Events - January 22
1879 - James Shields, who had previously served Illinois and Minnesota, began a term as a U.S. Senator from Missouri. He was the first Senator to serve three states.
1889 - The Columbia Phonograph Company was formed in Washington, DC.
1895 - The National Association of Manufacturers was organized in Cincinnati, OH. Let’s all make something today, in commemoration.
1907 - The Richard Strauss opera, "Salome", was featured with the "Dance of the Seven Veils". It was copied by vaudeville performers and, um, strip-tease performers, as well. Soon, performances of the opera were banned at the Metropolitan Opera House.
1931 - Clyde McCoy and his orchestra recorded "Sugar Blues". The tune became McCoy’s theme song, thanks to its popularity on Columbia Records, and later on Decca, selling over a million copies. (McCoy was said to be related to the feudin’ and a-fightin’ McCoys of Hatfield and McCoy fame.)
1946 - The Central Intelligence Group, which later became the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), was established by U.S. President Harry S Truman’s directive issued this day.
1947 - KTLA, Channel 5, in Hollywood, began operation as the first commercial television station west of the Mississippi River.
1952 - 29 people were killed, including former Secretary of War Robert P. Patterson, when an airliner hit an apartment building in Elizabeth, NJ. Seven of the dead were on ground.
1956 - Raymond Burr starred as Captain Lee Quince in the "Fort Laramie" debut on CBS radio. The program was said to be in “the "Gunsmoke" tradition.”
1960 - Paul Pender beat Sugar Ray Robinson in a 15-round decision and gained international recognition as middleweight boxing champion.
1961 - 1960’s Olympic gold medalist and track star Wilma Rudolph set a world indoor mark in the women’s 60-yard dash. She ran the race in a speedy 6.9 seconds in a meet held in Los Angeles on this day.
1962 - Cleveland Indians pitcher Bob Feller was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.
1968 - The NBC-TV show, "Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In", debuted “from beautiful downtown Burbank” on this night. (It received the official go-ahead after a successful pilot special that had aired in 1967.) The weekly show, produced by George Schlatter and Ed Friendly, then Paul Keyes, used 260 pages of jokes in each hour-long episode. The first 14 shows earned "Laugh-In" (as it was commonly called) 4 Emmys. And “you bet your bippy”, Nielsen rated it #1 ... for two seasons. Thanks to an ever-changing cast of regulars including the likes of Dan Rowan, Dick Martin, Arte Johnson, Goldie Hawn, Ruth Buzzi, JoAnne Worley, Gary Owens, Alan Sues, Henry Gibson, Lily Tomlin, Richard Dawson, Judy Carne, President Richard Nixon (“Go ahead, sock it to me!”), the show became the highest-rated comedy series in TV history.
1973 - The U.S. Supreme Court struck down state laws that had restricted abortions during the first six months of pregnancy. The famous Roe vs. Wade case spawned the debate between a woman’s right to end her pregnancy and whether such an abortion is murder of an unborn child. The overheated debate continues and has caused radicals to bomb women’s reproductive health clinics, killing and injuring many.
1973 - George Foreman took the heavyweight boxing title away from Smokin’ Joe Frazier in Kingston, Jamaica, mon. Actually, George didn’t just go up to Joe and say, “Gimme that!” He had to successfully punch his lights out in the boxing ring first.
1983 - The Steven Spielberg film, "E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial", became the top movie moneymaker. In less than a year, "E.T.", the modern day, fairy tale, brought in $194 million in video rentals; replacing the previously #1 rented film, "Star Wars". Something for E.T. to phone home about.
1984 - Super Bowl XVIII (at Tampa): Los Angeles Raiders 38, Washington Redskins 9. The Redskins were slight favorites going into the game. Raiders’ QB Jim Plunkett and LB Matt Millen called their own plays. Plus lots of big plays and that ’83 defense, did the Redskins in. MVP: Raiders’ RB Marcus Allen. Tickets: $60.00.
1987 - Phil Donahue became the first talk show host to tape a show from inside the Soviet Union. Donahue appeared in Leningrad, Kiev and Moscow. The shows were seen by Russian TV audiences later in the year.
1989 - Super Bowl XXIII (at Miami): San Francisco 49ers 20, Cincinnati Bengals 16. In the brand new Joe Robbie Stadium, it was coach Bill Walsh vs. coach Sam Wyche, QB Joe Montana vs. QB Boomer Esiason. The score at halftime: 3-3. In the end, the 49ers got past the Bengals, but just barely. MVP: 49ers’ WR Jerry Rice. 49ers won their third Super Bowl. Some said the Bengals lost “the best Super Bowl ever played.” Tickets: $100.00.
1993 - On the 20th anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade decision, U.S. President Bill Clinton lifted a series of abortion restrictions imposed by his Republican predecessors. On this day in 2001 President George Bush (II) reimposed those restrictions. On Jan 23, 2009 newly-elected Democratic President Barack Obama lifted the restrictions; and on Jan 23, 2017 newly-elected Republican President Donald Trump reimposed the restrictions -- as the tit-for-tat policy change continued.
1995 - Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy died at the age of 104 at the family’s Cape Cod compound. She was the the daughter of Boston mayor John Francis Fitzgerald, known as ‘Honey Fitz’; the wife of U.S. Ambassador Joseph Kennedy; the mother of U.S. President John F. Kennedy; and mother of U.S. Senators Robert F. and Edward M. Kennedy.
1997 - Rhythm-and-blues singer Ron Holden, best known for his hit single "Love You So", died in Mexico at age 57. "Love You So" was Holden’s only hit, reaching number seven on "Billboard" June 13, 1960.
1998 - “The Unabomber’s career is over,” said prosecutor Robert Cleary. Theodore Kaczynski had pleaded guilty to being the notorious Unabomber. Kaczynski made the guilty plea in Sacramento, California in return for a sentence of life in prison without parole. Kaczynski was charged with four bombings in 1985, 1993 and 1995 that killed two people and maimed two. But the plea bargain resolved all federal charges against him -- including those filed in New Jersey -- growing out of the 17-year string of 16 bombings that killed three people and injured 29.
1998 - Mary Bono, widow of singer/politician Sonny Bono, announced that she would run for the congressional seat held by her late husband -- to represent the 44th Congressional District in California, which includes Palm Springs.
1999 - "Gloria" opened in the U.S. “Gloria. Big Mouth. Big Attitude. But Who Knew She Had a Big Heart.” The movie, starring Sharon Stone, Jeremy Northam, Jean-Luke Figueroa, Cathy Moriarty, Mike Starr, Bonnie Bedelia and George C. Scott, was directed by Sidney Lumet.
2001 - Four of the seven convicts who had broken out of a Texas prison the previous month were captured southwest of Denver; a fifth inmate killed himself. (The last two escapees were caught two days later.)
2003 - World War-II cartoonist Bill Maudlin died in Newport Beach, CA. He was 81 years old. In 1945 Maudlin won a Pulitzer Prize for his war cartoons.
2004 - Actress, dancer Ann Miller died in Los Angeles at 80 years of age. She appeared in over forty motion pictures during her sixty-year career.
2004 - The Chinese New Year (Lunar Year 4702) ushered in the Year of the Monkey -- the Wood Monkey, to be exact. Each animal in the Chinese zodiac is represented by one of five ‘elements’ important to Chinese culture: wood, water, fire, earth and metal. 2016 was the year of the Fire Monkey and the next Year of the Monkey happens in 2028 -- the year of the Earth Monkey.
2005 - Businessman (and future POTUS) Donald Trump (58) married Slovenian model Melania Knauss (34) in a glamourous, glitzy ceremony. It was Trump’s third try at marital bliss.
2006 - Kobe Bryant scored 81 points against the Toronto Raptors in the Lakers’ 122-104 come-from-behind win in Los Angeles. Bryant’s total was the second highest in NBA history (after Wilt Chamberlain’s 100 points on March 2, 1962).
2006 - British diplomats were accused of spying on Russia using a fake rock. The device, planted in a Moscow park, received information electronically and later transmitted it to a hand-held computer.
2007 - The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a California criminal sentencing law because it allowed judges to add years to prison terms based on the judge’s own own fact finding. The court ruled that only juries could determine the justifcation for imposing longer prison terms on state prisoners.
2008 - The New York City Board of Health ruled that restaurant chains must list the number of calories in everything on their menus.
2008 - Australian-born actor Heath Ledger was found dead in a Manhattan apartment. He was 28 years old. The NYC medical examiner said Ledger died of an accidental overdose of painkillers, sleeping pills, anti-anxiety medication and other prescription drugs. Ledger received an Oscar nomination for his role as a troubled gay cowboy in the 2006 film, Brokeback Mountain.
Birthdays - January 22
1561 - Sir Francis Bacon (philosopher, writer: The Advancement of Learning, Novum Organum; died Apr 9, 1626)
1788 - Lord (George) Byron (poet: Manfred, Cain, Don Juan; died Apr 19, 1824)
1875 - D.W. (David Wark) Griffith (film producer, director: The Birth of a Nation; Los Angeles’ Griffith Park named for him; died July 23, 1948)
1890 - Frederick Vinson (13th Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court; Congressman, WWII Director of War Mobilization; U.S. Secretary of the Treasury ; died Sep 8, 1953)
1904 - George Balanchine (Georgi Balanchivadze) (choreographer: Apollo, Orpheus, Firebird, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker; founded School of American Ballet and New York City Ballet; died Apr 30, 1983)
1909 - Ann Sothern (Harriette Lake) (actress: Lady Be Good, Panama Hattie, The Whales of August, The Ann Sothern Show, voice of My Mother, the Car; died Mar 15, 2001)
1909 - U Thant (statesman from Burma: United Nations Secretary-General [1961-1971]; died Nov 25, 1974)
1924 - J.J. (James Louis) Johnson (musician: trombone, composer, bandleader; one of first to use the trombone in modern jazz; died Feb 4, 2001)
1931 - Sam Cooke (singer: You Send Me, Chain Gang, Wonderful World, A Change is Gonna Come; shot to death Dec 11, 1964)
1931 - Galina Zybina (Russian Olympic Gold Medalist: women’s shot-put )
1932 - Piper Laurie (Rosetta Jacobs) (actress: The Road to Galveston, Twin Peaks, Rising Son, Children of a Lesser God, The Thorn Birds, Days of Wine and Roses, Carrie, The Hustler, Francis Goes to the Races)
1934 - Bill (Wilfred Bailey) Bixby (actor: My Favorite Martian, The Courtship of Eddie’s Father, The Incredible Hulk, Fantasy Island, Rich Man Poor Man; died Nov 21, 1993)
1935 - Seymour Cassel (actor: Bad Love, Indecent Proposal, Honeymoon in Vegas, Dick Tracy, Sweet Bird of Youth, Eye of the Tiger, Double Exposure, Valentino, Faces)
1939 - Jeffrey L. Smith (chef; TV personality: The Frugal Gourmet; died Jul 7, 2004)
1939 - J.C. (Jean Claude) Tremblay (hockey: NHL: Montreal Canadiens; WHA: Quebec Nordiques)
1940 - John Hurt (actor: Wild Bill, Rob Roy, Spaceballs, 1984, The Elephant Man, Alien, Midnight Express, A Man for All Seasons; died Jan 25, 2017)
1945 - Michael Cristofer (playwright: The Witches of Eastwick, The Bonfire of the Vanities)
1948 - Bob Stein (football: Kansas City Chiefs, linebacker: Super Bowl IV)
1949 - Mike (Ralph Michael) Caldwell (baseball: pitcher: SD Padres, SF Giants, Cincinnati Reds, Milwaukee Brewers [World Series: 1982])
1949 - Steve Perry (musician: drums: group: Radio Stars; Journey: Who’s Crying Now, Open Arms; solo: Oh Sherrie, Don’t Fight It [w/Kenny Loggins])
1950 - Bryant Salter (football: San Diego Chargers)
1954 - Chris Lemmon (actor: Thunder in Paradise series, Corporate Affairs, Weekend Warriors, Swing Shift, The Happy Hooker Goes to Hollywood; son of actor Jack Lemmon)
1959 - Linda Blair (actress: The Exorcist, Exorcist II: The Heretic, Airport ’75, A Woman Obsessed, Bail Out)
1965 - Diane Lane (actress: Jack, Wild Bill, Oldest Confederate Widow Tells All, Judge Dredd, Chaplin, Lonesome Dove, The Cotton Club, Rumble Fish, A Little Romance)
1975 - (Paul) Balthazar Getty (actor: White Squall, Where the Day Takes You, Young Guns 2, Lord of the Flies; grandson of oil magnate, J. Paul Getty)
1977 - Jennifer Spence (actress: Stargate Universe, Huff, Exes and Ohs, The 4400, Reunion, Write & Wrong, Killer Instinct, DaVinci’s Inquest, Catch and Release, The Truth About Miranda, The Core, Mr. St. Nick, The Heart Department, Blind Spot)
1979 - Carlos Ruiz (baseball [catcher]: Philadelphia Phillies [2006– ]: 2008 World Series champs)
1980 - Christopher Masterson (actor: Malcolm in the Middle, Intellectual Property, Scary Movie 2, Dragonheart: A New Beginning, American History X, My Best Friend’s Wedding)
1981 - Beverley Mitchell (actress: 7th Heaven, The Crow: City of Angels, Killing Obsession, Sinatra, Children of the Bride)
1981 - Ben Moody (singer, songwriter, musician: guitar: groups: Evanescence, The Halo Method, We Are the Fallen)
1987 - Ray Rice (football [running back]: Rutgers Univ; NFL: Baltimore Ravens [2008–2013]: Super Bowl XLVII champs )
Chart Toppers - January 22
Dear Hearts and Gentle People - Dinah Shore
A Dreamer’s Holiday - Perry Como
The Old Master Painter - Snooky Lanson
Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy - Red Foley
At the Hop - Danny & The Juniors
Oh, Boy! - The Crickets
Don’t/I Beg of You - Elvis Presley
Great Balls of Fire - Jerry Lee Lewis
The Sounds of Silence - Simon & Garfunkel
We Can Work It Out - The Beatles
No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach’s In) - The T-Bones
Giddyup Go - Red Sovine
Show and Tell - Al Wilson
Smokin’ in the Boys Room - Brownsville Station
I’ve Got to Use My Imagination - Gladys Knight & The Pips
I Love - Tom T. Hall
Physical - Olivia Newton-John
Waiting for a Girl Like You - Foreigner
Centerfold - The J. Geils Band
I Wouldn’t Have Missed It for the World - Ronnie Milsap
How Am I Supposed to Live Without You - Michael Bolton
Pump Up the Jam - Technotronic featuring Felly
Everything - Jody Watley
Nobody’s Home - Clint Black
Those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end...
Written and edited by Carol Williams and John Williams
Produced by John Williams
Those Were the Days, the Today in History feature
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