Sunday, January 22, 2006

This Week in History: Jan 23-Jan29

Jan23
1793 2nd partition of Poland, between Prussia & Russia, Poles begin to notice a pattern.
1849 Mrs. Elizabeth Blackwell becomes 1st woman physician in US, discovers concept of glass ceiling.
1899 Say it again, Sam…”Happy birthday Humphrey Bogart!”
1943 Bdeep! Bdeep! Bdeep! TV’s Buck Rodgers—Gil Gerard—born this day, only 5 centuries early.
1962 Libya, Morocco, Algeria & Tunisia plan to form United Arab Maghreb, don’t quite get around to it.

Jan 24
0041 Roman emperor and super-freak Caligula assassinated at the age of 28.
1920 Happy birthday Mayor McCheese! Actor Jerry Maren’s birthday.
1922 Christian K Nelson of Iowa shows his ignorance of Inuit cuisine by patenting the Eskimo pie.
1968 Mary Lou Retton bounds into her mother’s heart. Happy birthday Mary Lou!
1975 Stooge Larry Fine goes to the comedy reel in the sky. RIP.

Jan 25
0844 Gregory IV begins his reign as Catholic Pope…only to end it.
1741 Benedict Arnold born, takes sides with the doctor.
1877 Congress determines presidential election between Hayes-Tilden, ensuring that Hayes will always be known as the “selected-not-elected” president.
1947 Al Capone dies of syphilis at 48.
1963 Wilson Kettle of Newfoundland, dies at 102. His 582 living descendents mourn him.

Jan 26
1871 US income tax repealed…for a time.
1880 Douglas MacArthur born, vows to have many more birthdays.
1925 Cool hand Luke, enter stage right. Happy birthday Paul Newman!
1934 Nazi Germany & Poland sign non-attack treaty for 10 years. This doesn’t work out so well for Poland.
1950 India becomes a republic ceasing to be a British dominion.
1957 India celebrates it’s independence by annexing Kashmir.
1979 YEEEHAAA! "The Dukes of Hazzard" premieres on CBS.
1998 President Clinton says "I want to say one thing to the American people, I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky", complicating the sex talk for generations of future parents.

Jan 27
1756 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart born, assuring Falco of at least one hit.
1870 1st sorority—Kappa Alpha Theta—founded. Also date of the 1st panty raid.
1915 US Marines occupy Haiti, and not for the last time.
1967 Roger B Chaffee, Gus Grissom, and Edward Higgins White die in the Apollo I fire. RIP.
1973 US & Vietnam sign cease-fire, end the war.
1984 Michael Jackson is burned during filming for Pepsi commercial, giving him an excuse for another trip to the plastic surgeon.
1996 Germany commemorates the Holocaust for the first time.

Jan 28
1910 Happy birthday Sgt. Schultz. Actor John Banner’s birthday.
1986 Christa McAuliffe, Ellison Onizuka, Francis Scobee, Gregory B. Jarvis, Judith Arlene Resnik, Michael Smith, and Ronald McNair die in the Challenger disaster. RIP.


Jan 29
1737 Thomas Paine pains his mother before he pains the British. Happy Birthday, Tom!
1945 Magnum PI born in Detroit MI. Happy birthday Tom Selleck!
1951 There’s something special about the 1st time: Liz Taylor gets divorced.

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