Today's History Trivia for January 14
1993 Nannygate The New York Times runs a story that Zoë Baird, Pres. Clinton's choice for U.S. Attorney General (who is in charge of INS), had hired illegal aliens and not paid their social security taxes. Her nomination was later withdrawn.
1993 David Letterman announces he is moving to CBS, to compete with Jay Leno who received the Johnny Carson spot Letterman felt he deserved.
1990 America's Funniest Home Videos debuts on ABC.
1976 The Bionic Woman debuts on ABC.
1973 Elvis Presley The King of Rock 'n' Roll makes TV history when 1½ billion viewers worldwide tune in to Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii.
1969 Explosions on the nuclear aircraft carrier Enterprise kill 27 people and injure 82.
1952 Today: Network TV's first early-morning show, debuts on NBC.
1905 The body of John Paul Jones is found buried in Paris, after six years of searching.
1832 Edgar Allen Poe Metzengerstein, his first published short story appears in the Philadelphia Saturday Courier.
1639 First written constitution in America The Fundamental Orders are created for the government of Connecticut. These earned Connecticut its nickname of The Constitution State.
Today's Birthdays for January 14
1741 Benedict Arnold d. 1801 American general, traitor. He attempted to betray West Point to the British during the American Revolution. Before this, he was considered a American hero of the Revolution: Arnold helped capture the British garrison of Fort Ticonderoga, hindered a British invasion of New York at the Battle of Lake Champlain, and played a crucial role in the surrender of British General John Burgoyne’s army at Saratoga. However, he began spying for the British and plotted to surrender West Point. When his plot was exposed, he began fighting for the British.
1969 Jason Bateman American actor. TV: The Hogan Family (David Hogan).
1941 Faye Dunaway American Oscar-winning actress. Film: Bonnie and Clyde (1967), Chinatown (1974), and Network (1976, Oscar).
1926 Frank Aletter d. 2009 American actor. He had appearances in almost every TV series between 1955 and 1971. TV: It's About Time (Mac). Film: Mister Roberts (1955, Gerhart) and Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970).
1924 Guy Williams d. 1989 (Armando Catalano), American actor. TV: Zorro (title role) and Lost in Space (Dr. John Robinson).
1923 Mary Ann Jackson d. 2003 American actress, one of The Little Rascals (older sister of Wheezer). She appeared in 32 Our Gang films (1928-31).
1921 Kenneth Lloyd Sailors d. 2016 American pro basketball player, college basketball player of the year (1943). He popularized the jump shot, which he developed while playing against his much taller brother.
1919 Andy Rooney d. 2011 American Emmy-winning commentator. TV: 60 Minutes ("Did you ever wonder…").
1914 Harold Russell d. 2002 Canadian-born American actor. He was the first visibly handicapped person to appear in a major motion picture; he lost both hands in World War II. He won an Oscar for The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) which he sold in 1992, making him the first person to openly sell their own Oscar. He needed the money for his wife's medical expenses.
1906 William Bendix d. 1964 American actor. TV: The Life of Riley (Chester Riley). Film: The Babe Ruth Story (1948, title role - critics said it was one of the worst movies ever made).
1892 Hal Roach d. 1992 American Oscar-winning film director, producer. His films starred Harold Lloyd, Laurel & Hardy, and the Little Rascals.
1886 Hugh John Lofting d. 1947 English-born American children's author, illustrator. Writings: The Story of Dr. Dolittle (1920) and its 10 sequels.
1875 Albert Schweitzer d. 1965 German Nobel-winning medical missionary, philosopher.
1874 Thornton Waldo Burgess d. 1965 American author of children's books. Creator of Peter Rabbit and the briar patch, Reddy Fox, and Grandfather Frog.
1863 Richard Felton Outcault d. 1928 American cartoonist, created the first recurring comic strip character (1896), the Yellow Kid of Hogan's Alley. He also created Buster Brown (1902).
Deaths for January 14
1957 Humphrey Bogart b. 1899 (Humphrey DeForest Bogart), Oscar-winning actor. Film: The Maltese Falcon (1941), Casablanca (1943), and The African Queen (1952). According to legend, his upper lip was scarred and partially paralyzed while transporting a prison in the Navy during World War I. This is cause of his lisp.
1945 Arthur Wynne b. 1871 British-born American puzzle maker. Invented the crossword puzzle (1913). Originally called "Word-Cross Puzzle" due to a typesetting error it was called a "Cross-Word" and the name stuck. Can You Solve It?
2013 Conrad Bain b. 1923 Canadian actor. TV: Maude (1972-78, Dr. Arthur Harmon) and Diff'rent Strokes (1978-86, the father Philip Drummond).
2009 Ricardo Montalbán b. 1920 (Ricardo Gonzalo Pedro Montalbán Merino), Mexican Emmy-winning actor. Film: Escape From the Planet of the Apes (1971) and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982). TV: Fantasy Island (Mr. Roarke), How the West Was Won (1978, Emmy), and pitchman for the Chrysler Cordoba with its "rich Corinthian leather."
2006 Shelley Winters b. 1922 (Shirley Schrift), American Oscar-Emmy-winning actress. Film: A Place In the Sun (1951), The Diary of Anne Frank (1959, Oscar), A Patch of Blue (1965, Oscar), Bloody Mamma (1970, Ma Barker), and The Poseidon Adventure (1972). TV: Roseanne (Roseanne's grandmother).
1986 Donna Reed b. 1921 (Donna Mullenger), American Oscar-winning actress. Film: It's A Wonderful Life (1947, Mrs. Bailey) and From Here to Eternity (1953, Oscar, Alma the prostitute). TV: The Donna Reed Show.
1984 Ray Albert Kroc b. 1902 American businessman, founder of McDonald's (1955).
Kurt Friedrich Gödel
Austrian-born American mathematician. He is considered to be one of the most significant logicians in history. His two incompleteness theorems (1931) of mathematical logic demonstrate the inherent limitations of every formal axiomatic system containing basic arithmetic.
1978 Blossom Rock b. 1895 (Blossom MacDonald), American actress, Grandmama of The Addams Family.
1977 Peter Finch b. 1916 (William Mitchell), British Oscar-winning actor. Film: Sunday, Bloody Sunday (1971, British Film Academy Award) and Network (1976, Oscar - the first posthumously-awarded Oscar).
1966 Sergei Korolev b. 1906 Soviet scientist, rocket pioneer. He designed the rocket systems used for launching the first Soviet satellites and rockets to the moon.