On This Day…

On This Day…

Hello. Brrrrr! Winter as we know it here in Wisconsin, is back.

We’re glad you are here. As we inch towards the middle of January the cold temps and grey days can add to the stress of a week. That’s why we try to take things a little slower and begin Saturday with our “scroll down memory lane.”

It’s a simple way to look back on the pages of history at events that happened on this day before we head out to make new history today.

Grab your favorite sippin’ drink and let’s scroll!

Today is Saturday, January 13th, the 13th day of the year.

On This Day…

In 1910, New York’s Metropolitan Opera took part in the first live radio broadcast of opera.

In 1929, Wyatt Earp died at the age of 80. He led the legendary gunfight at the OK Corral in Tombstone, Arizona.

In 1941, Irish author James Joyce died. He penned the classic “Ulysses.”

In 1942, Henry Ford patented the plastic-bodied automobile. It allowed for a 30 percent decrease in car weight.

In 1962, Hall-of-Fame comic Ernie Kovacs died in a car accident at the age of 42.

In 1978, former Vice President Hubert Humphrey died at the age of 66.

In 1979, singer Donny Hathaway died in a mysterious fall from a 15th floor New York City hotel room. He was 33. The police said Hathaway’s death was a suicide, but his friends said it was an accident.

In 1988, a Supreme Court decision rules public schools have “broad powers” to censor school newspapers and school activities such as plays.

In 1989, New York subway gunman Bernard Goetz was sentenced to one year in prison for carrying an unlicensed gun which he used to shoot four black teenagers he said were about to mug him.

In 1992, serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer pled guilty to killing and mutilating 15 young men.

In 1994, FBI agents arrested Tonya Harding’s bodyguard and another man in the attack on figure skater Nancy Kerrigan.

In 1999, Basketball superstar Michael Jordan announced his retirement from the Chicago Bulls.

In 2000, Microsoft chairman Bill Gates stepped aside as chief executive and promoted company president Steve Ballmer to the position.

In 2002, director Ted Demme died at the age of 37. Demme, the director behind films such as “Blow,” “Life,” and “Beautiful Girls,” suffered heart failure while playing a celebrity basketball game.

In 2003, Who guitarist Pete Townshend was arrested in London in connection with an Internet child pornography investigation.

In 2010, R&B singer Teddy Pendergrass died at the age of 59.

In 2012, several people were killed when the 42-hundred passenger cruise liner the Costa Concordia ran aground and capsized off the small island of Giglio off the coast of Italy. The sinking ship and the dramatic rescue efforts drew comparisons to the sinking of the ill-fated Titanic 100 years earlier in 1912.

In 2016, the biggest Powerball jackpot in U.S. history topped one-point-five-billion dollars on this day. Three winning tickets were sold in California, Florida, and Tennessee

In 2016, the National Guard was activated to help the Flint, Michigan water crisis. The entire county was put under a state of emergency a week before as the city dealt with elevated levels of lead in its drinking water.

In 2018, an early-morning ballistic missile alert was revoked after 38 minutes because it was sent across Hawaii by mistake.

In 2020, Queen Elizabeth the second publicly said she supported Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s desire to live an independent life.

In 2020, Houston Astros fired manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow after a sign stealing scandal.

In 2021, the U.S. House of Representatives impeached former President Donald Trump for “incitement of insurrection” by a vote of 232 to 197. Trump becomes the first American president to be impeached twice.

In 2022, after 53 years in jail, Governor of California Gavin Newsom blocked Robert F. Kennedy’s assassin from release on parole.

In 2023, motorcycle daredevil Robbie Knievel, the son of Evel Knievel, died at age 60.

And that brings us here to this day. Whatever plans you have on your own 1.13.2024 here’s hoping there are moments along the way to record on the pages of your own personal history books.

Thanks for stopping by!

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