Today In History
Here is what happened
on Wednesday - January 17th...
History, n. One darn thing after another.
Famous People Born On This Day In History...
|1706||Benjamin Franklin, American author, poet, statesman, inventor.
Today, this person is/would be 312 years old.
|1771||Charles Brockden Brown, father of the American novel.
Today, this person is/would be 247 years old.
|1860||Anton Chekhov, Russian novelist.
Today, this person is/would be 158 years old.
|1880||Mack Sennett, created Keystone Kops silent movies.
Today, this person is/would be 138 years old.
|1899||Al Capone, aka Scarface, mobster.
Today, this person is/would be 119 years old.
|1931||James Earl Jones, actor, man with the golden voice.
Today, this person is/would be 87 years old.
|1934||Shari Lewis, TV puppeteer, invented Lambchop.
Today, this person is/would be 84 years old.
|1942||Muhammed Ali, boxer. He who floats like a butterfly, stings like a bee.
Today, this person is/would be 76 years old.
|1944||Chris Montez, pop singer.
Today, this person is/would be 74 years old.
|1962||Jim Carrey, Canadian actor, Ace Ventura, Pet Detective.
Today, this person is/would be 56 years old.
Events On This Day In History...
|1377||The Papal See is transferred from Avignon in France back to Rome.|
|1562||French Protestants are recognized under the Edict of St. Germain.|
|1861||The flush toilet is patented by Mr. Thomas Crapper (Honest. Where do you think the word crap came from?). |
|1852||The independence of the Transvaal Boers is recognized by Britain.|
|1871||First Cable Car is patented by Andrew S. Hallidie. |
|1893||The Kingdom of Hawaii becomes a republic as Hawaii's monarchy is overthrown after a group of businessmen and sugar planters force Queen Liliuokalani to abdicate.|
|1928||The fully automatic, film-developing machine is patented by A.M. Josepho. (They didn't have digital cameras in those days, kids.)|
|1945||Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg disappears in Hungary while in Soviet custody. Wallenberg is credited with saving tens of thousands of Jews during World War II.|
|1946||The United Nations Security Council holds its first meeting.|
|1959||Senegal and the French Sudan are joined to form the Federal State of Mali.|
|1997||A court in Ireland grants the first divorce in the Roman Catholic country's history.|