49 BC – Julius Caesar crossed the Rubicon River signaling a war between Rome and Gaul.
1519 – Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I died.
1773 – The first public museum in America was established in Charleston, SC.
1866 – The Royal Aeronautical Society was founded in London.
1875 – Kwang-su was made emperor of China.
1882 – Thomas Edison’s central station on Holborn Viaduct in London began operation.
1895 – The first performance of King Arthur took place at the Lyceum Theatre.
1896 – At Davidson College, several students took x-ray photographs.
They created the first X-ray photographs to be made in America.
1908 – A wireless message was sent long-distance for the first time from the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
1915 – The U.S. Congress established the Rocky Mountain National Park.
1932 – Hattie W. Caraway became the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate.
1938 – Austria recognized the Franco government in Spain.
1940 – Soviet bombers raided cities in Finland.
1942 – U.S. President Roosevelt created the National War Labor Board.
1943 – The Office of Price Administration announced that
standard frankfurters/hot dogs/wieners would be replaced by ‘Victory
1945 – During World War II, Soviet forces began a huge offensive against the Germans in Eastern Europe.
1948 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states could not discriminate against law-school applicants because of race.
1960 – Dolph Schayes of the Syracuse Nationals became the first
pro basketball player in the NBA to score more than 15,000 points in
1964 – Leftist rebels in Zanzibar began their successful revolt against the government and a republic was proclaimed.
1966 – U.S.
President Johnson said in his State of the Union address that the
United States should stay in South Vietnam until Communist aggression
there was ended.
1966 – “Batman” debuted on ABC-TV.
1967 – “Dragnet” returned to NBC-TV after being off the network schedule for eight years.
1973 – Yassar Arafat was re-elected as head of the Palestinian Liberation Organization.
1986 – Space shuttle Columbia blasted off with a crew that included the first Hispanic-American in space, Dr. Franklin R. Chang-Diaz.
1991 – The U.S. Congress passed a resolution authorizing President Bush to use military power to force Iraq out of Kuwait.
1995 – Northern Ireland Secretary Patrick Mayhew announced that as of
January 16 British troops would no longer carry out daylight street
patrols in Belfast.
1998 – 19 European nations agreed to prohibit human cloning.
1999 – Mark McGwire’s 70th home run ball was sold at auction in New York for $3 million to an anonymous bidder.
2000 – The U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-4 ruling, gave police broad authority to stop and question people who run at the sight of an officer.
2005 – NASA launched “Deep Impact”. The spacecraft was planned to
impact on Comet Tempel 1 after a six-month, 268 million-mile journey.
2006 – The U.S. Mint began shipping new 5-cent coins to the 12 regional
Federal Reserve Banks. The coin has an image of Thomas Jefferson taken
from a 1800 Rembrandt Peale portait in which the president is looking
forward. Since 1909, when presidents were first depicted on circulating
coins, all presidents had been shown in profile.
and…. in 1983 – with a mere 9 minutes left in the day, God graciously brought me into this world. 7 weeks premature, all of 3 lbs, with orange fuzz all over my head.
and His faithfuless continues to be proven with every breath that i take.