Today In History
Here is what happened
on Sunday - January 20th...
History, n. One darn thing after another.
Famous People Born On This Day In History...
|1894||Harold L. Gray, creator of "Little Orphan Annie."
Today, this person is/would be 125 years old.
|1889||Huddie William Ledbetter, aka Leadbelly, jazz guitarist.
Today, this person is/would be 130 years old.
|1896||Nathan Birnbaum, aka George Burns, legendary vaudville comedian.
Today, this person is/would be 123 years old.
|1920||Federico Fellini, surrealist Italian film director.
Today, this person is/would be 99 years old.
|1937||Joan Rivers, comedienne. Can we talk?.
Today, this person is/would be 82 years old.
|1941||Ron Townson, singer, The 5th Dimension.
Today, this person is/would be 78 years old.
|1950||Paul Stanely, rocker, Kiss.
Today, this person is/would be 69 years old.
|1952||Ian Hill, heavey metal rocker, Judas Priest.
Today, this person is/would be 67 years old.
|1956||Bill Maher, American TV personality, Politically Incorrect.
Today, this person is/would be 63 years old.
Events On This Day In History...
|1265||The first English Parliament is called into session by the Earl of Leicester.|
|1839||Chile defeats a confederation of Peru and Bolivia in the Battle of Yungay.|
|1841||The island of Hong Kong is ceded to Great Britain. It is eventually returned to Chinese control in July 1997.|
|1885||The roller coaster is patented by L.A. Thompson of Coney Island, NY.|
|1886||The Mersey Railway Tunnel is officially opened by the Prince of Wales.|
|1942||Nazi officials hold the Wannsee conference, during which they arrived at their "final solution" that called for exterminating Europe’s Jews.|
|1952||Patricia McCormick debuts as the first professional woman bullfighter. |
|1958||Elvis Presley gets drafted into the US army. He serves two very unremarkable years and is honourably discharged. |
|1981||Iran releases 52 Americans who had been held hostage for 444 days. The release occurred minutes after the US presidency had passed from Jimmy Carter to Ronald Reagan.|
|1986||Britain and France announced their plans to build a tunnel under the English Channel to link France and England. They eventually built the thing but investors lost a bundle of money on it.|
|1996||Palestinian voters chose a new self-rule Palestinian National Authority government. Former PLO leader Yassir Arafat is elected president.|