Today in history
Today is Wednesday January 12, the 12th day of 2022. There are 353 days left in the year.
Today’s highlight in history:
On January 12, 1959, Berry Gordy Jr. founded Motown Records (originally Tamla Records) in Detroit.
To this date :
In 1828, the United States and Mexico signed a boundary treaty defining the border between the two countries as the same as that established by an 1819 treaty between the United States and Spain.
In 1910, at a White House dinner hosted by President William Howard Taft, Baroness Rosen, wife of the Russian Ambassador, caused a sensation by asking for and smoking a cigarette – apparently the first time that ‘a woman smoked openly during a function in the Executive Mansion. (Some of the other women present who had brought their own cigarettes began to light in turn.)
In 1915, the United States House of Representatives rejected, 204-174, a proposed constitutional amendment to give women the right to vote across the country.
In 1932, Hattie W. Caraway became the first woman elected to the United States Senate after initially being appointed for the remainder of the term of her late husband, Thaddeus.
In 1945, during World War II, Soviet forces launched a major and successful offensive against the Germans in Eastern Europe. Planes of US Task Force 38 sank around 40 Japanese ships off Indochina.
In 1948, the Supreme Court of the United States, in Sipuel v. Board of Regents of University of Oklahoma, unanimously ruled that state law schools cannot discriminate against applicants on the basis of race.
In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson said in his State of the Union Address that the US military should remain in Vietnam until Communist aggression was stopped there. The “Batman” television series, starring Adam West and Burt Ward as the Dynamic Duo, premiered on ABC.
In 1969, the New York Jets of the American Football League upset the Baltimore Colts of the National Football League 16-7 in Super Bowl III, played at the Orange Bowl in Miami.
In 1971, the groundbreaking sitcom “All in the Family” premiered on CBS television.
In 2000, in a 5-4 decision, the United States Supreme Court, in Illinois v. Wardlow, has given police broad powers to arrest and question people who run in sight of an officer.
In 2010, Haiti was hit by a magnitude 7 earthquake; the Haitian government said 316,000 people had been killed, while a report prepared for the US Agency for International Development suggested the death toll was between 46,000 and 85,000.
In 2016, Iran arrested 10 US sailors and their two small Navy boats after the boats drifted in Iranian waters; the sailors and their ships were freed the next day.
Ten years ago: Pentagon leaders scrambled to contain the damage from an internet video claiming to show four Marines urinating on dead Taliban corpses. (The Marine Corps announced in August 2012 that three Marines had received administrative sanctions in connection with this incident.)
Five years ago: In yet another line of chaotic presidential campaigning, the Justice Department’s Inspector General opened an investigation into the Department’s and FBI’s actions ahead of the election, including whether FBI Director James Comey followed the policies set out in the Hillary Clinton email investigation. President Barack Obama has ended the long-standing “wet feet, dry feet” immigration policy that allowed any Cuban who came to American soil to stay and become a legal resident.
A year ago: The House voted to urge Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to the Constitution and hold a Cabinet vote to impeach President Donald Trump; it was a token action after Pence had already said he wouldn’t. Amid concerns over the resumption of violence on inauguration day, senior military officials wrote to the military reminding the military that the deadly insurgency on Capitol Hill was a criminal and undemocratic act and that the right to freedom of expression does not give anyone the right to commit violence. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said anyone traveling to the United States would soon have to show proof of a negative test for COVID-19.
Today’s Birthdays: The Incredible Kreskin is 87 years old. Country singer William Lee Golden (The Oak Ridge Boys) is 83 years old. Actor Anthony Andrews is 74 years old. Director Wayne Wang is 73 years old. Actor Kirstie Alley is 71 years old. Legal affairs blogger Ann Althouse is 71 years old. Writer Walter Mosley is 70 years old. Country singer Ricky Van Shelton is 70 years old. Radio and television personality Howard Stern is 68 years old. Writer-producer-director John Lasseter is 65 years old. Broadcast journalist Christiane Amanpour is 64 years old. Actor Oliver Platt is 62 years old. Basketball Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins is 62 years old. Entrepreneur Jeff Bezos is 58 years old. Rock singer Rob Zombie is 57 years old. Actor Olivier Martinez is 56 years old. Model Vendela is 55 years old. Actor Farrah Forke is 54 years old. Actor Rachael Harris is 54 years old. Rock singer Zack de la Rocha is 52 years old. Rapper Raekwon (Wu Tang Clan) is 52 years old. Actress Zabryna Guevara is 50 years old. Singer Dan Haseltine (Jars of Clay) is 49 years old. Singer Melanie Chisholm (Spice Girls) is 48 years old. Contemporary Christian singer Jeremy Camp is 44 years old. Actress Cynthia Addai-Robinson is 42 years old. R&B singer Amerie is 42 years old. Actor Issa Rae is 37. Actor Will Rothhaar is 35 years old. Actor Andrew Lawrence is 34 years old. Rock singer ZAYN is 29 years old. Pop / soul singer Ella Henderson (TV: “The X Factor”) is 26 years old.
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