Welcome to the first full weekend of 2024. We are glad you are here! In this new year we will continue to start our weekend in the same old way, with a “scroll down memory lane.”
This is just a simple look back at events that happened on this day in history before you head out into the world and make new history today. So, grab your favorite sippin’ drink and let’s scroll!
Today is Saturday, January 6th, the sixth day of the year.
On This Day…
In 1919, President Theodore Roosevelt died at the age of 60.
In 1930, the first diesel engine automobile trip was completed. The vehicle traveled from Indianapolis to New York City.
In 1942, Pan American Airlines completed the first, commercial, around the world flight.
In 1949, director Victor Fleming died at the age of 65. He directed several classic films including “The Wizard of Oz” and “Gone With the Wind.”
In 1973, the “Schoolhouse Rock” animated lesson series debuted on ABC.
In 1975, TV game show “Wheel Of Fortune” debuts on NBC.
In 1975, a riot started by 1000 Led Zeppelin outside the Boston Garden caused 30-thousand dollars in damages. The fans were waiting to buy tickets to the band’s February 4th show.
In 1976, the founder of CNN Ted Turner but the Atlanta Braves for 12-million-dollars.
In 1993, legendary jazz trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie died at the age of 75.
In 1994, figure skater Nancy Kerrigan was attacked and wounded in the knee following a practice session for the National Figure Skating Championships in Detroit, Michigan. It was later discovered the attack was part of a plot devised by the husband of Kerrigan’s skating rival, Tonya Harding.
In 1997, Matt Lauer replaced Bryant Gumbel as co-host of NBC’s “Today Show.” Gumbel had hosted the show for 15 years.
In 2000, angered by the U.S. government’s decision to send Elian Gonzalez back to Cuba, demonstrators in Miami clashed with police. Hundreds blocked intersections and cut off access to the busy Port of Miami.
In 2001, the U.S. Congress formally certified George W. Bush the winner of the bitterly contested 2000 presidential election over Vice President Al Gore.
In 2005, authorities in Mississippi arrested 79-year-old Edgar Ray Killen for the 1964 killings of civil rights workers Andrew Goodman, James Chaney and Michael Schwerner. The murder was the subject of the 1988 drama “Mississippi Burning.” Killen’s arrest marked the first time that anyone had faced prosecution for the 40-year-old murders.
In 2014, Janet Yellen was confirmed by the Senate to become the new chief of the Federal Reserve. The former Federal Reserve Vice Chair replaced Ben Bernanke as head of the nation’s central bank.
In 2016, the final season of FOX’s “American Idol” premiered.
In 2016, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” sets new record for the North American box office. The previous record was set by “Avatar” at 760-and-a-half-million.
In 2016, a methane gas leak on the outskirts of Los Angeles causes the former Governor of California, Jerry Brown, to declare a state of emergency.
In 2021, supporters of former President Trump storm the U.S. Capitol as Congress meets to certify the election victory of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. Five people were killed and lawmakers were evacuated after the rioters breached the Capitol building.
In 2022, Oscar-Award winning actor Sidney Poitier died at age 94. He was the first Black actor to win the Oscar for Best Actor for his role in the 1963 film “Lilies in the Field.”
That brings us here to this day. Whatever plans you have for your own personal 1.6.2024 here’s hoping there are moments along the way to record on the pages of your own personal history books!
Thanks for stopping by!