1920 New York Times editorial (falsely) reports rockets can never fly.
1099 Crusaders set fire to Mara Syria.
1842 - On this day Dr.William Brydon, a surgeon in the British Army during the First Anglo-Afghan War, became famous for being the sole survivor of an army of 16,500 when he reached the safety of a garrison in Jalalabad.
1847 - The Treaty of Cahuenga ends the Mexican-American War in California
1865 Federals attack Fort Fisher NC.
1915 W Churchill presents plan for assault on Dardanelles.
1942 German U-boats begin harassing shipping on US east coast.
1942 Allied Conference for war trials.
1942 Interallied war trial conference publishes St James Declaration.
1942 - The United States begins Japanese American internment.
1943 British Prime Minister Winston Churchill arrives in Casablanca.
1943 Hitler declares "Total War".
1943 Russian offensive at Don under General Golikov.
1943 US infantry captures Galloping Horse-ridge Guadalcanal.
1968 Beginning of Tet-offensive in Vietnam.
1954 Military rule in Egypt; 318 Mohammedan Brotherhood arrested.
1987 W German police arrest Mohammed Ali Hamadi, suspect in 1985 hijacking.
1830 Great fire in New Orleans thought to be set by rebel slaves.
1883 Fire in circus Ferroni in Berditschoft Poland kills 430.
1915 Earthquake in Avezzano Italy kills 30,000.
1953 Gas explosion in Belgium coal mine kills 14.
1982 Air Florida 737 took off in a snowstorm, crashes into the 14th St Bridge in
Washington, DC, & falls into the Potomac River, killing 78.
1982 A Washington DC Metro Rail train derailed, killing 3 people.
1985 Express train derails in Ethiopia, kills at least 428.
1991 42 killed in exhibition soccer match in Johannesburg South Africa.
1980 Head of narcotic brigade arrested for drug smuggling in Belgium.
1985 99-year-old Otto Bucher scores a hole-in-one at Spanish golf course.
1559 Elizabeth I crowned queen of England in Westminster Abbey.
1610 Galileo Galilei discovers Callisto, 4th satellite of Jupiter.
1630 Patent to Plymouth Colony issued.
1733 James Oglethorpe & 130 English colonists arrive at Charleston, SC.
1935 Plebiscite in Saar, indicates a desire (90.3%) to join Nazi Germany.
1979 YMCA files libel suit against Village People's YMCA song.
1695 Jonathan Swift ordained an Anglican priest in Ireland.
1785 John Walter publishes 1st issue of London Times.
1794 Congress changes US flag to 15 stars & 15 stripes.
1849 Vancouver Island granted to Hudson's Bay Co.
1854 Anthony Foss patents the accordion.
1863 Chenille manufacturing machine patented by William Canter, New York City NY.
1863 Thomas Crapper pioneers one-piece pedestal flushing toilet.
1942 Henry Ford patents a method of constructing plastic auto bodies.
1869 National convention of black leaders meets in Washington DC.
1966 1st black selected for Presidential cabinet (LBJ selects Robert C Weaver-HUD).
1990 1st elected US black governor inaugurated (Douglas Wilder-Virginia).
1869 Colored National Labor Union, 1st Black labor convention.
1874 Battle between jobless & police in New York City NY, 100s injured.
1902 Textile workers strike in Enschede Netherlands till June 1.
1914 IWW-leader/songwriter Joe Hill arrested "Girl from Utah" East-Prussia.
1995 26 HNL teams unanimously ratify agreement to end NHL strike.
1874 US troops land in Honolulu to protect the king.
1882 Richard Wagner completes his opera "Parsifal".
1888 National Geographic Society founded (Washington DC).
1929 Humanist Society established, Hollywood CA.
1893 British Independent Labor Party forms (Keir Hardie as its leader).
1894 Revolution in Sicily crushed by government troops.
1898 Emile Zola publishes his open letter (J'accuse) in defense of Captain Alfred Dreyfus in Paris.
1951 9 Jewish Kremlin physicians "exposed" as British/US agents; known as the Doctors' Plot.
1906 1st radio set advertised (Telimco for $7.50 in Scientific American) claimed to receive signals up to one mile.
1908 French pilot Henry Farman is 1st European to fly roundtrip.
1928 The British War office abolishes the lance as a weapon of battle.
1928 - Ernst F. W. Alexanderson gave the first public demonstration of television.
1948 1st country music TV show, Midwestern Hayride, premieres on WLW Cincinnati OH.
1957 Wham-O Company produces the 1st Frisbee.
1911 Roald Amundsens anchors at Walvis Bay.
1927 US & Mexico battle over oil interests.
1930 "Mickey Mouse" comic strip 1st appears.
1988 Supreme Court rules (5-3) public school officials have broad powers to censor school newspapers, plays & other expressive activities.
1953 Marshal Josip Tito chosen president of Yugoslavia.
1964 Karol Wojtyla becomes archbishop of Krakow.
1967 Coup in Togo.
1986 Bloody coup overthrows government of South Yemen.
1979 On this evening a farmer in Viterbo, Italy spotted a large fiery red sphere descend and land in a nearby pasture. The sphere changed color to a bright orange, then it began to dim revealing a two-meter wide metallic sphere. A small man wearing a silvery white suit emerged from the object and walked around the object, frequently bending down as if he was picking things up. The witness ran away from the scene.
1969 Beatles release "Yellow Submarine" album.
1979 Charlie Daniels hosts the Volunteer Jam.
1972 Former umpire, now housewife Bernice Gera wins her suit against baseball, initiated on March 15, 1971 to be allowed to umpire.
1976 Sarah Caldwell is 1st woman to conduct at NY's Metropolitan Opera House as she led orchestra in a performance of "La Traviata".
1995 America3 becomes 1st all-female crew to win an America's Cup race.
1987 7 top New York Mafia bosses sentenced to 100 years in prison each.
1989 "Friday the 13th" virus strikes hundreds of IBM computers in Britain.
1989 Subway gunman Bernhard Goetz begins 1-year jail sentence.
1992 US serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer pleads guilty but insane.
1994 Tonya Harding's bodyguard, Shawn Eric Eckardt & Derrick Brian Smith arrested & charged with conspiracy in attack of skater Nancy Kerrigan.
1938 - Church of England accepts theory of evolution.
1986 Abdel Fattah Ismail President of South-Yemen (1969-80), murdered.
1968 Bill Masterson (Minnesota Northstars) checked into the boards & killed.
1628 Charles Perrault France, lawyer/writer (Mother Goose)
1808 Salmon P Chase (Senator-R) cabinet member, 6th chief justice (1864-73)
1832 Horatio Alger, Jr., American minister and author (d. 1899)
1882 Alois Hitler's common-law wife, Franziska 'Fanni' Matzelberger, gives birth to Adolf Hitler's older half-brother, Alois Jr.
1884 Sophie Tucker [Kalish], Russia, singer/last of red hot mammas
1885 Alfred Fuller CEO (Fuller Brush Man)
1893 Clarke Ashton Smith US, sci-fi author (Lost Worlds, Genius Loci)
1909 Danny Barker jazz guitarist
1918 Lester Sill pioneer music publisher/record producer
1919 Robert Stack Los Angeles CA, actor (Eliot Ness-Untouchables, Airplane, Unsolved Mysteries)
1931 Charles Nelson Reilly New York City NY, actor (Match Game, Ghost & Mrs Muir)
1933 Ron[ald Joseph] Goulart US, sci-fi author (Deadwalk, Plunder, Cheap Thrills)
1933 Tom B Gola NBA Hall-of-Famer
1934 Rip Taylor comedian (Gong Show, $1.98 Beauty Show)
1938 Billy Gray Los Angeles CA, actor (Bud-Father Knows Best)
1943 Richard Moll California, actor (Night Court, House, Dungeonmaster, Survivor)
1948 T Bone' Burnett rocker
1949 Brandon Tartikoff TV exec (NBC)
1949 Rakesh Sharma India, cosmonaut (Soyuz T-11)
1955 Jay McInerney author (Bright Lights, Big City)
1961 Julia Louis-Dreyfus New York City NY, comedienne (SNL, Seinfeld, Day by Day, Soul Man, Troll)
1966 Patrick Dempsey Lewiston ME, actor (Mike-Fast Times, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Can't Buy Me Love, Face The Music)
1966 Tabitha Stevens fictional character (Bewitched)
1970 Keith Mitchell Palm Springs CA, actor (Jeffrey-Waltons, Gun Shy)
1971 Elmer Dessens Hermosillo Mexico, pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates)
1972 Byron "Bam" Morris NFL running back (Baltimore Ravens, Pittsburgh Steelers)
1599 Edmund Spenser poet (Faerie Queene), dies at about 46
1625 Pieter Bruegel "the Older" (Bloemenbruegel), Flemish painter, dies
1691 George Fox founder of Quakers, dies at 66
1864 Stephen Foster composer (My Old Kentucky Home), dies in a New York hospital at 37
1929 Wyatt Earp US marshall (OK Corral), dies at 80
1941 James Joyce novelist (Ulysses), dies in Zürich Switzerland, at 58
1962 Ernie Kovacs comedian, dies in a car crash in West Los Angeles, at 42
1978 Hubert Humphrey (Senator-D-MN, Vice President), dies at 66 in Waverly MN
1978 Joseph V McCarthy baseball manager (New York Yankees), dies at 96
1979 Donny Hathaway Chicago IL, rocker (Ghetto), commits suicide at 33
1982 Marcel Camus French director (Orfeu Negro), dies at 69
1983 Doodles Weaver comedian (Spike Jones & City Slickers), dies at 71
1985 Carol Wayne Johnny Carson's teatime movie hostess, dies at 42
1995 Ruby Starr vocalist (Grey Ghost), dies of brain tumor at 44
January 13, the 13th day of 2008. There are 353 days left in the year.
compiled by Mondoreb
Source: Today in History
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