Today's History Trivia for January 7
1998 Clinton-Lewinsky Affair Lewinsky files an affidavit in the Jones case in which she denies ever having a sexual relationship with President Clinton. This would later be revealed to be false.
1991 Pete Rose The baseball legend is released from prison after serving a five-month term for income tax evasion.
1973 Hitler The German dictator's car is auctioned for $153,000. It was a 1940 Mercedes 770-K equipped with bullet proof glass and armor plates.
1929 Tarzan The comic strip, by Harold Foster, premiers.
1927 The Harlem Globetrotters The famed basketball team plays their first road game.
1926 First public demonstration of true television By inventor John L. Baird in London.
1914 First successful navigation of the Panama Canal It was made by a crane boat.
1896 Fannie Farmer publishes her first cookbook.
1830 First U.S. passenger railroad The Baltimore & Ohio in Maryland begins taking passengers. Tickets were 9¢ for a ride from Pratt Street to the Carrollton Viaduct.
1789 First national election in the United States.
1785 First manned balloon flight across the English Channel Jean Pierre Blanchard and Dr. John Jeffries.
1714 The typewriter is patented, by English engineer Henry Mill, although he never built one.
1610 Jupiter Galileo discovers three of planet's moons. He discovered a 4th moon six days later.
Today's Birthdays for January 7
13th U.S. President (1850-53) and 12th U.S. Vice-President (1849-50). Fillmore was instrumental in getting the Compromise of 1850 passed, a bargain that led to a brief truce in the battle over slavery.
1964 Nicolas Cage (Nicholas Coppola), American actor. Film: Peggy Sue Got Married (1986) and Wild at Heart (1990).
1959 Kathy Valentine American guitarist, with the Go-Go's. Music: We Got the Beat (1981) and Vacation (1982).
1957 Katie Couric American TV personality. TV: Today (co-anchor).
1950 Erin Gray American actress. TV: Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (Col. Deering) and Silver Spoons (Kate).
1948 Kenny Loggins American singer, songwriter. Music: I'm Alright (theme from Caddyshack 1980) and What a Fool Believes (1979, #1, co-writer).
1929 Terry Moore (Helen Koford), American actress. Film: Come Back Little Sheba (1952).
1928 William Peter Blatty d. 2017 American Oscar-winning screenwriter. Film: The Exorcist (1973), which he finished using the $10,000 he won on You Bet Your Life.
1920 Vincent Gardenia d. 1992 (Vincent Scognamiglio), Italian Tony-Emmy-winning actor. TV: All in the Family (Frank Lorenzo).
1911 Butterfly McQueen d. 1995 (Thelma McQueen), American Emmy-winning actress. Film: Gone With the Wind (1939, Scarlett O'Hara's maid Prissy. "I don't know nothin' 'bout birthin' babies!"). TV: Beulah (Oriole, 1950-52).
1910 Orval Eugene Faubus d. 1994 American politician, Governor of Arkansas (1955-67). In September of 1957 he ordered the Arkansas National Guard to prevent nine blacks from entering all-white Central High School in Little Rock.
1903 Alan Napier d. 1988 (Alan Napier-Clavering), British actor. TV: Batman (Alfred the butler).
1881 Gene Carr d. 1959 American cartoonist. Creator of Lady Bountiful (1902). He was a pioneer of the use of sequential panels in cartoons. Lady Bountiful was one of the first cartoons to have a lady protagonist.
1873 Adolph Zukor d. 1976 Hungarian-born U.S. film executive, founder of Paramount Pictures. He distributed the first feature-length film shown in the U.S. (1912, Queen Elizabeth), which was made in France and starred Sarah Bernhardt.
1845 Ludwig III d. 1921 King of Bavaria (1913-18). He was the last King of Barvaria.
1827 Sir Sandford Fleming d. 1915 Canadian railroad engineer. He was responsible for establishing time zones (1878). He also designed the first Canadian postage stamp (1851).
1502 Gregory XIII d. 1585 (Ugo Buoncompagni), Italian religious leader, 226th Pope (1572-85). He congratulated King Gregory IX after he ordered the killing of thousands of Huguenots throughout France (1572). He also instituted the Gregorian calendar (1582).
Deaths for January 7
2008 Bill Belew b. 1931 American costume designer, "The Man Who Dressed the King." He designed Elvis Presley's costumes (1968-77) setting the trend for stage costumes by performers such as the Jackson 5 and The Osmonds. One of his most famous designs was the high-collared jumpsuit used in Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii via Satellite and on the album cover for Promised Land. He also designed for many other stars, including Gladys Knight and Doc Severensen.
1989 Hirohito b. 1901 (Michinomiya Hirohito), 124th Japanese emperor (1926-89, known as Emperor Shōwa). His reign was designated "Shōwa" (Enlightened Peace). Although his involvement in World War II decisions is debated, he announced Japan's surrender of the war. He was the first Japanese emperor to travel abroad (1971).
1977 Marvin Pipkin b. 1889 American chemist. Inventor of the light bulb frosted on the inside (1925). As a practical joke, new General Electric's National Electric Lamp Company employees were assigned the task of making a practical light bulb frosted on the inside, as it was believed impossible to do. Until new employee Marvin Pipkin was assigned this task - and proved them wrong.
2015 Rod Taylor b. 1930 Australian actor. TV: Falcon Crest (Frank Argretti). Film: The Time Machine (1960) and Inglourious Basterds (2009, Winston Churchill).
2002 Avery Schreiber b. 1935 American comedian, of the comedy team, Burns and Schreiber. He was famous for his Doritos ads in the 1970s. TV: The Burns and Schreiber Comedy Hour (1973, co-host).
1988 Trevor Howard b. 1913 English Emmy-winning actor. Film: Brief Encounter (1945) and Sons and Lovers (1960). TV: The Invincible Mr. Disraeli (1963, Emmy).
1943 Nikola Tesla b. 1856 Serbian-American inventor, considered America's greatest electrical engineer, credited with inventing radio, and for whom the tesla (unit of magnetic flux density) is named. He invented the first AC induction motor (1883). Noted for making incredible claims, Tesla claimed that he invented a death ray that could send concentrated beams of particles through air with the capability of bringing down a fleet of 10,000 enemy airplanes at a distance of 250 miles. Biography: Wizard: The Life and Times of Nikola Tesla : Biography of a Genius
1655 Innocent X b. 1574 Italian religious leader, 236th Pope (1644-55). He formally condemned Jansenism (1653).
1536 Catherine of Aragon b. 1485 Queen of England, Henry VIII's first wife. After the Pope refused to allow to sanction the King's divorce from her, the King established the Church of England and declared himself the religious ruler for his land.