dolph Schayes is 1st NBA’er to score 15,000 points

1966 Red Auerbach wins his 1,000th game as coach of NBA Boston Celtics

1969 Super Bowl III New York Jets beat Baltimore Colts, 16-7 in Miami; Super Bowl MVP Joe Namath, New York Jets, Quarterback

1975 Super Bowl IX Pittsburgh Steelers beat Minnesota Vikings, 16-6 in New Orleans; Super Bowl MVP Franco Harris, Pittsburgh, Running Back

1988 Willie Stargell (Pittsburgh Pirate), elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

1993 Doctors announce Pittsburgh Penguin Mario Limeux has Hodgkin’s disease

FINANCE

1906 1st time Dow Jones closes above 100 (100.26)

1975 Chrysler Corp offers 1st car rebates

WOMEN

1915 House of Representatives rejects proposal to give women the right to vote

PATENTS

1937 Plow for laying submarine cable patented

FASTS

1948 Mohandas Mahatma Gandhi begins his final fast

VICTORY!

1943 Frankfurters replaced by Victory Sausages (mix of meat & soy meal)

SUPERMARKETS

1948 1st Supermarket in UK opens

MAINSTREAM MEDIA

1949 “Arthur Godfrey & His Friends” premieres on CBS TV

1965 “Hullabaloo” premieres on NBC-TV

1968 Nighttime version of “Hollywood Squares” premieres on NBC TV

1971 “All in the Family” premieres on CBS featuring 1st toilet flush on TV

1981 “Dynasty”, a prime time soap opera inspired by Dallas, starring Joan Collins, premieres on ABC-TV

DEATH PENALTY

1949 Dutch court affirms death sentence against SS chief Hanns Rauter

1928 Ruth Snyder 1st woman to die in electric chair

1950 USSR re-introduces death penalty for treason, espionage & sabotage

CIVIL RIGHTS

1952 University of Tennessee admits its 1st black student

1957 Southern Christian Leadership Council (SCLC) founded

1971 Congressional Black Caucus organizes


MARRIAGE

1993 MTV hostess Martha Quinn marries longtime boyfriend Jordan Tarlow

DIPLOMACY

1961 UN genocide pact goes into effect

1976 UN Security Council votes 11-1 to seat Palestine Liberation Organization

MUSIC

1963 “Go Away Little Girl” by Steve Lawrence peaks at #1

1974 “Joker” by Steve Miller Band peaks at #1

SERIAL KILLERS

1979 Los Angeles’s Hillside Strangler, Kenneth Bianchi, arrested in Bellingham

CLIMATE

1979 Record blizzard struck midwest killing over 100

RESIGNATION

1987 Britain’s Prince Edward resigns from his Royal Marines training

BANS

1990 Romania bans Communist party (1st Warsaw Pact member to do so)

PLOTS

1994 Malcolm X’s daughter arrested for plotting Louis Farrakhan’s murder

POPES

1995 Pope John Paul II begins visit to Southeast Asia

RODENTS

1965 Porcupine in Washington DC zoo, dies at 27; oldest known rodent

BORN

1580 Jean Baptiste van Helmont Belgian chemist, (found boiling point temperature)
1588 John Winthrop 1st Governor (Massachusetts Bay Colony)
1588 Jose Ribera [Lo Spagnoletto] Spanish painter
1599 Adrian van Utrecht Flemish painter
1729 Edmund Burke British author (Philosophy & Inquiry)
1737 John Hancock patriot (1st to sign Declaration of Independence)
1852 Joseph J C Joffre French field marshal (Indo-China, Marne)
1863 Vivekananda Calcutta, Hindu religious leader/reformer
1876 Jack London writer/socialist (Call of the Wild)
1893 Hermann Goering Reichsmarshall/propoganda minister (Nazi Germany)
1902 Ibn Abdul-Aziz Saud Kuwait, king (Saudi Arabia)
1906 Henny Youngman England, comedian (Take my wife please…)
1906 Tex Ritter Texas, country singer (5 Star Jubilee, The Wayward Wind)
1916 A P(ieter) W Botha Orange Free State, President of South Africa
1917 Walter Hendl West New York NJ, conductor
1920 James Farmer Marshall TX, civil rights leader
1921 John Henry Davis Jr Smithtown NY, light-super-heavyweight (Olympics-gold-1948, 52)
1921 Leo Smit Philadelphia PA, pianist/composer
1926 Ray Price country singer (For The Good Times)
1930 Glenn Yarborough singer (Limeliters-Honey & Wine, Jubilee)
1935 “The Amazing” Kreskin Montclair NJ, mentalist/telepath
1943 Ray Manzarek rock pianist (Doors-Light my Fire, People are Strange)
1944 Vlastimil Hort Czechoslovakian/German chess player
1947 Tom Dempsey NFL record-holder (longest field goal, 63 yards)
1951 Kirstie Alley Wichita KS, actress (Star Trek II, Cheers-Rebecca)
1951 Rush Hudson Limbaugh III Cape Girardeau MO, conservative radio & television host
1951 Bill Madlock 4X NL batting champ (Chicago Cubs)
1951 Chris Bell Memphis TN, rock guitarist (Big Star)
1952 Ricky Van Shelton Danville VA, country musician (Somebody Lied, From a Jack to a King, Rockin’ Years)
1954 Howard Stern Roosevelt NY, “Radio’s Bad Boy” (WKRK, WYSP, WJFK)
1960 Dominique Wilkins NBA forward (Atlanta Hawks)
1968 Heather Mills Aldershot England, model/writer (Out on a Limb)
1996 Sarah Morales Mexico, Siamese twin (survived)
1996 Sarahi Morales Mexico, Siamese twin (died on Jan 27, 1996)

DEATH

1517 Vasco Núñez de Balboa Spanish conquistador/admiral, beheaded at 41
1829 Friedrich von Schlegel German cultural philosopher/poet, dies at 56
1962 Ernie Kovacs comedian (Ernie Kovacs Show), killed in auto crash at 42
1976 Agatha Christie mystery writer (10 Little Indians), dies at 85
1978 Nancy Spungen stabbed to death by boyfriend Sid Vicious
1981 Beulah Bondi Chicago IL, actress (It’s a Wonderful Life), dies at 89

January 12, the 12th day of the year. There are 354 days left in the year.

compiled by Mondoreb
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Source: Today in History

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