DBKP’s Today in History: January 19, 2008

SUICIDES, WAR!, TERRORISM, DISASTERS, PREDICTIONS, CHICKENS, BICYCLES, EXECUTIONS, CREEPY, PATENTS, COURTS, PROGRESS, DISCOVERY, COMMIES, NAZIS, PROGRESS, MAINSTREAM MEDIA, WOMEN, LABOR, CROWDS, WOMEN, JEWS, SUPREME COURT, WATERGATE, MASONS, REPUBLICANS, PARDONS, SOCIETIES, BEAURACRACY, GAMES, DIPLOMACY, PRO WRESTLING, WILLS, SPORTS, SCANDAL, BIRTHDAYS, BORN, and DEATH



SUICIDES

1981 Muhammad Ali talks a despondent 21 year old out of committing suicide.

WAR!

1861 Georgia becomes 5th state to secede.

1861 MS troops take Fort Massachusetts an Ship Island.

1862 Battle of Mill Springs, Kentucky (Fishing Creek, Logan’s Crossroads).

1915 1st German Zeppelin attack over Great Britain, 4 die.

1941 British offensive in Eritrea.

1941 British troops occupy Kassalaf Sudan.

1942 Japanese forces invade Burma

TERRORISM

1975 4 mail truck assault on El Al B-747 in Paris, escape to Iraq.

DISASTERS

1917 Silvertown Essex’s ammunition factory explodes; 300 die.

1947 SS Himera runs aground at Athens, kills 392.

1982 Heater explodes at Star Elementary School-Oklahoma, kills 6 kids & teacher.

1985 4 die in a car & train crash in Buda IL.

PREDICTIONS

1922 Geological survey says US oil supply would be depleted in 20 years.

CHICKENS

1939 Ernest Hausen of Wisconsin sets chicken-plucking record-4.4 seconds.

BICYCLES

1903 New bicycle race “Tour de France” announced.

1984 Francesco Moser bicycles world record time 50,808 km (he is the first man to break the 50 km/h barrier).

EXECUTIONS

1793 French King Louis XVI sentenced to death.

CREEPY

1809 Edgar Allan Poe – Boston, author (Pit & the Pendulum) born.

1971 Beatles’ Helter Skelter is played at the Charles Manson trial.

PATENTS

1825 Ezra Daggett & nephew Thomas Kensett patent food storage in tin cans.

1915 Neon Tube sign patented by George Claude.

COURTS

1984 California Supreme Court refuses to allow quadriplegic Elizabeth Bouvia to starve herself to death in a public hospital, she appeals and is later granted the right to die.

PROGRESS

1903 1st regular transatlantic radio broadcast between US & England.

1937 Millionaire Howard Hughes set a transcontinental air record by flying his monoplane from Los Angeles to Newark in 7 hours, 28 minutes and 25 seconds.

DISCOVERY

1840 Antarctica discovered, Charles Wilkes expedition (US claim).

COMMIES

1970 UCLA fires Angela Davis for being a communist.

NAZIS

1983 Klaus Barbie, SS chief of Lyon in Nazi-France, arrested in Bolivia.

MAINSTREAM MEDIA

1955 “The Millionaire” TV program premieres on CBS.

1955 1st Presidential news conference filmed for TV (Eisenhower).

1961 1st episode for “The Dick Van Dyke Show” is filmed.

1988 “48 Hours” premieres on CBS-TV.

WOMEN

1966 Indira Gandhi elected India’s 3rd prime minister.

WATERGATE

1979 John N Mitchell (former AG) released on parole from federal prison.

LABOR

1944 The federal government relinquished control of the nation’s railroads following settlement of a wage dispute.

CROWDS

1977 World’s largest crowd-12.7 million-for Indian religious festival.

JEWS

1986 Israeli premier Simon Peres visits Netherlands.

1986 Spain recognizes Israel.

1993 Israel recognizes PLO as no longer criminal.

SUPREME COURT,

1970, President Richard Nixon nominated G. Harrold Carswell to the Supreme Court; however, the nomination was defeated because of controversy over Carswell’s past racial views.

MASONS,

1871 1st Negro lodge of US Masons approved, New Jersey.

REPUBLICANS

1987 Guy Hunt becomes Alabama’s 1st Republican governor since 1874.

PARDONS

1977 In one of his last acts of office, President Gerald Ford pardoned Iva Toguri D’Aquino, an American who had made wartime broadcasts for Japan.(Tokyo Rose)

SOCIETIES

1886 Aurora Ski Club, 1st in US, founded in Minnesota.

BUREAUCRACY

1998 During a ceremony in Atlanta commemorating the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, Vice President Gore announced that the Clinton administration would propose increasing spending on civil rights by $86 million.

GAMES

1955 “Scrabble” debuts on board game market.

PRO WRESTLING

1991 Sergeant Slaughter defeats Ultimate Warrior for WWF championship belt.

1992 Nature Boy Ric Flair becomes WWF champ at Royal Rumble.

1992 Rowdy Roddy Piper beats Mountie to become WWF Intercontinental Champ.

DIPLOMACY

1920 US Senate votes against membership in League of Nations.

WILLS

1967 Herr Karl Tausch writes shortest will “Vse Zene” (All to wife).

DICTATORS

2003 President Fidel Castro and millions of other Cubans voted in parliamentary elections where all 609 candidates ran uncontested.

SPORTS

1952 PGA approves allowing black participants.

SCANDAL

2007 Former Republican Rep. Bob Ney of Ohio was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison for his role in a lobbying scandal.

BIRTHDAYS

Actress Jean Stapleton is 85. Actor Fritz Weaver is 82. Actress Tippi Hedren is 78. Former PBS newsman Robert MacNeil is 77. Movie director Richard Lester is 76. Singer Phil Everly is 69. Actor-singer Michael Crawford is 66. Actress Shelley Fabares is 64. Country singer Dolly Parton is 62. ABC newswoman Ann Compton is 61. TV chef Paula Deen is 61. Rock singer Martha Davis is 57. Singer Dewey Bunnell (America) is 56. Actor Desi Arnaz Jr. is 55. Comedian Paul Rodriguez is 53. Actress Katey Sagal is 51. Reggae musician Mickey Virtue (UB40) is 51. Actor Paul McCrane is 47. Actor William Ragsdale is 47. Tennis player Stefan Edberg is 42. Rock singer Whitfield Crane (Ugly Kid Joe) is 40. Singer Trey Lorenz is 39. Actor Shawn Wayans is 37. Rock singer-musician John Wozniak (Marcy Playground) is 37. Actress Drea de Matteo is 36. Comedian-impressionist Frank Caliendo is 34. Actress Marsha Thomason is 32. Actress Jodie Sweetin is 26. Actor Logan Lerman is 16.

BORN

570 Mohammed Islamic prophet (Koran)

1736 James Watt, inventor of the steam engine, was born in Scotland.

1807 Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee was born in Westmoreland County, Va.

DEATH

1990 Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh Indian guru, dies at 58

1998 “Rockabilly” pioneer Carl Perkins died in Jackson, Tenn., at age 65.

2007 Denny Doherty, a member of the 1960s folk-rock group the Mamas and the Papas, died near Toronto at age 66.

January 19, the 19th day of 2008. There are 347 days left in the year.

compiled by Mondoreb
[images: bigrock]
Sources:
* Today in History
* Today in History

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