This Day in History, January 23rd
January 23rd 2008 00:40
This Day in History
1556 - Most deadly earthquake kills 830,000 in Shansi Province, China
1845 - The U.S. Congress decided all national elections would be held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.
1849 - Elizabeth Blackwell became the first woman in U.S. to receive medical degree.
1865 - General Robert E Lee named Commander-in-Chief of Confederate Armies
1870 - 173 Blackfoot Indians (140 women & children) killed in Montana by US Army
1916 - Temp falls from 44ºF (7ºC) to -56ºF (49ºC) night of 23-24, Browning MT
1920 - Netherlands refuse to surrender ex-Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany to the Allies.
1930 - George Washington Birthplace National Monument VA established
1932 - El Salvador army kills 4,000 protesting farmers
1941 - Charles Lindbergh testifies before the U.S. Congress and recommends that the United States negotiate a neutrality pact with Adolf Hitler.
1942 - Japanese troops occupy Rabaul New Britain
1942 - Tank battle at Adzjedabia, African corps vs British army
1943 - British 8th forces capture Tripoli in Libya from the Nazis.
1943 - World War II: Australian and American forces finally defeat the Japanese army in Papua. This turning point in the Pacific War
1953 - NFL Dallas Texans become Baltimore Colts (now Indianapolis Colts)
1953 - NFL's National & American conferences become Eastern & Western conferences
1960 - The bathyscaphe USS Trieste breaks a depth record by descending to the deepest point in the Pacific Ocean, 35,798 feet(6.8 miles)
1962 - Bob Feller & Jackie Robinson elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
1968 - North Korea seized the U.S. Navy ship Pueblo, charging it had intruded into the nation's territorial waters on a spying mission. The crew was released 11 months later.
1971 - -80ºF (-62ºC), Prospect Creek Camp, Alaska (US record)
1973 - President Nixon announced U.S. troops would cease fighting in Vietnam on Jan. 27
1974 - Mike Oldfield's "Tubular Bells" opened the credits of the movie, "The Exorcist".
1975 - "Barney Miller" made his debut on ABC-TV.
1977 - The TV mini-series "Roots," began airing on ABC.
1978 - weden became the first country to ban aerosol sprays because of damage to the ozone
1983 - "The A-Team" debuted on TV.
1986 - 1st induction of Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame (Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Fats Domino, Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis & Elvis Presley)
1988 - Experimental airplane Voyager, piloted by Dick Rutan & Jeana Yeager, complete 1st nonstop, round-the-world flight without refueling lands
1991 - "Seinfeld" debuts on NBC-TV
1997 - Madeleine Albright becomes the first woman to serve as U.S. Secretary of State.
2002 - "American Taliban" John Walker Lindh returns to the U.S. under FBI custody.
2002 - U.S. Reporter Daniel Pearl is kidnapped and subsequently beheaded in Pakistan
2006 - Ford Motor Co., reflecting the downsizing of the U.S. auto industry, said it would close 14 factories and eliminate 30,000 jobs over the next six years.
1737 - John Hancock, American Revolutionist/First to sign the Declaration (d. 1793)
1898 - Randolph Scott actor (Last of the Mohicans, Western Union)
1899 - Humphrey Bogart actor (Casablanca, Caine Mutiny, African Queen)
1914 - Napoleon L Bonaparte French pretender to the throne
1923 - Florence Halop Queens, actress (Florence-Night Court, St Elsewhere)
1975 - Tito Ortiz, American UFC Fighter(Former Light Heavyweight Champion)
2003 - Nell Carter, singer and actress (Ryan’s Hope, Gimme a Break) (Born 1948)
2004 - Bob Keeshan, actor, Captain Kangaroo(Born 1927)
2005 - Johnny Carson, Host of TV’s “Tonight Show” died of emphysema at age 79
Joke of the Day
NASA decided to send a shuttle into space with two monkeys and an astronaut. They trained them for months. Then when they thought they were ready, they placed all three in the shuttle and got ready to send them up into space.
As the moment came closer NASA's mission control center announced, "This is mission control to Monkey One. Initiate!"
At that the first monkey started typing like mad and suddenly the shuttle's engines ignited and the shuttle took off.
Two hours later NASA's mission control center announced, "This is mission control to Monkey Two. Initiate!"
At that the second monkey started typing like mad and suddenly the shuttle separated from the empty fuel tanks.
Another two hours later mission control announced, "This is mission control to the astronaut..."
At this the astronaut responded "I know, I know. Feed the monkeys and don't touch anything."
Most Lightning Strikes Survived
The only man in the world to be struck by lightning seven times was ex-Park Ranger Roy C. Sullivan, otherwise known as the human lightning conductor. A single lightning strike is made up of several 100 million volts,(shocking).
Furthest Eyeball Proper
Kim Goodman can pop her eyeballs out to a distance of .43 inches beyond her eye sockets. Kim’s eyes would protrude out of her head every time she yawns, and she has now taught herself to pop her eyes out on cue.
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