January 15

Scott Winters, Realtor

A quick look at Today in History, check out some Celebrity Birthdays, and find out what Days of the Year to celebrate.

 

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1844 – The University of Notre Dame received its charter from the state of Indiana.

1870 – A donkey was used to symbolize the Democratic Party for the first time in a cartoon by Thomas Nast titled “A Live Jackass Kicking a Dead Lion”. The cartoon appeared in “Harper’s Weekly”.

1889 – The Coca-Cola Company, then known as the Pemberton Medicine Company, was incorporated in Atlanta, GA.

1892 – The rules of basketball were published for the first time in “Triangle” magazine in Springfield, MA, where the game originated. The original rules involved attaching a peach basket to a suspended board.

1913 – The first telephone line between Berlin and New York was inaugurated.

1919 – A large molasses tank in Boston, MA, burst and sent a wave of molasses through the streets, killing 21 people and injuring 150 others.

1936 – The first building to be completely covered in glass, that was built for the Owens-Illinois Glass Company Laboratory, was completed in Toledo, OH.

1943 – The Pentagon was dedicated as the world’s largest office building. The structure covers 34 acres of land and has 17 miles of corridors.

1953 – Harry S. Truman became the first President to use radio and television to give his farewell as he left office.

1955 – The first solar-heated, radiation-cooled house was built by Raymond Bliss in Tucson, AZ.

1967 – In Los Angeles, CA, the Green Bay Packers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 35-10 in the NFL’s first Super Bowl.

1967 – The Rolling Stones performed on TV’s “Ed Sullivan Show” and were forced to change their lyrics of “Let’s Spend the Night Together” to “Let’s Spend Some Time Together”.

1974 – The television show “Happy Days” premiered on ABC.

1975 – The “Space Mountain” rollercoaster opened at Disney World in Orlando, FL.

1976 – Sara Jane Moore was sentenced to life in prison for her attempt on the life of President Gerald Ford in San Francisco, CA.

1986 – President Ronald Reagan signed legislation making Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday a National holiday to be celebrated on the third Monday of January.

1987 – Paramount Home Video announced that it would run a commercial at the front of one of its video releases for the first time. The 30 second Diet Pepsi spot was placed on the videocassette for the movie”Top Gun”.

1988 – Football analyst Jimmy “The Greek” Snyder made racist remarks about black athletes on network TV.

2001 – Wikipedia was launched.

2003 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the U.S. Congress had permission to repeatedly extend copyright protection.

2005 – ESA’s SMART-1 lunar orbiter discovered elements such as calcium, aluminum, silicon, iron and other surface elements on the moon.

2006 – NASA’s Stardust space probe mission was completed when it’s sample return capsule returned to Earth with comet dust from comet Wild 2.

2008 – The iTunes Music Store reached 4 billion songs sold.

2009 – The “Miracle on the Hudson” — US Airways pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger safely landed a passenger jet with 155 passengers and crew on the Hudson River between New York City and New Jersey. The plane had just taken off from LaGuardia Airport. The plane struck a flock of geese and lost all power. All passengers and crew members survived.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Phyllis Coates – 94 years old (1927) – Actress (Played Lois Lane in the movie “Superman and the Mole Men” and in the first season of TV’s “Adventures of Superman”)

Margaret O’Brien – 84 years old (1937) – Actress (“Meet Me in St. Louis,” “Little Women”)

Andrea Martin – 74 years old (1947) – Actress, comedian (“My Big Fat Greek Wedding”, “Hedwig & the Angry Inch”, TV’s “SCTV”)

Mario Van Peebles – 64 years old (1957) – Actor, director (“Ali”, “Love Kills”, “Posse”, “New Jack City”, “Rappin'”)

Lisa Lisa – 54 years old (1967) – Singer (Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam)

Chad Lowe – 53 years old (1968) – Actor (TV’s “24”, “Now and Again”, “Life Goes On”, “Spencer”, “Pretty Little Liars”)

Regina King – 50 years old (1971) – Actress (“Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous”, “Ray”, “How Stella Got Her Groove Back”, “Jerry Maguire”, “Poetic Justice”, TV’s “24”, “227”)

Eddie Cahill – 43 years old (1978) – Actor (“CSI: NY”)

Chris Warren Jr. – 31 years old (1990) – Actor (TV’s “High School Musical”, “The Bold and the Beautiful”, movie “Love and Basketball”)

 

TODAY IS:

Bagel Day

Hat Day

Museum Selfie Day

National Booch Day

Pothole Day

Strawberry Ice Cream Day

 

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

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