This Day in History, January 18th
January 18th 2008 00:43
This Day in History
1778 - James Cook, discovered Hawaiian Islands, he named them "Sandwich Islands."
1788 - The first 736 convicts banished from England to Australia landed in Botany Bay creating the first Australian Penal Colony
1862 - Confederate Territory of Arizona is formed
1896 - 1st demonstration of an x-ray machine in the US, New York City NY
1911 - 1st shipboard landing of a plane (Tanforan Park to USS Pennsylvania)
1916 - A 1.54 pound meteorite struck a house near Stone County, Missouri.
1919 - The World War I Peace Congress opened in Versailles, France.
1939 - Louis Armstrong and his orchestra recorded "Jeepers Creepers."
1943 - Warsaw Ghetto Uprising: The first uprising of Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto.
1943 - During World War II, the Soviets announced that they had broken the Nazi siege of Leningrad, which had began in September of 1941.
1943 - Presliced bread sale banned to reduce bakery demand for metal parts
1951 - NFL rules tackles, guards & centers ineligible for forward pass
1957 - 3 B-52's Jets set record for around-the-world flight, 45 hours 19 minutes
1958 - 1st black in the NHL (William O'Ree, Boston Bruins)
1960 - US & Japan sign joint defense treaty
1964 - Beatles 1st appearance in Billboard Chart (I Want to Hold Your Hand-#35)
1964 - Plans for the World Trade Center announced (New York City NY)
1967 - Albert DeSalvo (Boston Strangler) sentenced to life in prison. He was killed in 1973 by a fellow inmate.
1974 - "The $6 Million Man" starring Lee Majors premieres on ABC TV
1975 - "The Jeffersons" spin-off from "All in the Family" premieres on CBS
1977 - President Gerald Ford pardons Tokyo Rose, convicted during WWII for making propaganda broadcasts to US troops.
1980 - Gold reaches $1,000 an ounce
1981 - Iran accepts US offer of $7.9 billion in frozen assets
1983 - International Olympic Committee restores Jim Thorpe's Olympic medals 70 years after they were taken from him for being paid $25 in semipro baseball.
1989 - Otis Redding, Dion, Rolling Stones, Temptations & Stevie Wonder inducted into Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
1990 - Washington DC, Mayor Marion Barry arrested in drug enforcement sting
1991 - Eastern Airlines goes out of business after 62 years
1991 - US acknowledges CIA and US Army paid Noriega $320,000 over his career
1993 - Martin Luther King Jr holiday observed in all 50 states for 1st time
1995 - A network of caves were discovered in southern France. The caves contained paintings and engravings that were 17,000 to 20,000 years old.
1996 - Lisa Marie Presley filed for divorce from Michael Jackson in NY
2006 - Bodies of 36 Iraqis were found in mass graves in two towns north of Baghdad. Officials said many of the victims were police recruits.
1854 - Thomas A Watson needed by Bell, inventor assistant (Telephone)Died 1934
1856 - Dr Daniel Hale Williams famous African-American surgeon, second person to suture a tear to a heart(started medical career in Janesville, Wis)Died in 1931 of a stroke
1892 - Oliver Hardy, Harlem GA, comedy team member (Laurel & Hardy)Died 1957
1904 - Cary Grant England, actor (Arsenic & Old Lace, North by Northwest) D. 1986
1922 - Bob Bell, actor, the original Bozo the Clown (d. 1997)
1955 - Kevin Costner Los Angeles CA, actor (Silverado, Dances with Wolves)
1862 - John Tyler, 10th President of the United States (b. 1790)
1996 - Minnesota Fats [Rudolf Wanderone Jr], billiard hustler, dies at 82
Joke of the Day
Bad Corporate Slogans
These are fabricated corporate slogans that would never have made if far if they entered the real world.
- Microsoft: "How much are you going to pay today?"
- MTV: "Loud and easy to spell."
- Saks 5th Avenue: "Like you can Afford it!"
- Iguana: "The other green meat."
- Nike: "Just buy the shoes, you flabby spineless lump!"
- Daisy Air Rifles: "Keeping kids off your lawn for over forty years."
- Canon Photocopiers: "Quit calling them Xeroxes!"
- Apple MacIntosh: "Hey, we thought of it first!"
- Radio Shack: "You've got questions, we've got geek losers!"
- Professional Bowling on NBC: "Oh, why don't you just go ahead and kill yourself instead?"
Wife: Okay, today's Friday. Where's your pay envelope? Man: I already spent all my pay. I bought something for the house. Wife: What? What could you buy for the house that cost $480? Man: Eight rounds of drinks.
Twins Billy and Benny Llyod, were normal in size until the age of six. By November 1978 Billy and Benny weighed 742lb and 723lb respectively, and each had a waste measuring 84 inches. Both died from heart failure.
The longest documented hair belong to Hoo Sateow a tribal medicine men from Thailand. On November 20, 1997, his hair was unraveled in officially measured at 16 ft 11in long. He stopped cutting his hair in 1929 at the age of 18.
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