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Today in History 01-03-13

Jan 03, 2013 -- 6:27am

Today In History 01-03-13

On This Day: 

In 1888, the drinking straw was patented by Marvin Stone of Washington D.C.. 

In 1920, Boston Red Sox owner Harry Frazee sold pitcher-outfielder Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees for 125-thousand dollars and a 350-thousand dollar loan. 

In 1938, "The Mothers March" was organized to fight infantile paralysis.  It later became "The March of Dimes." 

In 1947, Al Herrin of Trenton, New Jersey, died at the age of 92.  Herrin claimed he had never slept during his entire lifetime.  Doctors confirmed that evidence showing he had not slept in several months could indicate he may have been awake his entire life.  

In 1953, Francis Bolton and her son Oliver became the first mother-son combination to serve at the same time in Congress. 

In 1959, Alaska became the 49th state of the Union.  

In 1962, ground was broken for the Houston Astrodome. 

In 1964, Barry Goldwater announced his candidacy for President of the United States.  He eventually lost to Lyndon Johnson. 

In 1967, Jack Ruby died.  He is famous for killing suspected President Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald.  

In 1973, CBS sold the New York Yankees baseball club to a 12-member group headed by George Steinbrenner.  The team sold for ten-million dollars. 

In 1976, the Bay City Rollers topped the pop singles chart with "Saturday Night." 

In 1978, Baseball Hall-of-Famer Joe McCarthy died at the age of 90. 

In 1981, John Lennon's album "Double Fantasy" hit number one on the music charts only a few weeks after his death. 

In 1985, soprano Leontyne Price said goodbye to New York's Metropolitan Opera.  She was a part of the Met for 24 years. 

In 1987, Aretha Franklin became the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall-of-Fame. 

In 1991, Wayne Gretzky scored his 700th career goal. 

In 1997, Bryant Gumbel hosted NBC's "Today" show for the final time.  He was replaced by Matt Lauer. 

In 2004, pop superstar Britney Spears reportedly tied the knot with childhood friend Jason Allen Alexander at the Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas.  Spears reportedly wore jeans and a baseball cap.  The marriage as annuled less than three days later.  

In 2008, White House hopefuls Barack Obama and Mike Huckabee won the Iowa caucuses for their respective parties.  Obama won for the Democrats while Huckabee led his GOP challengers. 

In 2010, it was reported that James Cameron's sci-fi fantasy adventure "Avatar" had crossed the $1 Billion mark at the worldwide box office. 

In 2011, actress Lindsay Lohan left the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, California after a 90-day stay.  

In 2012, former Massachusetts Governor and Reublican Mitt Romney just edged out former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum to win the Iowa Presidential Caucus.

 

 

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