Today's History Trivia for January 16
1992 Dan Quayle "George Bush will lead us out of this recovery." Source: Fifth 637 Best Things Anybody Ever Said
1991 Desert Shield becomes Desert Storm The allies launch a major air offensive against Iraq after the United Nations mandated deadline to withdraw from Kuwait passes.
1980 Paul McCartney The ex-Beatle is imprisoned in Japan after the discovery of marijuana in his luggage. He was released and extradited nine days later.
1980 Human Interferon Scientists in Boston announce that the natural virus-fighting substance has been manufactured using gene-splicing techniques.
1920 League of Nations inaugurated.
1883 Merit Systems Protection Board is established, protects the integrity of federal merit systems and the rights of federal employees working in the systems.
Today's Birthdays for January 16
1821 John Cabell Breckinridge d. 1875 14th U.S. Vice-President (1857-61). He was the youngest U.S. vice president (age 36 years and 48 days). He also served as the Confederate secretary of war during the Civil War.
1959 Sade (Helen Folasade Adu), British singer, Promise (1985) and Stronger Than Pride (1988).
1948 John Carpenter American Oscar-winning film director. Film: Dark Star (1974), Halloween (1978), The Thing (1982).
1947 Dr. Laura Schlessinger American radio talk show host. She is known for her non-codling direct approach to her caller's problems.
1943 Ronnie Milsap American Grammy-winning Country Music Hall of Fame singer. He was born almost completely blind and abandoned by his mother to be raised by his grandparents. Music: Stand By My Woman Man (1976, Grammy).
1935 A.J. Foyt American auto racer, winner of the Indy 500 (1961, 64, 67, 77), Daytona 500 (1972), and 24 Hours of LeMans (1967).
1910 Dizzy Dean d. 1974 (Jay Hanna Dean), American baseball Hall of Famer and sports announcer.
1908 Ethel Merman d. 1984 (Ethel Zimmerman), American singer, actress. For three decades she reigned as "The Queen of Broadway."
1901 Frank J. Zamboni d. 1988 American inventor of the Zamboni ice surfacing machine used in skating and hockey rinks.
1853 André Michelin d. 1931 French tire maker. He and his brother founded the Michelin Tire Co. (1888). He also started publishing the Michelin Guide (1900) to promote tourism by car and thus boost the tire industry.
1477 Johannes Schoner d. 1547 German geographer, first to make a globe showing the Americas (1515).
1409 René I d. 1480 King of Naples (1435-42), titular King of Naples (1435-80).
Deaths for January 16
1901 Hiram Rhodes Revels b. 1827 American minister, politician. He was the first African American to serve in the U.S. Congress. He was elected to the U.S. Senate representing Mississippi in 1870-71 during the Reconstruction era. Some senators initially blocked his seating on grounds that Mississippi was under military rule and lacked a civil government to confirm his election. Others claimed Revels was not a U.S. citizen until the passage of the 14th Amendment and was therefore ineligible to become a U.S. Senator. He was finally seated on February 25, 1870.
1981 Bernard Lee b. 1908 British actor. Film: Bond's superior M in the first 11 James Bond movies.
1979 Ted Cassidy b. 1932 (Theodore Crawford Cassidy), American actor. TV: The Addams Family (Lurch and Thing) and The Incredible Hulk (opening narrator and voice for Hulk's growls and roars).
1972 Ross Bagdasarian b. 1919 Sr., American novelty musician. As David Seville, he was the manager of Alvin and the Chipmunks. He co-wrote Come On-a My House, Rosemary Clooney's all-time biggest hit. He bought 220 acres of Thompson seedless grapes near Fresno and named it the Chipmunk Ranch.
1942 Carole Lombard b. 1908 (Jane Alice Peters), American actress. Film: Nothing Sacred (1937) and To Be or Not to Be (1942).
1935 Ma Barker b. 1872 (Arizona Donnie Clark), American outlaw, supposedly headed a gang which included her four sons. She and her youngest son were gunned down by FBI agents.
1920 Reginald De Koven b. 1861 American operatic composer. Music: The Golden Butterfly and Oh, Promise Me.
1917 George Dewey b. 1837 American naval officer, noted for his spectacular defeat of the Spanish at Manilla Bay during the Spanish-American War (1898). He was the first U.S. admiral (1899).
1906 Marshall Field b. 1834 American businessman. He founded the department store chain bearing his name. He died of pneumonia contracted while playing golf with Abraham Lincoln's son Todd. The quote "The customer is always right" is attributed to him.
1794 Edward Gibbon b. 1737 English author. Writings: The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.
1547 Johannes Schoner b. 1477 German geographer, first to make a globe showing the Americas (1515).
309 Saint Marcellus I b. ???? Italian religious leader, 30th Pope (308-309).