On this day.... January 29

JANAURY 29TH

  • TODAY IS NATIONAL CORN CHIP DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL PUZZLE DAY
  • TODAY IS BUBBLE WRAP APPRECIATION DAY

BIRTHDAYS:

  • THOMAS PAINE (1737-1809)
  • WILLIAM MCKINLEY (1843-1901)
  • ANTON CHECKHOV (1860-1904)
  • JOHN D. ROCKEFELLER JR (1874-1960)
  • JOHN FORSYTHE (1918-2010)
  • TOM SELLECK (1945, 73)
  • OPRAH WINFREY (1954, 64)
  • EDWARD BURNS (1968, 50)
  • HEATHER GRAHAM (1970, 48)
  • PAUL RYAN (1970, 48)
  • SARA GILBERT (1975, 43)
  • JUSTIN HARTLEY (1977, 41)

ON THIS DAY:

  • IN 1595, WILLIAM SHAKESPEAR’S “ROMEO AND JULIET” IS PERFORMED FOR THE FIRST TIME, TWO YEARS BEFORE HE OFFICIALLY PUBLISHES IT
  • IN 1785, JOHN HANCOCK RESIGNS AS THE FIRST GOVERNOR OF MASSACHUSETTS OVER FAILING HEALTH
  • IN 1845, EDGAR ALLEN POE PUBLISHES “THE RAVEN”
  • IN 1850, THE US SENATE DEBATES A COMPROMISE BILL ON SLAVERY FROM HENRY CLAY
  • IN 1861, KANSAS BECOMES THE 34TH STATE
  • IN 1863, HUNDREDS OF NATIVE AMERICANS IN IDAHO ARE SLAUGHTERED BY AMERICAN TROOPS IN THE BEAR RIVER MASSACRE
  • IN 1886, KARL BENZ PATENTS THE FIRST GAS POWERED CAR
  • IN 1892, COCA COLA INCORPORATES IN ATLANTA
  • IN 1900, EIGHT BASEBALL TEAMS ORGANIZE INTO THE AMERICAN LEAGUE
  • IN 1912, MARTIAL LAW IS DECLARED IN LAWRENCE, MA AFTER A TEXTILE MILL STRIKE
  • IN 1920, KC SLIDE COMPANY HIRES AN ARTIST NAMED WALT DISNEY FOR $40 A WEEK
  • IN 1936, TY COBB, BABE RUTH AND HONUS WAGNER ARE AMONG THE FIRST CLASS OF BASEBALL PLAYERS ELECTED TO THE BASEBALL HALL OF FAME
  • IN 1951, ELIZABETH TAYLOR DIVORCES HER FIRST HUSBAND CONRAD HILTON JR
  • IN 1958, PAUL NEWMAN WEDS JOANNE WOODWARD
  • IN 1959, WALT DISNEY RELEASES “SLEEPING BEAUTY”


  • IN 1963, ROBERT FROST DIES AT 88
  • IN 1964, STANLEY KUBRICK RELEASES “DR. STRANGELOVE”
  • IN 1966, “SWEET CHARITY” OPENS ON BROADWAY
  • IN 1969, JIMI HENDRIX AND PETE TOWNSHEND WAGE THEIR “BATTLE OF GUITARS”
  • IN 1977, FREDDIE PRINZE SR SHOOTS AND KILLS HIMSELF AT 22
  • IN 1978, SWEDEN IS THE FIRST COUNTRY TO OUTLAW AEROSOL CANS
  • IN 1979, EMERSON, LAKE AND PALMER BREAK UP


  • IN 1979, PRESIDENT CARTER COMMUTES THE SENTENCE OF PATTY HEARST
  • IN 1979, 16 YEAR OLD BRENDA SPENCER KILLS TWO ADULTS AND INJURES 8 CHILDREN WHEN SHE SHOOTS UP A PLAYGROUND, GIVING THE EXCUSE “I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS”
  • IN 1980, JIMMY DURANTE DIES AT 87
  • IN 1983, MEN AT WORK GO TO #1 WITH “DOWN UNDER”


  • IN 1984, PRESIDENT REAGAN ANNOUNCES HE WILL RUN FOR A SECOND TERM
  • IN 1984, ROBERT ALTMAN MARRIES LYNDA CARTER
  • IN 1985, OXFORD UNIVERSITY REFUSES TO GIVE PRIME MINISTER MARGARET THATCHER AN HONORARY DEGREE
  • IN 1989, PBS DEBUTS “SHINING TIME STATION” FEATURING THOMAS THE TANK ENGINE


  • IN 1990, JOSPEH HAZELWOOD GOES ON TRIAL FOR THE EXXON VALDEZ OIL SPILL
  • IN 1992, PRESIDENT CLINTON PARTIALLY LIFTS THE BAN ON GAYS IN THE MILITARY
  • IN 1998, BOBBY BROWN IS ARRESTED FOR A DUI IN FLORIDA
  • IN 1998, A WOMENS CLINIC IN BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA IS BOMBED KILLING ONE
  • IN 2002, PRESIDENT BUSH USES HIS STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS TO CLSSIFY IRAN, IRAQ AND NORTH KOREA AS AN “AXIS OF EVIL”
  • IN 2009, ILLINOIS GOVERNOR ROD BLAGOJEVICH IS REMOVED FROM OFFICE FOR ATTEMPTING TO SELL THE SENATE SEAT VACATED BY BARACK OBAMA
  • IN 2014, 100,000 PEOPLE SIGN A PETITION TO DEPORT JUSTIN BIEBER BACK TO CANADA FOLLOWING HIS DRUNK DRIVING ARREST EARLIER THAT MONTH

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