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JANUARY 31 ~ ON THiS DAY in History

1606 –  Guy Fawkes was executed on the 31st January 1606, for his plotting against Parliament and James I of England, in the Gunpowder Plot.

1747 – The first venereal diseases clinic opened on the 31st January 1747, at London Lock Hospital.

1930 – 3M began marketing Scotch Tape on the 31st January 1930.

1949 – These Are My Children, the first TV daytime soap opera was broadcast on the 31st January 1949, by the NBC station in Chicago.

1953 – The North Sea flood on the 31st January 1953 caused over 1,800 deaths in the Netherlands, and over 300 in the United Kingdom.

1958 – Explorer 1, the first successful launch of an American satellite into orbit was on the 31st January 1958.

1958 – James Van Allen discovered the Van Allen radiation belt on the 31st January 1958.

1961 – Ham the Chimp traveled into outer space on the 31st January 1961, in Project MercuryMercury-Redstone 2.

1966 – The Soviet Union launched the unmanned Luna 9 spacecraft on the 31st January 1966, as part of the Luna program.

1968 – Nauru gained independence from Australia on the 31st January 1968.

1971 – Apollo 14 astronauts Alan ShepardStuart Roosa, and Edgar Mitchell, aboard Saturn V, lifted off on the 31st January 1971, for a mission to the Fra Mauro Highlands on the Moon.

1988The Wonder Years American television comedy-drama was first broadcast on the 31st January 1988.

1990 – The first McDonald’s in the Soviet Union opened in Moscow on the 31st January 1990.

1995 – President Bill Clinton authorized a $20 billion loan to Mexico on the 31st January 1995, to stabilize its economy.

1996 – Comet Hyakutake was discovered by Japanese amateur astronomer Yuji Hyakutake on the 31st January 1996.

2010 – Avatar became the first film to gross over $2 billion worldwide on the 31st January 2010.

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JANUARY 30 ~ ON THiS DAY in History

1649 – King Charles I of England was beheaded on the 30th January 1649..

1661 – Oliver CromwellLord Protector of the Commonwealth of England was ritually executed on the 30th January 1661, two years after his death, on the anniversary of the execution of the monarch Charles I of England he himself deposed.

1790 – The 1st boat specializing as a lifeboat was tested on the River Tyne on the 30th January 1790.

1847 – Yerba Buena, California was renamed San Francisco on the 30th January 1847.

1878 – Anton Hansen Tammsaare the Estonian author was born on the 30th January 1878 (died 1940).

1882 – Franklin D. Roosevelt the American politician and 32nd President of the United States was born on the 30th January 1882 (died 1945).

1922 – Dick Martin the American comedian, actor, and director was born on the 30th January 1922 (died 2008).

1930 – Gene Hackman the American actor and author was born on the 30th January 1930.

1933 – Adolf Hitler was sworn in as Chancellor of Germany on the 30th January 1933, during Machtergreifung.

1935 – Richard Brautigan the American author and poet was born on the 30th January 1935 (died 1984).

1951 – Phil Collins the English singer-songwriter from Genesis was born on the 30th January 1951.

1964 – Ranger 6 was launched on the 30th January 1964.

1969 – The Beatles‘ last public performance was on the 30th January 1969, on the roof of Apple Records in London. The impromptu concert is broken up by the police.

1971 – Carole King’s Tapestry album was released on the 30th January 1971, becoming the longest charting album by a female solo artist, selling 24 million copies worldwide.

1980Wilmer Valderrama the American actor best known for his role of Fez in That ’70s Show, was born in Miami, Florida on the 30th January 1980.

1983Ella Hooper the Australian rock music singer-songwriter and lead singer of Killing Heidi was born in Violet Town, Victoria on the 30th January 1983. Official Facebook: www.facebook.com/Ella.Hooper.9 | Verified Twitter: www.Twitter.com/Ella_Hooper | Blog: www.LostCluesToFutureNews.blogspot.com.au

1987 – Phil Lester the English YouTube vlogger and radio personality was born on the 30th January 1987. Phil lester presents the Sunday night request show for BBC Radio 1 with Dan Howell. Phil Lester reached 1 million YouTube subscribers on the 6th July 2013. Phil Lester’s YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/AmazingPhil | Facebook: www.facebook.com/AmazingPhil | Twitter: www.Twitter.com/AmazingPhil

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JANUARY 29 ~ ON THiS DAY in History

1845 – “The Raven” was published in the New York Evening Mirror on the 29th January 1845, the first publication with the name of the author, Edgar Allan Poe

1856 – Queen Victoria instituted the Victoria Cross on the 29th January 1856.

1861 – Kansas was admitted as the 34th U.S. state on the 29th January 1861.

1886 – Karl Benz patented the first successful gasoline-driven automobile on the 29th January 1886.

1985 – Final recording session of We Are The World was on the 29th January 1985, by the supergroup USA for Africa.

1996 – President Jacques Chirac announced a “definitive end” to French nuclear weapons testing on the 29th January 1996.

2002 – In his State of the Union AddressPresident George W. Bush described “regimes that sponsor terror” as an Axis of Evil on the 29th January 2002, in which he includes IraqIran and North Korea.

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JANUARY 28 ~ ON THiS DAY in History

1754 – Horace Walpole coined the word serendipity in a letter to Horace Mann on the 28th January 1754.

1813 – Pride and Prejudice was first published in the United Kingdom on the 28th January 1813.

1820 – A Russian expedition led by Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen and Mikhail Petrovich Lazarev discovered the Antarctic continent on the 28th January 1820.

1821 – Alexander Island was first discovered by Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen on the 28th January 1821.

1855 – A locomotive, on the Panama Railway, was run from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean for the first time on the 28th January 1855.

1878 – Yale Daily News became the first daily college newspaper in the United States on the 28th January 1878.

1887 – A snowstorm at Fort KeoghMontana, recorded the world’s largest snowflakes on the 28th January 1887, at a size of 15 inches (38 cm) wide and 8 inches (20 cm) thick.

1896 – Walter Arnold of East Peckham, Kent became the first person to be convicted of speeding on the 28th January 1896. Walter was fined 1 shilling, plus costs, for speeding at 8 mph (13 km/h), breaking the speed limit of 2 mph (3.2 km/h).

1902 – The Carnegie Institution of Washington was founded in Washington, D.C. on the 28th January 1902, with a $10 million gift from Andrew Carnegie.

1915 – An act of the U.S. Congress created the United States Coast Guard on the 28th January 1915.

1917 – Municipally owned streetcars took to the streets of San Francisco, California on the 28th January 1917.

1934 – The first ski tow in the United States began operation in Vermont on the 28th January 1934.

1938 – The World Land Speed Record on a public road was broken by driver Rudolf Caracciola in the Mercedes-Benz W195 on the 28th January 1938, at a speed of 432.7 kilometres per hour (268.9 mph).

1956 – Elvis Presley made his first US TV appearance on the 28th January 1956.

1958 – The Lego company patented the design of its Lego bricks on the 28th January 1958, which are still compatible with the Lego bricks produced today.

1958 – The last episode of the British radio comedy programme Goon Show was broadcasted on the 28th January 1958.

1965 – The current design of the Flag of Canada was chosen on the 28th January 1965, by an act of Parliament.

1973Barnaby Jones the television detective series starring Buddy Ebsen and Lee Meriwether was first broadcast on the 28th January 1973, on CBS, until the 3rd April 1980. YouTube video: Barnaby Jones intro…

1977 – The first day of the Great Lakes Blizzard of 1977 was on the 28th January 1977. There was a dump of 10 feet (3.0 m) of snow in one-day in Upstate New York.

1980 ~ Nick Carter the American singer-songwriter, dancer, musician, entertainer, author and actor was born Nickolas Gene Carter in Jamestown, New York on  the 28th January 1980. Nick Carter is best known as a member of the pop group Backstreet Boys ~ official website: www.BackstreetBoys.com | Nick Carter’s official website: www.NickCarter.net | Nick Carter’s Twiter verified: www.Twitter.com/NickCarter | Nick Carter’s official Facebook: www.facebook.com/NickCarter

1985 – Supergroup USA for Africa (United Support of Artists for Africa) recorded the hit single We Are the World on the 28th January 1985, to help raise funds for Ethiopian famine relief.

1986 –  Space Shuttle Challenger broke apart after liftoff on the 28th January 1986, killing all seven astronauts on board.

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JANUARY 27 ~ ON THiS DAY in History

1606 – The trial of Guy Fawkes in the Gunpowder Plot, with the other conspirators began on the 27th January 1606, ending with their execution on the 31st January.

1756 – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart the Austrian composer was born on the 27th January 1756 (died 1791 aged 35).

1785 – The University of Georgia was founded on the 27th January 1785, becoming the first public university in the United States.

1832 – Lewis Carroll the English author was born on the 27th January 1832 (died 1898).

1888 – The National Geographic Society was founded in Washington, D.C. on the 27th January 1888.

1933 – Mohamed Al-Fayed the Egyptian-Monacan businessman was born on the 27th January 1933.

1939 – First flight of the Lockheed P-38 Lightning was on the 27th January 1939.

1956 – Mimi Rogers the American actress was born on the 27th January 1956.

1964 – Bridget Fonda the American actress was born on the 27th January 1964.

1967 – The United StatesUnited Kingdom, and Soviet Union sigedn the Outer Space Treaty in Washington, D.C. on the 27th January 1967, banning deployment of nuclear weapons in space, and limiting use of the Moon and other celestial bodies to peaceful purposes.

1969Patton Oswalt the American stand-up comedian, writer, actor and voice actor was born on the 27th January 1969. Patton Oswalt is best known for his roles as Spencer Olchin in The King of Queens, and voicing Remy in Ratatouille.

1972 – Mark Owen the English singer-songwriter from Take That was born on the 27th January 1972.

1974 – The Brisbane River breached its banks on the 27th January 1974, causing the largest flood to affect the city of Brisbane in the 20th century.

1976Laverne & Shirley the American television sitcom was first broadcast on the 27th January 1976, until 10th May 1983. The show was originally titled Laverne De Fazio & Shirley Feeney in the first season. YouTube video: Laverne & Shirley Season 1 Opening (1976)…

1984 – Pop singer Michael Jackson suffered second degree burns to his scalp during the filming of a Pepsi commercial on the 27th January 1984, in the Shrine Auditorium.

1996 – Germany first observed International Holocaust Remembrance Day on the 27th January 1996.

2002 – An explosion at a military storage facility in Lagos, Nigeria on the 27th January 2002, killed about 1,100 people and displacing over 20,000 others.

2006 – Western Union discontinued its Telegram and Commercial Messaging services on the 27th January 2006 .

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JANUARY 26 ~ ON THiS DAY in History ~ Happy Australia Day

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Have a happy Australia Day (Middle Creek, Victoria, Australia photo by Anton K. Kressnig)

1788 – The British First Fleet, led by Arthur Phillip, sailed into Port Jackson (Sydney Harbour) to establish Sydney on the 26th January 1788. This was the start of the first permanent European settlement on the continent of Australia, and commemorated as AUSTRALiA DAY.

1808 ~ AUSTRALiA DAY was first celebrated on the 26th January 1808.

1808 – Rum Rebellion was on the 26th January 1808. It was the only successful armed takeover of the government in Australia.

1818 ~ The first official celebration of the formation of New South Wales was held on the 26th January 1818.

1837 – Michigan was admitted as the 26th U.S. state on the 26th January 1837.

1905 – The world’s largest diamond, the Cullinan weighing 3,106.75 carats (0.62135 kg) was found on the 26th January 1905, at the Premier Mine near Pretoria in South Africa.

1915 – The Rocky Mountain National Park was established by an act of the U.S. Congress on the 26th January 1915.

1920 – Former Ford Motor Company executive Henry Leland launched the Lincoln Motor Company on the 26th January 1920, which he later sold to his former employer.

1924 – Saint PetersburgRussia, was renamed Leningrad on the 26th January 1924.

1925 – Paul Newman the American actor, director, race car driver, and businessman and co-founder of Newman’s Own was born on the 26th January 1925 (d. 2008).

1934 – The Apollo Theater reopened in Harlem, New York City on the 26th January 1934.

1949 – The Hale telescope at Palomar Observatory saw first light under the direction of Edwin Hubble on the 26th January 1949, becoming the largest aperture optical telescope, until BTA-6 was built in 1976.

1947Robert Cailliau the Flemish informatics engineercomputer scientist, and co-developer of the World Wide Web was born on the 26th January 1947. Robert Cailliau’s website: www.RobertCailliau.eu

1949Eureka Stockade British film was released in the UK on the 26th January 1949. The film is about Peter Lalor and the gold miners’ rebellion of 1854 at the Eureka Stockade in Ballarat, VictoriaYouTube video: Eureka Stockade (1949) starring Chips Rafferty (as Peter Lalor), Peter Finch (as Humffray), Jack Lambert (as Commissioner Rede), Peter Illing (as Raffaello Carboni), Ralph Truman (as Governor Charles Hotham), Charles Tasman (as Governor Charles La Trobe), John Fegan (as Hayes), Dorothy Alison (as Mrs Bentley), John Cazabon as Seekamp, Al Thomas as Scobie, Jane Barrett (as Alicia Dunne)…

1955 – Eddie Van Halen the Dutch-American guitarist, songwriter, and producer best known from Van Halen was born on the 26th January 1955.

1955Shane Howard the Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist from the folk rock group Goanna was born on the 26th January 1955. Shane Howard’s official website: www.ShaneHoward.com.au | Shane Howard Facebook page | YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/GoannaFella | YouTube video: Goanna – Solid Rock (1982)…

1958 – Ellen DeGeneres the American comedian, actress, and talk show host was born on the 26th January 1958.

1961Li Cunxin the Chinese-Australian ballet dancer was born on the 26th January 1961. Li Cunxin is best known for his autobiography book Mao’s Last Dancer (2003) & the 2009 film Mao’s Last Dancer. Li Cunxin is currently the Artistic Director of the Queensland Ballet.

1962 – Ranger 3 was launched to study the moon on the 26th January 1962. The space probe later missed the moon by 22,000 miles (35,400 km).

1965 – Hindi became the official language of India on the 26th January 1965.

1966 – The Beaumont Children went missing from Glenelg Beach near AdelaideSouth Australia on the 26th January 1966.

1992 – Boris Yeltsin announced that Russia will stop targeting United States cities with nuclear weapons on the 26th January 1992.

1998 – U.S. President Bill Clinton denied having had “sexual relations” with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky on the 26th January 1998, known as the Lewinsky scandal.

2001 – An earthquake hit GujaratIndia on the 26th January 2001, causing over 20,000 deaths.

2004 – A whale exploded in the town of Tainan, Taiwan on the 26th January 2004, due to a build-up of gas in the decomposing sperm whale.

2005 – The Glendale train crash happened on the 26th January 2005, when 2 trains derailed killing 11 people, and injuring 200 in Glendale, California, near Los Angeles.

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JANUARY 25 ~ ON THiS DAY in History

1348 ~ Friuli Earthquake hit the South Alpine region of Friuli in Italy on the 25th January 1348, causing damage to buildings as far away as Rome.

1533 ~ Henry VIII of England secretly married his 2nd wife Anne Boleyn on the 25th January 1533. On the 23rd May 1533, Thomas Cranmer declared Henry and Catherine‘s marriage null and void, and 5 days later, he declared Henry and Anne’s marriage to be good and valid. See wedding painting..

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Henry VIII of England secretly marrying his 2nd wife Anne Boleyn on the 25th January 1533

 

1554 ~ São Paulo city in Brazil was founded on the 25th January 1554.

1755 ~ Moscow University was established on Tatiana Day on the 25th January 1755.

1765 ~ Port Egmont, the 1st British settlement in the Falkland Islands at the southern tip of South America, was founded on the 25th January 1765.

1858 ~ The Wedding March by Felix Mendelssohn became a popular wedding recessional after it was played on the 25th January 1858, at the marriage of Queen Victoria‘s daughter, Victoria, and Friedrich of Prussia.

1881 ~ Thomas Edison & Alexander Graham Bell formed the Oriental Telephone Company on the 25th January 1881.

1882 ~ Virginia Woolf the English author and critic was born on the 25th January 1882 (died 1941).

1890 ~ Nellie Bly completed her round-the-world journey in 72 days on the 25th January 1890 (died 1922).

1909 ~ Richard Strauss‘s opera Elektra received its debut performance at the Dresden State Opera on the 25th January 1909.

1915 ~ Alexander Graham Bell inaugurated the U.S. transcontinental telephone service on the 25th January 1915, when he spoke from New York to Thomas Watson in San Francisco.

1919 ~ League of Nations was founded on the 25th January 1919.

1924 ~ The 1924 Winter Olympics opened in Chamonix, France on the 25th January 1924, inaugurating the Winter Olympic Games.

1937 ~ The Guiding Light debuted on NBC radio on the 25th January 1937. In 1952 it moved to CBS television, where it remained on air until the 18th September 2009.

1938Etta James the American singer-songwriter was born on the 25th January 1938 (died 2012 aged 73). YouTube video: Etta James – I’d Rather Be Blind (Live at Montreux 1975)..

1947 ~ Thomas Goldsmith Jr. filed a patent for a CRT amusement device on the 25th January 1947.

1949 ~ The Emmy Awards were presented for the 1st time on the 25th January 1949, at the Hollywood Athletic Club.

1955 ~ Soviet Union ended the state of war with Germany on the 25th January 1955.

1961 ~ John F. Kennedy delivered the 1st live presidential television news conference on the 25th January 1961, in Washington, D.C.

1969 ~ Kina the American singer-songwriter from Brownstone was born on the 25th January 1969. YouTube music video by Brownstone performing I Can’t Tell You Why (by Eagles) in 1995..

1971 ~ Charles Manson and 3 female “Family” members were found guilty of the 1969 Tate-LaBianca murders on the 25th January 1971.

1974Emily Haines the Canadian singer-songwriter from Metric was born on the 25th January 1974.

1980 ~ Mother Teresa was honored with India’s highest civilian award Bharat Ratna on the 25th January 1980.

1981Alicia Keys the American singer-songwriter, pianist, and actress was born on the 25th January 1981. YouTube video: Girl On Fire (2012)..

1983 ~ Andrée Watters the Canadian singer was born on the 25th January 1983. YouTube video: Nouveau Vidéoclip Ma liberté d’Andrée Watters.. 

1990 ~ Thomas Berge the Dutch singer was born Chiel Ottink on the 25th January 1990. YouTube video: Thomas Berge ~ Words..

1992 ~ Jordan “Rizzle” Stephens from the English hip hop duo Rizzle Kicks was born on the 25th January 1992.

1994 ~ The Clementine space probe was launched on the 25th January 1994.

1995 ~ The Norwegian Rocket Incident was on the 25th January 1995, when Russia almost launched a nuclear attack after it mistook Black Brant XII, a Norwegian research rocket, for a US Trident missile.

1996 ~ Billy Bailey became the last person to be hanged in the United States of America on the 25th January 1996.

1999 ~ Jai Waetford the Australian 2013 X Factor finalist was born on the 25th January 1999. Jai Waetford official FacebookYouTube video: Jai Waetford 2013 X factor audition: Different Worlds & Don’t Let Me Go.. 

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Jai Waetford official Facebook page (screenshot August 2013) ~ www.facebook.com/pages/Jai-Waetford

2004 ~ Opportunity rover landed on the surface of Mars on the 25th January 2004.

2011 ~ Party Rock Anthem by LMFAO was released on the 25th January 2011. YouTube Vevo video: LMFAO ~ Party Rock Anthem (2011) ft. Lauren Bennett and GoonRock ~ over 570 million views in the first 2 years…

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JANUARY 24 ~ ON THiS DAY in History

1848 – The California Gold Rush started on the 24th January 1848 when James W. Marshall found gold at Sutter’s Mill near Sacramento.

1857 – The University of Calcutta was formally founded as the 1st fully-fledged university in south Asia on the 24th January 1857.

1862 – Bucharest was proclaimed capital of Romania on the 24th January 1862.

1908 – The 1st Boy Scout troop was organized in England on the 24th January 1908 by Robert Baden-Powell.

1939 – The deadliest earthquake in Chilean history hit Chillán on the 24th January 1939.

1941 – Neil Diamond the American singer-songwriter and guitarist was born on the 24th January 1941.

1941 – Aaron Neville the American singer from the Neville Brothers was born on the 24th January 1941.

1943 – Sharon Tate the American actress was born on the 24th January 1943 (d. 1969).

1949 – John Belushi the American actor was born on the 24th January 1949 (d. 1982).

1961 – Nastassja Kinski the German-American actress was born on the 24th January 1961.

1974Melissa Tkautz the Australian actress, singer-songwriter and model was born on the 24th January 1974. Melissa Tkautz’s official website: www.MelissaTkautz.net | Melissa Tkautz Facebook page: www.facebook.com/MelissaTkautz | Twitter verified: www.twitter.com/Melissa_Tkautz  | iTunes | YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/MelissaTkautz | YouTube video: “Melissa Tkautz – The Hits & More” Promo 2012…

1979 – Nik Wallenda American acrobat and daredevil was born on the 24th January 1979.

1984 – The 1st Apple Macintosh went on sale on the 24th January 1984.

1986 – Mischa Barton, English-American actress was born on the 24th January 1986.

1986 – Voyager 2 passed within 81,500 kilometres (50,600 mi) of Uranus on the 24th January 1986.

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JANUARY 23 ~ ON THiS DAY in History

1571 – The Royal Exchange opened in London on the 23rd January 1571.

1719 – The Principality of Liechtenstein was created on the 23rd January 1719, within the Holy Roman Empire.

1786 – Auguste de Montferrand the French-Russian architect and designer of Saint Isaac’s Cathedral and Alexander Column was born on the 23rd January 1786 (died 1858).

1832 – Édouard Manet the French painter was born on the 23rd January 1832 (died 1883).

1855 – The 1st bridge over the Mississippi River opened on the 23rd January 1855, in what is now Minneapolis, Minnesota, a crossing made today by the Hennepin Avenue Bridge.

1857 – Andrija Mohorovičić the Croatian meteorologist was born on the 23rd January 1857 (died 1936).

1872 – Jože Plečnik the Slovenian architect and designer of Plečnik Parliament was born on the 23rd January 1872 (died 1957).

1884 – George McManus the American cartoonist was born on the 23rd January 1884 (died 1954).

1897 – Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky the Austrian architect was born on the 23rd January 1897 (died 2000).

1912 – The International Opium Convention was signed on the 23rd January 1912, at The Hague.

1913 – Jean-Michel Atlan the French painter was born on the 23rd January 1913 (died 1960).

1916 – David Douglas Duncan the American photographer and journalist was born on the 23rd January 1916.

1918 – Gertrude B. Elion the American biochemist, pharmacologist and Nobel Prize laureate was born on the 23rd January 1918 (died 1999).

1919 – Hans Hass the Austrian diver was born on the 23rd January 1919 (died 2013).

1919 – Ernie Kovacs the American comedian and actor was born on the 23rd January 1919 (died 1962).

1927Fred Williams (OBE) the Australian painter was born on the 23rd January 1927 (died 22nd April 1982).

1927 – Lars-Eric Lindblad the Swedish-American businessman and explorer was born on the 23rd January 1927 (died 1994).

1928 – Jeanne Moreau the French actress, singer, screenwriter and director was born on the 23rd January 1928.

1938 – Georg Baselitz the German painter and sculptor was born on the 23rd January 1938.

1943 – Duke Ellington played at Carnegie Hall in New York City for the first time on the 23rd January 1943.

1948 – Anita Pointer the American singer-songwriter from The Pointer Sisters was born on the 23rd January 1948.

1950 – Bill Cunningham the American bass guitarist, keyboardist and classical musician from The Box Tops was born on the 23rd January 1950.

1950 – Danny Federici the American accordion player from E Street Band was born on the 23rd January 1950 (died 2008).

1953 ~ ROBiN ZANDER the American singer and guitarist from CHEAP TRiCK was born in Beloit, Wisconsin on the 23rd January 1953. Cheap Trick official website: www.CheapTrick.com | YouTube Vevo video: Cheap Trick ~ If You Want My Love (1982)

1954 – Richard Finch the American bass player and songwriter from KC and the Sunshine Band was born on the 23rd January 1954.

1957 – American inventor Walter Frederick Morrison sold the rights to his flying disc to the Wham-O toy company on the 23rd January 1957, which later was renamed the “Frisbee”.

1971 – Marc Nelson the American singer-songwriter from Boyz II Men was born on the 23rd January 1971.

1974 – Tiffani Thiessen the American actress was born on the 23rd January 1974.

1974Rebekah Elmaloglou the Australian actress was born on the 23rd January 1974. Rebekah Elmalogou is best known as Terese Willis on Neighbours and Sophie Simpson on Home and Away (1989 ~ 1993). Rebekah Elmalogou verified Twitter: www.Twitter.com/RElmaloglou |YouTube video: Home And Away – Episode 689…

1974 – Richard T. Slone the English painter was born on the 23rd January 1974.

1986 – The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted its 1st members: Little RichardChuck BerryJames BrownRay CharlesFats Domino, the Everly BrothersBuddy HollyJerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley on the 23rd January 1986.

1995 ~ SHAUN WiLSON-MiLLER the inspirational Australian teenage writer of An Awesome Ride book was born on the 23rd January 1995. Shaun Miller suffered from a chronic heart condition, and became very well known for his inspirational YouTube video: My Final Goodbye. The video went viral online, with over 3 million views, touching the hearts of many people around the World. Sadly, Shaun Miller passed away at 1.40pm on the 26th May 2012, from a terminal heart condition, at the age of 17. An Awesome Ride by Shaun Miller is published by AKA Publishing & available at Booktopia. Facebook pages: www.facebook.com/groups/ShaunMillersFamilyandFriends & Tribute Facebook page: Shaun Wilson-Miller a Brave Young Man 

1997 – Madeleine Albright became the 1st woman to serve as United States Secretary of State on the 23rd January 1997.

2003 – Final communication between Earth and Pioneer 10 was on the 23rd January 2003.

Today in History for the 23rd January video produced by Associated Press

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JANUARY 22 ~ ON THiS DAY in History

1889 – Columbia Phonograph was formed in Washington, D.C. on the 22nd January 1889.

1899 – Leaders of 6 Australian colonies met in Melbourne to discuss confederation on the 22nd January 1899.

1927 – Teddy Wakelam gave the 1st live radio commentary of a football match anywhere in the world on the 22nd January 1927. The match was between Arsenal F.C. and Sheffield United at Highbury.

1931 – Sam Cooke the American singer-songwriter was born on the 22nd January 1931 (died 1964).

1938 – Peter Beard the Australian photographer and writer was born on the 22nd January 1938.

1946 – Malcolm McLaren the English singer-songwriter and manager was born on the 22nd January 1946 (died 2010).

1949 – Steve Perry the American singer-songwriter from Journey was born on the 22nd January 1949.

1959 – Linda Blair the American actress was born on the 22nd January 1959.

1960 ~ Michael Hutchence the Australian singer-songwriter from iNXS was born on the 22nd January 1960  (died 22nd November 1997 aged 37). MichaelHutchence.com.au | Facebook.com/inxs.MichaelHutchence | iNXS.com

1965 – Andrew Roachford the English singer-songwriter and keyboard player from Mike + The Mechanics was born on the 22nd January 1965.

1965 – Steven Adler the American drummer from Guns N’ Roses was born on the 22nd January 1965.

1965 – DJ Jazzy Jeff the American DJ from DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince was born on the 22nd January 1965.

1968 – Apollo 5 lifts off carrying the first Lunar module into space.

1970 ~ The Boeing 747, the world’s 1st jumbo jet, entered commercial service for launch customer Pan American Airways on the 22nd January 1970, with its maiden voyage from John F. Kennedy International Airport to London Heathrow Airport.

1973 – The crew of Apollo 17 addressed a joint session of Congress on the 22nd January 1973, after the completion of the final Apollo moon landing mission.

1977 – Matthew Newton the Australian actor was born on the 22nd January 1977.

1981 – Ben Moody the American singer-songwriter and guitarist from Evanescence was born on the 22nd January 1981.

1984 – The Apple Macintosh, the 1st consumer computer to popularize the computer mouse and the graphical user interface, was introduced during Super Bowl XVIII with its famous 1984 television commercial on the 22nd January 1984.

1987 – Pennsylvania politician R. Budd Dwyer shot and killed himself during a televised press conference was born on the 22nd January 1987, leading to debates on boundaries in journalism.

1992 – Space Shuttle program: Dr. Roberta Bondar became the 1st Canadian woman and the first neurologist in space on the 22nd January 1992.

2002 – Kmart became the largest retailer in United States history to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on the 22nd January 2002.

Today in History on the 22nd January video:  Rove vs. Wade decision |  Lyndon Johnson died | Unabomber pleaded guilty | Britain’s Queen Victoria died | The Crucible debut on Broadway | Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-in premiered…