On this day... January 24

JANUARY 24TH

  • TODAY IS NATIONAL PEANUT BUTTER DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL BEER CAN APPRECIATION DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL COMPLIMENT DAY

BIRTHDAYS:

  • HADRIAN (76-138)
  • EDITH WHARTON (1862-1937)
  • ERNEST BORGNINE (1917-2012)
  • ORAL ROBERTS (1918-2009)
  • AARON NEVILLE (1941, 77)
  • NEIL DIAMOND (1941, 77)
  • SHARON TATE (1943-1969)


  • WARREN ZEVON (1947-2003)
  • JOHN BELUSHI (1949-1982)
  • GENNIFER FLOWERS (1950, 68)
  • YAKOV SMIRNOFF (1951, 67)
  • MARY LOU RETTON (1968, 50)
  • ED HELMS (1974, 44)

ON THIS DAY:

  • IN 41, CALIGULA IS ASSASSINATED AND CLAUDIUS BECOMES ROMAN EMPORER
  • IN 1556, THE DEADLIEST EARTHQUAKE ON RECORD KILLS 830,000 IN CHINA
  • IN 1848, GOLD DISCOVERED IN SUTTER’S MILL KICKS OFF THE CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH
  • IN 1899, HUMPHREY O’SULLIVAN PATENTS RUBBER SHOE HEELS
  • IN 1901, BASEBALL PLAYS THE FIRST OFFICIAL GAME OF THE AMERICAN LEAGUE
  • IN 1908, LT GENERAL ROBERT BADEN POWELL PUBLISHES “SCOUTING FOR BOYS”, THE MANUAL WHICH WOULD EVENTUALLY BECOME THE CHARTER FOR THE BOY SCOUTS


  • IN 1922, CHRISTIAN NELSON PATENTS ESKIMO PIE IN IOWA
  • IN 1924, RUSSIA RENAMES ST. PETERSBERG TO LENINGRAD (CHANGED BACK IN 1991)
  • IN 1927, ALFRED HITCHCOCK RELEASES HIS FIRST FILM, “THE PLEASURE GARDEN”
  • IN 1935, KRUEGER BREWING COMPANY RELEASES THE FIRST CANNED BEER, “KRUEGER’S CREAM ALE”
  • IN 1936, BENNY GOODMAN RELEASES “STOMPIN AT THE SAVOY”
  • IN 1940, JOHN FORD’S “THE GRAPES OF WRATH” IS RELEASED


  • IN 1943, HITLER ORDERS HIS TROOPS AT STALINGRAD TO FIGHT TO THE DEATH
  • IN 1950, JACKIE ROBINSON SIGNS A CONTRACT THAT MAKES HIM, AT THE TIME, THE HIGHEST PAID DODGERS PLAYER IN HISTORY
  • IN 1958, ELVIS PRESLEY IS THE FIRST PERSON TO EVER ENTER THE BRITISH POP CHART AT #1 WITH “JAILHOUSE ROCK”
  • IN 1962, BRIAN EPSTEIN SIGNS A DEAL TO MANAGE THE BEATLES, EARNING 25%
  • IN 1962, JACKIE ROBINSON BECOMES THE FIRST BLACK PLAYER ELECTED TO THE HALL OF FAME
  • IN 1965, WINSTON CHURCHILL DIES AT 90
  • IN 1971, BILL W., FOUNDER OF ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, DIES AT 76 OF EMPHYSEMA
  • IN 1972, JAPANESE SEARGENT SHOICHI YOKOI, WHO HAD BEEN HIDING IN GUAM SINCE THE END OF WORLD WAR II, IS FOUND
  • IN 1975, LARRY FINE OF THE THREE STOOGES DIES AT 73
  • IN 1976, BOB DYLAN STARTS A FIVE WEEK RUN AT #1 WITH THE ALBUM “DESIRE”


  • IN 1980, A BILLBOARD GOES UP TO PROMOTE PINK FLOYD’S “THE WALL” WHICH IN SIMPLY A PLAIN BRICK WALL WHICH HAS ONE BRICK REMOVED EACH DAY
  • IN 1984, APPLE RELEASES THE MACINTOSH COMPUTER
  • IN 1986, VOYAGER 2 IS THE FIRST SHUTTLE TO FLY BY URANUS AND DISCOVERS NEW PREVIOUSLY UNSEEN MOONS
  • IN 1986, L. RON HUBBARD, FOUNDER OF SCIENTOLOGY, DIES AT 74
  • IN 1988, HACKSAW JIM DUGGAN WINS THE FIRST EVER WWF ROYAL RUMBLE
  • IN 1989, THE FIRST CASE OF AIDS IS TRANSMITTED THROUGH HETEROSEXUAL ORAL SEX
  • IN 1989, SERIAL KILLER TED BUNDY IS EXECUTED BY ELECTRIC CHAIR IN FLORIDA


  • IN 1993, THURGOOD MARSHALL DIES AT 84
  • IN 1995, DAVID COLE, HALF OF POP PRODUCING DUO “C&C MUSIC FACTORY” DIES OF AIDS RELATED SPINAL MENINGITIS
  • IN 1999, THE OFFSPRING GO TO #1 WITH “PRETTY FLY FOR A WHITE GUY”
  • IN 2003, THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY OPENS FOR BUSINESS
  • IN 2006, DISNEY ANNOUNCES THAT THEY ARE BUYING PIXAR
  • IN 2008, AMY WINEHOUSE ENTERS REHAB FOR DRUG ADDICTION
  • IN 2011, ADELE RELEASES “21”
  • IN 2016, FOX PREMIERES THE REBOOT OF “THE X-FILES”

TRIVIA

ADELE’S “21” RELEASED ON THIS DAY IN 2011, IS THE BIGGEST SELLING ALBUM WORLDWIDE OF ORIGINAL MATERIAL (AND SECOND BIGGEST OVERALL ALBUM) RELEASED THIS CENTURY (SINCE 2000). WHAT ARE THE TOP TEN ALBUMS RELEASED THIS CENTURY WORLDWIDE?

THE BEATLES                                               1                                                                    33 MILLION

ADELE                                                            21                                                               31 MILLION

NORAH JONES                                             COME AWAY WITH ME                             27 MILLION

BACKSTREET BOYS                                     BLACK AND BLUE                                        24 MILLION

EMINEM                                                       THE MARSHALL MATHERS LP                 22.9 MILLION

EMINEM                                                       THE EMINEM SHOW                                 21.4 MILLION

LINKIN PARK                                                HYBRID THEORY                                         20.8 MILLION

USHER                                                           CONFESSIONS                                             20 MILLION

N’SYNC                                                          NO STRINGS ATTACHED                           20 MILLION

BRITNEY SPEARS                                        OOPS… I DID IT AGAIN                              20 MILLION


THE NEXT TEN: ADELE (25), EVANESCANCE (FALLEN), AVRIL LAVIGNE (LET GO), ENYA (A DAY WITHOUT RAIN), GREEN DAY (AMERICAN IDIOT), KELLY CLARKSON (BREAKAWAY), LADY GAGA (THE FAME), COLDPLAY (A RUSH OF BLOOD TO THE HEAD), BLINK 182 (TAKE OFF YOUR PANTS AND JACKET) AND SHAKIRA (LAUNDRY SERVICE)

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