DBKP Today in Weird History: January 22, 2008

JUDICIAL TYRANNY, WAR!, TERRORISM, DISASTERS, DICTATORS, NANNY STATE, KARMA, CHEESE, POPES, ROYALTY, OVERDOSE, OUT WITH A BANG, ZULUS, JEWS, SPIES, LE WIMPS, CLIMATE, LIP SYNCH, MAINSTREAM MEDIA, SOCIETIES, SPORTS, RIOTS, PROGRESS, SCIENCE, CARTOONS, BORN, BIRTHDAYS, DEATH



JUDICIAL TYRANNY

1973, the U.S. Supreme Court, in its Roe v. Wade decision, legalized abortions using a trimester approach.

2003 Opponents and supporters of abortion rights rallied on the 30th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s “Roe versus Wade” ruling.

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WAR!

1862 Confederate government raises premium for volunteers from $10 to $20.

1917, President Woodrow Wilson pleaded for an end to war in Europe, calling for “peace without victory.” (By April, however, America also was at war.)

1944, during World War II, Allied forces began landing at Anzio, Italy. Allies stopped on the beach.

1945 Burma highway reopens.

1945 Heavy US air raid on Okinawa.

1973 US, North & South Vietnam & Vietcong sign boundary accord.

TERRORISM

1957 Mad Bomber (George P Metesky) accused of 30 explosions, arrested.

1995 Palestinian bomb attack in Beit Lid Israel, 21-22 killed.

1998 Theodore Kaczynski pleaded guilty in Sacramento, Calif., to being the Unabomber in return for a sentence of life in prison without parole.

2007 A car bombing of a predominantly Shiite commercial area in Baghdad killed 88 people.

2007 Iran announced it had barred 38 nuclear inspectors on a United Nations list from entering the country in apparent retaliation for U.N. sanctions imposed the previous month.

DISASTERS

1817 English freighter Diana sinks off Malaysia.

1837 Earthquake in southern Syria kills thousands.

1873 Britain’s SS Northfleet sinks at Dungeness England, 300 die.

1956 30 die in a train crash in Los Angeles.

1960 Coal mine of Johnburg caves-in, 417 die.

1994 5.5 earthquake strikes Sumatra.

DICTATORS

1951 Fidel Castro ejected from a Winter League game after beaning batter.

NANNY STATE

In 1908, Katie Mulcahey became the first woman to run afoul of New York City’s just-passed ban on females smoking in public. (Declaring, “No man shall dictate to me,” Mulcahey served a night in jail after being unable to pay a $5 fine.)

KARMA

1979 Ali Hassan Salameh [Abu Hassan], killed by car bomb; believed to have helped mastermind massacre of 1972 Munich Olympics athletes.

CHEESE

1964 World’s largest cheese (15,723 kg) manufactured, Wisconsin.

POPES

1922, Pope Benedict XV died; he was succeeded by Pius XI.

1998 On the first full day of his visit to Cuba, Pope John Paul II celebrated Mass, preaching the message, “Be not afraid.”

ROYALTY

1992 Princess Sarah Ferguson wears paper bag over her head on airline ride.

OVERDOSED

1969 Judy Garland singer/actress (Wizard of Oz), dies at 48 of an overdose.

OUT WITH A BANG

1987 R Budd Dwyer Pennsylvania State Treasurer, facing prison for conspiracy & perjury, shot himself to death at a televised news conference.

ZULUS

1879 Zulus attack British Army camp in Isandhlwana South Africa.

JEWS

1510 Jews are expelled from Colmar Germany.

1941 1st mass killing of Jews in Romania.

1957 Israeli forces withdraw from the Sinai Penisula.

LE WIMPS

2003 Countering blunt talk of war by the Bush administration, France and Germany defiantly stated they were committed to a peaceful solution to the Iraq crisis.

SPIES

1946 US President sets up CIA, Central Intelligence Agency.

CLIMATE

1982 75% of North America is covered by snow.

LIP SYNCH

1990 17th American Music Award Milli Vanilli.

MAINSTREAM MEDIA

1968, The fast-paced sketch comedy series “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In” premiered on NBC-TV.

1972 “Emergency” with Robert Fuller premieres on NBC TV.

SOCIETIES

1814 1st Knights Templar grand encampment in US held, New York City NY.

1890 José Marti forms La Liga (Union of Cuban exiles) in New York City NY.

1895 National Association of Manufacturers organized in Cincinnati OH.

RIOTS

1905 (New Style calendar), thousands of demonstrating Russian workers were fired on by Imperial army troops in St. Petersburg on what became known as “Bloody Sunday.”

PROGRESS

1673 Postal service between New York & Boston inaugurated.

SCIENCE

1939 Uranium atom 1st split, Columbia University.

SPORTS

1968 NBA announces it will expand to Milwaukee & Phoenix.

CARTOONS

2003 Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Bill Mauldin, who had immortalized World War II soldiers with his characters Willie and Joe, died in Newport Beach, Calif., at age 81.

BORN

1561 Francis Bacon England, statesman/essayist (Novum Organum).
1788 Lord [George Gordon Noel] Byron England, romantic poet (Don Juan).
1875 D[avid] W Griffith movie producer/director (Birth of a Nation).
1909 Ann Sothern [Harriette Lake], North Dakota, actress (Lady in a Cage, My Mother the Car)
1934 Bill Bixby San Francisco CA, actor (Incredible Hulk, My Favorite Martian)
1934 Graham Kerr chef (Galloping Gourmet)

BIRTHDAYS

Former Sen. Birch Bayh, D-Ind., is 80. Actress Piper Laurie is 76. Actor Seymour Cassel is 73. Author Joseph Wambaugh is 71. Actor John Hurt is 68. Singer Steve Perry is 59. Country singer-musician Teddy Gentry (Alabama) is 56. Movie director Jim Jarmusch is 55. Hockey Hall-of-Famer Mike Bossy is 51. Actress Linda Blair is 49. Actress Diane Lane is 43. Actor-rap DJ Jazzy Jeff is 43. Country singer Regina Nicks (Regina Regina) is 43. Rhythm-and-blues singer Marc Gay (Shai) is 39. Actor Gabriel Macht is 36. Actor Balthazar Getty is 33. Actor Christopher Kennedy Masterson is 28. Pop singer Willa Ford is 27. Rhythm-and-blues singer Kelton Kessee (IMX) is 27. Actress Beverley (cq) Mitchell is 27. Rock singer-musician Ben Moody is 27.

DEATH

1901, Britain’s Queen Victoria died at age 81.
1973, former President Lyndon Johnson died at age 64.
1995, Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy died at the Kennedy compound at Hyannis Port, Mass., at age 104.

January 22, the 22nd day of 2008. There are 344 days left in the year.

compiled by Mondoreb
[images:
* kir.com
*skullandcrossbones]
Sources:
* Today in History
* Today in History

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