On this day.... January 23

JANUARY 23RD

  • TODAY IS NATIONAL PIE DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL HANDWRITING DAY

BIRTHDAYS:

  • JOHN HANCOCK (1737-1793)
  • CHITA RIVERA (1933, 85)
  • RUTGER HAUER (1944, 74)
  • RICHARD DEAN ANDERSON (1950, 68)


  • MARISKA HARTIGAY (1964, 54)
  • TIFFANI AMBER THEISSEN (1974, 44)

ON THIS DAY:

  • IN 1789, GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY BECOMES THE FIRST CATHOLIC COLLEGE IN THE US
  • IN 1793, THE HUMANE SOCIETY CONVENES IN PHILADELPHIA
  • IN 1845, THE ELECTION OF US PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT ARE CONSOLIDATED INTO ONE OFFICIAL ELECTION DAY
  • IN 1849, ELIZABETH BLACKWELL IS THE FIRST US WOMAN TO EARN A MEDICAL DEGREE
  • IN 1870, 173 BLACKFOOT INDIANS, MOSTLY WOMEN AND CHILDREN, WERE SLAUGHTERED BY THE UNITED STATES ARMY IN MONTANA
  • IN 1897, AT A MURDER TRIAL IN WEST VIRGINIA, THE GHOST OF ELVA ZONA HEASTER HELPS SECURE A CONVICTION OF HER HUSBAND FOR KILLING HER. NICKNAMED THE GREENBRIER GHOST, HER MOTHER TESTIFIED IN COURT THAT SHE SPOKE TO HER


  • IN 1930, WILHELM FRICK IS ELECTED MINISTER OF THE INTERIOR, MARKIGN THE FIRST MEMBER OF THE NAZI PARTY TO ENTER GERMAN GOVERNMENT
  • IN 1933, THE 20TH AMENDMENT IS RATIFIED, CEMENTING THE PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION ON JANUARY 20TH
  • IN 1943, DUKE ELLINGTON PLAYS CARNEGIE HALL FOR THE FIRST TIME
  • IN 1948, HUMPHREY BOGART’S “TREASURE OF SIERRA MADRE” OPENS
  • IN 1953, THE NFL REALIGNS ITSELF INTO THE EASTERN AND WESTERN CONFERENCES
  • IN 1957, WHAM-O RELEASES THE FIRST FRISBEE, CALLED THE “PLUTO PLATTER”
  • IN 1964, THE 24TH AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION IS RATIFIED, BARRING POLL TAXES IN FEDERAL ELECTIONS
  • IN 1965, PETULA CLARK GOES TO #1 WITH “DOWNTOWN”


  • IN 1969, CREAM RELEASES THEIR FINAL ALBUM “GOODBYE”
  • IN 1971, DAWN GOES TO #1 WITH “KNOCK THREE TIMES”
  • IN 1972, TURKEY PLACES THE ENTIRE POPULATION OF ISTANBUL UNDER HOUSE ARREST FOR 24 HOURS
  • IN 1973, PRESIDENT NIXON ANNOUNCES THE ACCORD TO END THE VIETNAM WAR
  • IN 1975, “BARNEY MILLER” DEBUTS ON ABC


  • IN 1976, DAVID BOWIE RELEASES “STATION TO STATION”, HIS FINAL ALBUM AS “THE THIN WHITE DUKE”
  • IN 1977, “ROOTS” PREMIERED ON ABC
  • IN 1979, WILLIE MAYS IS INDUCTED INTO THE BASEBALL HALL OF FAME
  • IN 1983, NBC DEBUTS “THE A-TEAM”


  • IN 1983, THE MIAMI DOLPHINS DEFEAT THE JETS 14-0 IN THE “MUD BOWL” FOR THE AFC CHAMPIONSHIP
  • IN 1986, THE FIRST ROUND OF PEOPLE ARE INDUCTED INTO THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME INCLUDING ELVIS PRESLEY, CHUCK BERRY, JAMES BROWN, RAY CHARLES AND BUDDY HOLLY
  • IN 1988, MICHAEL JACKSON HITS #1 WITH “THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL”
  • IN 1989, SALVADOR DALI DIES OF HEART FAILURE AT 84
  • IN 1993, A REPORT IN THE NEW YORK NEWSDAY REVEALS THAT SENATOR BOB PACKWOOD OF OREGON HAD SEXUALLY HARASSED 23 WOMEN
  • IN 1993, NANCY KERRIGAN WINS THE US FEMALE SKATING CHAMPIONSHIP
  • IN 2000, SANTANA HIT #1 WITH HIS COMBACK ALBUM “SUPERNATURAL”


  • IN 2002, JOHN WALKER LINDH, THE “AMERICAN TALIBAN”, RETURNS TO THE US IN FBI CUSTODY
  • IN 2003, R. KELLY IS ARRESTED ON CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGES AFTER DIGITAL PHOTOS OF HIM WITH UNDERAGED GIRLS ARE FOUND IN HIS HOME
  • IN 2005, THE PATRIOTS DEFEAT THE STEELERS 41-27 FOR THE AFC CHAMPIONSHIP
  • IN 2005, JOHNNY CARSON DIES AT 80
  • IN 2011, JACK LALANNNE DIES AT 97
  • IN 2013, THE US ARMED FORCES OVERTURN A 1994 BAN ON WOMEN SERVING IN COMBAT
  • IN 2014, JUSTIN BIEBER IS ARRESTED IN MIAMI BEACH FOR DRAG RACING
  • IN 2016, THE ZIKA VIRUS OUTBREAK IN BRAZIL FORCES SEVERAL SOUTH AND CENTRAL AMERICAN COUNTRIES TO RECOMMEND PREGNANT WOMEN DELAY TRAVEL
  • IN 2018, NEIL DIAMOND RETIRED AFTER ANNOUNCING HE HAS PARKINSON’S DISEASE

TRIVIA

 WHAT FAMOUS ROCKER PLAYED GUITAR IN THE RECORDING SESSION FOR PETULA CLARK’S #1 SONG “DOWNTOWN”?

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