January 5

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1914 – Ford Motor Company announced that there would be a new daily minimum wage of $5 and an eight-hour workday. Average American workers elsewhere were making only pennies a day.

1925 – Mrs. Nellie Taylor Ross was sworn in as the governor of Wyoming. She was the first female governor in the U.S.

1933 – In California, construction of the Golden Gate Bridge began.

1934 – Both the National and American baseball leagues decided to use a uniform-size baseball. It was the first time in 33 years that both leagues used the same size ball.

1940 – The Federal Communications Commission got its very first demonstration of FM radio.

1948 – Warner Brothers-Pathe showed the very first color newsreel. The footage was of the Tournament of Roses Parade and the Rose Bowl football classic.

1956 – In the “Peanuts” comic strip, Snoopy walked on two legs for the first time.

1961 – The television show “Mr. Ed” debuted. The show would run for six years.

1970 – The television soap opera “All My Children” premiered on ABC.

1972 – President Richard M. Nixon ordered the development of the Space Shuttle program.

1980 – Comedian George Burns makes his country chart debut with “I Wish I Was Eighteen Again”. He was just 15 days shy of his 84th birthday. The song went on to become a Top 15 hit.

2002 – Charles Bishop, a 15 year-old student pilot, crashed a small plane into a building in Tampa, FL. Bishop was about to begin a flying lesson when he took off without permission and without an instructor.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Walter ‘Fritz’ Mondale – 90 years old (1928) – 42nd Vice President, serving under Jimmy Carter from 1977-1981, and ran unsuccessfully for President in 1984, losing to Ronald Reagan

Robert Duvall – 87 years old (1931) – Actor (“Tender Mercies”, “The Great Santini”, “The Apostle”, “The Godfather”, “Apocalypse Now”, “A Civil Action”, “The Judge”)

Charlie Rose – 76 years old (1942) – PBS TV interviewer, anchor (TV’s “CBS Morning News”)

Diane Keaton – 72 years old (1946) – Actress (“Annie Hall”, “Play It Again Sam”, “The Godfather”, “Reds”, “Father of the Bride”, “Something’s Gotta Give”)

Ted Lange – 70 years old (1948) – Actor (Played “Isaac” on TV’s “The Love Boat”)

Chris Stein – 68 years old (1950) – Guitarist (Blondie)

Pamela Sue Martin – 65 years old (1953) – Actress (“The Poseidon Adventure”, “The Lady in Red”, TV’s “Nancy Drew Mysteries”, “Dynasty”)

Clancy Brown – 59 years old (1959) – Actor (“Highlander”, “The Shawshank Redemption”, TV’s “Carnivàle”)

Suzy Amis Cameron – 56 years old (1962) – Actress, model, environmental advocate (“Titanic”, “Twister”, “The Usual Suspects”)

Kate Schellenbach – 52 years old (1966) – Drummer (Luscious Jackson, The Beastie Boys)

Carrie Ann Inaba – 50 years old (1968) – TV judge, actress (TV’s “The Dancing With the Stars”, movies “Austin Powers in Goldmember”, “Showgirls”)

Marilyn Manson – 49 years old (1969) – Singer

Bradley Cooper – 43 years old (1975) – Actor (“American Sniper”, “Silver Linings Playbook”, “American Hustle”, “Limitless”, “The A-Team”, “The Hangover” movies, “He’s Just Not That Into You”, “Yes Man”, “Wedding Crashers”, TV’s “Alias”)

January Jones – 40 years old (1978) – Actress, model (TV’s “The Last Man on Earth”, “Mad Men”, movies “XMen: First Class”, “Pirate Radio”, “American Wedding”)

Brooklyn Sudano – 37 years old (1981) – Actress (TV’s “Cuts”, “My Wife and Kids”)

 

TODAY IS:

Bird Day

Whipped 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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