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TODAY IN HISTORY—JANUARY 26, 2020:
Vice President Nelson Rockefeller; the Climax Blues Band featuring Derek Holt, Fairport Convention featuring Ashley Hutchings, Little River Band featuring David Briggs, Mountain featuring Corky Laing, the Ohio Players featuring Leroy “Sugarfoot” Bonner and Vincent “Vinny Wu” Thomas, and Van Halen featuring Eddie Van Halen:
- 66: Astronomers report the fifth recorded perihelion passage of Haley’s Comet.
- 1340: English King Edward III proclaimed king of France.
- 1666: France declares war against Britain and Munster.
- 1784: In a letter to his daughter Sally, Benjamin Franklin expressed unhappiness over the choice of the eagle as the symbol of America; and stated his own preference: the turkey.
- 1788: The first European settlers in Australia, led by Captain Arthur Phillip, landed in present-day Sydney. Originally, the group settled at Botany Bay eight days before but today is the day the citizens of the island continent celebrate as “Australia Day.”
- 1837: Michigan became the 26th
- 1838: Tennessee becomes first state to prohibit alcohol.
- 1841: Britain formally occupied Hong Kong, which the Chinese ceded to the British for having lost the Opium War.
- 1861: The state of Louisiana seceded from the Union on this date and threw in its lot with the Confederate States of America.
- 1863: The War Department issues an order that allows Massachusetts to begin recruiting black soldiers to fight in the Civil War. The 54th Regiment forms with black soldiers.
- 1870: Virginia rejoined the Union.
- 1875: George F. Green patented the electric dental drill for sawing, filing, dressing, and polishing teeth.
- 1905: Near Pretoria, South Africa, at the Premier Mine, Captain Wells discovered the Cullinan diamond which, at 3,106.75 carats, was the largest diamond ever found.
- 1911: Inventor Glenn H. Curtis flew the first successful seaplane on this date.
- 1915: President Woodrow Wilson signed the Rocky Mountain National Park Act, which created America’s 10th national park.
- 1934: Nazi Germany and Poland sign a treaty prohibiting attacking one-another for TEN years; Germany invaded Poland on September 1, 1939.
- 1939: During the Spanish Civil War, rebel forces led by General Francisco Franco and their Fascist Italian allies captured Barcelona. Elsewhere, principal photography commenced for David O. Selznick’s movie version of “Gone With the Wind.”
- 1940: The Nazis ban Polish Jews from traveling on trains.
- 1942: The first American Expeditionary Force to go to Europe during World War II arrived in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Meanwhile, the Italian high command demands that Germany dismiss General Erwin Rommel, commander of the Afrika Korps.
- 1945: Soviet troops reach the Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camps in Poland. Elsewhere, Ashley Hutchings (bass 1967-1969) of the British rock band, Fairport Convention, is born on this date.
- 1948: Executive Order #9981 ends segregation in the U.S. Armed Forces. Elsewhere, future drummer of the rock band, Mountain, Corky Laing, is born.
- 1949: Future bassist/vocalist with the British blues-rock band, Climax Blues Band[i], Derek Holt is born on this date.
- 1950: India officially proclaimed itself a republic as Rajendra Prasad took the oath of office as president.
- 1951: Future member of the massive Australian rock band, the Little River Band[ii]– David Briggs: (guitars 1976-81)- is born in Melbourne, Australia, on this date.
- 1954: Groundbreaking begins on Disneyland in Anaheim, California.
- 1955: Eddie Van Halen, guitars/vocals with the hard rock band, Van Halen[iii], is born in Nijmegen, Netherlands, on this date.
- 1958: Vincent “Venny Wu” Thomas (multi-instrumentalist and vocals) with the rock-funk-soul band, the Ohio Players[iv], is born on this date.
- 1962: The United States launched Ranger 3 to land scientific instruments on the moon, but the probe ended up missing its target by more than 22,000 miles. Charles “Lucky” Luciano, a leading Mafia figure in the U.S., died in Naples, Italy, at age 64.
- 1968: The Israeli submarine Dakar crashes in the Mediterranean Sea resulting in the deaths of 69 sailors.
- 1969: After two days of flooding and mudslides, the government declared California a disaster area.
- 1973: Actor Edward G. Robinson died in Los Angeles, California, at age 79.
- 1979: Former Republican Vice President Nelson A. Rockefeller died in New York at age 70. He served under President Gerald R. Ford, 1974-1977. He was the nation’s 41st vice president. Meanwhile, an inventor demonstrated the first Gizmo guitar synthesizer on this date.
- 1986: Super Bowl XX: the Chicago Bears beat the New England Patriots by a score of 46-10 in New Orleans; Super Bowl MVP is Chicago defensive end, Richard Dent.
- 1988: Australians celebrated the 200th anniversary of their country as a grand parade of tall ships re-enacted the voyage of the first European settlers. The Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, “Phantom of the Opera” opened at Broadway’s Majestic Theater.
- 1992: Super Bowl XXVI: the Washington Redskins beat the Buffalo Bills in Minnesota by a score of 37-24; MVP is Redskins’ quarterback, Mark Rypien. Meanwhile, Russian President Boris Yeltsin announced that his country would stop targeting U.S. cities with nuclear weapons. Elsewhere, Democratic presidential candidate Bill Clinton, appearing with his beloved wife (yeah, right) Hillary, on CBs’ “60 Minutes,” acknowledged “causing pain in my marriage,” but said past problems were not relevant to the campaign.
- 1993: Vaclav Havel was elected president of the newly formed Czech Republic.
- 1996: First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton testified before a grand jury regarding her part in the Whitewater scam that bilked hundreds of investors out of millions of dollars. Once a crook, ALWAYS a crook as would see during the 2016 Presidential Election cycle.
- 1997: Super Bowl XXXI: at the Louisiana Superdome, the Green Bay Packers beat the New England Patriots by a score of 35-21.
- 1998: President Bill Clinton forcefully denied having an affair with a former White House intern, telling reporters, “I did not have sexual relations with that woman,” Monica Lewinsky. He did have sex with her in the antechamber off the Oval Office.
- 1999: President Saddam Hussein of Iraq vowed revenge against the United States in response to airstrikes launched by President Bill Clinton that reportedly killed civilians. The strikes occurred because the American planes took out Iraqi antiaircraft fire targeting them on the ground as they patrolled No-Fly Zones.
- 2003: Secretary of State Colin Powell, citing Iraq’s lack of cooperation with U.N. inspectors, said he’d lost faith in the inspectors’ ability to conduct a definitive search for banned weapons programs. Meanwhile, Super Bowl XXXVII: at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the Oakland Raiders by a score of 48-21.
- 2005: A U.S. Marine helicopter crashed in western Iraq killing 30 Marines and a Navy medic aboard. Elsewhere, a dumbass man parked his SUV on railroad tracks in Glendale, setting off a crash of two commuter trains that killed 11 people. The driver of the SUV, most likely an illegal alien, Juan Alvarez, was convicted of murder and sentenced to 11 consecutive life terms.
- 2010: James Cameron’s film, “Avatar,” surpasses his 1997 film, “Titanic,” becoming the highest-grossing film of all time.
- 2011: In Davos, Switzerland, the 41st World Economic Forum convenes.
- 2012: In a Canberra restaurant on Australia Day, nearly 200 indigenous protesters trap Prime Minister Julia Gillard and opposition leader Tony Abbott inside.
- 2013: According to Brainy History, the hacking cabal known as Anonymous hacks into the U.S. Sentencing Commission website in protest of the recent suicide by Internet activist and American computer programmer, Alan Swartz. Meanwhile, Leroy “Sugarfoot” Bonner (Guitars/Vocals) of the rock-funk-soul band, the Ohio Players[v], died on this date.
- 2014: Prominent Chinese legal activist, Xu Zhiyong, is sentenced to four years in prison; convicted of ‘gathering a crowd to disturb public order,’ the case is evidence that Communist Party leaders wish to expunge any challenges to the power or leadership.
- 2015: Alexis Tsipras, leader of the Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) party, is elected as prime minister of Greece on an anti-austerity platform.
BEVERLY CARRICK ORIGINAL ARTWORK OF THE DAY:
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ALBUM OF THE DAY AT THE AICPENDBLOG.COM:
The Troggs record company released a glorious package of the band’s easily recognizable hit tunes- and then some- on March 01, 2004: “All the Hits Plus More.” Members of the original band re-recorded them as sometimes occurs in the world of music, especially when management gets recording artists to sign over the rights to their tunes. Still, it’s a good collection. If you have yet to get in on the ground floor of this seminal, British hard-rocking band, one given birth in a UK garage, then you need to zip on over to Amazon.com and pick it up in the format, the condition, and the price that works best for you; you will be glad you did so please, do it now and enjoy.
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[i] We began promoting the music of the greatest British blues rock band, the Climax Blues Band, beginning on Monday, 16-September-2019 through Sunday, 27-October-2019. This included the solo efforts of Pete Haycock and Colin Cooper. We hope you will check them out and add them to your collection.
[ii] We are not sure when we will begin offering albums by the Little River Band as that could be another 5-10 years from now but one day, we most surely will because they are one of the world’s greatest bands. Seeing them live in the 1970s was a mind-altering
[iii] Not sure when we will promote the music of Van Halen but when we do, we will also present the music of Sammy Hagar so please stay tuned.
[iv] We look forward to doing the music of this famed funk-rock band. The Ohio Players are amazing and what is even more exciting is the fact that the band is still alive today and performing to this day.
[v] We look forward to doing the music of this famed funk-rock band. The Ohio Players are amazing and what is even more exciting is the fact that the band is still alive today and performing to this day.