Today's History Trivia for January 22
1993 Nannygate Zoë Baird, Pres. Clinton's choice for U.S. Attorney General (who is in charge of INS) withdraws her name for nomination. She had hired illegal aliens and not paid their social security taxes.
1993 Jack in the Box food poisoning A 2-year-old boy dies from food poisoning after eating an E. coli contaminated hamburger. Two other children died and more than 500 people were sickened by the outbreak.
1991 AIDS Kimberly Bergalis wins a $1,000,000 settlement against the insurer of her dentist, Dr. David Acer, who infected her with AIDS during a Dec. 1987 tooth extraction. This was the first-known case of clinical transmission of AIDS. She died of complications from the disease later that year.
1984 Airwolf debuts on CBS.
1976 Charlie's Angels debuts on ABC.
1973 George Foreman The boxing champ wins his first heavyweight title match by stopping Joe Frazier with a second-round knockout.
1946 The Central Intelligence Group (CIG) is established by Pres. Truman. This was later replaced by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
1943 The temperature rises from -4ºF to 45ºF in 2 minutes (7:30 a.m. Speardish, South Dakota).
1917 World War I Pres. Woodrow Wilson declares that a just peace must be a peace without victory.
1907 Dance of Seven Veils Richard Strauss' opera Salome premiers, featuring the famous dance.
Today's Birthdays for January 22
1552 Sir Walter Raleigh d. 1618 English colonizer, poet. Popularized tobacco in England. According to legend, he gained favor with Queen Elizabeth by spreading his coat across a puddle so she wouldn't get her shoes wet. He was executed by King James I for treason after his men attacked a Spanish outpost in violation of peace treaties with Spain.
1976 Bud Bundy (Budrick Franklin Bundy), character on the TV show Married… With Children played by David Faustino.
1965 Diane Lane American actress. Film: Rumble Fish (1983), The Cotton Club (1984), Chaplin (1992), and The Perfect Storm (2000).
1959 Linda Blair American actress. Film: The Exorcist (1973) and Repossessed (1990).
1940 John Hurt d. 2017 British actor. Film: Midnight Express (1978, British Academy Award) and The Elephant Man (1980, title role).
1937 Joseph Wambaugh American police officer, author. He created the TV series Police Story (1973). Writings: The New Centurions (1971) and The Blue Knight (1972).
1934 Bill Bixby d. 1993 American actor. TV: My Favorite Martian (reporter Tim O'Hara), The Courtship of Eddie's Father (Eddie's father), and The Incredible Hulk (David Banner - You don't want to make him mad).
1932 Piper Laurie (Rosetta Jacobs), American Emmy-winning actress. Film: The Hustler (1961) and Carrie (1976). TV: Twin Peaks (Catherine Martell).
1931 Sam Cooke d. 1964 American soul singer. Music: You Send Me (1957 #1) and Chain Gang (1960 #2), inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1986). He was shot and killed by the motel manager in a Los Angeles motel.
1909 Ann Sothern d. 2001 American actress. Film: Heroine of the Maisie movies (1939-47). TV: My Mother the Car (voice of the car).
1907 Wrong-Way Corrigan d. 1995 (Douglas Groce Corrigan), American aviator, made a nonstop transatlantic flight from N.Y. to Ireland without a permit (1938), claiming he had intended to fly to Los Angeles, but had followed the wrong end of his compass.
1906 Robert E. Howard d. 1936 Irish-American author, creator of Conan the Barbarian. He is considered the father of the "sword and sorcery" genre. Writings: Conan the Cimmerian (1932).
1898 Sergei Mikhailovich Eisenstein d. 1948 Russian film director, one of the greatest directors of his time. He developed the montage style of editing.
1875 D.W. Griffith d. 1948 American film producer, director, screenwriter, co-founder of United Artists (1919). Film: The Birth of a Nation (1915).
1788 Lord Byron d. 1824 (George Gordon Byron), English poet. Writings: Don Juan (1818-24).
1775 André Marie Ampère d. 1836 French physicist, mathematician. The electrical measurement "ampere" is named for him. He developed the science of electro-magnetism.
1573 John Donne d. 1631 English poet. He is best remembered for the lines "No man is an island…" and "…for whom the bell tolls" from Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions (1624). Source: An Almanac of the Christian Church
1561 Francis Bacon d. 1626 English philosopher and statesman, one of principal founders of systematic thought. There is much debate as to whether he was the true author of Shakespeare's writings. While stuffing a chicken with snow to test the feasibility of using snow to preserve meat, he contracted a fatal case of pneumonia.
Deaths for January 22
1973 Lyndon Baines Johnson b. 1908 36th U.S. President (1963-69) and 37th U.S. Vice-President (1961-63). He was the first president to use the Hot Line. Quote: "Making a speech on economics is a lot like pissing down your leg. It seems hot to you, but it never does to anyone else."
2012 Dick Tufeld b. 1926 American actor. TV: Lost in Space (and also the 1998 film, voice of the robot "Danger, Will Robinson!") and voice of Mr. Bubble in the commercials.
2010 Jean Simmons b. 1929 English Emmy-winning actress. TV: The Thorn Birds (1983, Emmy).
1995 Rose Kennedy b. 1890 American first mother, mother of John F. Kennedy.
(Aristotle Savalas), American Emmy-winning actor.
1966 Albert Wallace Hull b. 1880 American physicist. Inventor of a number of vacuum tubes, including the magnetron (1921) which was important for its use in RADAR.
1951 Karl Nessler b. 1872 German-born American beautician. Invented the permanent wave (1909) and false eyelashes (1902).
1922 Benedict XV b. 1854 Italian religious leader, 258th Pope (1914-22).
1840 Johann Friedrich Blumenbach b. 1752 German naturalist and physiologist. He originated the science of natural anthropology and proposed the division of humans into the five species: Caucasian, Mongolian, Malay, American, and African/Ethiopian.
1832 Molly Pitcher b. 1754 (Mary Hays McCauley), American Revolutionary War heroine. She risked her life to carry water to the troops during the Battle of Monmouth (June 1778) and operated her husband's cannon after he was wounded. For her bravery, Gen. Washington made her a noncommissioned officer.
1818 Caspar Wistar b. 1761 American physician. The botanist Thomas Nuttall named the Wisteria in his honor.