On Your Birthday: January 10

 

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1861 – Florida seceded from the United States.

1870 – John D. Rockefeller incorporated Standard Oil.

1911 – The first photograph from an airplane was taken by Major Jimmie Erickson while flying over San Diego, CA.

1920 – The League of Nations ratified the Treaty of Versailles, officially ending World War I with Germany.

1943 – President Franklin D. Roosevelt sailed from Miami, FL, to Trinidad and became the first American President to visit a foreign country during wartime.

1946 – The U.S. Army Signal Corps successfully conducts Project Diana, bouncing radio waves off the moon and receiving the reflected signals.

1949 – Vinyl records were introduced.

1951 – Donald Howard Rogers piloted the first passenger jet on a trip from Chicago, IL, to New York, NY.

1962 – NASA announced plans to build the C-5 rocket launch vehicle. It became better known as the Saturn V Moon rocket. It launched every Apollo Moon mission.

1971 – PBS’ “Masterpiece Theatre” premiered with host Alistair Cooke.

1983 – The children’s television show “Fraggle Rock” debuted on HBO.

1990 – Time Inc. and Warner Communications Inc. completed a $14 billion merger. The new company, Time Warner, became the world’s largest entertainment company.

1994 – Lorena Bobbitt went on trial n Manassas, VA. She was charged with maliciously wounding her husband John, by cutting off his penis with a scissors. She was acquitted by reason of temporary insanity.

1997 – James Brown got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

2000 – Time-Warner had agreed to buy America On-line (AOL). It was the largest-ever corporate merger priced at $162 billion. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) approved the deal on December 14, 2000.

2001 – American Airlines agreed to acquire most of Trans World Airlines (TWA) assets for about $500 million. The deal brought an end to the financially troubled TWA.

2006 – The iTunes Music Store reached 850 million songs sold and 8 million videos sold.

2007 – The iTunes Music Store reached 2 billion songs sold, 1.3 million feature length films sold, and 50 million television episodes sold.

 

YOU SHARE YOUR BIRTHDAY WITH…

William Sanderson 1944 – Actor (“Blade Runner”, “Deadwood”, “True Blood”, TV’s “Newhart”)

Rod Stewart 1945 – Singer (“Maggie May”, “Tonight’s the Night”, “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy”, “All for Love”)

Donald Fagen 1948 – Singer, musician (Steely Dan)

George Foreman 1949 – Boxer

Bobby Rahal 1953 – Race driver, owner

Pat Benatar 1953 – Singer (“Heartbreaker”, “We Live for Love”, “Hit Me With Your Best Shot”)

Michael Schenker 1955 – Guitarist (The Scorpions, Michael Schenker Group)

Shawn Colvin 1956 – Singer (“Sunny Came Home”)

Evan Handler 1961 – Actor (TV’s “Californication”, “Sex in the City”, “It’s Like, You Know…”)

Brad Roberts 1964 – Musician (Crash Test Dummies)

Trini Alvarado 1967 – Actress (“Little Women”, “The Frighteners”)

 

TODAY IS…

Bittersweet Chocolate Day

Cut Your Energy Costs Day

Houseplant Appreciation Day

Peculiar People Day

 

For additional information check out websites like: www.on-this-day.comwww.born-today.com, www.famousbirthdays.com, and www.daysoftheyear.com.