Today in History: January 14, 2008

WHITEWATER, WAR!, DISASTERS, UNCLE SUGAR, EXECUTION, REVOLT, REMORSE, CONQUEST, JEWS, POLITICS, INVENTIONS, MEDICINE, CONSPIRACY, ASSASSINATION, CONSTITUTION, TRADEMARKS, CIVIL RIGHTS, CUTBACKS, LABOR, PROGRESS, SOCIETIES, RECORDS, MOVIES, DIPLOMACY, MAINSTREAM MEDIA, RATIONING, MARRIAGE, DIVORCE, MUSIC, THE KING, SEGREGATION, The 60s, GERMS, SPORTS, SCIENCE, DRUGS, HOLIDAYS, DEREGULATION, FINANCE, SEETHE, KIDNAPPED, DUI, FUNERAL, LOSER, PLEAS, BORN, DEATH



WHITEWATER

1998 Whitewater prosecutors questioned Hillary Rodham Clinton at the White House for 10 minutes about the gathering of FBI background files on past Republican political appointees. (Sources quoted the first lady as saying she knew nothing about any such collection of files.)

WAR!

1783 Congress ratifies peace treaty between US & England

1784 Revolutionary War ends; Congress ratifies the Treaty of Paris

1861 Fort Pikens FL falls into state hands

1863 Battle between gunboats at Bayou Teched LA

1864 Battle of Cosby Creek TN

1864 General Sherman begins his march to the South

1942 Japanese troops land at oil center Balikpapan in Borneo

1943 FDR & Winston Churchill confer in Casablanca concerning WWII

1943 Heinrich Himmler views Warsaw

1944 Soviet army begins offensive at Oranienbaum/Wolchow

DISASTER

1916 Dutch South Sea dike cracks

1946 2 jetties collapse in Ganges-160 Hindu pilgrims are crushed

1952 Snow storm in Sierra NV kills 26

1960 Tuindorp-Oostzaan in Northern Amsterdam, flooded

1967 Earthquake in Sicily kills 231

1969 25 members of US aircraft carrier Enterprise die during maneuvers

1993 Polish ferry boat capsizes in storm, 50 die

UNCLE SUGAR

1799 Eli Whitney receives government contract for 10,000 muskets

EXECUTION

1717 German mob leader “Sjako” sentenced to death in Amsterdam

1948 Anna “Ans” van Dike Dutch Jewish Nazi-collaborator, executed at 42

REVOLT

1847 Governor Bent 5 others in US occupation, killed by revolt in New Mexico

1949 Black/Indian race rebellion in Durban, South Africa; 142 die

REMORSE

1699 Massachusetts holds day of fasting for wrongly persecuting “witches”

CONQUEST

1641 United East Indian Company conquerors city of Malakka, 7,000 killed

JEWS

1601 Church authorities burn Hebrew books in Rome

POLITICS

1639 1st Connecticut constitution (Fundamental Orders) adopted in Hartford

1639 Rodger Ludlow publishes”Fundamental Orders of Connecticut”

2007 President Bush, facing opposition from both parties over his plan to send more troops to Iraq, said on CBS’ “60 Minutes” that he had the authority to act no matter what Congress wanted. On “Fox News Sunday,” Vice President Dick Cheney asserted that lawmakers’ criticism would not influence Bush’s plans and he dismissed any effort to “run a war by committee.”

INVENTIONS

1690 Clarinet is invented, in Nüremberg, Germany

MEDICINE

1794 Dr Jessee Bennet of Edom VA, performs 1st successful Cesarean section operation on his wife

CONSPIRACY

1847 Conspiracy in New Mexico against US

ASSASSINATION

1858 French Emperor Napoleon III escapes attempt on his life by Felice Orsini, an Italian patriot who was later executed

CONSTITUTION

1868 North Carolina constitutional convention meets in Raleigh

1868 South Carolina constitutional convention, meets with a black majority

TRADEMARKS

1873 “Celluloid” registered as a trademark

CIVIL RIGHTS

1878 US Supreme court rules race separation on trains unconstitutional

CUTBACKS

2003 Kmart Corp. announced its biggest round of cutbacks yet, saying it would close 326 more stores and eliminate 37,000 more jobs in hopes of getting out of bankruptcy by the end of April 2003. (Kmart emerged from Chapter 11 protection in May 2003.)

LABOR

2003 Thousands of General Electric Co. employees across the country began a two-day strike to protest higher health insurance costs.

PROGRESS

1914 Henry Ford introduces assembly line, for T-Fords

SOCIETIES

1938 National Society for the Legalization of Euthanasia formed (NY)

RECORDS

1973 Tap dancer Ray Castle measured at 1440 taps/minutes on BBC TV

MOVIES

1980 “Blues Brothers” movie with Dan Akroyd & John Belushi opens

DIPLOMACY

1950 US recalls all consular officials from China

MAINSTREAM MEDIA

1952 “Today Show” premieres with Dave Garroway & Jack Lescoulie on NBC-TV

1972 “Sanford & Son” starring Redd Foxx premieres on NBC TV

1976 “The Bionic Woman” with Lindsay Wagner debuts on ABC (later NBC)

1990 “Simpsons” premiered on Fox-TV

1990 11th ACE Cable Awards

1993 David Letterman announces his show is moving from NBC to CBS

1998 100th episode of “Ellen” airs

1998 NBC agreed to pay Warner Brothers $13 million per episode to retain the highly rated TV show “ER.”

RATIONING

1952 Rationing of coffee in Netherlands ends

MARRIAGE

1954 Marilyn Monroe marries baseball star, New York Yankee, Joe DiMaggio

DIVORCE

1994 Kathleen Kinmont files for divorce from Lorenzo Lamas

MUSIC

1956 Little Richard releases “Tutti Frutti”

1966 David Bowie releases his 1st record (Can’t Help Thinking About Me)

1967 Sonny & Cher release “The Beat Goes On”

THE KING

1960 US Army promoted Elvis Presley to Sergeant

SEGREGATION

1963 George C Wallace sworn in as Governor of Alabama, his address states “segregation now; segregation tomorrow; segregation forever!”

The 60s

1967 20,000 attend the Human Be-In, San Francisco

GERMS

1967 New York Times reports Army is conducting secret germ warfare experiments

SPORTS

1968 Super Bowl II Green Bay Packers beat Oakland Raiders, 33-14 in Miami; Super Bowl MVP Bart Starr, Green Bay, Quarterback

1973 Super Bowl VII Miami Dolphins beat Washington Redskins, 14-7 in Los Angeles; Super Bowl MVP Jake Scott, Miami, Safety

1974 World Football League founded

1976 Ted Turner becomes CEO of Atlanta Braves

SCIENCE

1969 Soyuz 4 launched; rendezvous with Soyuz 5 two days later

1994 Russian manned space craft TM-17, lands

DRUGS

1973 Grateful Dead bass player, Phil Lesh, busted for drugs in California

HOLIDAYS

1979 President Carter proposes Martin Luther King’s birthday be a holiday

DEREGULATION

1981 FCC frees stations to air as many commercials an hour as they wish

FINANCE

1985 British pound (£) sinks to record low-$1.11

SEETHE

1989 1,000 muslims burn Rushdies’ “Satanic Verses” in Bradford England

KIDNAPPED

1989 Former Belgian premier Paul Vanden Boeynants kidnapped

LOSERS

1990 Perez de Cuellar says he has lost all hope for peace in the Gulf

DUI

1991 Tyne Daly arrested for drunk driving in Van Nuys CA

FUNERAL

1995 10,000s South Africans attend state funeral of Joe Slovo

PLEAS

1998 Charles Barkley pleads not guilty to an assault charge

BORN

1730 William Whipple merchant/judge/patriot (Declaration of Independence signer)
1741 Benedict Arnold US General turned traitor (Revolutionary War)
1791 Calvin Phillips became shortest known adult male (67cm; 2’2″)
1861 Mehmed VI last sultan of Ottoman Empire (1918-22)
1892 Hal Roach early film director/producer (1 Million BC)
1892 Martin Niemöller clergyman (German Protestant); imprisoned by Hitler
1896 John dos Passos novelist (1919, Big Money, 42nd Parallel)
1906 William Bendix New York City NY, actor (Lifeboat, Babe Ruth Story, Life of Riley)
1919 Andy Rooney Albany NY, CBS news correspondent (60 Minutes)
1924 Guy Williams New York City NY, actor (Zorro, Lost in Space)
1936 Clarence Carter US singer (Thread the Needle, Patches)
1937 Billie Jo Spears country singer
1938 Jack Jones Los Angeles CA, singer (Love Boat Theme)
1938 Allen Toussaint [Naomi Neville], pianist/songwriter (Ride Your Pony, Wild Sign of New Orleans)
1940 Julian Bond Nashville TN, (D-GA) civil rights leader
1941 [Dorothy] Faye Dunaway Bascom FL, actress (Chinatown, Bonnie & Clyde)
1948 Carl Weathers New Orleans LA, actor (Apollo Creed-Rocky)
1948 T-Bone Burnett musician/producer
1949 Lawrence Kasdan Miami FL, director/writer (Accidental Tourist)
1952 Sydney Biddle Barrow madam/author (Mayflower Madam)
1958 Colin Ferguson murderer (6 people on the Long Island Railroad on Dec 7, 1993)
1959 Susan Smith Beloit WI, playmate (Sept, 1981)
1964 Steven Soderbergh writer (Mimi, Schizoplis)
1965 Vanity [Dee Dee Williams], singer/actress (Action Jackson)
1968 L L Cool J [James Todd Smith], St Albans NY, rapper (Bigger & Deffer)
1969 Jason Kent Bateman Rye NY, actor (David-Valerie, Hogan Family)
1969 Dave Grohl drummer (Nirvana, Foo Fighters)
1973 Lethon Flowers NFL defensive back (Pittsburgh Steelers)
1988 Jamie Altman son of Lynda Carter & Robert Altman
1989 Sextuplets Paris France, (to a 29-year-old woman)

DEATH

1595 Ferdinand archduke of Austria/mayor of Bohemenia, dies
1742 Edmund Halley genius eclipsed by Newton, dies at 86
1898 Reverend Charles L Dodgson better known as Lewis Carroll, dies at 66
1957 Humphrey Bogart actor (Casablanca, Caine Mutiny), dies at 57
1965 Jeanette MacDonald soprano (When I’m Calling You), dies at 63
1977 Anthony Eden British premier (1955-57), dies at 79
1977 Peter Finch actor (Network, Nun’s Story, Judith), dies at 60
1978 Blossom Rock actress (Grandmamma-Addams Family), dies at 81
1984 Ray Kroc founder of MacDonalds/owner San Diego Padres, dies at 82
1986 Donna Reed actress (Donna Reed Show, Dallas), dies of cancer at 64
2007 Actress Darlene Conley, feisty fashion mogul Sally Spectra on “The Bold and the Beautiful,” died in Los Angeles at age 72.

January 14, the 14th day of 2008. There are 352 days remaining.

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