TODAY’S HISTORY LESSON – JAN 12
1528 Gustav I of Sweden crowned King of Sweden, rules for 37 years and becomes known as the “father of the nation”
1773 The first public museum in the U.S. was established in Charleston, S.C.
1863 President Davis delivers his “State of the Confederacy” address
1872 Russian Grand Duke Alexis goes on a gala buffalo hunting expedition with Gen. Phil Sheridan and Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer.
1879 The British-Zulu War begins. British troops — under Lieutenant General Frederic Augustus — invade Zululand from the southern African republic of Natal.
1915 The U.S. Congress establishes Rocky Mountain National Park.
1915 The U.S. House of Representatives rejected a proposal to give women the right to vote.
1926 U.S. coal talks break down, leaving both sides bitter as the strike drags on into its fifth month.
1927 U.S. Secretary of State Kellogg claims that Mexican rebel Plutarco Calles is aiding communist plot in Nicaragua.
1932 Oliver Wendell Holmes retires from the Supreme Court at age 90.
1950 USSR re-introduces death penalty for treason, espionage & sabotage
1952 The Viet Minh cut the supply lines to the French forces in Hoa Binh, Vietnam.
1953 9 “Jewish” physicians arrested for “terrorist activities” in Moscow
1962 The United States resumes aid to the Laotian regime.
1964 One month after Zanzibar became independent, the ruling Zanzibar Nationalist Party was overthrown in a violent coup.
1966 “Batman” with Adam West & Burt Ward premieres on ABC TV
1966 LBJ says US should stay in S Vietnam until communist aggression ends
1967 James Bedford is frozen with intent of future resuscitation Bedford was the first human to be cryonically preserved; his body awaits resuscitation in Scottsdale, Arizona.
1969 Led Zeppelin releases their debut album
1971 Fed grand jury indicts Reverand Philip Berrigan & 5 others, including a nun & 2 priests, on charges of plotting to kidnap Henry Kissinger
1974 Libya & Tunisia announces they are merging as “Islamic Arab Republic”
1979 Los Angeles’s Hillside Strangler, Kenneth Bianchi, arrested in Bellingham
1982 Peking protests the sale of U.S. planes to Taiwan.
1989 Idi Amin expelled from Zaire
1991 The U.S. Congress gives the green light to military action against Iraq in the Persian Gulf Crisis.
1995 Murder trial against OJ Simpson, begins in Los Angeles
1997 HAL becomes operational (2001: A Space Odyssey); this date was given as January 12, 1992 on screen, but 1997 is the date used in both the novel and screenplay
1998 Nineteen European nations agree to prohibit human cloning.
2010 Earthquake occurs in Haiti killing approximately 160,000 and destroying the majority of the capital Port-au-Prince
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