Tuesday, 11 January 2011

January 12, 2011

80 years ago

On the radio
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Richard Gordon and Leigh Lovell, on NBC
Tonight’s episode: The Resident Patient

70 years ago

On the radio
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, on NBC
Tonight’s episode: The Hound of the Baskervilles, Part 1

60 years ago

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Rush Limbaugh! The U.S. radio talk show host and Republican party supporter was born in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

World heavyweight champion Ezzard Charles (67-5-1) retained his title with a 10-round technical knockout of Lee Oma (64-28-3) at Madison Square Garden in New York. Referee Ruby Goldstein stopped the fight at 1:19 of the round. It was Mr. Oma's last fight.

50 years ago

Politics and government
Dwight Eisenhower delivered his final State of the Union address to Congress as President of the United States. He said, "We have been through a lengthy period in which the control over the executive and legislative branches of government have been divided between our two great political parties. Differences, of course, we have had, particularly in domestic affairs. But in a united determination to keep this nation strong and free and to utilize our vast resources for the advancement of all mankind, we have carried America to unprecedented heights." Reviewing the record of his eight-year administration, President Eisenhower said that Communist imperialism had been held in check while "the United States has forged ahead under a constructive foreign policy" with the continuing goal of peace, liberty and well-being for all peoples. He said the U.S. "for the first time in our nation’s history" had "consistently maintained in peacetime military forces of a magnitude sufficient to deter and if need be to destroy predatory forces in the world." Mr. Eisenhower said that American output of goods and services had increased nearly 25% and wages of factory workers had risen 20% since 1952, but he added that high unemployment totals left "little room for complacency." He described the U.S. as "pre-eminent today in space exploration for the betterment of mankind," and that more houses had been built in the previous eight years--over 9 million--than during any previous eight years in American history.

The United Nations Security Council met at the request of the U.S.S.R. to consider Soviet charges that Belgium had committed aggression by permitting Congolese troops to pass through the Belgian-administered UN trust territory of Ruanda-Urundi to suppress anti-government movements in the Congolese province of Kivu. Seven affirmative votes were required to approve a resolution sponsored by Ceylon, Liberia, and the United Arab Republic to rebuke Belgium for its alleged aggression. Only the sponsoring nations and the U.S.S.R. supported the resolution, while the other seven nations--U.S.A.; U.K.; France; Nationalist China; Chile; Ecuador; and Turkey--abstained, and the resolution failed of approval. Soviet delegate Valerian Zorin said he would submit the complaint to the UN General Assembly.

After hundreds of rioting students at the University of Georgia campus in Athens laid siege to the dormitory in which 18-year-old Charlayne Hunter lived, the university suspended her and 19-year-old Hamilton Holmes--who had become the first Negroes admitted to the university two days earlier as the result of U.S. Federal District Court orders--for "their personal safety."

40 years ago

On television tonight
All in the Family made its debut on CBS, more than two years after producer Norman Lear had first attempted to sell the comedy series to U.S. television networks.

The U.S.S.R. launched Cosmos 390, the first of 60 Cosmos satellites launched in 1971.

Rev. Philip Berrigan, 47, serving a six-year term in a U.S. federal prison in Danbury, Connecticut on charges of destroying draft records, was indicted along with five others by a grand jury in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on charges of conspiring to kidnap presidential adviser Henry Kissinger and of plotting to blow up the heating tunnels of federal buildings. Six others, including Rev. Daniel Berrigan, Philip’s brother and also imprisoned for destroying draft records, were named co-conspirators, but were not indicted. Among those indicted with Rev. Philip Berrigan were Rev. Joseph Wenderoth, 35; Rev. Neil McLaughlin, 30; Anthony Scoblick, 30, a former priest; Eqbal Ahmad, 40, a fellow of the Adlai Stevenson Institute of Public Affairs; and Sister Elizabeth McAlister, 31, of Marymount College, Tarrytown, New York.

Two bombs exploded at the Hertfordshire home of British Employment Secretary Robert Carr, causing serious damage.

The day after eight members of the crew of the Panamanian-registered tanker Texaco Caribbean had died after the tanker had collided with a Peruvian ship in the English Channel, split in two and sunk, seven members of the crew of the West German tanker Brandenburg were killed and 14 were missing after their ship hit the submerged wreckage of the Texaco Caribbean and quickly sank.

30 years ago

Nine U.S. military jet fighters were destroyed and two more damaged at Muniz Air National Guard Base near San Juan, Puerto Rico. The Macheteros, a Puerto Rican separatist terrorist group, claimed responsibility for setting the time bombs that did the damage and also claimed credit for ambushing a U.S. Navy bus on December 3, 1979, killing three sailors and wounding 10. The attack on the planes was the worst ever made on a military installation in Puerto Rico. No one was injured, but damage was estimated at $45 million.

25 years ago

After seven delays, the U.S. space shuttle Columbia lifted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida to begin a six-day mission. The crew included U.S. Congressman Bill Nelson (Democrat--Florida). The flight, the 24th for Columbia, was the first of 15 shuttle flights scheduled for 1986.

20 years ago

The United States House of Representatives voted 250-183 and the Senate voted 52-47 to authorize President George Bush to use military power to expel Iraq from Kuwait.

10 years ago

Died on this date
Barry Boyd, 70
. Canadian radio personality. Mr. "Oldies but Goodies" grew up in Vancouver, and eventually made his way to Edmonton, spending several years as a disc jockey at CJCA before moving to San Diego at the end of 1963. While at CJCA, he helped to publicize some artists who were little-known in this area of the world, most notably the New Mexico group The Fireballs, who were always grateful to Mr. Boyd. In addition to his work as a disc jockey, Mr. Boyd also tried his hand as a recording artist. Goin’ Home to Memphis (billed as Barry Boyd with the Frantiks) was a sizeable hit in 1960, and Wishing, recorded with Rick Nelson’s band, hit #3 in Edmonton early in 1963. After more than a dozen years in San Diego, Mr. Boyd returned to Edmonton, this time with CFRN, where he served briefly as morning man before moving into sales. In 1980 he began hosting a Sunday morning "oldies but goodies" show, which is where those of us of a younger generation know him from. I had the privilege of working with Mr. Boyd in the press box at Renfrew Park in 1981, when I was employed by the Edmonton Trappers baseball club as sound an, and he was one of the public address announcers who worked the games. I often phoned him while he was on the air, and occasionally paid him a visit at the Fantasyland Hotel, where he played the oldies on weekends in his later years. He was still active in this capacity when he took ill with a sudden infection around his heart. He remains greatly missed by this blogger.

This date’s issue of Science magazine reported the birth of the first genetically-engineered primate. The birth of the rhesus monkey was accomplished by scientists at Oregon Health Sciences University who had inserted a jellyfish gene in 224 monkey ova. Six of these ova developed into fetuses, three of which were born alive. However, only one live monkey had the gene. While the gene caused jellyfish to glow, the live monkey did not glow, but one of the stillborn monkeys showed evidence of fluorescent green fingernails and hair. Scientists hoped to use the breakthrough to find cures by creating monkeys with human diseases.

The guardians of an eight-year-old girl who died in England after being tortured were both sentenced to life in prison for murder.

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