January 15

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.

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 “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 had struck a flock of geese and lost all power. All passengers and crew members survived.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Phyllis Coates – 91 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 – 81 years old (1937) – Actress (“Meet Me in St. Louis,” “Little Women”)

Andrea Martin – 71 years old (1947) – Actress, comedian (“My Big Fat Greek Wedding”, “Hedwig & the Angry Inch”, TV’s “SCTV”)

Mario Van Peebles – 61 years old (1957) – Actor, director (“Ali”, “Love Kills”, “Posse”, “New Jack City”, “Rappin'”)

Lisa Lisa – 51 years old (1967) – Singer (Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam)

Chad Lowe – 50 years old (1968) – Actor (TV’s “24”, “Now and Again”, “Life Goes On”, “Spencer”, “Pretty Little Liars”)

Regina King – 47 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 – 40 years old (1978) – Actor (“CSI: NY”)

Chris Warren, Jr. – 28 years old (1990) – Actor (TV’s “High School Musical”, “The Bold and the Beautiful”, movie “Love and Basketball”)

 

TODAY IS:

Hat Day

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Strawberry Ice Cream Day

 

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

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