On this Date in History..

On this Day in History..

1584 Bohemia adopts the Gregorian calendar

1773 Capt James Cook becomes the 1st to cross Antarctic Circle (66° 33′ S)

1779 Captain Cook’s last notation in his ship’s log Discovery

1871 The 1st cable car patented, by Andrew S Hallidie

1873 A group of Modoc warriors defeat the United States Army in the First Battle of the Stronghold, a part of the Modoc War

1899 The US takes possession of Wake Island in the Pacific

1905 Punchboards are patented by Charles Brewer & C G Scannell in Chicago

1916 – The Professional Golfer Association (PGA) forms in NYC

1917 The US pays Denmark $25 million for the Virgin Islands

1920 – Prohibition goes into effect in the US as a result of the 18th amendment

1922 Betty White, is born in Oak Park Illinois

1928 The 1st fully automatic photographic film developing machine is patented

1929 Popeye makes his 1st appearance, in a comic strip called “Thimble Theater”

1945 Auschwitz concentration camp begins evacuation

1945 – Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, credited with saving tens of thousands of Jews from the Nazis, is arrested by Soviet secret police in Hungary

1961 – President Dwight D. Eisenhower delivers a televised farewell address to the nation three days before leaving office, in which he warns against the accumulation of power by the “military-industrial complex”

1969 Debut album of Led Zeppelin is released in the US

1976 “I Write the Songs” by Barry Manilow hits #1

1984 US Supreme Court rules (5-4) that oks private use of home VCRs to tape TV programs for later viewing does not violate federal copyright laws

1988 – “The Fumble”, trailing 38-31 with 1:12 left in the AFC Championship Game, the Browns’ Earnest Byner fumbles at the Denver 3-yard line, sending the Broncos to their second consecutive Super Bowl appearance

1990 – The Who, Simon & Garfunkel, 4 Seasons, 4 Tops, Hank Ballard, Platters, and The Kinks are inducted into Cleveland’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

1991 – Operation Desert Storm begins against Saddam Hussein

1995 – LA Rams announce that they are moving to St Louis (in 2016 they decide to move back)

2007 The Doomsday Clock is set to five minutes to midnight in response to North Korea’s nuclear testing

2013 – Japan unveils plans to build the world’s largest wind farm near the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant

 

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