Events - January 23
1789 - Georgetown College was established as the first Catholic college in the United States. The school is in Washington, DC.
1907 - Charles Curtis of Kansas began serving in the United States Senate. He was the first American Indian to become a U.S. Senator. He resigned in March of 1929 to become President Herbert Hoover’s Vice President.
1941 - "Lady in the Dark" premiered. It was the first of 162 performances. The show’s star, Danny Kaye, gained popularity as a result of his appearance in the play.
1941 - Artie Shaw and his orchestra recorded "Moonglow" on Victor Records. In the band were such sidemen as Johnny Guarnieri, Jack Jenney, Billy Butterfield and Ray Conniff (on trombone).
1943 - Duke Ellington and the band played for a black-tie crowd at Carnegie Hall in New York City. It was the first of what was to become an annual series of concerts featuring the the Duke.
1964 - The Milwaukee Braves’ legendary pitcher, Warren Spahn, signed a contract worth $85,000, making him the highest paid pitcher in baseball.
1968 - North Korea seized the U.S. Navy ship USS Pueblo, charging it had intruded North Korean territorial waters on a spying mission. One crew member was killed in the takeover. The other 82 crewmen, including Commander Lloyd M. Bucher, were released 11 months later after the United States signed an apology that it branded false.
1971 - It was a cold day in Prospect Creek Camp, Alaska. The lowest temperature ever recorded in the U.S. was reported as the mercury fell to a minus 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Our teeth chatter and the car battery dies at the mere thought of it...
1974 - Mike Oldfield’s "Tubular Bells" opened the credits of the movie, "The Exorcist", based on the book by William Peter Blatty. The song received a gold record this day. Mr. Oldfield was a bit surprised when he cracked open the wooden frame and removed the gold-plated disk. When he put it on his stereo, the record went around the OTHER way all by itself and the only sound he heard was that of Linda Blair throwing up pea soup. Yeeeech! We heard that the flip side was "Sympathy for the Devil", by the Rolling Stones, but we’re not sure. We were too scared to find out.
1975 - "Barney Miller" made his debut on ABC-TV. We saw life in the 12th Precinct as Hal Linden starred as Barney and Abe Vigoda played Fish. The talented cast made the show a hit for eight seasons. There are 170 episodes in the series; making it one of television’s most durable comedies.
1977 - Carole King’s landmark album, "Tapestry", became the longest-running album to hit the charts, as it reached its 302nd week on the album lists.
1983 - One of television’s most intellectual, sophisticated and classy shows came into American homes. It was full of action and drama and starred some guy named Mr. T, wearing a ton of gold jewelry. He played the not so mild-mannered Sgt. Bosco B.A. Baracus, and George Peppard took the lead role as John Hannibal Smith. Yes, "The A-Team" debuted. Speak kindly of the show or Mr. T. will rip your face off, sucka!
1985 - O.J. Simpson became the first Heisman Trophy winner to be elected to pro football’s Hall of Fame in Canton, OH. Roger Staubach of the Dallas Cowboys, another Heisman winner, was also elected; but ‘the Juice’ went in first because his name comes before Staubach’s, alphabetically.
1986 - Ten performers, including Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley and Fats Domino, were the first inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Other performers honored at the ceremony in New York were Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, Buddy Holly, Little Richard, James Brown, the Everly Brothers and Jerry Lee Lewis. Three of rock music’s forefathers, blues singer Robert Johnson, country and western singer Jimmie Rodgers and blues pianist Jimmy Yancey, were also inducted.
1997 - The Swiss government, three banks and some businesses agreed to set up a private sector humanitarian fund for Nazi Holocaust victims and their heirs. Reportedly, the neutral Swiss profited from millions of dollars worth of gold deposited some fifty years earlier by victims of the Holocaust. It seems that the gold was also used to make deals with the Nazis.
2000 - At the 57th annual Golden Globe Awards American Beauty won the best dramatic film category, Toy Story 2 won for best musical or comedy, and The Sopranos won for best dramatic TV series.
2000 - The Tennessee Titans advanced to Super Bowl XXXIV by beating the Jacksonville Jaguars 33-to-14 in the AFC Championship game. The St. Louis Rams defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 11-to-6 to win the NFC Championship.
2000 - NFL star Derrick Thomas was injured when the sport utility vehicle he was driving overturned on an icy road in Missouri; Thomas died Feb 8th. The crash also claimed the life of Thomas’ friend, Michael Tellis.
2001 - California’s electricity crisis energy officials to scramble to come up with emergency power. Rush-hour blackouts loomed as lawmakers tried to make long-term deals to buy more juice.
2002 - Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl was abducted in Karachi, Pakistan, by a group demanding the return of prisoners from the Afghan campaign; he was later murdered.
2002 - Enron CEO Kenneth Lay resigned under great pressure.
2003 - Actress Nell Carter died in Beverly Hills, CA. She was 54 years old.
2003 - Opening in U.S. movie houses: The Butterfly Effect, starring Ashton Kutcher, Amy Smart, Eric Stoltz, Elden Henson, Ethan Suplee, Melora Walters, John Patrick Amedori, Cameron Crigger, Irene Gorovaia, Brandy Heidrick, Jesse James, Callum Keith Rennie, Kevin Schmidt and William Lee Scott; Dirt, with Trace Fraim, Michael Covert, Tara chocol, Jack Kehler, Leland Crooke, Bethany ‘Rose’ Hill, Michael Horse, Luke Perry, Don Riley, Olivia Rosewood, Jennifer Tilly and Patrick Warburton; and Win a Date With Tad Hamilton!, starring Kate Bosworth, Josh Duhamel, Topher Grace, Nathan Lane, Sean Hayes, Ginnifer Goodwin and Gary Cole.
2004 - Bob Keeshan, who entertained and educated generations of children as TV’s walrus-mustachioed Captain Kangaroo, died at 76 years of age. Keeshan’s Captain Kangaroo debuted on CBS in 1955 and ran for 30 years before moving to public TV for six more.
2005 - Travel was slowed to a crawl at best across wide areas of the Northeast U.S. and Canada as a huge snowstorm whipped up blizzard conditions. Winds gusting to 60 mph, made highways treacherous, forcing cancellation of hundreds of airline flights and slowing trains.
2005 - Johnny Carson, 30-year host of the Tonight Show, died at 79 years of age. His death was blamed on complications from emphysema. Carson, the “King of Late Night TV,” succeeded Jack Paar as host of the NBC late show on Oct 2, 1962. Carson reigned until May 22, 1992 -- 4,531 shows in all.
2006 - An archeological expedition from Johns Hopkins University uncovered a statue of Queen Tiye, wife of Pharaoh Amenhotep III and mother of Akhenaten. at Karnak’s Mut Temple in Luxor, Egypt. The team stumbled upon the statue while brushing sand off the temple’s second hall.
2006 - A five-story building in Nairobi, Kenya, collapsed, killing eleven people and burying dozens more. Rescuers used their bare hands to dig through the rubble. 100 people were admitted to local hospitals.
2007 - Spy, Nixon-administration ‘plumber’, author E. Howard Hunt died in Florida at 88 years of age. Hunt, along with G. Gordon Liddy, engineered the 1972 Watergate break-in and was convicted of burglary, conspiracy, and wiretapping. He served 33 months in prison for those crimes.
2007 - U.S. customs rules went into effect requiring passports for air travelers who are citizens of Canada, Mexico and Bermuda, as well as U.S. citizens returning home by air from any country including Canada, Mexico and Caribbean nations.
2008 - Bechtel Corp. and Parsons Brinckerhoff, partners in Boston’s Big Dig, agreed to pay $407 million to settle a government lawsuit over a 2006 tunnel collapse that killed a woman.
Birthdays - January 23
1737 - John Hancock (U.S. statesman and patriot: President of Continental Congress [1775-1777]: first to put his signature on the Declaration of Independence [“I’ll sign it in letters bold enough so the King of England can see it without his spectacles on!”; passed away Oct 8, 1793]
1832 - Edouard Manet (artist: leader of the impressionist movement; died Apr 30, 1883)
1898 - Randolph Scott (Crane) (actor: Last of the Mohicans, The Nevadan, Ride the High Country, To the Shores of Tripoli, Man in the Saddle, Go West Young Man, Bombardier; died Mar 2, 1987)
1907 - Dan Duryea (actor: The Flight of the Phoenix, Five Golden Dragons; died June 7, 1968)
1915 - Potter Stewart (Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court [1958-1981]; died Dec 7, 1985)
1916 - David Douglas Duncan (photojournalist; author: The World of Allah, Viva Picasso, This Is War! : A Photo Narrative of the Korean War, Picasso Paints a Portrait, Great treasures of the Kremlin; died Jun 7, 2018)
1919 - Ernie Kovacs (comedian: The Ernie Kovacs Show; actor: Bell Book and Candle, North to Alaska; killed in car crash Jan 13, 1962)
1920 - Ray Abrams (jazz/be-bop tenor saxophonist; died Jul 6, 1992)
1925 - Marty Paich (pianist, composer, arranger with/for: Peggy Lee, Shorty Rogers’ Giants, Dorothy Dandridge, Shelley Manne, Art Pepper, Shorty Rogers, Dave Pell, Mel Torme, Ray Brown, Anita O’Day, Stan Kenton, Terry Gibbs, Ella Fitzgerald, and Buddy Rich; died Aug 12, 1995)
1928 - Ken Errair (singer, musician: group: The Four Freshmen)
1928 - Jeanne Moreau (actress: The Summer House, La Femme Nikita, The Last Tycoon, The Bride Wore Black, Jules et Jim, Viva Maria, Dangerous Liaisons; died Jul 31, 2017)
1933 - Chita Rivera (Conchita del Rivero) (singer, dancer, actress: Sweet Charity, Pippin, Mayflower Madam)
1934 - Joey (John Joseph) Amalfitano (baseball: NY Giants, SF Giants, Houston Colt .45’s, Chicago Cubs; manager: Chicago Cubs)
1934 - Lou Antonio (actor, director: Mayflower Madam, A Real American Hero, A Taste for Killing)
1936 - Jerry Kramer (football: Green Bay Packers guard: Super Bowl I, II)
1938 - Eugene Church (singer: How Long; died Apr 16, 1993)
1943 - Gil Gerard (actor: Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Sidekicks, Hooch, Soldier’s Fortune)
1944 - Rutger Hauer (actor: Lady Hawke, Nighthawks, Blade Runner, Beyond Justice, Forbidden Choices)
1948 - Anita Pointer (singer: group: The Pointer Sisters: Fairy Tale, Fire, He’s So Shy, Slow Hand, Jump [For My Love], Automatic, Neutron Dance, I’m So Excited, Dare Me)
1950 - Richard Dean Anderson (actor: Legend, MacGyver, Emerald Point N.A.S., Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, General Hospital, Stargate SG-1)
1950 - Bill Cunningham (musician: bass, piano: group: The Box Tops: The Letter, Cry like a Baby, Soul Deep; Big Star)
1953 - Pat Haden (football: Los Angeles Rams; sportscaster)
1953 - Robin Zander (singer, musician: guitar: group: Cheap Trick: I Want You to Want Me, Ain’t That a Shame, Voices, Dream Police)
1957 - Princess Caroline of Monaco (royalty: daughter of Prince Ranier and Princess Grace of Monaco)
1957 - Earl Falconer (musician: bass, singer: group: group: UB40: Food for Thought, If It Happens Again, Red Red Wine, Don’t Break My Heart, Sing Our Own Song)
1963 - Gail O’Grady (actress: N.Y.P.D. Blue, Monk, Boston Legal, American Dreams)
1964 - Mariska Hargitay (Emmy-winning actress: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit ; Plain Truth, Perfume, Lake Placid, Night Sins, Leaving Las Vegas, Gambler V: Playing for Keeps, The Perfect Weapon, Prince Street, ER, Tequila and Bonetti)
1974 - Tiffani-Amber Thiessen (actress: Beverly Hills 90210, Saved by the Bell, Son in Law)
1975 - Tito Ortiz (mixed martial artist: UFC Light Heavyweight Champion [2000-2003]; more)
1976 - Brandon Duckworth (baseball [pitcher]: Philadelphia Phillies, Houston Astros, Kansas City Royals)
1978 - Martin Sonnenberg
(hockey [left wing]: NHL: Pittsburgh Penguins, Calgary Flames)
1979 - Larry Hughes (basketball [guard]: Univ of St. Louis; NBA: Philadelphia 76ers, Golden State Warriors, Washington Wizards, Cleveland Cavalier)
1981 - Julia Jones (actress: The Twilight Saga film series, Rich Girl Problems, Winter in the Blood, Tao of Surfing, The Ridiculous Six)
Chart Toppers - January 23
1951 - Tennessee Waltz - Patti Page
The Thing - Phil Harris
A Bushell and a Peck - Perry Como & Betty Hutton
The Shot Gun Boogie - Tennessee Ernie Ford
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes - The Platters
My Happiness - Connie Francis
Donna - Ritchie Valens
Billy Bayou - Jim Reeves
I’m a Believer - The Monkees
Tell It Like It Is - Aaron Neville
Georgy Girl - The Seekers
There Goes My Everything - Jack Greene
Mandy - Barry Manilow
Please Mr. Postman - Carpenters
Laughter in the Rain - Neil Sedaka
Kentucky Gambler - Merle Haggard
Down Under - Men at Work
The Girl is Mine - Michael Jackson /Paul McCartney
Dirty Laundry - Don Henley
(Lost His Love) On Our Last Date - Emmylou Harris
Love Will Never Do (Without You) - Janet Jackson
The First Time - Surface
Sensitivity - Ralph Tresvant
Unanswered Prayers - Garth Brooks
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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