Monday, January 12, 2009

Today In History

1896 1st X-ray photo in US (Dr Henry Smith, Davidson NC)

1906 1st time Dow Jones closes above 100 (100.26)

1915 House of Representatives rejects proposal to give women the right to vote

1943 Frankfurters replaced by Victory Sausages (mix of meat & soy meal)

1946 NFL champs Cleveland Rams given permission to move to Los Angeles

1948 Mohandas Mahatma Gandhi begins his final fast

1948 1st Supermarket in UK opens

1949 "Arthur Godfrey & His Friends" premieres on CBS TV

1952 University of Tennessee admits its 1st black student

1952 NFL Pro Bowl National Conference beats American Conference 30-13

1966 "Batman" with Adam West & Burt Ward premieres on ABC TV

1968 Nighttime version of "Hollywood Squares" premieres on NBC TV

1969 Super Bowl III New York Jets beat Baltimore Colts, 16-7 in Miami; Super Bowl MVP Joe Namath, New York Jets, Quarterback

1970 Boeing 747 makes its maiden voyage

1971 "All in the Family" premieres on CBS featuring 1st toilet flush on TV

1971 Congressional Black Caucus organizes

1975 Chrysler Corp offers 1st car rebates

1985 Miami Dolphins win AFC football championship

1991 US Congress gives George Bush authority to wage war against Iraq

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

Religious Observances

Anglican : Commemoration of St Aelred

Roman Catholic : Feast of St Victorian

Christian : Plough Monday

Religious History

1777 The Mission Santa Clara de Asis was established. It was one of nine missions founded by Spanish Franciscan missionary, Father Junipero Serra, between 1769-1784.

1779 Pioneer American Methodist bishop Francis Asbury recorded in his journal: 'If the Lord is pleased to work, who or what can hinder?'

1825 Birth of Brooke Foss Westcott, British N.T. scholar. In 1881, he and F. J. A. Hort co-edited a famous critical text of the Greek New Testament -- one which is still used today.

1839 Scottish clergyman Robert Murray McCheyne wrote in a letter: 'It is not the tempest, nor the earthquake, nor the fire, but the still small voice of the Spirit that carries on the glorious work of saving souls.'

1893 Representatives of 21 mission boards met in NY City to discuss common concerns. Soon becoming an annual event, by 1911 the convention was known as the Foreign Missions Conference. In 1950 it became a constituting member of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA, serving as its Division of Foreign Missions.

Famous Births

1906 Tex Ritter Texas, country singer (5 Star Jubilee, The Wayward Wind)

1951 Kirstie Alley Wichita KS, actress (Star Trek II, Cheers-Rebecca)

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