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    I have a friend on facebook who periodically posts a "this day in history" tidbit (often about the Civil War since he doesn reenactments). Thought it might be an interesting thing to do here as well... I will try to post something daily but others are free to post things as well, as I'm sure I won't be able to do so everyday.

    So on this day January 28:

    1547 - England's King Henry VIII died. He was succeeded by his 9 year-old son, Edward VI.

    1878 - The first telephone switchboard was installed in New Haven, CT.

    1878 - "The Yale News" was published for the first time. It was the first, daily, collegiate newspaper in the U.S.

    1915 - The Coast Guard was created by an act of the U.S. Congress to fight contraband trade and aid distressed vessels at sea.

    1916 - Louis D. Brandeis was appointed by President Wilson to the U.S. Supreme Court, becoming its first Jewish member.

    1922 - The National Football League (NFL) franchise in Decatur, IL, transferred to Chicago. The team took the name Chicago Bears.

    1935 - Iceland became the first country to introduce legalized abortion.

    1959- Vince Lombardi is hired as the coach of the Packers.

    1986 - The U.S. space shuttle Challenger exploded just after takeoff. All seven of its crewmembers were killed.

    1999 - Ford Motor Company announced the purchase of Sweden's Volvo AB for $6.45 billion.

    Jackson Pollock 1912
    Alan Alda 1936
    Eljah Wood 1981

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    I love the "On this day.." pages on Wikipedia, a great way to learn about random events throughout history.

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      On this day in history (2012, AM Hours), I had Lucky Charms.
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        Originally posted by Proud2baLaker View Post
        1999 - Ford Motor Company announced the purchase of Sweden's Volvo AB for $6.45 billion.
        A dark day for those of us who love our Swedish steeds.

        Could be worse - could be Saab lovers.
        Growing old is mandatory -- growing up is optional!


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          Originally posted by SteveP View Post
          A dark day for those of us who love our Swedish steeds.

          Could be worse - could be Saab lovers.
          Hey now.

          (Family owned a 1977 99 for 21 years. The current 2007ish 9-3... not likely to last that long.)
          Augsburg College: Wait, there's another D-3 school whose name starts with "A"?

          Originally posted by The Darkness:
          I don't see you asking Beer Pong Horn if he practices a religion from the beer continent.

          Originally posted by bigblue_dl:
          Wow. Tech fans are such a-holes. I think I saw Beer Pong Horn kick a blind puppy once.

          Boosh Factor (6-27-12): Summer Vacation


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            Originally posted by Beer Pong Horn View Post
            Hey now.

            (Family owned a 1977 99 for 21 years. The current 2007ish 9-3... not likely to last that long.)
            They make good airplanes....I spent five years droning around the Northeast in a Saab back in the 90's.


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              Dr Strangelove premiers 1964

              President Merkin Muffley: Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room.


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                January 29

                1820 - Britain's King George III died insane at Windsor Castle.

                1845 - Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven" was published for the first time in the "New York Evening Mirror."

                1861 - Kansas became the 34th state of the Union.

                1916 - In World War I, Paris was bombed by German zeppelins for the first time.

                1924 - R. Taylor patented the ice cream cone rolling machine.

                1936 - The first members of major league baseball's Hall of Fame were named in Cooperstown, NY.

                1963 - The first members to the NFL's Hall of Fame were named in Canton, OH.

                1990 - Joseph Hazelwood, the former skipper of the Exxon Valdez, went on trial in Anchorage, AK, on charges that stemmed from America's worst oil spill. Hazelwood was later acquitted of all the major charges and was convicted of a misdemeanor.

                1995 - The San Francisco 49ers became the first team in National Football League (NFL) history to win five Super Bowl titles. The 49ers defeated the San Diego Chargers 49-26.

                1999 - The U.S. Senate delivered subpoenas for Monica Lewinsky and two presidential advisers for private, videotaped testimony in the impeachment trial.

                William McKinley 1843
                W.C. Fields 1880
                Tom Selleck 1945
                Oprah Winfrey 1954
                Greg Louganis 1960
                Dominik Hasek 1965
                Heather Graham 1970


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                  Originally posted by Beer Pong Horn View Post
                  Hey now.

                  (Family owned a 1977 99 for 21 years. The current 2007ish 9-3... not likely to last that long.)
                  Hey - I have no problem with Saab (wife drove one as a patrol car in Aspen and I almost bought a Viggen), but I have a problem with Saab filing for bankruptcy.

                  Of course, Volvo is now owned by the Chinese.
                  Growing old is mandatory -- growing up is optional!


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                    January 30

                    1649 - England's King Charles I was beheaded.

                    1798 - The first brawl in the U.S. House of Representatives took place. Congressmen Matthew Lyon and Roger Griswold fought on the House floor.

                    1844 - Richard Theodore Greener became the first African American to graduate from Harvard University.

                    1847 - The town of Yerba Buena was renamed San Francisco.

                    1933 - "The Lone Ranger" was heard on radio for the first time. The program ran for 2,956 episodes and ended in 1955.

                    1933 - Adolf Hitler was named the German Chancellor.

                    1948 - Indian political and spiritual leader Mahatma Gandhi was murdered by a Hindu extremist.

                    1958 - The first two-way moving sidewalk was put in service at Love Field in Dallas, TX. The length of the walkway through the airport was 1,435 feet.

                    1964 - The U.S. launched Ranger 6. The unmanned spacecraft carried television cameras and was intentionally crash-landed on the moon. The cameras did not return any pictures to Earth.

                    1968 - The Tet Offensive began as Communist forces launched surprise attacks against South Vietnamese provincial capitals.

                    1972 - In Northern Ireland, British soldiers shot and killed thirteen Roman Catholic civil rights marchers. The day is known as "Bloody Sunday."

                    1979 - The civilian government of Iran announced it had decided to allow Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini to return. He had been living in exile in France.

                    1989 - The U.S. embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan was closed.

                    1994 - Peter Leko became the world's youngest-ever grand master in chess.

                    Anton Checkhov 1860
                    Franklin D. Roosevelt 1882
                    Gene Hackman 1931
                    Dick Cheney 1941
                    Christian Bale 1974


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                      1077 - Pope Gregory VII pardons German emperor Henry IV
                      1349 - Gunther of Schwarzburg chosen German anti-king
                      1349 - Jews of Freilsburg Germany are massacred
                      1467 - Battle at Velke Kostolany: Hung king M ty s Corvinus beats Bratr¡ci
                      1487 - Bell chimes invented
                      1522 - Duke of Albany takes captured French back to Scotland
                      1544 - Adrian van Goes becomes land advocate of Holland
                      1592 - Ippolito Aldobrandini elected Pope Clement VIII
                      1647 - King Charles I handed over to English parliament
                      1647 - Scots agree to sell King Charles I to English Parliament for œ400,
                      1648 - Spain & Netherlands sign Peace of Mnster, ending Tachtigjarige War
                      1667 - Treaty of Andrussovo: Russia & Poland sign peace treaty
                      1713 - England & Netherlands sign 2nd anti-French boundary treaty
                      1774 - Capt Cook reaches 71ø 10' S, 1820 km from S pole (record)
                      1781 - Articles of Confederation ratified by 13th state, Maryland
                      1790 - Lifeboat 1st tested at sea, by Mr Greathead, the inventor
                      1798 - Rep Matthew Lyon (Vt) spits in face of Rep Roger Griswold (Ct) in US House of Representatives, after an argument
                      1800 - US population: 5,308,483; Black population 1,002,037 (18.9%)
                      1804 - Mungo Park leaves England seeking source of Niger River
                      1806 - Prussia takes possession of Hanover
                      1815 - Burned Library of Congress reestablished with Jefferson's 6500 vols
                      1818 - Keats composes his sonnet, "When I Have Fears"
                      1820 - Edward Bransfield aboard Williams discovers Antarctica (UK claim)
                      1835 - Richard Lawrence misfires at Pres Andrew Jackson in Washington DC
                      1853 - Emperor Napoleon III marries Eug‚nie Maria de Montijo y de Guzman
                      1854 - 1st election in Washington Territory; 1,682 votes cast
                      1858 - Charles Hall‚ founds Hall‚ Orchestra in Manchester
                      1858 - William Wells Brown published 1st Black drama, "Leap to Freedom"
                      1862 - US Navy's 1st ironclad warship (Monitor) launched
                      1877 - Storm flood ravages Dutch coastal provinces
                      1879 - French President MacMahon resigns
                      1889 - John Herschel uses camera obscura to photograph 48" (120cm) telescope
                      1892 - Bobby Abel carries his bat for 132* for England in SCG Test
                      1892 - Capt Lugard occupies Uganda's King Mwanga's hide out
                      1894 - Pneumatic hammer patented by Charles King of Detroit
                      1894 - US flag fired on in Rio; prompt satisfaction exacted by Adm Benham
                      1895 - SS Elbe sinks after collision in North Sea, 332 killed
                      1911 - 1st rescue of an air passenger by a ship, near Havana, Cuba
                      1913 - House of Lords rejects Irish Home Rule Bill
                      1915 - German submarine attack on Le Havre
                      1917 - 1st jazz record recorded (Dark Town Strutters Ball)
                      1919 - Reds hire Pat Moran as manager as Christy Mathewson, is still in France with US Army
                      1920 - Qu‚bec's Joe Malone sets NHL record of 7 goals in a game
                      1922 - World Law Day, 1st celebrated
                      1925 - Turkish govt throws out Constantine VI of Constantinople
                      1928 - 1st radio telephone connection between Netherlands & US
                      1928 - Eugene O'Neill's "Strange Interlude," premieres in NYC
                      1930 - Vladimir Mayakovsky's "Banya," premieres in Leningrad
                      1931 - Charlie Chaplin's "City Lights" premieres at Los Angeles Theater
                      1933 - Adolph Hitler named German Chancellor, forms govt with Von Papen
                      1934 - 1st theatrical presentation sponsored by US government, NYC
                      1934 - Hitler proclamation on German unified states
                      1935 - Ezra Pound meets Mussolini, reads from a draft of "Cantos"
                      1936 - New owners of Boston Braves ask newspapermen to pick a new nickname
                      1937 - 2nd of Stalin's purge trials; Pyatakov & 16 others sentenced to death
                      1939 - Heavy after shocks destroy some of Chile
                      1939 - Hitler calls for extermination of European Jews
                      1940 - Benjamin Britten's "Lesson Illuminations" premieres in London
                      1941 - Australian troops conquer Derna Libya
                      1942 - Japanese troops land on Ambon
                      1943 - 6 British Mosquito's daylight bomb Berlin
                      1943 - German assault on French in Tunisia
                      1943 - German under officers shot down in Haarlem Neth
                      1943 - Hitler promotes Friedrich von Paul to general-fieldmarshal
                      1943 - Illegal opposition newspaper Loyal begins publishing
                      1943 - USS Chicago sinks in Pacific Ocean
                      1944 - US invades Majuro, Marshall Islands
                      1945 - "Wilhelm Gustloff" torpedoed off Danzig by Soviet sub-c 7,700 die
                      1945 - German ship "Wilhelm Gustloff" torpedoed, 4,800 killed
                      1946 - 1st issue of Franklin Roosevelt dime
                      1948 - 5th Winter Olympic games open in St Moritz, Switzerland
                      1950 - "Robert Montgomery Presents" dramatic anthology premieres on NBC TV
                      1951 - Belgium refuses to allow communists to make speeches on radio
                      1952 - Lehmer verifies: 2^521-1 & 2^607-1 (183 ciphers) Mersenne-prime #
                      1952 - Paul Creston's 4th Symphony, premieres
                      1954 - Belgium ends trade agreement with USSR
                      1954 - Italy's Fanfani govt resigns
                      1956 - Elvis Presley records his version of "Blue Suede Shoes"
                      1956 - KRMA TV channel 6 in Denver, CO (PBS) begins broadcasting
                      1956 - KTXS TV channel 12 in Sweetwater-Abilene, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting
                      1956 - Martin Luther King Jr's home bombed
                      1957 - US Congress accepts "Eisenhower-doctrine"
                      1958 - Baseball announces players & coaches rather than fans pick all stars
                      1958 - Dore Schary's "Sunrise at Campobello," premieres in NYC
                      1958 - House of Lords passes bill allowing women in
                      1959 - Paul Hindemith's symphony "Pittsburgh," premieres
                      1960 - CIA OKs Lockheed to produce a new U-2 aircraft (Oxcart)
                      1960 - US female Figure Skating championship won by Carol Heiss
                      1960 - US male Figure Skating championship won by David Jenkins
                      1961 - Bobby Darin is youngest performer to headline a TV special on NBC
                      1961 - JFK asks for an Alliance for Progress & Peace Corp
                      1961 - KAET TV channel 8 in Phoenix, AZ (PBS) begins broadcasting
                      1962 - UN General Assembly censures Portugal (because of Angola)
                      1962 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
                      1962 - 2 members of Flying Wallendas' high-wire act killed when their 7-person pyramid collapsed during a performance in Detroit
                      1964 - Military coup of Gen Nguyen Khanh in South Vietnam
                      1964 - Ranger 6 launched; makes perfect flight to Moon, but cameras fail
                      1965 - "The Name Game" by Shirley Ellis hits #3
                      1965 - State funeral of Winston Churchill
                      1966 - -19øF (-28øC), Corinth, Mississippi (state record)
                      1966 - -27øF (-33øC), New Market, Alabama (state record)
                      1966 - Ard Schenk skates world record 1500m (2:05.2)
                      1966 - Dmitri Sjostakovitsj completes his 11th string quartet
                      1968 - Bobby Goldsboro records his biggest hit, "Honey"
                      1968 - Vietcong launch Tet-offensive on US embassy in Saigon
                      1969 - Beatles perform their last gig together, a free concert
                      1969 - US/Canada ISIS 1 launched to study ionosphere
                      1971 - "Ari" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 19 performances
                      1971 - Dennis Lillee takes 5-84 in his 1st Test bowl, v England
                      1971 - UCLA starts 88 basketball game win streak
                      1972 - Bloody Sunday: Brit soldiers shoot on catholics in Londonderry, 13 die
                      1972 - Pakistan withdraws from Commonwealth
                      1973 - 1st Kiss concert (Queens NY)
                      1973 - 26th NHL All-Star Game: East beat West 5-4 at NY Rangers
                      1973 - Jury finds Watergate defendants Liddy & McCord guilty on all counts
                      1973 - KISS plays their 1st show (Coventry Club in Queens NY)
                      1974 - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
                      1976 - 1st-class debut of Dav Whatmore, in Johannesburg
                      1976 - George Bush becomes 11th director of CIA (until 1977)
                      1976 - William E Colby, ends term as 10th director of CIA
                      1977 - 8th (final) part of "Roots" is most-watched entertainment show ever
                      1977 - Allan Border scores 36 in his 1st-class innings (NSW v Qld)
                      1977 - Edward W Stack replaces Paul Kerr president of Hall of Fame
                      1978 - Addie Joss & Larry MacPhail elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
                      1978 - Mutual Broadcasting Network begins airing Larry King Show on radio
                      1979 - Rhodesia agrees to new constitution
                      1980 - Edward Albee's "Lady from Dubuque," premieres in NYC
                      1981 - 8th American Music Award: Kenny Rogers wins
                      1982 - US female Figure Skating championship won by Rosalynn Sumners
                      1983 - Hilbert van Thumb becomes European skating champ
                      1983 - Pat Bradley wins LPGA Mazda of Deer Creek Golf Classic
                      1983 - Superbowl XVII: Wash Red Skins beat Miami Dolphins, 27-17 in Pasadena Superbowl MVP: John Riggins, Washington, RB
                      1988 - Hansie Cronje gets a pair in 2nd 1st-class game (OFS v N Tvl)
                      1989 - 16th American Music Award: Randy Travis & George Michael wins
                      1989 - 5 pharoah sculptures from 1470 BC found at temple of Luxor
                      1989 - Joel Steinberg found guilty of 1st degree manslaughter of daughter
                      1989 - Last day of 1st class cricket for Dav Whatmore
                      1989 - Olympian, Bruce Kimball, is sentenced to 17 years in prison for killing 2 teenagers in a drunk driving accident
                      1992 - Space Shuttle STS-42 (Discovery 15) lands
                      1993 - 100,000n Europeans demonstrate against fascism & racism
                      1993 - 67th Australian Women's Tennis Open: Monica Seles beat Graf (46 63 62)
                      1994 - 68th Australian Women's Tennis Open: S Graf beats A S Vicario (60 62)
                      1994 - 82nd Australian Mens Tennis: Pete Sampras beats Todd Martin (76 64 64)
                      1994 - Dan Jansen skates world record 500m (35.76)
                      1994 - Kapil Dev equals Richard Hadlee's world record of 431 Test wkts
                      1994 - Superbowl XXVIII: Dallas Cowboys beat Buffalo Bills, 30-13 in Atlanta Superbowl MVP: Emmitt Smith, Dallas, RB
                      1995 - 22nd American Music Award: Boyz II Men & Ace of Base win
                      1995 - Belgium's TV channel 2 in Flanders goes on the air
                      1995 - Car bomb explodes in Algiers, 42 killed/296 injured
                      1995 - Kevin Eubanks officially becomes band leader of "Tonight Show"
                      1997 - Minuteman III launches
                      1998 - All-Star Fla Marlin catcher Darren Daulton, retires
                      1998 - Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Indianapolis IN on WNAP 93.1 FM
                      1998 - Paul Simon's "The Capeman," premieres
                      2000 - NFL Pro Bowl
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