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1996 - East Coast Blizzard
1996 : One of the worst snow blizzards in US History started with up to 20 inches falling in a single day on the east coast in some areas and heavy wind gusts causing travel to be nearly impossible in many areas , the blizzard lasted for over two weeks causing many schools and other businesses to be closed for up to two weeks and in some areas even the federal government offices were closed for 1 week.
1912 : New Mexico is admitted into the United States as the 47th state
1919 - President Theodore Roosevelt
President Theodore Roosevelt passed away. He died in his estate home in Long Island, New York. He had took over office at age 43 after President McKinley was assassinated. He was the youngest president ever to take on the office of President of the United States.
1920 - Babe Ruth
The Yankees bought Babe Ruth from the Boston Red Sox. Ruth had played for the Boston Red Sox before this time. Harry Frazee, the owner of the Red Sox was said to be "forced to the sale because he could not meet slugger's salary demands"
Calvin Coolidge, the 30th President of the United States had died peacefully while in his home called "The Beeches". The cause of his death was a sudden heart attack. He was 60 years old when he had passed away.
1941 - Lend-Lease Plan To Support Britain
President Franklin D. Roosevelt asks Congress to support the lend lease plan to Support Britain in it's fight against Germany in Europe stating the "Four Freedoms" must be supported.
The act came into force on March 11th
1941 and by the end of October $1 billion in Lend-Lease aid was sent to Britain.
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1952 - Potatoes
A plan was to go in effect about two weeks after this day. The purpose of this plan was to encourage sellers and growers to get rid of their supplies. The only concern was the possibility of a potato shortage if people purchase large quantities of these potatoes at the new low price that was established.
The current price for potatoes in certain portions of California at this time was about $5.75 per hundredweight of the Grade No. 1 variety. The price after the ceiling effective 19th would be only $3.65 for the same measure.
1961 - worst hotel blaze
The worst hotel blaze in 16 years in San Francisco took place on this day. Flames were seen in every window of this 150-story building. Ray Gorman was said to have started this fire and was considered a suspect of manslaughter.
A previous situation had happened in this area in 1944
. Arsonist George Holman at this time was charge of 22 counts of First degree murder.
Jackie Robinson, the first African American baseball player had retired on this day. He played for a long time for the Brooklyn Dodgers, and just before he retired at age 38 he was traded to the New York Giants.
1973 - Hitlers Car
The car that Hitler was said to have used in a parade march was sold today. The going price at an auction was $153,000,000. This car was a Mercedes-Benz 770K Sedan.
1974 - Daylight Saving Time
Daylight Saving Time commences nearly four months early to help in a bid to save energy during the 1973 energy crisis by reducing the requirements for residential lighting, which consumes about 3.5% of electricity in the U.S. and Canada
1977 - October Light
John Gardner had written a novel called October Light. For this book he had received the "National Books Critic Circle Award". October Light was published in 1976
1980 - Chrysler Bail Out
Following strong competition from the new Japanese and European car makers President Jimmy Carter authorizes $1.2 billion in federal loans to save the failing Chrysler Corporation
1982 - Freeway Killer Convicted
William G. Bonin is convicted in Los Angeles of being the "freeway killer" for the rape and murder of 14 young men and boys. It is believed he raped and killed as many as 36 young men and boys, he was eventually executed via lethal injection for his crimes on February 23rd
, 1996 .
1983 - Gas Tax Increase
1983 : A gas tax increase was proposed by President Ronald Reagan. The intention was that this money would be set aside for national roads and bridges. This issue was one of hot debate at this time-and still is today.
1983 - Fishing War
A new fishing grounds war has broken out over the legality of a ban on non British boats from fishing in UK coastal waters, with a Danish trawler captain arrested for illegally entering British waters .
1992 - Gel Breast Implants
The Food and Drug Administration urged doctors to stop using silicone gel breast implants until they can be thoroughly evaluated for their safety risks
Skater Nancy Kerrigan was about to speak to reporters in Detroit, Michigan when she was suddenly attacked. She was hit in the right knee shortly after practice. Before anyone taking action against the situation, the perpetrator had also smashed a Plexiglas door entrance with the same device he used to hit Kerrigan.
Fortunately her knee was not fractured. However, it was going to be very difficult for Kerrigan to complete the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, which were held during this week. Four men, including the ex-husband of Kerrigan's rival, Tonya Harding, were later sentenced to prison for the assault.
1994 - New York Nicks
1994 : The New York Knicks and Dallas made a trade for Western Guard Derek Harper to New York. In return, Forward Tony Campbell plus a 1997 First Round Draft pick was sent to Dallas.
1995 - Project Bojinka
A chemical fire caused during bomb making testing in the Doña Josefa Apartments complex in Manila, Philippines, leads to the discovery of plans for Project Bojinka, a mass-terrorist attack to blow up eleven airliners and their approximately 4000 passengers.
2000 - UK Major Flu Outbreak
A major flu outbreak in the UK causes problems with NHS hospitals stretched to the limit, many hospitals have been forced to cancel all non-emergency surgery and many hospitals intensive care beds are full and are now facing a shortage of beds, the outbreak is being blamed on the poor take up of of flu vaccine shots.
2001 - George W. Bush Wins
After a five-week long debate regarding Florida voting ballots, George W. Bush was finally declared official winner of the Presidential election. This was one of the closest presidential election races in U.S. history.
2005 - Edgar Ray Killen arrested
2005 : Over 40 years after the murder of three civil rights workers were murdered in Philadelphia, Mississippi the former Ku Klux Klan leader Edgar Ray Killen is arrested. On June 21, 2005 41 years to the day the murders took place he was found guilty of three counts of manslaughter and sentenced to 20 years for each manslaughter.
2006 - China Worst Storm In 25 Years
Western China is facing it's worst winter in more than 20 years with temperatures reaching -43C and more than 2 ft of snow, transport and infrastructure has been badly effected and more than 100,000 people have been evacuated after their homes collapsed under heavy snow.
2008 - QE2 final world trip
One of the icons of the Passenger Liner industry Cunard's QE2 departs from her home port of Southampton on her final round the world cruise, following finishing the cruise and decommissioning the QE2 will become a floating hotel in Dubai.
2009 - Europe Gas Supplies Affected By Russia - Ukraine Dispute
As the dispute between Russia and the Ukraine continues over Gas Supplies. European countries who are reliant on the gas begin to feel the affects, countries affected include Latvia, Slovakia, Finland, Estonia, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Greece, Austria and Hungary, all these countries rely 50% or more on the Gas flowing through the Ukraine from the large Russian Gas supplier Gazprom, even countries who do not rely fully on Gas supplies from Russia are now being affected including Italy and Turkey. Currently negotiations between Russia and the Ukraine are stalled.
2011 - Witches Curse Romania Government
2011 : The Romanian government reformed their tax code
to include such occupations as fortune teller, astrologer, and witch into the
category of self-employed, forcing those who identify as such to pay taxes
for the first time. This action prompted some self-identifying witches to
threaten to curse the government for their actions, while others praised the
government for the official recognition of their crafts.
2012 - Former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko's Husband Granted Political Asylum
The husband of former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko was granted political asylum in the Czech Republic after his wife was controversially sentenced to seven years in prison and jailed for abuse of power.
2013 - Pakistan Drone Attack Kills Militants
2013 : A US drone attack in South Waziristan killed eight suspected militants according to officials in Pakistan.
2014 - Dennis Rodman Visits North Korea
2014 : Former basketball player Dennis Rodman arrived in North Korea with a team of other former NBA players for a game that would mark Leader Kim Jong-Un's birthday. Rodman has been criticized for failing to address human rights issues in the country and claims that he is friends with the North Korea leader. The United States government has made it evident that Rodman does not represent US interests in the country.
Born This Day In History 6th January
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6th January 1925 Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Died: March 19th
2005 Summit, New Jersey, U.S.
Known For :
John DeLorean best known for the founder of the DeLorean Motor Company which created the DeLorean with it's Gull Wing Doors which he founded in his home town of Detroit, Michigan in 1975. He set up his car manufacturing plant in Northern Ireland with funding from the Northern Ireland's Industrial Development Board (IDB). When the car went on sale in 1981
costing $25,000 and got a mixed reception ( A Pontiac Trans Am cost less then $8,000 ) , by 1982 due to lack of orders the company went bankrupt. I just checked on Ebay and a 1981 Delorean dmc-12's range from $8,000 up to $35,000, and a 1981 Pontiac Trans Am ranges from $3,000 to $9,000 . Prior to his setting up the DeLorean Motor Company he was an engineer and designer and is credited with developing the Pontiac GTO muscle car and the Pontiac Firebird during his time as division chief engineer for Pontiac.