Today is Sunday, Jan. 12, the 12th day of 2014. There are 353 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History:
- On Jan. 12, 1959, Berry Gordy Jr. founded Motown Records (originally Tamla Records) in Detroit.
- In 1519, Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I died.
- In 1773, the first public museum in America was organized in Charleston, S.C.
- In 1828, the United States and Mexico signed a Treaty of Limits defining the boundary between the two countries to be the same as the one established by an 1819 treaty between the U.S. and Spain.
- In 1912, textile workers at the Everett Mill in Lawrence, Mass., most of them immigrant women, walked off the job to protest wage cuts.
- In 1915, the House of Representatives rejected, 204-174, a constitutional amendment giving women the right to vote.
- In 1932, Hattie W. Caraway became the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate after initially being appointed to serve out the remainder of the term of her late husband, Thaddeus.
- In 1948, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Sipuel v. Board of Regents of University of Oklahoma, ruled that state law schools could not discriminate against applicants on the basis of race.
- In 1964, leftist rebels in Zanzibar began their successful revolt against the government.
- In 1969, the New York Jets of the American Football League upset the Baltimore Colts of the National Football League 16-7 in Super Bowl III, played at the Orange Bowl in Miami.
- In 1971, the groundbreaking situation comedy “All in the Family” premiered on CBS television.
- In 1986, the shuttle Columbia blasted off with a crew that included the first Hispanic-American in space, Dr. Franklin R. Chang-Diaz.
- In 2010, Haiti was struck by a magnitude-7 earthquake, killing as many as 300,000 residents and leaving over 1.5 million people homeless.
Five years ago: Senate Democrats announced they would accept former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris as President-elect Barack Obama’s Senate successor. Acting at Obama’s behest, President George W. Bush agreed to ask Congress for the final $350 billion in the financial bailout fund. In the final news conference of his presidency, Bush vigorously defended his record but also offered an extraordinary listing of his mistakes – including his optimistic Iraq speech in 2003. Rickey Henderson was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on the first ballot, and Jim Rice made it in on his 15th and final try. French movie actor-writer-director Claude Berri died in Paris at age 74.
One year ago: The NHL’s four-month lockout finally ended as the league and the players’ association completed signing a required memorandum of understanding. Gary Stevens won the first race at Santa Anita, giving the Hall of Fame jockey his first winner in North America since 2005, when he began a seven-year retirement that had recently ended. (Stevens rode 5-1 shot Branding to a 2 1/2-length victory in his third race since beginning his comeback on Jan. 6, 2013.) Miss New York Mallory Hagan won the Miss America pageant in Las Vegas.
Today’s Birthdays: Actress Luise Rainer is 104. Singer Glenn Yarbrough is 84. The Amazing Kreskin is 79. Country singer William Lee Golden (The Oak Ridge Boys) is 75. Rock musician Cynthia Robinson (Sly and the Family Stone) is 70. Actor Anthony Andrews is 66. Movie director Wayne Wang is 65. Radio commentator Rush Limbaugh is 63. Actress Kirstie Alley is 63. Writer Walter Mosley is 62. Country singer Ricky Van Shelton is 62. Radio-TV personality Howard Stern is 60. Writer-producer-director John Lasseter is 57. Broadcast journalist Christiane Amanpour is 56. Rock musician Charlie Gillingham (Counting Crows) is 54. Actor Oliver Platt is 54. Basketball Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins is 54. Entrepreneur Jeff Bezos is 50. Actor Olivier Martinez is 48. Rapper TBird (B-Rock and the Bizz) is 47. Model Vendela is 47. Actress Farrah Forke is 46. Actress Rachael Harris is 46. Rock singer Zack de la Rocha is 44. Rapper Raekwon (Wu Tang Clan) is 44. Singer Dan Haseltine (Jars of Clay) is 41. Rock musician Matt Wong (Reel Big Fish) is 41. Singer Melanie Chisholm (Spice Girls) is 40. Contemporary Christian singer Jeremy Camp is 36. Rhythm-and-blues singer Amerie is 34. Actress Naya Rivera is 27. Actor Will Rothhaar is 27. Actor Andrew Lawrence is 26. Rock singer Zayn Malik (One Direction) is 21.
Thought for Today: “Love is the strongest force the world possesses, and yet it is the humblest imaginable.” – Mohandas K. Gandhi, Indian spiritual leader (1869-1948).