Ken Fussichen's History Of The Day For
January 16th

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1325*Laure de Noves, beloved of Petrarch, marries Hugues de Sade.Ref: 5
1531*English Reformation parliament's 2nd sitting.Ref: 5
1545*Death of Georg Spalatin, 61, German reformer and friend of Martin Luther. Spalatin's court life allowed him to give secular government a better understanding of Luther's ideas.Ref: 5
1547*Ivan IV (the Terrible) crowns himself the new Czar of Russia in Assumption Cathedral in Moscow.Ref: 2
1556*Emperor Karel appoints his son Philip II, king of Spain.Ref: 5
1581*English parliament passes laws against Catholicism.Ref: 5
1604*At the Hampton Court Conference in England, John Rainolds presented to King James I the motion '...that there might bee a newe translation of the Bible.' Approved the next day, Rainolds' motion led to the 1611 publication of the Authorized (King James) version of the Bible.Ref: 5
1776*Continental Congress approves enlistment of free blacks.Ref: 5
1777*Vermont declares independence from NY.Ref: 5
1786*The Virginia Legislature adopted the Ordinance of Religious Freedom, which guaranteed that no man would be forced to attend or support any church. This mandate later became the model for the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.Ref: 5
1806*The first wedding is performed in Cedarville Twp [Greene County OH] when Martha Townsley and James Galloway Jr wed. (XDG, p 7A, 4/24/2003)Ref: 83
1819*Godert baron van der de Capellen becomes Governor of Dutch-Indies.Ref: 5
1837*Andrew Jackson, 7th US President, censure of March 28, 1834 was withdrawn by a Democratic Senate. 
1847*John C. Fremont, the famed "Pathfinder" of Western exploration, is appointed governor of California.Ref: 2
1865*San Francisco Dramatic Chronicle started (now San Francisco Chronicle)Ref: 5
1870*Virginia becomes 8th state re-admitted to US after Civil War.Ref: 5
1871*Jefferson Long of Georgia sworn in as 2nd black congressman.Ref: 5
1872*The first run of the Orient ExpressRef: 62
1879*January record 13" of snow falls in New York City NY (broken Jan 7, 1996).Ref: 5
1883*The United States Civil Service Commission was established as the Pendleton Act goes into effect.Ref: 4
1887*Cliff House damaged when schooner "Parallel"'s powder cargo explodes.Ref: 5
1889*128ºF (53ºC), Cloncurry, Queensland (Australian record).Ref: 5
1893*US troops overthrow Queen Liluokalani of Hawaii. (XDG, p 4A, 1/16/01)Ref: 83
1900*The U.S. Senate recognizes the Anglo-German Treaty of 1899 by which the UK renounced its rights to the Samoan Islands.Ref: 2
1906 Conference of Algeciras (about Morocco).Ref: 5
1908*Pinnacles National Monument, California established.Ref: 5
1913*British House of Commons accepts Home-Rule for Ireland.Ref: 5
1914*Maxim Gorky is authorized to return to Russia after an eight year exile for political dissidence.Ref: 2
1915*Congress authorizes $1 & $50 Panama-Pacific International Expo gold coin.Ref: 5
1919*(Prohibition) Nebraska, Wyoming and Missouri became the 36th, 37th and 38th states to ratify Prohibition.Ref: 70
1920*The League of Nations holds its first meeting in Paris.Ref: 2
1920*Allies lift the blockade on trade with Russia.Ref: 2
1920*(Prohibition) 18th Amendment, prohibition, becomes the law of the land one year after ratification; it is repealed in 1933.Ref: 5
1920*Georgia declares independence.Ref: 5
1925*General M Froense replaces Trotsky as People's Commissioner of Defense.Ref: 5
1925*Leon Trotsky dismissed as CEO of Russian Revolution Military Council.Ref: 5
1928*Pan Am becomes first U.S. airline to operate permanent international service (to Havana).Ref: 10
1936*Anna Hauptmann appeals to New Jersey Governor for a stay; stay is granted.Ref: 87
1936 Spanish socialists/communists/anarchists form Unidad Popular.Ref: 5
1939*Franklin D. Roosevelt asks for an extension of the Social Security Act to include more women and children.Ref: 2
1943*-60ºF (-51ºC), Island Park Dam ID (state record).Ref: 5
1947*Vincent Aurial elected President of France.Ref: 5
1950*Belgium, Luxembourg & Netherlands recognize Israel.Ref: 5
1951 World's largest gas pipeline opens (Brownsville TX, to 134th St, New York City NY).Ref: 5
1953 Egyptian Premier General Naguib disbands all political parties.Ref: 5
1956*The Egyptian government makes Islam the state religion.Ref: 2
1956 Egyptian President Nassar pledges to reconquer Palestine.Ref: 5
1961*Russian espionage ring detected in Great Britain.Ref: 5
1962*Suit accuses New York City NY Board of Education uses "racial quotas".Ref: 5
1963*Khrushchev claims to have a 100-megaton nuclear bomb.Ref: 5
1965*USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakstan/Semipalatinsk USSR.Ref: 5
1966*Harold R Perry becomes 2nd black Roman Catholic bishop in US.Ref: 5
1967*Alan S. Boyd was sworn in as the first secretary of transportation.Ref: 70
1967 First black government installed in Bahamas.Ref: 5
1967*Lucius Amerson, becomes first southern (Alabama) black sheriff in 20th century.Ref: 5
1970*Colonel Kadhaffi becomes premier of Libya.Ref: 5
1973*This is National Nothing Day, set aside each year for people to sit around for the entire day and just hang out. No celebrating, observing or honoring anything. Don’t even pick up the mail -- it’s only holiday bills, anyway. So, please, sit there with your hands folded and no talking.Ref: 4
1975*The Irish Republican Army calls an end to a 25-day cease fire in Belfast.Ref: 2
1979*Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlevi of Iran flees Iran for Egypt.Ref: 5
1981*In Northern Ireland, Protestant gunmen shot and wounded Irish nationalist leader Bernadette Devlin McAliskey and her husband.Ref: 6
1982*Great Britain established full diplomatic relations with the Vatican.Ref: 5
1982*California cuisine is born; Wolfgang Puck's restaurant, Spago, opens in Los Angeles.Ref: 10
1986*Police arrested 3 IRA-terrorists in Amsterdam.Ref: 5
1986*“Old newsmen never die, they just fade to black.” Walter Cronkite, five years after his retirement from the CBS Evening News remained, polls showed, the most trusted man in America. “And that’s the way it is.” Dan…Ref: 4
1989*Police arrest writer Vaclav Havel in Prague.Ref: 5
1990*2 Bank of Credit & Commerce members plea guilty to money laundering.Ref: 5
1993*US Attorney-General designate Zoe Baird and her husband paid a $2900 fine for employing illegal aliens in their honme. Regardless, the controversy over the hirings derailed Baird's nomination. (XDG, p 4A, 1/16/2003)Ref: 83
1994*Admiral Charles Larson, head of U.S. Pacific Command visits Vietnam, the highest-ranking active-duty U.S. military officer to do so since the war's end. He concludes that lifting the trade embargo would help efforts to account for Americans missing from the war.Ref: 41
1994*President Clinton held marathon talks in Greece with Syrian President Hafez Assad, who offered Israel "normal, peaceful relations" in exchange for land. (XDG, p 4A, 1/16/2004)Ref: 83
1994*In Moscow, Yegor Gaidar, first deputy prime minister and architect of Russia's market reforms, announces his resignation. (XDG, p 4A, 1/16/2004)Ref: 83
1995*In Union SC, a prosecutor announces he would seek the death penalty for Susan Smith, accused of drowning her sons Michael, 3 and Alex, 14 months. Smith was later convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment. (Ref: The Columbus Dispatch, 16 Jan 2000, p.9D) 
1996 Microsoft Acquires Vermeer Technologies, Inc. Vermeer's flagship software application, FrontPage, is a tool for easily creating and managing rich Web documents without programming. 
1997*(OJ Simpson) Both sides rest. Jury has heard 101 witnesses over 41 days of testimony.Ref: 87
1997*Two bomb blasts an hour apart rocked an Atlanta building containing an abortion clinic. Six people were injured.Ref: 70
1999*Closing three days of opening arguments, House prosecutors demand President Clinton's removal from office, telling a hushed Senate that otherwise the presidency itself may be "deeply and perhaps permanently damaged". (XDG, p 4A, 1/16/2004)Ref: 83
2000*Ricardo Lagos was elected Chile's first socialist president since Salvador Allende.Ref: 70
2002*Richard Reid was indicted in Boston on federal charges alleging he he'd tried to blow up a U.S.-bound jetliner with explosives hidden in his shoes.Ref: 70
2003*A report issued by The Road Information Program (TRIP) shows that traffic from 1991 to 2001 increased 37% while system mileage grew only 5%. (USA Today, p 9A, 1/17/2003)Ref: 13
2003*The Bush administration urged the Supreme Court to strike down the admissions policies of the University of Michigan and its law school, arguing that university admissions programs that gave an edge to minority students was unconstitutional. (XDG, p 4A, 1/16/2004)Ref: 83
2003*AOL Time Warner chief executive was tapped to be the media conglomerate's new chairman, succeeding Steve Case. (XDG, p 4A, 1/16/2004)Ref: 83
1493*Christopher Columbus sets sail for Spain from Hispaniola (now Haiti) after his big discovery.Ref: 5
1765*Charles Messier catalogs M41 (galactic cluster in Canis Major).Ref: 5
1866*Everett Barney patents the roller skate.Ref: 4
1868*Refrigerator car patented by William Davis, a fish dealer in Detroit.Ref: 5
1877*Color organ (for light shows) patented, by Bainbridge Bishop.Ref: 5
1909*One of Ernest Shackleton's polar exploration teams (David, Mawson & Mackay) reaches the Magnetic South Pole.Ref: 2
1957*3 B-52s leave California for first non-stop round the world flights.Ref: 5
1969*Soviet Soyuz 4 & Soyuz 5 perform first transfer of crew in space.Ref: 5
1973*USSR's Lunakhod 2 begins radio-controlled exploration of the Moon.Ref: 5
1978*NASA names 35 candidates to fly on the space shuttle, including Sally K Ride, who became America's first woman in space and Guion S Buford, Jr, who becam black astronaut in space. (XDG, p 4A, 1/16/2003)Ref: 83
1978*Soyuz 27 returns to Earth.Ref: 5
1978*Ward Christiansen and Randy Suess begin to create the first computer bulletin board system in Chi.Ref: 10
1989*USSR announces plan for 2-year manned mission to Mars.Ref: 5
1998*NASA officially announces that John Glenn, the first American to orbit the earth, would fly aboard the space shuttle later in the year. (XDG, p 4A, 1/16/2003)Ref: 83
2003*(Columbia Shuttle) The space shuttle Columbia and its crew of seven blasted off from Cape Canaveral. (The shuttle broke up during its return descent on Feb. 1, killing everyone on board.)Ref: 70
1756*England & Prussia sign Treaty of Westminster.Ref: 5
1780 Battle at Cape St Vincent admiral Rodney beats Spanish fleet.Ref: 5
1795*French army under Pichegru occupies Utrecht Netherlands.Ref: 5
1863*Cruise of CSS Florida.Ref: 5
1864*Heavy fighting takes place near Dandridge TN.Ref: 5
1865*General William T. Sherman begins a march through the Carolinas.Ref: 2
1865*General William Sherman issues Field Order #15 (land for blacks).Ref: 5
1865*Confederate Brigadier General John Pegram marries Hetty Cary.Ref: 5
1865*Drunken sailor attacks munitions at Fort Fisher NC, 40 die.Ref: 5
1940*Hitler cancels an attack in the West due to bad weather and the capture of German attack plans in Belgium.Ref: 2
1941*War Department forms first Army Air Corps squadron for black cadets.Ref: 5
1941*US vice admiral Bellinger warns of an assault on Pearl Harbor.Ref: 5
1942*The Japanese begin an advance into Burma.Ref: 2
1942*William Knudsen becomes first civilian appointed a General in US army.Ref: 5
1943*First US air raid on Ambon.Ref: 5
1943*German 2nd SS-Pantzer division evacuates Charkow.Ref: 5
1943*Red Army recaptures Pitomnik airport at Stalingrad.Ref: 5
1944*General Dwight D. Eisenhower takes command of the Allied Invasion Force in London.Ref: 70
1945*The U.S. First and Third armies link up at Houffalize, effectively ending the Battle of the Bulge.Ref: 36
1945*Dennis Donnini British rifleman (Victoria Cross), dies in battle at 19.Ref: 5
1945*Scottish 52nd land division/1st Commando brigade-assault at Heinsberg.Ref: 5
1951*Viet Minh offensive against Hanoi.Ref: 5
1991*Operation Desert Storm begins US & 27 allies attack Iraq for occupying Kuwait (air war begins January 17 at 2:38AM (local time) or January 16 at 6:38PM EST due to an 8 hour time difference, with an Apache helicopter attack).Ref: 5
1992 The government of El Salvador and rebel leaders signed a pact in Mexico City ending 12 years of civil war that had left at least 75,000 people dead.Ref: 70
1999 Forty-five ethnic Albanians are found slain near the southern Kosovo village of Racak. (XDG, p 4A, 1/16/2004)Ref: 83
1878*Benjamin Douglas is hired as manager of the Providence Grays and Tom Carey is signed as team captain.Ref: 1
1883*Québec Rugby Football Union forms.Ref: 5
1886*Washington is admitted to the National League bringing the total to 7 teams.Ref: 1
1891*A new national agreement is signed by the National League, American Association and the Western Association creating a three-man panel to settle problems among the leagues.Ref: 1
1896*The first five-player college basketball game was played at Iowa City, Iowa. The University of Chicago defeated the University of Iowa by the score of 15-12.Ref: 4
1905*Baseball outfielder Frank Huelsman traded for 6th time in 8 months.Ref: 5
1905*Stanley Cup Ottawa Silver 7 sweep Dawson City (Yukon) in 2 games Ottawa Silver 7 beats Dawson City (Yukon) 23-2 for Stanley Cup, this is most lopsided playoff game, Frank McGee scores 14 goals.Ref: 5
1911 Pandora becomes first 2-man sailboat to round Cape Horn west to east.Ref: 5
1936*First photo finish camera installed at Hialeah Race track in Hialeah FL.Ref: 5
1952*Stan Musial gets a salary raise to $85,000 despite a Korean War wage freeze; the U.S. Standardization Board gives its okay for teams to give individual players pay increases using a complex formula.Ref: 1
1953*27th Australian Womens Tennis Maureen Connolly beat J Sampson (63 62).Ref: 5
1953*41st Australian Mens Tennis Ken Rosewall beats Mervyn Rose (60 63 64).Ref: 5
1955*Jackie Pung wins LPGA Sea Island Golf Open.Ref: 5
1955*NFL Pro Bowl West beats East 26-19.Ref: 5
1960*In a benefit basketball game, the Steelers beat the Pirates in overtime, 22-20. Dick Groat scores 14 points for the Bucs.Ref: 1
1961*Mickey Mantle signs a contract for $75,000 which made him the highest paid baseball player in the American League.Ref: 4
1964*With a 9-1 vote, the AL owners shoot down Charles Finley's proposal to move the A's to Louisville. The maverick owner is given an ultimatum to sign a lease in Kansas City or lose his franchise.Ref: 1
1965*AFL Pro Bowl West beats East 38-14.Ref: 5
1965*More Willie Mays news: The San Francisco Giants continued to pay Mays a reported $105,000 a year. He gave them a .317 batting average (the last season in which he batted over .300), a slugging percentage of .645 and 52 home runs in return. And, Willie took home the 1965 MVP award for himself. Say Hey!Ref: 4
1968*21st NHL All-Star Game Toronto beat All-Stars 4-3 at Toronto.Ref: 5
1970*AAU player Steve Myers makes a basketball field goal of 92'3½" from out of bounds, Tacoma-it shouldn't have counted, but was allowed.Ref: 5
1970*NFL realigns into 3 divisions (down from 4).Ref: 5
1970*Curt Flood files a civil lawsuit challenging baseball's reserve clause. He is the first player to refuse to report & free agency.Ref: 5
1971 Ard Schenk skates world record 1500m (1 58.7).Ref: 5
1972*Super Bowl VI, Dallas 24, Miami 3, at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans.  
1972 Atje Keulen-Deelstra becomes European all-round lady skating champ.Ref: 5
1974*New York Yankees Mickey Mantle & Whitey Ford elected to Hall of Fame.Ref: 5
1977*Washington Capital's H Monahan scored on 2nd penalty shot against Islanders.Ref: 5
1981*Ivan Lendl intentionally loses a match in the Volvo Masters in order to avoid having to play Björn Borg.Ref: 5
1988*NFL St Louis Cardinals announce move to Phoenix.Ref: 5
1988*CBS fired oddsmaker Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder one day after he said in an interview that black athletes are genetically superior to whites.Ref: 70
1994 Scott skates world record 1000m (1 12.54).Ref: 5
1997*Major League Baseball owners, at their meetings in Phoenix, Arizona, place the Tampa Bay Devil Rays into the American League by a vote of 28-2. The Devil Rays become the American League's 15th franchise.Ref: 86
1999*Mike Tyson KO's Francois Botha in the fifth round. Tyson admitted to trying to break Botha's arm during the fight.Ref: 98
2001*In the first year of eligibility, Dave Winfield and Kirby Puckett are elected to the Hall of Fame The former Twins are the fourth pair of teammates selected by BBWAA in the same year.Ref: 1
2001*Free agent Jose Canseco, 36, agrees to terms with the Angels. The incentive-laden contract ranging from $200,000 to as much as $5 million will be based on plate appearances as a designated hitter.Ref: 1
2002*Free agent Pedro Astacio (8-14,5.09) agrees to a one-year, $5 million incentives-laden deal with the Mets. After being traded to the Astros by the Rockies last season, the 32-year-old righthander developed shoulder problems.Ref: 1
2003*Gary Carter becomes the first and perhaps the only player, to wear an Expos hat on his plaque when he is inducted into the Hall in July at Cooperstown. Although the former Montreal catcher had expressed his desire to go in with a Mets logo, the team he is employed by and was part of its 1986 World Series championship, the Hall of Fame makes the final decision.Ref: 1
2003*Trying to restore a competitive edge to the All-Star game, the owners unanimously approved the winning league of the Mid-Summer classic will have home-field advantage during the World Series. Approval is needed by the players to change the current rotation between the two leagues which was put in place since its inception of the World Series in 1903.Ref: 1
1759*British Museum opens in London.Ref: 5
1897 John Dewey's essay "My Pedagogic Creed" appears in School Journal.Ref: 5
1921 The motion picture, "The Kid", opened in movie houses. The classic starred Charlie Chaplin and featured a little tyke, soon to be a Hollywood favorite. Jackie Coogan continued to make movies until his death in 1984.Ref: 4
1936 Screen Actors Guild incorporates with King Vidor as president.Ref: 5
1938*Benny Goodman refuses to play Carnegie Hall when black members of his band were barred from performing.Ref: 5
1939*The Superman daily black and white comic strip is first syndicated nationally. (Daniels, Les, "Superman", 1998, ISBN 0-8118-2162-5) 
1939 The shrill siren call of radio’s I Love a Mystery was heard for the first time as the show debuted on NBC’s West-Coast outlets.Ref: 4
1942*Kay Kyser and the band recorded A Zoot Suit (For My Sunday Gal) for Columbia Records. The tune is about the problems associated with wearing the garish, exaggerated ‘hep’ fashion.Ref: 4
1949*"Rape of Lucretia" closes at Ziegfeld Theater New York City NY after 23 performances.Ref: 5
1952*New Dutch bible translation finished.Ref: 5
1954*"South Pacific" closes at Majestic Theater New York City NY after 1928 performances.Ref: 5
1957*The Cavern Club opens for business in Liverpool, England. About 5 years later, the Beatles would become the house band.Ref: 4
1958*William Gibson's "Two for the Seesaw" premieres in New York City NY.Ref: 5
1961*"Conquering Hero" opens at ANTA Theater New York City NY for 8 performances.Ref: 5
1962 Shooting begins on "Dr No".Ref: 5
1963 Tennessee Williams' "Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore" premieres.Ref: 5
1964*The musical "Hello, Dolly!" opened on Broadway, beginning a run of 2,844 performances.Ref: 70
1965*"Oh What a Lovely War" closes at Broadhurst New York City NY after 125 performances.Ref: 5
1965*"Outer Limits" last airs on ABC-TV.Ref: 5
1965*Searchers' "Love Potion #9" peaks at #3.Ref: 5
1966*Metropolitan Opera House opens in Lincoln Center.Ref: 5
1968*Jay Allen's "Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" premieres in New York City NY.Ref: 5
1973*NBC presents 440th & final showing of "Bonanza".Ref: 5
1974 "Jaws" by Peter Benchley is published.Ref: 5
1976*"Donny & Marie" [Osmond] musical variety show premieres on ABC TV.Ref: 5
1976*Peter Frampton released platinum live album "Frampton Comes Alive".Ref: 5
1976*The album, Frampton Comes Alive, was released by Herb Alpert’s A&M Records. The double LP soon reached the top spot of the album charts and stayed perched there for 17 weeks. It sold 19 million copies in its first year in the record racks.Ref: 4
1978*5th American Music Award Stevie Wonder, Fleetwood Mac & Conway Twitty.Ref: 5
1980*Paul McCartney jailed in Tokyo for 10 days on marijuana possession.Ref: 5
1981*John Lennon's "Woman" is released in UK.Ref: 5
1981*Boxer Leon Spinks is mugged, his assailants even take his gold teeth.Ref: 5
1984*Paul & Linda McCartney arrested in Barbados-possession of cannabis.Ref: 5
1984*11th American Music Award Michael Jackson.Ref: 5
1985*Hugh Hefner said, “Out with the staples!” Playboy magazine announced its 30-year tradition of stapling centerfold models in the bellybutton and elsewhere would come to an immediate end. The centerfold became more difficult to remove in October, as the magazine decided to glue its publication instead.Ref: 4
1985*Leonard Nimoy, who roamed among the stars in the Star Trek TV series and movies, got his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Live long and prosper, Mr. Spock.Ref: 4
1988*4th Soap Opera Digest Awards Days of Our Live wins.Ref: 5
1988*George Michael’s Faith started a sixteen-week run as the number-one album in the U.S. The tracks: Faith, Father Figure, I Want Your Sex, One More Try, Hard Day, Hand To Mouth, Look at Your Hands, Monkey and Kissing a Fool.Ref: 4
1991*7th Soap Opera Digest Awards Days of Our Live wins.Ref: 5
1992*"2 Shakespearean Actors" opens at Cort Theater New York City NY for 29 performances.Ref: 5
1994*Canadian rocker Bryan Adams played before 2,500 people in Ho Chi Minh City. He was the first Western entertainer to perform in Vietnam since the end of the Vietnam War in 1975.Ref: 4
1995*UPN (Universal-Parmount Network) begins telecasting (WWOR in New York City NY).Ref: 5
1996*Jimmy Buffett’s sea plane The Flying Boat was shot at by Jamaican police who mistook him for a drug smuggler. U2’s Bono was in the plane with Buffett at the time. Jimmy wrote a song about the incident, Jamaica Mistaica, that appears on the album Banana Wind.Ref: 4
1999*Brandy’s single, Have You Ever, was #1 (for the first of two weeks) on the Billboard Hot 100.Ref: 4
1587*Alexander Adriaenssen Flemish painter, is born.Ref: 5
1672*Francesco Mancini composer, is born.Ref: 5
1697*Richard Savage poet, is born.Ref: 68
1728*Niccolò Piccinni, Italian composer (Buona Figliuola), is born.Ref: 5
1749*Vittorio Alfieri, Italian tragic poet (Cleopatra, Parigi shastigliata), is born.Ref: 2
1752*George Cabot, American Federalist leader, is born.Ref: 70
1757*Samuel McIntire, architect of Salem, Massachusetts, is born.Ref: 2
1804*Karl August Krebs composer, is born.Ref: 5
1807*Charles Henry Davis Rear Admiral (Union Navy), died in 1877, is born.Ref: 5
1815*Adolph Trube composer, is born.Ref: 5
1815*Henry Wagner "Old Brains" Halleck Major-General (Union Army), is born.Ref: 5
1820*Johannes Rebmann, German missionary/explorer, is born.Ref: 70
1834*Albert Lindley Lee Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1907, is born.Ref: 5
1837*James Phillip Simms Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1887, is born.Ref: 5
1847*Kálmán Mikszáth Hungary, writer (Wonderparaplu), is born.Ref: 5
1853*André Michelin France, industrialist/tire manufacturer (Michelin), is born.Ref: 5
1853*Johnston Forbes-Robertson English actor/theater director (Kathleen), is born.Ref: 5
1853*Sir Ian Hamilton, English general, is born.Ref: 70
1864*Frank Bacon actor/author (Lightnin), is born.Ref: 5
1868*Cyril Metodej Hrazdira composer, is born.Ref: 5
1870*Wilhelm Normann German chemist (hardening of oils), is born.Ref: 5
1872*Edward G Craig actor/director (On the art of theatre), is born.Ref: 5
1872*Henri-Paul Busser composer, is born.Ref: 5
1873*Boyd Alexander English explorer, is born.Ref: 5
1874*Robert Service England, Canadian poet (Cremation of Sam McGee), is born.Ref: 5
1878*Harry [Henry Dewitt] Carey Sr Bronx NY, US actor (Informer, Aces Wild, Border Cafe, Air Force), is born.Ref: 5
1878*Robert Garbe German poet (Görniek), is born.Ref: 5
1881*Sir Arthur Fleming, English engineer, is born.Ref: 70
1885*Wladyslaw Raczkiewicz president of Poland (1939-40), is born.Ref: 5
1886*-Actor Jack Hamilton (Perry White on the original Superman TV show) is born.Ref: 24
1887*-John Hamilton Penn, actor (Perry White-Superman), is born.Ref: 5
1887*George Kelly, American playwright/actor, is born.Ref: 70
1890*Karl Freund Czech/Austrian cameraman/director, is born.Ref: 5
1890*Lloyd Bacon San Jose CA, actor (Charlie Chaplin), is born.Ref: 5
1893*Henry C Rümke Dutch psychiatrist (Periods in Man's Life), is born.Ref: 5
1894*Guy Chamberlin early NFL end/coach (Canton, Frankford, Cards), is born.Ref: 5
1901*Fulgencio Batista President/Dictator of Cuba (1933-44, 1952-59), is born.Ref: 5
1902*Eric Liddell China, English 400m runner (Olympics-gold-1924), is born.Ref: 5
1902*Evelyn Levine composer, is born.Ref: 5
1904*Max Vredenburg composer, is born.Ref: 5
1904*Phil HarrisRef: 10
1905*Ernesto Halffter composer, is born.Ref: 5
1906*Clement Greenberg art critic, is born.Ref: 5
1906*Diana Winyard London, actress (Cavalcade), is born.Ref: 5
1907*Alexander Knox Canada, actor (Gorky Park, 2 of a Kind), is born.Ref: 5
1907*Phillip Humphrey Vellacott classicist, is born.Ref: 5
1908*Ethel Merman (Zimmerman) singer, Tony Award-winning actress (musical): Call Me Madam [1951]; It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, There’s No Business Like Show Business, Alexander’s Ragtime Band; Musical Theater Hall of Famer; is born.Ref: 68
1910*David McCampbell US pilot/captain (WWII-Pacific-downed 34 Japanese planes), is born.Ref: 5
1911*Dizzy (Jay Hanna) Dean Baseball Hall of Famer: SL Cardinals [World Series: 1934/all-star: 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937], Chicago Cubs [World Series: 1938], SL Browns; broadcaster: SL Cardinals, Cleveland Browns; is born in Lucas, AR.Ref: 68
1911*Eduardo Frei (Christian Democrat), President of Chile (1964-70), is born.Ref: 5
1911*Gilbert Gadoffre French scholar, is born.Ref: 5
1912*Franz Tumler Austria, author/novelist (Cloak, Aufruf), is born.Ref: 5
1914*Roger Aubert Belgium, church historian (Le Pontificat de Pie IX), is born.Ref: 5
1916*Frederick Stewart British geologist, is born.Ref: 5
1917*Buddy Lester Chicago IL, actor (Nick-Phil Silvers Show), is born.Ref: 5
1918*Stirling Silliphant screenwriter, is born.Ref: 5
1919*Bob Boucher, Kent OH, orchestra leader (Music on Ice), is born.Ref: 5
1920*Elliott (Edgeworth) Reid actor: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, A Woman’s World, Follow Me Boys; radio performer: Suspense, is born in New York City.Ref: 4
1923*Martin Stokken Norway, nordic relay (Olympics-silver-1952), is born.Ref: 5
1923*Roy Lanham rocker (Sons of the Pioneers), is born.Ref: 5
1923*Willem Aantjes Dutch political leader (CDA), is born.Ref: 5
1924*Katy Jurado México, actress (High Noon, Trapeze, Barabbas, AKA Pablo), is born.Ref: 5
1926*John "Jack" Layden local politician, is born.Ref: 5
1928*Singer Eartha Kitt is born.Ref: 68
1928*Ezra Sims composer, is born.Ref: 5
1928*John William Fozard aircraft designer, is born.Ref: 5
1928*William Kennedy US writer, is born.Ref: 5
1929*Allard Lowenstein radical (Students for Democratic Action), is born.Ref: 5
1929*Francesco Scavullo Staten Island NY, celebrity photographer, is born.Ref: 5
1929*Tage Nielsen composer, is born.Ref: 5
1929*G.T. (Granville) Hogan jazz drummer: played with Elmo Hope, Earl Bostic, is born.Ref: 4
1929*Marilyn Horne opera singer: Carmen Jones [v/o for Dorothy Dandridge], is born.Ref: 4
1930*Norman Podhoretz Brooklyn NY, author/editor (New York Post), is born.Ref: 5
1931*Vladimir Skutina writer playwright/journalist, is born.Ref: 5
1932*Dian Fossey zoologist (Gorillas in the Mist), is born.Ref: 5
1932*Jim Berry cartoonist (Berry's World), is born.Ref: 5
1933*Oleg Grigoryevich Makarov USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz 12, 18A, 27, T-3), is born.Ref: 5
1933*Susan Sonntag writer, is born.Ref: 5
1934*Richard Wernick Boston MA, composer, is born.Ref: 5
1934*Bill Alexander (Representative-D-AR, 1969- ), is born.Ref: 5
1934*Marilyn Horne, Bradford PA, mezzo-soprano, is born.Ref: 5
1935*A.J. (Anthony Joseph) Foyt, racing car driver: Indpls 500 Winner [1961, 1964, 1967, 1977]; Daytona 500 Winner: [1972], is born in Houston TX.Ref: 4
1936*Michael White theater/film producer (From Russia With Love), is born.Ref: 5
1937*Conny Vandenbos Dutch singer (My rose, my little rose), is born.Ref: 5
1937*Bob Bogle (Robert Lenard Bogle) musician: guitar, bass: group: The Ventures: Walk, Don’t Run, Perfidia, theme from Hawaii Five-O, is born in Portland OR.Ref: 4
1938*Michael Pataki Youngstown OH, actor (Get Christie Love), is born.Ref: 5
1938*Lou Angotti hockey: NHL: NY Rangers, Chicago Blackhawks, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, SL Blues; coach: St. Louis Blues, Pittsburgh Penguins, is born.Ref: 4
1939 Cliff Thorburn English snooker player, is born.Ref: 5
1941*Christine Janes tennis player, is born.Ref: 5
1941*Richard Bohringer Paris France, actor (Diva, I Married a Shadow), is born.Ref: 5
1941*Tÿmen G J "Tim" Beekman actor (Nosferatu), is born.Ref: 5
1942*Barbara Lynn rocker, is born.Ref: 5
1942*Tony P Hall (Representative-D-OH, 1979- ), is born.Ref: 5
1942*Bill Francis musician: keyboard, singer: group: Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show: When You’re in Love with a Beautiful Woman, Sharing the Night Together, Sexy Eyes, Better Love Next Time, The Cover of Rolling Stone, is born in Mobile AL.Ref: 4
1943*Brian Ferneyhough composer, is born.Ref: 5
1943*Gavin Bryars composer, is born.Ref: 5
1944*Jim Stafford Eloise FL, singer (Spiders & Snakes, My Girl Bill), is born.Ref: 5
1944*Chris de Marigny painter/designer, is born.Ref: 5
1944*Ronnie Milsap Robbinsville NC, country singer (Any Day Now, Legend in My Time), is born.Ref: 5
1945*Kabir Bedi actor (Thief of Baghdad, Terminal Entry), is born.Ref: 5
1946*Michael L Coats Sacramento CA, Captain USN/astronaut (STS 41-D, 29, 39), is born.Ref: 5
1946*Ronnie Milsap Grammy Award-winning singer: Stand By My Woman Man [1976]; CMA Male Vocalist of the Year [1974, 1976, 1977]; CMA Entertainer of the Year [1977]; My Heart, Only One Love in My Life, It Was Almost like a song, Lost in the Fifties Tonight, A Woman in Love, [There’s] No Gettin’ Over Me; blind since birth, learned to play several instruments by age 12Ref: 4
1947*Dr. Laura Schlessinger Brooklyn, NY, TV/radio host/author (Go take on the day), is born.Ref: 5
1947 Georgette Mosbacher CEO (La Prairie cosmetics), is born.Ref: 5
1947*Juliet Berto Grenoble France, actress (Le Sex Shop), is born.Ref: 5
1948 Cliff Thorburn Victoria BC, champion snooker player, is born.Ref: 5
1948*Anatoli Yakovlevich Solovyov Riga, cosmonaut (TM-5,9,15,26, STS 71), is born.Ref: 5
1948*Christopher Moran English financier/multi-millionaire, is born.Ref: 5
1948*John Carpenter, writer, director: Escape from L.A., Village of the Damned, Body Bags, Prince of Darkness, Starman, The Thing, Escape from New York, Elvis: The Movie, Halloween, is born in Carthage NY.Ref: 4
1950*Caroline Munro Windsor England, actress (Spy Who Loves Me), is born.Ref: 5
1950*Jesse Dizon Oceanside CA, is born.Ref: 5
1950*Debbie Allen, dancer, actress: Fame, Roots: The Next Generation, Ragtime, The Fish that Saved Pittsburgh; choreographer; sister of actress Phylicia Rashad, is born in Houston TX.Ref: 4
1951*Richard Thompson rocker (BT Express-Here Comes the Express), is born.Ref: 5
1951*Chuck Crist football: Penn State Univ., New York Giants, New Orleans Saints, San Francisco 49ers DB, is born.Ref: 4
1952*Lloyd Blaine Hammond Jr Savannah GA, Major USAF/astronaut (STS 39, 64), is born.Ref: 5
1952*Roberta Baskin NY, correspondent (48 Hours), is born.Ref: 5
1953*Bo Harris football: Cincinnati Bengals linebacker, Super Bowl XVI, is born.Ref: 4
1953*Dave Brown football: Pittsburgh Steelers safety, Super Bowl X, is born.Ref: 4
1955*Jerry M Linenger Mt Clemens MI, PhD/Commander USN/astronaut (STS 81/84), is born.Ref: 5
1958*Anatoli Boukreev mountaineer, is born.Ref: 5
1959*Sadé [Helen Folsade Ady] Ibadan Nigeria, rocker (Smooth Operator, Sweetest Taboo; Grammy 1986-Best new singer), is born.Ref: 5
1960*Sadé [Helen Folsade Ady] Ibadan Nigeria, rocker (Smooth Operator, Sweetest Taboo; Grammy 1986-Best new singer), is born.Ref: 17
1962*Jan Koster Dutch drummer (Sleeze Beez-Powertool), is born.Ref: 5
1962*Kevin Ross NFL safety (Atlanta Falcons, Kansas City Chiefs), is born.Ref: 5
1962*Paul Webb rocker (TalkTalk), is born.Ref: 5
1964*Gail Graham Vanderhoof BC, LPGA golfer (1995 Fieldcrest Cannon), is born.Ref: 5
1964*Mark Collins NFL cornerback/safety (New York Giants, Kansas City Chiefs, Green Bay Packers), is born.Ref: 5
1966*Anthony Washington Glasgow Montana, discus thrower (Olympics-4th-96), is born.Ref: 5
1966*Jack McDowell Van Nuys CA, pitcher (New York Yankees, White Sox, Indians), is born.Ref: 5
1967*Jeff Branson, Waynesboro MI, infielder (Cincinnati Reds), is born.Ref: 5
1967*Maxine Waters Jones rocker (En Vogue), is born.Ref: 5
1968*David Chokachi actor (Baywatch), is born.Ref: 5
1969*Chelan Kozak Revelstoke BC, equestrian (Olympics-96), is born.Ref: 5
1969*Roy Jones Pensacola FL, Light-middleweight boxer (Olympics-silver-1988), is born.Ref: 5
1970*Don MacLean NBA forward (New Jersey Nets, Denver Nuggets), is born.Ref: 5
1970*Ron Villone Englewood NJ, pitcher (San Diego Padres), is born.Ref: 5
1971*Josh Evans actor (Ricochet, The Doors), is born.Ref: 5
1971*Jukka-Pekka Nummi WLAF cornerback (Scottish Claymores), is born.Ref: 5
1971*Junior Bryant NFL defensive end (San Francisco 49ers), is born.Ref: 5
1971*Michel Kreek Dutch soccer player (Ajax), is born.Ref: 5
1971*Scott Williams Orange CA, field hockey defender (Olympics-96), is born.Ref: 5
1971*Sergei Bruguera Spain, tennis star, is born.Ref: 5
1971*Ulrich van Gobbel Suriname/Dutch soccer player (Feyenoord), is born.Ref: 5
1972*Desiree Leipham Spokane WA, WPVA volleyballer (Nationals-17th-1995), is born.Ref: 5
1972*Joe Horn wide receiver (Kansas City Chiefs), is born.Ref: 5
1972*Lee McIntyre Peak Hill Australia, golfer (T3 1995 New South Wales Trainee Champ), is born.Ref: 5
1973*Josie Davis Los Angeles CA, actress (Sarah-Charles in Charge), is born.Ref: 5
1973*Mario Bates NFL-running back (New Orleans Saints), is born.Ref: 5
1973*Willie Whitehead CFL defensive end (Hamilton Tiger Cats), is born.Ref: 5
1974*Kate Moss, Addiscomb Surrey England, model (Calvin Klein), is born.Ref: 5
1976*Trisha Stillwell Miss Oklahoma-USA (1997, top 10), is born.Ref: 5
1986*Mason Gamble actor (Dennis the Menace), is born.Ref: 5
308*St Marcellus I Catholic Pope (-308), dies.Ref: 5
429*Honoratius of Arles bishop/saint, dies.Ref: 5
1219*Floods in Northern Netherlands after storm, 1,000s killed.Ref: 5
1343*Robert of Anjou king (Naples), dies.Ref: 5
1595*Murad III sultan of Turkey (1574-95), dies.Ref: 5
1703*Matteo Coferati composer, dies at 64.Ref: 5
1794*Edward Gibbon historian, author: History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire; dies in London at age 56.Ref: 4
1817*Antonin Josef Alois Volanek composer, dies at 55.Ref: 5
1838*Aleksandr I Polezjajev Russian poet (Sasjka), dies at 33.Ref: 5
1842*Thomas Freanby Norwegian landscape painter, dies.Ref: 5
1849*Wilhelm M L de Wette German theologist, dies at 69.Ref: 5
1864*Anton Schindler German violinist/biographer (Beethoven), dies at 68.Ref: 5
1886*Amilcare Ponchielli Italian composer (La Gioconda), dies at 51.Ref: 5
1891*Clement-Philibert-Leo Delibes, French ballet composer (Lakmé), dies at age 54.Ref: 5
1892*Imakita Kosen Zen teacher/abbot of Engagkuji monastery, dies.Ref: 5
1893*Johan Philip Koelman painter/sculptor/architect, dies at 74.Ref: 5
1901*Arnold Böcklin Swiss painter, dies at 73.Ref: 5
1901*Hiram Revels dies at 73.Ref: 5
1906*Marshall Field, of Chicago's Marshall Field's, dies at age 70.Ref: 68
1912*Georg Heym writer, dies at 24.Ref: 5
1916*Arnold Aletrino Dutch physician-criminologist (From Death), dies at 57.Ref: 5
1917*George Dewey Admiral of the Navy: Spanish-American War: hero of Manila: "You may fire when you are ready, Gridley."; dies at age 79.Ref: 4
1919*Jaroslav Jeremias composer, dies at 19.Ref: 5
1920*Reginald De Koven composer, dies at 60.Ref: 5
1934*Annie Patterson composer, dies at 65.Ref: 5
1935*Richard Wetz composer, dies at 59.Ref: 5
1935*Ma Barker and her boys (Fred, for one) shot and killed in Oklawaha FL.Ref: 68
1938*William Pickering pioneer US stellar spectroscopist, predicted Pluto, dies.Ref: 68
1939*Albert Fish mass murderer, executed.Ref: 5
1942*Carole Lombard, actress, her mother and about 20 others are killed in a plane crash near Las Vegas, during a tour to promote War BondsRef: 5
1942*Barbara Lynn [Ozen], US singer (You'll Lose a Good Thing), dies.Ref: 5
1943*Franz Courtens Flemish painter (Sunny Lane), dies at 88.Ref: 5
1946*Johanna HC Albregt actress/wife of Henri Dons (Paradise), dies at 71.Ref: 5
1948*35 Haganah members are ambushed & killed in Gush Etzyon.Ref: 5
1954*Michail M Prishvin Russian writer, dies.Ref: 5
1955*Jonkheer Reneke de Marees van Swinderen Dutch minister (1908-13), dies at 94.Ref: 5
1957*Arturo Toscanini Italy, American conductor, dies in New York City NY at 89.Ref: 68
1957*Alexander Cambridge Governor-General (South Africa 1923-31/Canada 1940-5), dies at 82.Ref: 5
1961*Janos Viski composer, dies at 54.Ref: 5
1962*Emanuel Stickelberger Swiss writer (Holbein in England), dies at 77.Ref: 5
1963*Gilardo Gilardi composer, dies at 73.Ref: 5
1966*Margarete Susman writer, dies at 91.Ref: 5
1966*Courtney Hicks Hodges, US army general, commander of the First and Third Armies in World War II, dies.Ref: 17
1967*Robert Van de Graaff, American physicist and inventor, dies at age 65.Ref: 70
1967*Dirk Vansina Flemish playwright (Sage of Kai-Roi), dies at 72.Ref: 5
1968*Robert R "Bob" Jones founder (Bob Jones University), dies at 84.Ref: 5
1969 Jan Palach protesting Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia, self immolates at 20.Ref: 5
1969*Vernon Duke composer, dies at 65.Ref: 5
1970*Armijn Pane Indonesian writer (Djinak-djinak merpati), dies at 61.Ref: 5
1971*Kermit Maynard cowboy actor (Saturday Roundup), dies at 68.Ref: 5
1972*David Seville (Ross Bagdasarian) (of the Chipmunks) dies in Beverly Hills, CA at age 52.Ref: 4
1973*Ray Barrett sportscaster (Gillette Summer Sports Reel), dies at 65.Ref: 5
1973*Clara Ward gospel singer: group: Clara Ward Gospel Troupe; dies.Ref: 4
1974*L A Landslide kills 9, Canyonville OR.Ref: 5
1979*Ted Cassidy Pittsburgh PA, actor (Lurch-Addams Family), dies at 46.Ref: 5
1979*Fred Elizalde composer, dies at 71.Ref: 5
1980*Anna van Wageningen-Salomons Dutch author (Unspoilt Dream), dies at 94.Ref: 5
1981*Bernard Lee actor (M in James Bond Movies), dies at 73.Ref: 5
1981*A.J. Cronin dies.Ref: 10
1987*Earl Wilson Broadway columnist (Midnight Earl), dies in Yonkers at 79.Ref: 5
1987*Joyce Jameson comedienne (Spike Jones Show), dies at 54.Ref: 5
1987*Ilse Langen writer, dies at 87.Ref: 5
1989*Three days of rioting erupted in Miami when a police officer fatally shot a black motorcyclist, causing a crash that also claimed the life of a passenger.Ref: 70
1989*Pierre Boileau screenwriter (Vertigo), dies at 82.Ref: 5
1989*Romo Vincent actor (Naked Jungle), dies.Ref: 5
1989*Trey Wilson actor (Bull Durham, Twins, Raising Arizona), dies.Ref: 5
1992*Roselle Novelle silent film actress, dies at 95.Ref: 5
1993*Florence Desmond [Dawson], actress (Sally in Our Alley), dies at 87.Ref: 5
1993*Glenn Corbett US actor (Shenandoah, Chisum, Midway), dies at 63.Ref: 5
1993*Sathasivam Krishnakumar Sri Lanka commander, commits suicide.Ref: 5
1993*Glenn Corbett Rothenburg actor: Shadow Force, The Stranger, All the Young Men, Shenandoah, The Violent Years, Route 66, The Road West, It’s a Man’s World, Dallas; dies.Ref: 4
1994*Martin Kosleck German/US actor (Hitler Gang), dies at 86.Ref: 5
1994*Noël Foré Belgian cyclist (Paris-Roubaix 1959), dies at 61.Ref: 5
1994*Stephen Kritsick veterinarian (Good Morning America), dies at 42.Ref: 5
1995*William Dillard trumpeter/singer, dies at 83.Ref: 5
1996*Harry Potts footballer/manager, dies at 75.Ref: 5
1996*Kaye Webb publisher, dies at 81.Ref: 5
1997*Charlie Alfred Galbraith jazz trombonist, dies at 76.Ref: 5
1997*Jim Kensil NFL president (New York Jets), dies of heart failure at 66.Ref: 5
1997 Stephen Fitz-Simon entrepreneur, dies at 59.Ref: 5
1997*Entertainer Bill Cosby's only son, Ennis, 27, was shot to death while changing a flat tire on a dark road in Los Angeles.Ref: 70
1997*Entertainer Bill Cosby's only son, Ennis, 27, was shot to death while changing a flat tire on a dark road in Los Angeles.Ref: 70
1998*David "Junior" Kimbrough blues musician, dies at 67.Ref: 5
1998*Peter Diamand artistic administrator, dies at 84Ref: 5
2001*Laurent Kabila, president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, was killed in a shooting at his home.Ref: 70
2003*Rains in Belo Horizonte, Brazil cause mudslides resulting in at least 14 deaths. (NY Times, p A4, 1/17/2003) 
2004*Olivia Goldsmith (Justine Rendal, formerly Randy Goldfield), author of "First Wives Club", dies at age 54 at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, of complications from plastic surgery. (XDG, p 3A, 1/17/2004)Ref: 83

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