January 27

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1785 – The University of Georgia was founded. It was the first public university in the United States.

1870 – The first women’s sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta, was founded at Indiana Asbury University (now DePauw University) in Greencastle, IN.

1880 – Thomas Edison patented the electric incandescent lamp.

1888 – The National Geographic Society was founded in Washington, DC when 33 explorers and scientists gathered to organize “a society for the increase and diffusion of geographical knowledge”.

1926 – A Scottish inventor, named John Baird, demonstrated a pictorial transmission machine called “television”.

1927 – United Independent Broadcasters Inc. started a radio network with contracts with 16 stations. The company later became Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS).

1948 – Wire Recording Corporation of America announced the first magnetic tape recorder. The ‘Wireway’ machine with a built-in oscillator sold for $149.50.

1951 – Atomic testing in the Nevada desert began as an Air Force plane dropped a one-kiloton bomb on Frenchman Flats.

1967 – At Cape Kennedy, FL, astronauts Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom, Edward H. White and Roger B. Chaffee (from Grand Rapids, MI) died in a flash fire during a test aboard their Apollo I spacecraft. A spark in their capsule ignited the flammable oxygen atmosphere the astronauts were breathing.

1967 – More than 60 nations signed the Outer Space Treaty which banned the orbiting of nuclear weapons and placing weapons on celestial bodies or space stations.

1973 – The Vietnam peace accords were signed in Paris.

1976 – The television show “Laverne & Shirley” premiered on ABC.

1977 – The Vatican reaffirmed the Roman Catholic Church’s ban on female priests.

1981 – President Ronald Reagan greeted the 52 former American hostages released by Iran at the White House.

1984 – Carl Lewis beat his own two-year-old record by 9-1/4 inches when he set a new indoor world record with a long-jump mark of 28 feet, 10-1/4 inches.

1985 – The Coca-Cola Company, of Atlanta, GA, announced a plan to sell its soft drinks in the Soviet Union.

1992 – Former world boxing champion Mike Tyson went on trial for allegedly raping an 18-year-old contestant in the 1991 Miss Black America Contest.

1998 – First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton appeared on NBC’s “Today” show. She charged that the allegations against her husband were the work of a “vast right-wing conspiracy.”

1999 – The U.S. Senate blocked dismissal of the impeachment case against President Bill Clinton and voted for new testimony from Monica Lewinsky and two other witnesses.

2003 – Altria Group, Inc. became the name of the parent company of Kraft Foods, Philip Morris USA, Philip Morris International and Philip Morris Capital Corporation.

2006 – Western Union discontinued its Telegram and Commercial Messaging services.

2010 – Steve Jobs unveiled the Apple iPad.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

James Cromwell – 78 years old (1940) – Actor (“Babe”, “LA Confidential”, “The Green Mile”, TV’s “American Horror Story”, “Star Trek: The Next Generation”, “Six Feet Under”)

Nick Mason – 74 years old (1944) – Drummer (Pink Floyd)

Nedra Talley – 72 years old (1946) – Singer (The Ronettes)

Mikhail Baryshnikov – 70 years old (1948) – Dancer

Brian Downey – 67 years old (1951) – Drummer (Thin Lizzy)

Seth Justman – 67 years old (1951) – Keyboard player (The J. Geils Band)

John Roberts – 63 years old (1955) – Chief Justice of the Supreme Court

Mimi Rogers – 62 years old (1956) – Actress, professional poker player (“Austin Powers”, “The Rapture”, “Someone to Watch Over Me”)

Cris Collinsworth – 59 years old (1959) – Football player, sportscaster

Keith Olbermann – 59 years old (1959) – Sports & political commentator (CNN, ESPN, FOX, “Countdown”, “NBC’s Football Night in America”)

Bridget Fonda – 54 years old (1964) – Actress (“A Simple Plan”, “It Could Happen to You”, “Singles”, “Single White Female”, “The Godfather Part 3”)

Alan Cumming – 53 years old (1965) – Actor (“X2”, “The Anniversary Party”, “Josie & the Pussycats”, “Spy Kids”, TV’s “The Good Wife”)

Tracy Lawrence – 50 years old (1968) – Country singer

Patton Oswalt – 49 years old (1969) – Comedian, actor (TV’s “The King of Queens”, movie “Ratatouille”)

Rosamund Pike – 39 years old (1979) – Actress (“Gone Girl”, “Jack Reacher”, “Wrath of the Titans”, “Surrogates”, “Pride and Prejudice”, “Die Another Day”)

 

TODAY IS:

Chocolate Cake Day

National Geographic Day

Seed Swap Day

Visit Your Local Quilt Shop Day

World Breast Pumping 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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