Hello. Welcome to your weekend and thank you for starting it here with us in the 715 Newsroom.
The weeks’ news can sometimes feel overwhelming and heavy. We get it. So each Saturday we like to shake it up a bit and take a “scroll down memory lane” and start your new day with a look back and moments that have happened along the way on this day in the pages of history.
So, grab your favorite morning sippin’ drink and let’s see what has happened along the way On This Day…
Today is Saturday, January 9th, the ninth day of the year. There are 356 days until the end of the year.
On this day:
In 1793, Jean-Pierre Blanchard completed the first successful balloon flight in the United States.
In 1894, the New England Telephone and Telegraph Company installed the first battery operated switchboard in Lexington, Massachusetts.
In 1951, the United Nations headquarters officially opened in New York City.
In 1996, fashion critic Mr. Blackwell named disc jockey Howard Stern to his annual list of worst dressed women. Stern was pictured in drag on the cover of his second book titled “Miss America.”
In 2003, after 14 years in the top position, Tommy Mottola resigned as head of Sony Music Entertainment.
In 2004, deposed Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein was officially declared an enemy prisoner of war. Saddam was found hiding in a so-called “spider” hole and captured by U.S. forces on December 13th, 2003 in his hometown of Tikrit.
In 2007, Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone at the Macworld 2007 convention at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Using a touch screen, the new device combined the features of Apple’s iPod with a mobile phone, allowing users to field phone calls and play music and videos.
In 2016, The “Rolling Stone” magazine published an interview between actor Sean Penn and Mexican drug kingpin Juan “El Chapo” Guzman on this day. It details Guzman’s run from Mexican authorities after escaping prison six months prior. The actor secretly traveled to Mexico to speak with “El Chapo,” before he was recaptured a day before.
In 2016, Hugh Hefner’s Playboy mansion went up for sale on this day.
In 2018, the first same sex marriages take place in Australia.
In 2018, at least 20 people died when mudslides swept away 100 houses in Montecito, California.
In 2019, President Trump makes a live address from the oval office addressing the border wall and government shutdown.
And that brings us here, to your Saturday January 9th, 2021. Here’s hoping whatever you have planned for your day is something for your own personal history books.
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