Today's Holidays for January 19
Confederate Heroes' Day Observed in memory of the Confederate forces of the Civil War.
Today's History Trivia for January 19
1986 First PC Computer Virus The floppy disk boot sector virus "Brain" is unleashed. It was originally intended to protect copyrighted software from piracy. It was written by Pakistani brothers Basit Farooq Alvi and Amjad Farooq Alvi. The virus didn't destroy data, but it did slow down the floppy disk. They claim they were trying to prevent piracy of their medical software. The brothers are still in business together as Brain Telecommunication Limited.
1915 Neon Lighting Georges Claude receives the U.S. patent for his invention the neon light. It was an instant world-wide sensation.
2003 Iraq War Donald Rumsfeld on the cost of the war, "Well, the Office of Management and Budget, has come up come up with a number that's something under $50 billion for the cost."
1979 Watergate Former U.S. Attorney General John Mitchell is released on parole. He was the last Watergate convict in prison.
1977 Tokyo Rose U.S. President Gerald Ford pardons Tokyo Rose (Iva Toguri D'Aquino). She served six years in prison for treason committed during World War II.
1975 Nuclear Regulatory Commission The government body to regulate the use of nuclear energy is established.
1955 First filming of a Presidential press conference President Eisenhower is filmed for television and news reels.
1915 World War I - First air raids on England German Zeppelins begin bombing towns in East Anglia.
1903 First regular transatlantic radio broadcast Broadcasts begin between Cape Cod, Mass. and Cornwall, England with greetings exchanged between King Edward VII and Pres. Roosevelt.
1861 Civil War Georgia becomes the 5th state to secede from the Union.
1840 Antarctica The Wilkes expedition discovers the continent and claims it for the U.S.
1825 Tin canning The process of preserving food in tin cans is first patented in New York.
Today's Birthdays for January 19
1968 Kimberly Bergalis d. 1991 American AIDS victim. It is believed that she contracted AIDS from her dentist, Dr. David Acer, during a tooth extraction (December 1987). She won a $1,000,000 settlement from his insurer (January 1991).
1953 Ricky Ricardo Jr. (Little Ricky), the fictional son of TV's Lucy and Ricky Ricardo. 68% of all US television sets were tuned in to watch his birth.
1953 Desi Arnaz Jr American child actor. TV: I Love Lucy (Little Ricky).
1949 Robert Palmer d. 2003 British singer. Music: Addicted To Love (1986).
1946 Dolly Parton American country singer, actress. Music: Here You Come Again (1978, #1), 9 to 5 (1980, #1). Film: Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982) and Rhinestone (1984).
1944 Shelley Fabares (Michelle Fabares), American actress, singer. TV: The Donna Reed Show (Donna's daughter Mary) and Coach (Christine). Music: Johnny Angel (1962, #1).
1944 Laurie London American singer. Music: He's Got the Whole World In His Hands (1958, #1).
1943 Janice Joplin d. 1970 American singer. Music: Piece of My Heart (1968) and Me and Bobby McGee (1970, #1).
1942 Michael Crawford (Michael Dumble-Smith), British actor. Film: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1972, the White Rabbit).
1939 Phil Everly American singer, with brother Don. Music: Bye Bye Love (1957, #1), Wake Up Little Susie (1957), and Gone, Gone, Gone (1965).
1931 Robert MacNeil Canadian-born news correspondent. TV: PBS's MacNeil/Lehrer Report.
(Nathalie Kay Hedren), American actress, fashion model, animal rights activist. Film: The Birds (1963). TV: The Birds II (1994).
1926 Fritz Weaver d. 2016 American Tony-winning actor. Stage: Baker Street (1965, Sherlock Holmes) and Child's Play (1970, Tony). Film: Marathon Man (1976, Professor Biesenthal). TV: Holocaust (1978, Dr. Josef Weiss).
1924 Nicholas Colasanto d. 1985 American actor. TV: Cheers (Coach).
1923 Jean Stapleton d. 2013 (Jeanne Murray), American actress. TV: All in the Family (Edith Bunker).
1913 Minnesota Fats d. 1996 (Rudolf Wanderone, Jr.), American billiards wizard.
1905 Oveta Culp Hobby d. 1995 American government official. She was the first secretary of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, first commanding officer of the Women's Army Corps, and the first woman in the Army to receive the Distinguished Service Medal.
1848 Matthew Webb d. 1883 Navy Captain, first person to swim the English Channel without a life preserver (Aug 24-25, 1875). He died attempting to swim across the Niagara River. Source: Guinness Book of World Records
1736 James Watt d. 1819 British inventor, for whom the unit of power the 'watt' is named. He invented the modern condensing steam engine (1765).
1544 Francis II d. 1560 King of France (1559-60). He married Mary, Queen of Scots (1558).
Deaths for January 19
(Hedwig Kiesler), Austrian actress. Film: Samson and Delilah (1949, Delilah). Considered film's most beautiful actress.
2013 Stan Musial b. 1920 (Stanisław Franciszek Musiał), American Hall of Fame baseball legend, "Stan the Man." He was the first three-time winner of the Most Valuable Player Award (1943, 46, 48).
2008 Suzanne Pleshette b. 1937 American actress. Film: The Birds (1963). TV: The Bob Newhart Show (1972-78, Bob's wife Emily).
2007 Dennis Doherty b. 1940 Canadian folk singer, with The Mamas and The Papas. Music: California Dreamin' (1965) and Monday, Monday (1966, #1).
2006 Wilson Pickett b. 1941 American American R&B and soul singer. Music: In the Midnight Hour (1965, #1), Mustang Sally (1966), and 634-5789 (1966, #1).
2006 Anthony Franciosa b. 1928 (Anthony Papaleo), American actor. TV: The Name of the Game (Jeff Dillon) and Matt Helm (title role).
1997 James Dickey b. 1923 American poet, novelist. U.S. Poet Laureate (1966). Writings: Deliverance (1970 He played the sheriff in the 1972 film adaptation).
1993 Reginald Lewis b. 1942 American businessman, was the richest African-American man during the 1980s, with a net worth of about $400 million. He was the first African American to build a billion dollar company, Beatrice Foods, which he bought in 1987. Motto: "Keep going, no matter what." Writings: Why Should White Guys Have All the Fun?
1990 Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh b. 1931 Indian guru. During the 1970s, he had hundreds of thousands of followers known as the orange people - they wore only orange clothing. He once remarked, "So many religions look after the poor, leave the rich to me!"
1983 Ham the Astrochimp b. 1956 American chimpanzee. He was the first hominid launched into space (1961, NASA).
1952 Curly b. 1906 (Jerome Howard), American comedian, one of the 3-Stooges.