Today's History Trivia for January 13
Space Flight Impossible
A New York Times editorial mocks Robert Goddard, stating that rockets will never fly in space and saying that "…he only seems to lack the knowledge ladled out daily in high schools." Goddard's response was, "Every vision is a joke until the first man accomplishes it; once realized, it becomes commonplace."
2002 President Bush The leader of the free world passes out after choking on a pretzel.
1992 Woody Allen Mia Farrow discovers nude pictures of their adopted daughter in Allen's apartment.
1981 World's longest sneezing attack Donna Griffiths, of Great Britain, starts sneezing and doesn't stop for 978 days.
1968 First National Hockey League player mortally wounded during a game Bill Masterson is injured; he died two days later.
1942 First emergency use of an airplane ejection seat By a German pilot as his plane was about to crash.
1794 American Flag Two stars and stripes (Kentucky and Vermont) are added, making 15 stars and stripes.
1610 Jupiter Galileo discovers another of Jupiter's moons; he had discovered three others six days earlier.
Today's Birthdays for January 13
1958 Euzhan Palcy French filmmaker. She was the first black woman to direct a mainstream Hollywood full-length feature film, A Dry White Season (1989). Marlon Brando was so moved by the project about South African apartheid, that he offered to act in it for free.
1955 Fred White American drummer, with Earth, Wind & Fire. Music: Best of My Love (1977, #1), and After the Love has Gone (1979, #2, Grammy).
1949 Brandon Tartikoff d. 1997 American broadcast executive, head of programming at NBC.
1943 Richard Moll American actor. TV: Night Court (Bull Shannon).
1935 Rip Taylor (Charles Elmer Taylor, Jr.), American comic, confetti-throwing TV personality.
1931 Charles Nelson Reilly d. 2007 American comedian, game-show celebrity.
1919 Robert Stack d. 2003 (Charles Langford Modini Stack), American actor. Film: Bwana Devil (1952, the first 3-D movie). TV: The Untouchables (1959-63, Eliot Ness) and Unsolved Mysteries (host). He placed 2nd in the National Skeet Shooting Championship (1935).
1907 Jeff Morrow d. 1993 (Irving Morrow), American actor. Film: The Robe (1953, black-hearted centurion), This Island Earth (1955, Exeter the alien), and The Creature Walks Among Us (1956, the scientist).
1887 Sophie Tucker d. 1966 (Sophie Kalish-Abuza), Ukranian-born American cabaret singer. Music: I'm The Last Of The Red Hot Mamas (1929, It became her billing for the rest of her life).
1885 Alfred Carl Fuller d. 1973 Canadian-born American businessman, "The Fuller Brush Man." He founded the Fuller Brush Co. (1906) utilizing door-to-door salesman.
1832 Horatio Alger Jr d. 1899 American boy's author. His characters overcame adversity hard work, determination, courage, and honesty.
1808 Salmon Portland Chase d. 1873 American jurist, secretary of the treasury (1861-64) and 6th chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1864-73). His portrait appears on the U.S. $10,000 bill.
Deaths for January 13
2009 Patrick McGoohan b. 1928 American-born Irish Emmy-winning actor. Luckily for Sean Connery, in 1962 McGoohan turned down the role of James Bond. Later, he also turned down the roles of Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings and Dumbledore in the Harry Potter films. TV: Secret Agent (secret agent John Drake), The Prisoner (Prisoner Number 6), The Man in the Iron Mask (1977, Fouquet). Film: Escape From Alcatraz (1969).
1978 Hubert Horatio Humphrey b. 1911 38th U.S. Vice-President (1965-69).
1962 Ernie Kovacs b. 1919 American comedian. TV: The Tonight Show (1956-57, host).
1941 James Joyce b. 1882 Irish novelist. Although his novel Ulysses (1922) was banned in the U.S. in 1933, it is considered one of the greatest works of 20th-century fiction.
1919 Horace Fletcher b. 1849 American dietician. He founded "Fletcherism," the belief that each bite of food must be chewed 32 times.
1885 Schuyler Colfax b. 1823 17th U.S. Vice-President (1869-73).
1864 Stephen Collins Foster b. 1826 American songwriter. Music: Oh! Susanna (1848) and My Old Kentucky Home (1853).