Welcome to your weekend! We’re glad you are here and hopefully you’re managing to stay warm while Winter sets in. As January moves along sometimes the days can feel long, stressful, or just simply uninspired. Hey, we get it.
That’s why we aim for a simpler start on Saturday morning and ease into the day with a “scroll down memory lane.” It’s just a quick look back at events that happened on this weekend in history before you head out to make new history of your own. So, grab your favorite sippin’ drink and let’s scroll!
Tomorrow is Sunday, January 21st, the 21st day of the year.
On this day:
In 1908, the Sullivan Ordinance was enacted in New York City making it illegal for women to smoke in public establishments.
In 1924, Russian revolutionary Vladimir Ilyich Lenin died at the age of 54.
In 1950, British author George Orwell died at the age of 46. He penned the classic novels “Animal Farm” and “1984.”
In 1954, the United States launched the USS Nautilus. It was the world’s first nuclear submarine.
In 1959, actor Carl Switzer died after being shot by a former business partner in a dispute over money. He was 31. Switzer is best remembered for his role as Alfalfa in the “Our Gang” comedies.
In 1959, director Cecil B. de Mille died at the age of 77. He directed the epic film “The Ten Commandments.”
In 1976, two supersonic Concorde jets were launched into service. The planes took off simultaneously from Paris and London.
In 1977, President Carter pardoned almost all Vietnam War draft dodgers.
In 1984, Hall-of-Fame soul singer Jackie Wilson died at the age of 49.
In 1993, Baseball Hall-of-Famer Charlie Gehringer died at the age of 89.
In 1994, Lorena Bobbitt was acquitted by reason of temporary insanity of maliciously wounding her husband.
In 1997, Colonel Tom Parker died at the age of 87. He helped guide the career of the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley.
In 1997, for the first time in history, the U.S. House voted to discipline its House Speaker. Newt Gingrich was reprimanded and fined for ethical misconduct.
In 2002, singer-actress Peggy Lee died at the age of 81.
In 2004, the Recording Industry Association of America announced that it had filed more than 500 lawsuits against individuals who downloaded copyrighted material without paying.
In 2011, cable news personality Keith Olbermann abruptly announced his exit from MSNBC at the end of the broadcast of his show “Countdown With Keith Olbermann.” MSNBC quickly confirmed that it had parted ways with Olbermann.
In 2016, Adele’s “Hello” officially became the fastest YouTube video to reach one-billion views. It only took 87 days to hit the milestone, compared to the previous record holder, PSY’s “Gangnam Style,” which took 158 days.
In 2021, Vice President Kamala Harris swore in Avril Haines as the first female U.S. Director of National Intelligence.
In 2023, a 72-year-old man shot and killed 11 people, and injured nine others at a dance studio in Monterey Park, California.
And that brings us here to this day. Whatever plans you have for your own 1.20.2024 we hope there are moments along the way to record on the pages of your own personal history books!
Thanks for stopping by!