Today In History
On This Day:
In 1790, President George Washington delivered the first "State of the Union" address.
In 1896, Utah became the 45th state of the United States.
In 1920, the National Negro Baseball League was organized.
In 1935, Bob Hope was first heard on radio as part of "The Intimate Revue."
In 1936, "Billboard" magazine published the first music chart based on record sales.
In 1942, Rogers Hornsby became the 14th player selected to the Baseball Hall-of-Fame.
In 1957, "Collier's" magazine was published for the final time.
In 1962, New York City introduced a train which operated without conductors and motormen.
In 1965, poet T.S. Eliot died at the age of 76.
In 1965, CBS bought the Fender Guitar Company for 13-million dollars.
In 1980, President Carter announced the U.S. would boycott the Moscow Olympics.
In 1982, Bryant Gumbel became co-host of NBC's "Today" show.
In 1984, "Night Court" debuted on NBC.
In 1986, Thin Lizzy singer, guitarist Phil Lynott died at the age of 34.
In 1991, Janet Jackson became the first artist to have seven singles from one album make it into the top five on the "Billboard" singles chart. The songs were from Jackson's "Rhythm Nation 1814" album.
In 1995, Newt Gingrich was formally elected Speaker of the House. He became the first Republican to hold the post in 40 years.
In 1996, Miami Dolphins head coach Don Shula announced his retirement following 26 seasons with the team.
In 1999, former professional wrestler Jesse Ventura took the oath of office as Minnesota governor.
In 2004, Ray Davies, the lead singer of the British rock band the Kinks, was shot in the leg while trying to catch a mugger who stole his companion's purse as they were walking through the French Quarter in New Orleans.
In 2007, the 110th Congress convened on Capitol Hill with Democrats in charge of the group for the first time in 12 years. Sacramento Democrat Nancy Pelosi was installed as the first woman Speaker of the House. Pelosi called her ascension to Speaker a moment for which American women "have waited more than 200 years." She said her selection had "broken the marble ceiling" for future generations of women. Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison became the nation's first Muslim in Congress. Ellison was sworn in with a copy of the Koran once owned by U.S. President Thomas Jefferson. And Deval Patrick was sworn in as the second elected African-American governor in U.S. history after L. Douglas Wilder. Patrick was sworn in as the 71st governor of Massachusetts on the steps of the State House in Boston.
In 2008, troubled pop princess Britney Spears lost custody of her two children. A Los Angeles court suspended Spears' visitation with the children, giving her ex-husband Kevin Federline sole legal and physical custody of the boys. The order followed Spears' hospitalization after the police were called to her Studio City home over a dispute regarding custody. Officers said they believed the singer was under the influence of an unknown substance and had her taken by ambulance to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. She was released from the hospital the following day.
In 2009, New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson stepped aside as President-elect Barack Obama's appointee for Commerce Secretary. Richardson said he is taking himself out of the running for the Cabinet post because of a pending federal grand jury investigation. It involves a possible "pay to play" situation with CDR Financial Products, which won more than a million dollars of work to advise New Mexico after contributing to Richardson's political action committees.
In 2010, the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, officially opened in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Standing more than two-thousand-723 feet high, the project cost an estimated one-point-five-billion-dollars. Construction on the Burj Khalifa began on September 21, 2004.
In 2011, the preliminary hearing for Michael Jackson's former doctor, Conrad Murray, began in Los Angeles. Facing charges of involuntary manslaughter in connection to the pop star's June 2009 death, the hearing was held to determine whether there was enough evidence to send Dr. Murray to trial. Murray was eventually ordered to stand trial and later found guilty of involuntary manslaughter. He was sentenced to four years behind bars in November 2011.
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