On this day.... January 26

JANUARY 26TH

  • TODAY IS NATIONAL BIG WIG DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL PEANUT BRITTLE DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL GREEN JUICE DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL SPOUSE DAY


BIRTHDAYS:

  • DOUGLAS MACARTHUR (1880-1964)
  • PAUL NEWMAN (1925-2008)
  • BOB UECKER (1935, 83)
  • GENE SISKEL (1946-1999)
  • DAVID STRATHAIRN (1949, 69)
  • LUCINDA WILLIAMS (1953, 65)


  • EDDIE VAN HALEN (1955, 63)
  • ANITA BAKER (1958, 60)
  • ELLEN DEGENERES (1958, 60)


  • WAYNE GRETZKY (1961, 57)
  • ANDREW RIDGELEY (THE OTHER GUY IN WHAM) (1963, 55)


ON THIS DAY:

  •  IN 1340, BRITISH KING EDWARD III IS PROCLAIMED KING OF FRANCE
  • IN 1531, 30,000 DIE IN AN EARTHQUAKE IN LISBON, PORTUGAL
  • IN 1784, BENJAMIN FRANKLIN PROPOSES CHANGING AMERICA’S SYMBOL FROM THE EAGLE WHICH HE IS UNCOMFORTABLE WITH
  • IN 1837, MICHIGAN BECOMES THE 26TH STATE
  • IN 1838, TENNESSEE BECOMES THE FIRST STATE TO ENACT PROHIBITION
  • IN 1861, LOUISIANA SECEDES FROM THE US AND JOINS THE CONFEDERACY
  • IN 1863, MASSACHUSETTS RAISES A MILITIA OF “MEN OF AFRICAN DESCENT”, THE 54TH MASSACHUSETTS REGIMENT IN THE CIVIL WAR


  • IN 1870, VIRGINIA RECEIVES PERMISSION TO REJOIN THE UNION
  • IN 1875, GEORGE GREEN PATENTS THE ELECTRIC DENTAL DRILL
  • IN 1920, FORMER FORD EMPLOYEE HENRY LELAND LAUNCHES LINCOLN MOTORS
  • IN 1939, “GONE WITH THE WIND” BEGINS FILMING
  • IN 1940, RONALD REAGAN MARRIES JANE WYMAN
  • IN 1942, THE FIRST US TROOPS IN WORLD WAR II LAND IN NORTHERN IRELAND
  • IN 1952, WALT DISNEY BREAKS GROUND ON DISNEYLAND
  • IN 1961, ELVIS PRESLEY HITS #1 WITH “ARE YOU LONESOME TONIGHT”
  • IN 1961, PRESIDENT KENNEDY WELCOMES THE FIRST FEMALE PHYSICIAN TO THE WHITE HOUSE, JANET TRAVELL
  • IN 1970, SIMON & GARFUNKEL RELEASE “BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER”


  • IN 1979, CBS DEBUTS “THE DUKES OF HAZZARD”
  • IN 1979, NELSON ROCKEFELLER DIES OF A HEART ATTACK AT 70
  • IN 1980, FRANK SINATRA PLAYS TO A CROWD OF 175,000 IN RIO DE JANEIRO
  • IN 1980, PRINCE MAKES HIS TV DEBUT ON AMERICAN BANDSTAND
  • N 1984, MICHAEL JACKSON’S HAIR CATCHES ON FIRE WHILE FILMING A PEPSI COMMERCIAL
  • IN 1986, THE CHICAGO BEARS BEAT THE PATRIOTS IN THE SUPER BOWL 46-10
  • IN 1988, “PHANTOM OF THE OPERA” OPENS ON BROADWAY
  • IN 1992, PRESIDENT BUSH SIGNS THE “AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT”
  • IN 1995, NEW JERSEY GOVERNOR CHRISTINE WHITMAN NAMES A REST STOP ON THE NEW JERSEY TURNPIKE AFTER HOWARD STERN
  • IN 1995 ABC AIRS THE FINAL EPISODE OF “MY SO CALLED LIFE”
  • IN 1997, THE GREEN BAY PACKERS DEFEAT THE PATRIOTS IN THE SUPER BOWL 35-21
  • IN 1998, PRESIDENT CLINTON STATES “I DID NOT HAVE SEXUAL RELATIONS WITH THAT WOMAN” ABOUT MONICA LEWINSKY
  • IN 2003, BILLY JOEL CRASHES HIS CAR INTO A TREE AND HAS TO BE AIRLIFTED TO A HOSPITAL
  • IN 2005, CONDOLEEZZA RICE IS SWORN IN AS THE SECRETARY OF STATE OF THE US
  • IN 2006, WESTERN UNION DISCONTINUES TELEGRAM SERVICE
  • IN 2008, ALICIA KEYS GOES TO #1 WITH HER THIRD ALBUM “AS I AM”
  • IN 2009, JAMIE FOXX RELEASES “BLAME IT (ON THE ALCOHOL)”


  • IN 2009, OCTOMOM HAD HER OCTUPLETS
  • IN 2016, A MILITIA IN OREGON OCCUPIES A WILDLIFE REFUGE AND HAS A SHOOT OUT WITH FEDERAL AGENTS
  • IN 2016, ABE VIGODA DIES AT 94

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