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TODAY IN HISTORY
TODAY IN HISTORY—JANUARY 28, 2020:
Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis; the Chambers Brothers featuring Brian Keenan, and the Jefferson Airplane/Jefferson Starship featuring Paul Kantner Lynyrd Skynyrd featuring Billy Powell, and Traffic featuring Jim Capaldi:
- 1077: Pope Gregory VII pardons German Emperor Heinrich IV.
- 1521: As the Diet of Worms began, the Roman Catholic Church declared Protestant reformer Martin Luther an ‘outlaw.’
- 1547: England’s King Henry VIII died; Edward VI, his nine-year-old son succeeded him.
- 1561: By the Edict of Orleans, persecution of French Huguenots
- 1787: Philadelphia’s Free Africa Society
- 1788: The first British penal settlement underwent founding at Botany Bay, Australia, on this date.
- 1807: London’s Pall Mall became the first street lit by gaslight at night.
- 1813: The novel “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen was first published anonymously in London, England.
- 1846: The British Army beats the Sikhs at the Battle of Allwal in Punjab, India.
- 1858: John Brown begins organizing the raid on Harper’s Ferry.
- 1865: Confederate President Jefferson Davis appoints three peace commissioners to negotiate an end to the Civil War.
- 1871: France surrendered to the Germans during the Franco-Prussian War.
- 1878: The first daily collegiate newspaper in the United States— “The Yale News”—underwent publication on this date.
- 1881: At the Battle of Laing’s Neck, Natal, South Africa, an inferior Boer army beats a superior British
- 1902: A gift of $10 million from Andrew Carnegie established the Carnegie Institution in Washington, D.C.
- 1909: The United States withdrew its forces from Cuba, as Jose Miguel Gomez became president.
- 1911: Jeweler Pierre Cartier sold the notorious Hope Diamond to socialites Edward and Evalyn McLean of Washington DC, for $180,000.
- 1914: The founders of Beverly Hills, California, incorporate the city on this date.
- 1915: When President Woodrow Wilson signed a bill merging the Life-Saving Service and Revenue Cutter Service together, he created the United States Coast Guard. Meanwhile, the USS William P. Frye, carrying wheat to Great Britain becomes the first U.S. ship sunk by the Germans during World War I.
- 1916: President Woodrow Wilson appoints the first Jewish member of the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS), Louis Brandeis.
- 1922: The National Football League franchise in Decatur, Illinois—the Decatur Staleys—transferred to Chicago becoming the Chicago Bears.
- 1928: Christopher Hornsrud becomes prime minister of Norway at age 101.
- 1932: Japanese troops march into and occupy Shanghai, China.
- 1935: Iceland became the first country to introduce legalized abortion.
- 1942: The Afrika Korps occupy Benghazi, Libya, during World War II.
- 1943: Brian Edmund Peter Keenan, future drummer of the rock group, the Chambers Brothers[i], was born in the United States on this date.
- 1944: 683 RAF bombers assault Berlin, Germany, during World War II.
- 1945: During World War II, Allied supplies began reaching China over the newly reopened Burma Road. Meanwhile Swedish ships transport food to the starving Netherlands.
- 1949: The United Nations Security Council convicts the Dutch government of aggression in Indonesia.
- 1956: Elvis Presley[ii] made his first national TV appearance on “Stage Show,” a CBS program hosted by Jimmy and Tommy Dorsey.
- 1957: The Brooklyn Dodgers announced that they had hired famed circus clown Emmett Kelly to perform at the team’s home baseball games.
- 1958: Roy Campanella of the Brooklyn Dodgers suffered career-ending injuries in an automobile accident in New York.
- 1960: The National Football League awarded franchises to Dallas and Minneapolis-St. Paul on this date.
- 1965: General Motors reported the biggest profit of any company in the history of the United States.
- 1967: To much outrage, the Rolling Stones[iii] release the single, “Let’s Spend the Night Together.”
- 1973: A cease-fire officially went into effect in the Vietnam War.
- 1980: Six U.S. diplomats who had avoided capture at their embassy in Tehran flew out of Iran and back to the United States with the help of Canadian
- 1981: William J. Casey becomes the 13th director of the CIA (until 1987).
- 1982: Italian anti-terrorism forces rescued S. Brigadier General James L. Dozier; 42 days after the Red Brigades kidnapped him.
- 1986: The space shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after liftoff from Cape Canaveral, Florida, killing all seven crewmembers including schoolteacher Christa McAuliffe.
- 1988: Canada’s Supreme Court declares the nation’s anti-abortion law to be ‘unconstitutional.’
- 1990: In Super Bowl XXIV, the San Francisco 49ers beat the Denver Broncos, 55-10 in New Orleans; quarterback Joe Montana is the MVP.
- 1994: In Los Angeles, CA, Superior Court Judge Stanley Weisberg declared a mistrial in the case of Lyle Menendez in the murder of his parents. Lyle and his brother, Erik, underwent retrial later and a jury of their peers found them guilty of the savage murders. They received a sentence of life in prison without parole.
- 1996: In Super Bowl XXX, the Dallas Cowboys beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 27-17 in Tempe, Arizona.
- 1997: Clive Davis received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
- 1999: Ford Motor Company announced the purchase of Sweden’s Volvo AB for $6.45 billion.
- 2001: In Super Bowl XXXV, the Baltimore Ravens beat the New York Giants 34-7.
- 2003: In his state of the union address, President George W. Bush stated that Iraqi president Saddam Hussein had tried to acquire ‘significant quantities of uranium from Africa,’ a claim substantiated only by forged documents.
- 2005: Jim Capaldi, drummer of the British rock group, Traffic[iv], and a solo artist, too, lost his battle with stomach cancer on this date and passed away.
- 2009: Billy Powell—longtime keyboardist with the Southern rock band, Lynyrd Skynyrd[v] (1972-1977 / 1979 / 1987-2009) dies from a suspected heart attack on this date.
- 2011: Due to increased problems in Egypt, President Hosni Mubarak asks his government to resign. Meanwhile, the government cuts off access to the Internet, cell phones, and imposes a curfew.
- 2012: In Oakland, California, Occupy Wall Street trash turn violent, leading to a crackdown by police.
- 2013: According to Brainy History, “Hareetz,” Israel’s oldest daily newspaper, publishes a story in which Israel admits it has administered birth-control injections to Ethiopian Jewish immigrants, without fully educating recipients of its effects.
- 2014: The U.S House of Representatives and Senate finalized a long-delayed farm bill designed to cut $19 billion in farm subsidies and reduce the $8 billion spent on food stamps over the next ten years.
- 2015: New anti-austerity Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras halts the public asset privatizations required under Greece’s bailout agreement with its foreign creditors; Standard & Poor’s has lowered its rating on Greek national debt from stable to negative.
- 2016: Paul Kantner—founding member of both the Jefferson Airplane[vi] and the Jefferson Starship—dies from septic shock and organ failure on this date; beginning last year, he had suffered several heart attacks.
- 2018: In the NFL Pro Bowl held in Orlando, Florida, the AFC rallies under the leadership of quarterback Derek Carr and tight end Delanie Walker to beat the NFC by a final score of 24-23.
- 2020: The third and final day of the defense of President Donald J. Trump at his impeachment trial occurs. Beginning tomorrow, two days of questions from senate ‘jurors’ to counsels on both sides will begin.
[i] We began promoting the music of the world-famous Chambers Brothers beginning on Thursday, 10-April-2014 through Saturday, 19-April-2014. This presentation occurred at the original blog and if it ever reopens, please seek this fabulous band out and consider adding it to your collection.
[ii] When the time will be right for the presentation of Elvis Presley is unknown but if we are still going strong in the 2030s, we expect to do so. Please, stay tuned.
[iii] We shared the music of the Rolling Stones (and the group’s individual members) beginning Tuesday, 22-March-2016 through Sunday, 28-August-2016. This included the members solo projects.
[iv] We began promoting the music of not only Traffic but also the Spencer Davis Group, Steve Winwood, Chris Wood, Jim Capaldi, and Dave Mason. The presentation commenced on Monday, 30-November-2015 through Sunday, 20-March-2016. This offering also included Blind Faith. We hope you will seek them out and add them to your collection.
[v] We hope to share the music of Lynyrd Skynyrd sometime in the next decade. At least by 2029 so please stay tuned for further news.
[vi] We promoted the music of the Jefferson Airplane, the Jefferson Starship, Starship, and of the various bands’ members beginning on Tuesday, 05-April-2011 through Sunday, 22-May-2011. Please look for them and enjoy.