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TODAY IN HISTORY
TODAY IN HISTORY—JANUARY 29, 2020:
Kansas Day (Observance)
President William McKinley; Grand Funk Railroad featuring Max Carl Gronenthal and Uriah Heep featuring Dave Byron:
- 1613: Galileo observes Neptune but fails to recognize it as a planet.
- 1802: John Beckley became the first Librarian of Congress.
- 1820: Britain’s King George III died at Windsor Castle.
- 1834: President Andrew Jackson used American troops to quash a labor dispute for the first time in U.S. history.
- 1843: The 25th President of the United States, William McKinley, was born in Niles, Ohio.
- 1845: Edgar Allan Poe’s poem “The Raven” underwent first publication in the New York Evening Mirror.
- 1848: Scotland adopted Greenwich Mean Time on this date.
- 1850: Henry Clay offers a compromise bill on slavery to the U.S. Senate, one that included the admission of California as a Free State into the Union.
- 1856: Queen Victoria founded Britain’s highest military decoration on this date, the Victoria Cross.
- 1860: In Rome, Pope Pius IX dedicates the American College.
- 1861: Kansas becomes the 34th state of the United States
- 1863: The Bear River Massacre took place as the S. Army attacked Shoshone in present-day Idaho. The New York Stock & Exchange Board changed its name to the New York Stock Exchange.
- 1879: The monument to honor Colonel George Armstrong Custer and his 7th Cavalry who died at the Battle of Little Big Horn in Montana undergoes dedication.
- 1886: Karl Benz received a patent for the first successful petrol-driven motorcar on this date.
- 1916: During World War I, German zeppelins bomb Paris for the first time.
- 1919: The ratification of the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which launched Prohibition, undergoes certification by acting Secretary of State Frank L. Polk.
- 1922: The Union of Costa Rica, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras dissolves.
- 1924: In Cleveland, Ohio, Carl Taylor patents an ice cream cone-rolling machine.
- 1936: In Cooperstown, New York, Major League Baseball named the first inductees of Baseball’s Hall of Fame, including Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth.
- 1942: During World War II, Axis troops continue investing the port of Benghazi, Libya, after driving the British out of it.
- 1944: 285 Luftwaffe bombers attack London, England, during World War II.
- 1947: Future vocalist of the British band, Uriah Heep[i], Dave Byron, was born on this date.
- 1949: In Virginia, the United States Navy commissioned the Newport News as the first air-conditioned ship in the fleet.
- 1950: In Humphrey, Nebraska, Max Carl Gronenthal—lead guitarist and vocalist with Grand Funk Railroad[ii] since 2000 to the present—is born.
- 1951: Elizabeth Taylor divorces Conrad Hilton, Jr., her first divorce.
- 1958: Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward married on this date. Elsewhere, in Wyoming, the cops apprehended Charles Starkweather, a young murderer who killed 11 people in a spree that ran across the state in which, law enforcement caught him and his accomplice, 14-year-old Caril Ann Fulgate, as well as in Nebraska. Starkweather met his fate in the electric chair at the Nebraska State Penitentiary on June 25, 1959 while the skank served 17.5 years in a women’s prison.
- 1963: Poet Robert Frost died in Boston at age 88. Elsewhere, in Canton, Ohio, organizers of the NFL Hall of Fame announce the first inductees. Finally, the EEC refused entry to Great Britain.
- 1964: Stanley Kubrick’s nuclear war satire “ Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb” premiered in New York, Toronto, and London. Elsewhere, the Winter Olympic Games opened in Innsbruck, Austria.
- 1969: Jimi Hendrix[iii] and Pete Townsend of the Who[iv] wage a battle of guitars.
- 1975: A bomb exploded inside the U.S. State Department in Washington, causing considerable damage, but injuring no one; the radical group Weather Underground claimed responsibility for the group. Bill Ayers, one of the terrorist group’s founders is a close friend of President Barack Hussein Obama.
- 1979: President Jimmy Carter formally welcomed Chinese Vice Premier Deng Xiaoping to the White House, following the establishment of diplomatic relations between the United States and the People’s Republic of China. Elsewhere in the world, British rock band Emerson, Lake, and Palmer disband after ten years of working together.
- 1980: The Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Los Angeles Lakers 154-153 in quadruple overtime. Elsewhere, in Tehran, six American embassy workers manage to escape capture by seeking refuge with the Canadians.
- 1985: The Dow Jones Industrial Average peaked at 1,292.62.
- 1987: William J. Casey ends his tenure as the 13th director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
- 1988: The largest crowd in NBA history takes place as the Boston Celtics visit the Detroit Pistons (61,938).
- 1990: Former Exxon Valdez skipper Joseph Hazelwood went on trial in Anchorage, Alaska, on charges stemming from the 1989 oil spill. The jury eventually acquitted him of the major charges but convicted him on a misdemeanor charge.
- 1995: Super Bowl XXIX: the San Francisco 49ers beat the San Diego Chargers 49-26 in Miami, which made the team the first to win five Super Bowl titles.
- 1996: French President Jacques Chirac announced the ‘definitive end’ to nuclear testing. Elsewhere, La Fenice—the 2014-year-old opera house in Venice—suffered complete destruction a fire, one in which the authorities determined to be arson.
- 1998: In Birmingham, Alabama, a bomb explodes at an abortion clinic, killing an off-duty police officer and severely wounding a nurse. Law enforcement—always aiding abortion providers such as Planned Parenthood and similar abortion ‘chop shops’—blamed Eric Rudolph with this attack and three others in Atlanta.
- 1999: Paris prosecutors announced the end of the investigation into the accident that killed Britain’s Princess Diana along with two other people. Meanwhile, the U.S. Senate delivered subpoenas for Monica Lewinsky and two presidential advisors for private, videotaped testimony in the impeachment trial of President William Jefferson Clinton.
- 2002: In his state of the union address, President George W. Bush likens Iraq, Iran, and North Korea as the “Axis of Evil.”
- 2011: Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak appoints Omar Suleiman, vice president, the first office existing under the president for the first time in 30 years.
- 2012: French President Nicolas Sarkozy presents an economic reform package that increases taxes and proposes a new tax on financial transactions.
- 2013: The U.S. Senate confirms Senator John F. Kerry to become the next secretary of state, replacing Hillary Clinton. Everyone thought Clinton was the worst U.S. secretary of state but the machinations and failures of the dolt following her made her appear as a blooming genius what with her Russian ‘reset button.’
- 2014: Brainy History reports that Shanghai and Hong Kong halt live poultry sales after the authorities report a third death resulting from to the H7N9 bird flu in Hong Kong; China has reported 19 deaths and 96 infections from the bird flu at the beginning of 2014.
- 2015: Despite finding no wreckage to date, Malaysian officials announce that the March 2014 disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 is being ruled an accident; the ruling lets families of the missing passengers seek compensation for the tragedy.
- 2017: In Orlando, Florida, a city hoping for an NFL team of its own, the lowest scoring Pro Bowl since 1998 occurs what with the AFC beating the NFC by a score of 20-13. The NFC was driving in the final possession of regulation when Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins throws an interception.
- 2020: The first day of questions posed by Senate ‘jurors’ in the impeachment trial of President Donald J. Trump The questions go to the chief justice of the United States Supreme Court- the Honorable John Roberts- who then directs counsels on either side to answer them. This is a horribly boring period of this sham trial. Meanwhile, the deadly coronavirus emanating out of communist China continues infecting and killing people throughout Asia and spreads to the United States. Thank you, China, is this YOUR way of getting back at the Trump trade deal you had to sign?
[i] Not sure as to when we will get around to doing the music of Uriah Heep but we hope to do it at the same time we promote the music of Hawkwind. We hope you will remain alert as to the day that we do.
[ii] We look forward to presenting the music of Grand Funk Railroad sometime in the late 2020s.
[iii] We promoted the music of the Jimi Hendrix Experience and of Jimi Hendrix, beginning on Sunday, 22-December-2013 through Thursday, 16-January-2014. Look for them and add them to your collection.
[iv] We promoted the music of the Who and of its individual band members beginning on Monday, 03-August-2015 through Sunday, 29-November-2015. We hope you will seek out the music of this veteran British band as well as of Pete Townsend, John Entwistle, Keith Moon, and Roger Daltrey. We know you will enjoy them.