January 3

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1871 – Henry W. Bradley patented oleo margarine.

1888 – The drinking straw was patented by Marvin C. Stone.

1924 – English explorer Howard Carter discovered the sarcophagus of Tutankhamen in the Valley of the Kings, near Luxor, Egypt.

1938 – The March of Dimes was established by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The organization fights poliomyelitis. The original name of the organization was the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis.

1947 – Congressional proceedings were televised for the first time. Viewers in Washington, Philadelphia and New York City saw some of the opening ceremonies of the 80th Congress.

1947 – In Trenton, NJ, Al Herrin, passed away at age 92. He had claimed that he had not slept at all during his life.

1951 – The television show “Dragnet” debuted on NBC.

1955 – Roger Bannister (who ran the first under four minute mile) was named the first Sportsman of the Year by “Sports Illustrated” magazine.

1956 – Fire damaged the top part of the Eiffel Tower.

1957 – The Hamilton Watch Company introduced the first electric watch.

1959 – Alaska became the 49th state.

1961 – The U.S. severed diplomatic relations with Cuba.

1967 – Carl Wilson (Beach Boys) refused to be sworn in after receiving a U.S. Army draft notice. He said he was a conscientious objector.

1967 – Jack Ruby, the bar owner who murdered accused John F. Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald on national television in 1963, died in a Dallas, TX hospital.

1973 – The Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) sold the New York Yankees to a 12-man syndicate headed by George Steinbrenner for $10 million.

1977 – Apple Computer was incorporated.

1989 – “The Arsenio Hall Show” debuted on late night TV.

1991 – The TV show “Blossom” debuted on NBC.

1995 – The U.S. Postal Service raised the price of the first-class stamp to 32 cents.

1996 – The Motorola StarTAC, the first flip phone, went on sale.

1997 – Bryant Gumbel signed off for the last time as host of NBC’s “Today” show.

1999 – The Mars Polar Lander was launched.

2000 – Charles M. Schulz’s final original daily comic strip, “Peanuts”, appeared in newspapers.

2004 – NASA’s Spirit rover landed on Mars. The craft was able to send back black and white images three hours after landing.The images showed a flat, but rocky surface.

2005 – Craig Ferguson replaced Craig Kilborn on CBS TV’s “The Late Late Show”.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Dabney Coleman – 86 years old (1932) – Actor (“9 to 5”, “You’ve Got Mail”, “WarGames”, “Tootsie”, “On Golden Pond”, TV’s “Buffalo Bill”, “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman”, “That Girl”)

Betty Rollin – 82 years old (1936) – News correspondent (NBC)

Stephen Stills – 73 years old (1945) – Musician (Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills and Nash)

John Paul Jones – 72 years old (1946) – Musician (Led Zeppelin)

Victoria Principal – 68 years old (1950) – Actress (TV’s “Dallas”)

Mel Gibson – 62 years old (1956) – Actor (“Braveheart,” “Lethal Weapon” movies, “Mad Max”, “The Patriot”, “What Women Want”, “Payback”, “Ransom”, “The Year of Living Dangerously”, “Gallipoli”)

Shannon Sturges – 50 years old (1968) – Actress (TV’s “Savannah”)

Michael Schumacher – 49 years old (1969) – Racecar driver

Jason Marsden – 43 years old (1975) – Actor (TV’s “General Hospital”, “The Munsters Today”, “Full House”, “Boy Meets World”)

Danica McKellar – 43 years old (1975) – Actress (Played Winnie Cooper on TV’s “The Wonder Years”)

Kimberley Locke – 40 years old (1978) – Singer (Finished third behind Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken in the second season of TV’s “American Idol”)

Alex D. Linz – 29 years old (1989) – Actor (“Max Keeble’s Big Move”, “Home Alone 3”)

 

TODAY IS:

Chocolate-Covered Cherry Day

Drinking Straw Day

Festival Of Sleep 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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