Wednesday, 2 January 2019

January 2, 2019

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Kathy Fincham!

1,950 years ago

World events
The Roman legions in Germania Inferior followed the previous day's lead of those in Germania Superior and refused to swear loyalty to Emperor Galba, but rebelled and proclaimed Vitellius as Emperor.

1,150 years ago

Born on this date
. Emperor of Japan, 876-884. Yōzei, born Sadaakira, acceded to the throne at the age of 7 upon the abdication of his father Seiwa. Even as a child, Yōzei exhibited an extremely violent disposition. His aunt Fujiwara no Mototsune, who wielded tremendous influence, and imperial advisers forcibly removed Yōzei from power on March 4, 884 in favour of his father's uncle Emperor Kōkō. Yōzei lived in retirement until his death on October 23, 949 at the age of 80.

125 years ago

Born on this date
Jim Londos
. Greek-born U.S. wrestler. Mr. Londos, born Christos Theofilou, moved to the United States as a young man, and became one of the most popular professional wrestlers in the U.S.A. during the 1930s and '40s; he was National Wrestling Association and New York State Athletic Commission world heavyweight champion from 1930-1935 and 1938-1946. Mr. Landos died of a heart attack on August 19, 1975 at the age of 81.

110 years ago

Born on this date
Barry Goldwater. U.S. politician. Mr. Goldwater, a Republican, represented Arizona in the United States Senate from 1953-1965 and 1969-1987. He was the Republican Party’s presidential candidate in 1964, but lost in a landslide to incumbent Lyndon Johnson. Mr. Goldwater was known for many years as "Mr. Conservative," but he was really a libertarian, and spent the last 17 years of his life railing against Christians. He died on May 29, 1998 at the age of 89.

90 years ago

Representatives of Canada and the United States signed a treaty to preserve Niagara Falls, limiting the daytime diversion of water through their hydroelectric power stations to keep the spectacle for tourists.

Canadian World War I ace Wop May took off from Blatchford Field in Edmonton with fellow bush pilot Vic Horner to deliver diphtheria vaccine to Fort Vermilion, Alberta, 411 miles northwest of Edmonton, in order to save lives and prevent an epidemic. It was -20°F (-28°C) with a wind, low ceiling and ice fog, and the pilots made the trip in an open aircraft, with oil burners to keep the vaccine from freezing, arriving the next day at 3 P.M. A crowd of 10,000 greeted the heroes on their return to Edmonton on January 7.

80 years ago

Cotton Bowl
St. Mary's 20 Texas Tech 13

Rose Bowl
Southern California 7 Duke 3

Orange Bowl
Tennessee 17 Oklahoma 0

Sugar Bowl
Texas Christian 15 Carnegie Tech 7

75 years ago

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's Dominion Network began broadcasting coast-to-coast, with lighter programs in the evening hours; it was discontinued in 1962.

Canadian troops took a strongly-defended peak 3 miles beyond Ortona on the Italian Adriatic coast. On the Kiev front, Soviet troops took Pulaski, within 14 miles of the Polish border. U.S. Marines moved 1 1/2 miles beyond the Cape Gloucester airport on New Britain, counting 1,000 Japanese slain. U.S. forces landed at Saidor on the north coast of New Guinea, 55 miles southeast of the Japanese air base at Madang.

The Soviet government announced that the new national anthem, replacing the Internationale, was the Hymn of the Soviet Union.

70 years ago

The Vatican rejected a Hungarian government offer to negotiate an agreement on the status of that country's Roman Catholic Church.

Politics and government
Luis Muñoz Marín took office as the first democratically-elected Governor of Puerto Rico.

An Associated Press poll named the World Series champion Cleveland Indians as the best team in the United States for 1948.

Reuben Fine won the International Chess Masters tournament in New York.

60 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K. (New Musical Express): It's Only Make Believe--Conway Twitty (3rd week at #1)

Lunik 1, the first spacecraft to reach the vicinity of the Moon and to orbit the Sun, was launched by the U.S.S.R. from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Astronautics and Space Exploration urged the United States to launch two lunar probes in addition to five already scheduled.

World events
The day after Fidel Castro had taken power in Cuba, 6,000 members of his guerrilla force entered Havana and restored calm. Addressing the nation by radio from Santiago, Mr. Castro designated Manuel Urrutia as provisional President; Mr. Urrutia named Mr. Castro as commander-in-chief of the armed forces.

The U.S.A. renewed its protest against a recent attack on a U.S. plane by Soviet jets over the Baltic Sea.

U.S. Attorney General William Rogers announced that General Motors had agreed to repay the U.S. government $4.9 million to settle claims arising from a 1952 Air Force contract for the production of F-84F Thunderstreak jet planes.

50 years ago

On television tonight
Dragnet 1969, on NBC
Tonight's episode: Community Relations: DR-17

Israeli forces concluded two days of clashes in Lebanon against Lebanese troops and Arab guerrillas, in the wake of the recent Israeli commando raid on Beirut's airport.

Politics and government
Major Marien N'Gouabi was appointed President of the Republic of Congo (Brazzaville), and promised a presidential election later in the year.

Stefan Sadovsky took office as Premier of the new Slovak Socialist Republic.

FLQ bombs were discovered in Ottawa.

Australian media magnate Rupert Murdoch beat off a rival bid to win control of the London-based News of the World newspaper group; it was his first Fleet Street newspaper acquisition.

8 people were killed and 27 injured when two carbonic acid tanks exploded in a factory in Recelak, Hungary.

A fire in a tenement in Montreal killed seven people.

Ken Buchanan (29-0) won a 10-round decision over Frankie Narvaez (36-10-1) in a lightweight bout at the National Sporting Club in Picadilly, London.

40 years ago

NHL-U.S.S.R. exhibition
Super Series '79
Soviet Wings 4 @ Philadelphia 4

30 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Australian Music Report): Kokomo--The Beach Boys (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Nothing's Gonna Change My Love For You--Glenn Medeiros (7th week at #1)

Cotton Bowl
California @ Los Angeles 17 Arkansas 3

Rose Bowl
Michigan 22 Southern California 14

Orange Bowl
University of Miami 23 Nebraska 3

Sugar Bowl
Florida State 13 Auburn 7

25 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in New Zealand: It Keeps Rainin' (Tears from My Eyes)--Bitty McLean (6th week at #1)

#1 single in Austria (Ö3): I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)--Meat Loaf (8th week at #1)

#1 single in Switzerland: I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)--Meat Loaf (7th week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K. (Chart Information Network): Twist and Shout--Chaka Demus and the Pliers

Died on this date
Dixy Lee Ray, 79
. U.S. politician. Miss Ray, a Democrat, was Governor of Washington from 1977-1981 and was the state's first female governor. She was a marine biologist who taught at the University of Washington from 1947-1972. Miss Ray wrote two excellent books that were critical of the environmental movement: Trashing the Planet (1992) and Environmental Overkill (1993).

Politics and government
Rudolph Giuliani was inaugurated as Mayor of New York.

20 years ago

68 deaths were reported as the result of a brutal snowstorm that smashed into the Midwestern United States, causing 14 inches of snow in Milwaukee and 19 inches in Chicago, where temperatures plunged to -13 °F (-25 °C).

AFC Wild Card Playoff
Buffalo 17 @ Miami 24

A last-minute drive led by Buffalo quarterback Doug Flutie ended when he fumbled while being sacked by Trace Armstrong, and Shane Burton recovered at the Miami 5-yard line with 17 seconds remaining in regulation time to preserve the Dolphins' victory over the Bills before 72,698 fans at ProPlayer Stadium. Dan Marino's 11-yard touchdown pass to Lamar Thomas with 3:42 remaining proved to be the deciding score. Mr. Flutie responded by leading the Bills downfield, and passed to Andre Reed at the Miami 1-yard line; Mr. Reed, insisting he had made it into the end zone, argued with the official who disagreed and was ejected from the game, with Buffalo receiving a 15-yard penalty. The Bills had to settle for a 33-yard field goal by Steve Christie with 1:47 remaining to make the score 24-17. Buffalo then recovered a short kickoff and marched downfield until the Miami defense forced Mr. Flutie's fumble. Miami receiver Eric Moulds set a playoff record with 240 yards receiving, including a 32-yard touchdown reception.

NFC Wild Card Playoff
Arizona 20 @ Dallas 7

Jake Plummer passed for 213 yards and touchdowns to Adrian Murrell and Larry Centers to lead the Cardinals over the Cowboys before 62,969 fans at Texas Stadium in Irving. It was their first post-season win since the then-Chicago Cardinals defeated the Philadelphia Eagles to win the 1947 NFL championship.

10 years ago

Died on this date
Steven Gilborn, 72
. U.S. academic and actor. Dr. Gilborn was a humanities professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, Columbia University, and the University of California, and appeared in several movies, as well as recurring and guest roles in numerous television series. He played math teacher Arthur Collins in three episodes of The Wonder Years (1989-1990). Dr. Gilborn died of cancer.

Don Sanderson, 21. Canadian hockey player. Mr. Sanderson was a defenceman with the Whitby Dunlops of the Ontario Hockey Association. On December 13, 2008, he was involved in a fight with Corey Fulton of the Brantford Blast, and struck his unprotected head on the ice; he remained in a coma until his death.

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