Today In History

“The Past Is A Portal To The Future”

             Thu, Jan 13th, 2011



                                                                                  Day 13 Of The Year       



                     On This Day:

      1559:  Elizabeth I is crowned Queen of England in Westminster Abbey     

      1610:  Galileo Galilei discovers Callisto, the 4th satellite of Jupiter            

      1785:  John Walter publishes the first issue of the London Times

      1794:  Congress changes the U.S. flag to 15 stars and 15 stripes

      1849:  Vancouver Island is granted to the Hudson’s Bay Company            

      1854:  Anthony Foss patents the accordion        

      1863:  The chenille manufacturing machine is patented by
                    William Canter of New York City            

      1894:  The revolution in Sicily is crushed by government troops   

      1930:  The Mickey Mouse comic strip first appears         

      1942:  German U-boats begin harassing shipping on the U.S. east coast   

      1942:  Henry Ford patents a method of constructing plastic auto bodies    

      1969:  The Beatles release their “Yellow Submarine” album        

      1981:  In Colorado, Barbara Sonntag crochets a record
                    147 stitches per minute for 30 minutes                  

      1981:  Temperatures drop to 14 degrees Fahrenhait in Tampa Florida     

      1982:  An Air Florida 737 takes off in a snowstorm, 
                    crashes into the 14th Street Bridge in Washington DC 
                    and falls into the Potomac River, killing 78 people        

      1982:  Hank Aaron and Frank Robinson
                    are elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame       

      1985:  99-year-old Otto Bucher
                    scores a hole-in-one at a Spanish golf course       

      1985:  An express train derails in Ethiopia, killing at least 428 people       

      1987:  Seven top New York Mafia bosses
                     are sentenced to prison terms of 100 years each            

      1987:  West German police arrest Mohammed Ali Hamadi,
                     a suspect in the June 14, 1985 hijacking of TWA Flight 847
                     from Athens and the murder of Navy diver Robert Stethem           

      1989:  The “Friday the 13th” virus strikes IBM computers in Britain           

      1992:  Japan apologizes for forcing tens of thousands of Korean women
                    to serve as sex slaves for Japanese soldiers during World War II       

      1999:  Basketball player Michael Jordan announces his retirement
                    (he returns to the NBA in 2001)  

      2000:  Bill Gates steps down as CEO of Microsoft,
                      turning over leadership over to Steve Ballmer     

      2001:  An earthquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter Scale
                     strikes El Salvador, killing more than 840 people


                                                           Today Is:

                                                      (Ghana) Redemption Day (1972) 

                                                      (Togo) Liberation Day (1963)      



             There are 352 days left in this year.





         Wed, Jan 12th, 2011 

                                                                Day 12 Of The Year



                                                 On This Day:

      1493: Last day for all citizens of the Jewish faith to leave Sicily

      1583: Holland begins using the Gregorian calendar
                    (the date jumps from yesterday, January 1st, to today’s date)  

      1701: Parts of the Netherlands adopt the Gregorian calendar 
                    (others begin next year)      

      1733: The first public museum in America opens
                    (Charleston South Carolina)

      1809: British take Cayenne (French Guiana) from the French
                     (until 1814)                 

      1820: The Royal Astronomical Society is founded in England  

      1839: Anthracite coal is first used to smelt iron 
                     (Mauch Chunk Pennsylvania)  

      1863: Amariah M. Hills is granted the first U.S. patent 
                     for the reel lawn mower         

      1879: The British-Zulu War begins when British troops,  
                     under Lieutenant General Frederic Augustus, invade Zululand
 from the southern African republic of Natal
(the gun-carrying British concoct the war when they begin
to view the spear-carrying Zulu kingdom
                     as a threat to their authority)

      1896: The first X-ray photograph is taken in the U.S. by
                     Dr Henry Smith
 Davidson North Carolina)             

      1907: Britain grants responsible government to the former colony of Transvaal  

      1915: The House of Representatives rejects a proposal
to give women the right to vote       

      1916: Britain proclaims Gilbert Island & Ellice Island a colony in the Pacific     

      1924: The History of Science Society organizes in Boston     

      1929: Seatrain (railroad cars on ships) service begins (New Orleans-Havana)

      1937: The plow for laying submarine cable is patented        

      1944: Churchill & de Gaulle begin a two-day wartime conference in Marrakesh 

         1945: German forces in Belgium retreat in Battle of the Bulge

      1945: The U.S. Naval Task Force 38 destroys 41 Japanese ships
 in Battle of South China Sea

      1948: Mohandas Mahatma Gandhi begins his final fast        

      1949: “Kukla, Fran & Ollie” becomes the first television show broadcast
over the NBC network, via the coaxial cable linking the East Coast
and Midwest (it airs Monday thru Friday,
                     from 6 to 6:30 pm Central Time)      

      1964: Revolution overthrows the Sultan of Zanzibar just one month
after independence is declared        

      1966: President Lyndon Baines Johnson declares that
the U.S. should stay in South Vietnam
                     until Communist aggression ends         

      1968: Beatles’ Film Production Ltd changes its name to
Apple Film Production Ltd       

      1971: A Federal grand jury indicts Reverand Philip Berrigan,
and five others (including a nun and two priests)
on charges of plotting to kidnap Henry Kissinger        

      1987: Britain’s Prince Edward resigns from his Royal Marines training

      1990: Romania bans the Communist party   

      1991: The largest crowd watches Atlantic Coast Womens Basketball game
(11,520 fans)        

      1991: The U.S. Congress vote gives President George Bush authority
to use US troops in offensive operations against Iraq  

      1998: Nineteen European nations sign a treaty in Paris
                     opposing human cloning 

      2000: In a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court give police broad authority
to stop and question people who run at the sight of an officer

      2001: Hewlett-Packard Coompany co-founder, William Hewlett,
dies in Palo Alto, California at age 87

      Born On This Day:

      1808: Paul “the Great” Taglioni, Vienna, ballet choreographer  (203 years ago) 
1893: Hermann Goering, propaganda minister (Nazi Germany) 
(118 years ago) 
1902: Ibn Abdul-Aziz Saud, Kuwait, king (Saudi Arabia) (109 years ago)
  1902: Ray Teal, Grand Rapids Michigan, actor
(Sheriff Roy Coffee-Bonanza) (109 years ago) 
 1916: A P(ieter) W Botha, Orange Free State, president of South Africa
(95 years ago) 
1944: Joe Frazier, SC, heavyweight champion boxer (1968-73) (67 years ago)
 1991: HAL 9000, the computer from the movie “2001: A Space Odyssey,
” first becomes active (20 years ago)


                                                                        Today Is:

                                                           Volunteer Fireman Day 
                                                           Zanzibar Revolution Day (Tanzania)


                        There are 353 days left in this year. 




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