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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Today in History: January 07, 2020

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“Today in History: January 07, 2020” by Chef V. Vicky Mazarotti


A.    1558: The French retake the last English possession on the French mainland, Calais, from the Brits.
B.    1608: Fire destroys Jamestown, Virginia.
C.    1610: Astronomer Galileo Galilei began observing three of Jupiter’s moons and spotted a fourth almost a week later.
D.    1782: The first commercial bank to open in the United States—the Bank of North America—opened on this date in Philadelphia.  
E.    1785: French aeronaut/balloonist Jean-Pierre Blanchard successfully made the first air-crossing of the English Channel from the English coast to France.
F.     1786: In Pennsylvania, future 26th U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice John Catron is born.  President Andrew Jackson would nominate him to fill a new seat on the nation’s high court.  Catron would serve from 05-01-1837 to 05-30-1865.
G.   1789: The brand-new United States held its first presidential election.  Americans voted for electors who, a month later, chose George Washington to be the nation’s first president.
H.   1800: Future 13th president of the United States, Millard Fillmore, Whig—is born in the USA on this date.  He served first as vice president 1849-1850 under President Zachary Taylor and then as president from 1850-1853.
I.      1822: The United States colonizes Liberia on the West African coast for returning American slaves.
J.     1861: Floridian troops take over Ft. Marion, in St. Augustine, Florida.
K.   1862: The Civil War Battle of Manassas, Virginia, begins.
L.    1887: Thomas Stevens completed the first round-the-world bicycle trip.  He commenced his trip in April 1884 and after biking 13,500 miles in almost three years, he arrived back at his starting point.
M.  1894: One of the earliest motion picture experiments took place at the Thomas Edison studio in West Orange, New Jersey, as Fred Ott was filmed taking a pinch of snuff and sneezing.  Elsewhere, W.K. Dickson received a patent for motion picture film on this date.
N.    1896: Fanny Farmer publishes her first cookbook on this date.
O.   1904: World agreement established the “CQD” as the global distress signal; however, two years later, they changed the designation to “SOS” because it was faster to transmit by wireless radio.
P.     1926: George Burns and Gracie Allen married on this date.  
Q.   1927: Commercial transatlantic telephone service between New York and London commenced on this date.  Elsewhere, in Hinckley, Illinois, the Harlem Globetrotters played their first game.
R.    1932: Chancellor Heinrich Brüning declared that Germany cannot, and will not, resume reparations payments.
S.     1934: “Flash Gordon,” a comic strip written and drawn by Alex Raymond has its debut.
T.    1935: French Foreign Minister Pierre Laval and Italian Prime Minister Benito Mussolini signed the Italo-French Agreements.
U.    1938: Paul Revere Dick was born in Harvard, Nebraska, the future rock-and-roll star who would lead the famous band, Paul Revere and the Raiders[i].
V.    1940: “Gene Autry’s Melody Ranch” debuted on CBS Radio on this date.  The show appeared regularly for the next 16 years.
W.  1942: The World War II siege of Bataan begins as American troops attempt to fight back Japanese attacks.
X.    1944: Lord Haw-Haw, the British turncoat broadcasting out of Berlin reports that the German offensive in the Ardennes, the Battle of the Bulge, is a ‘smashing success for the Nazis.’ 
Y.    1949: The University of Southern California presented the first photograph of genes to an amazed public.
Z.    1953: President Harry S. Truman announced in his State of the Union message to Congress that the United States had developed a hydrogen bomb.
AA.         1954: The Duoscopic TV receiver underwent unveiling on this date.  The TV set allowed the watching of two different shows at the same time.  Where is this technology now?
BB.          1959: The United States recognizes Fidel Castro’s new Cuban government.
CC.         1963: The U.S. Post Office raised the cost of a first-class stamp from 4 cents to 5 cents.
DD.         1968: The U.S. Postal Service raised the cost of a first-class stamp to 6 cents on this date.
EE.          1970: Local farmers sue Max Yasgur for $35,000 in damages caused by the Woodstock Music and Arts Festival the previous year.
FF.1972: The Los Angeles Lakers win their 33rd consecutive game, an all-time NBA record.  Elsewhere, Lewis F. Powell, Jr., becomes a Supreme Court justice.
GG.        1973: Sniper Mark Essex laid siege at a Howard Johnson’s Motor Lodge in New Orleans, Louisiana, for about 10 hours, killing seven people before sharpshooters shot the SOB dead.
HH.        1975: In Boston, Massachusetts, fans of Led Zeppelin[ii] go on a rampage prior to the band’s concert and cause $30,000 in damage.  Meanwhile, OPEC agrees to raise crude oil prices by 10 percent, which began a time of world economic inflation.
II.   1979: Vietnamese forces capture the Cambodian city of Phnom Penh from the Khmer Rouge forces holding it.
JJ.  1980: President Jimmy Carter signed legislation that authorized $1.5 billion in loans for the bailout of Chrysler Corporation.
KK.        1986: Because of being a state sponsor of terrorism, U.S. President Ronald Reagan imposes economic sanctions on Libya.   
LL.          1989: Upon the death of Emperor Hirohito, 87, in Tokyo, his son Akihito becomes emperor of Japan.
MM.      1996: One of the biggest blizzards in U.S. history hit the eastern states claiming more than 100 deaths due to severe weather.  Look out Global Warming, Climate Change (yeah, right!)
NN.         1997: Newt Gingrich narrowly wins reelection as the speaker of the house.
OO.        1998: Former White House intern Monica Lewinsky signed an affidavit denying that she had an affair with President Bill Clinton.
PP.1999: The U.S. Senate begins to try President Bill Clinton on charges he lied under oath and obstruction of justice in the Monica Lewinsky case.  This would be only the second time in American history when an American president underwent the process of impeachment.
QQ.        2009: Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin endorses plan to cut off natural gas lines to Western Europe running through the Ukraine.
RR.         2010: An employee at the ABB Power Building in St. Louis, Missouri, commits suicide after shooting eight people, three of them fatally.
SS. 2012: Near Carterton, New Zealand, 11 people die when their hot air balloon collides with a power line and crashes in flames.
TT.          2013: President Barack Obama nominates Republican Chuck Hagel to become the next secretary of defense as well as John Brennan to be the next CIA director.  Elsewhere, the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics estimates that at least 17 billion exoplanets exist across the Universe that is comparable in size to the Earth.
UU.         2014: In response to an enthusiastic group of supporters urging Hillary Clinton to run in 2016, she rents out her 2008 campaign email list. 
VV.         2015: Newly discovered antibiotic, Teixobactin, offers hope for those with antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria or for those suffering from tuberculosis and other diseases.  However, medical researchers have not yet tested the antibiotic in humans but only in rats, so it will be some time before the public has access to it.
WW.     2017: In the AFC Wild Card Game, the Houston Texans defeat the Oakland Raiders by a score of 27-14 while in the NFC Wild Card Game the Seattle Seahawks defeated the Detroit Lions by a score of 26-6.
XX.         2018: In the AFC Wild Card Game, the Jacksonville Jaguars defeat the Buffalo Bills by a score of 10-6 while in the NFC Wild Card Game the New Orleans Saints hold on and defeat the Carolina Panthers by a score of 31-26.
YY.         2020: Among the fake news media and their sycophant Democrat politicians, the buzzword about President Donald J. Trump this week is that he is an ‘assassin’ because he droned Quds Force scumbag terrorist leader Qassim Soleimani at the Baghdad Airport the previous week.  Meanwhile at the funeral of Gen. Soleimani in Tehran, 50 people are trampled to death and countless others injured as the million or more mourners go berserk.  What is it about these Muslim states that they know how to put on a ‘proper funeral?’  Meanwhile communist candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders goes on the attack by going after fading former Vice President Joe Biden who amazingly manages to cling to the top of the polls.   Later in the day, the Iranians begin firing barrages of cruise missiles into Iraq, targeting American bases.  Light them up, President Trump, light the camel monkeys up using neutron bombs.

[i] We feel bad that we did not begin promoting the music of Paul Revere and the Raiders around the time we shared the music of the Flamin’ Groovies.  Well, we hope to slip them in sometime within the next 6-7 years.  Please remain vigilant for the time that we do.  You will be glad you did.
[ii] We look forward to doing the music of Steely Dan at some point within the next 10-15 years.  Please stay with us.
[ii] We presented another series of interconnected bands which included Free, Bad Company, Led Zeppelin, the Firm, Mott the Hoople, Ian Hunter, the Yardbirds, and a plethora of solo and group efforts beginning on Wednesday, 02-July-2014 through Sunday, 19-October-2014.  We definitely hope that you will seek this music out and consider adding it to your growing collection.

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