1974 : As oil prices continue to rise major debates are continuing in Government over the increased use of Nuclear power for electricity production or increasing the number of Coal Fired plants with opponents on both sides due to safety and environmental concerns The price of a gallon of gas had changed from 40 cents in 1973 to 55 cents in 1974 an increase of 36% in 12 months. Below Video explains how nuclear power is made Find More What happened in 1974
2003 : Iraqis turn on symbols of former leader, pulling down a statue of Saddam Hussein and tearing it to pieces as US tanks roll into the centre of Baghdad.
1865 : Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered his army to Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House in Virginia.
1924 : An increased number of Hoof and Mouth Cases are being reported in the current epidemic with and additional 200 plus cows reported with the disease each day in California alone.
1927 : Mae West is Arrested during her starring role in the play "Sex" which she wrote, produced, directed and starred in on Broadway. She was prosecuted on morals charges and sentenced to 10 days in jail for public obscenity.
1940 : Nazi Germany invades neutral Norway and Denmark, surprising the Norwegian, Danish and British defenders of the countries and capturing several strategic points along the coast.
1942 : American and Filipino defenders taking a last stand to the Japanese invasion begun in December 1941 on Bataan surrender to Japanese forces during World War II. The Japanese then forced the 70,000 captured American and Filipino soldiers to march more than a hundred kilometers from Bataan to Tarlac known as the "Bataan Death March" . The Allied and the Philippine Commonwealth forces began the campaign to recapture the Philippines in 1944, with landings on the island of Leyte, and the battle was still going until the Japanese surrender on 2 September 1945 following the dropping of atomic bombs "Little Boy" on Hiroshima, and "Fat Man" over the city of Nagasaki, Japan.
1947 : A severe Tornado hit Woodward, Oklahoma where 200 residential blocks were completely leveled and nearly 1,000 homes were razed. 107 people were killed in Woodward and many more were injured.
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Born: Paul LeRoy Bustill Robeson 9th April 1898 Princeton, New Jersey, U.S.
Died: January 23rd 1976 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Known For : Paul Robeson is best known and recognized singing "Ol' Man River" from the 1936 movie "Show Boat" . Robeson was also a political activist who believed the class structure of capitalism should be torn down by any means possible and was a supporter of a wide variety of organizations including the "International Brigades" ( Spanish Civil War ), British Labor Movement, Socialism, U.S. civil rights organizations, African Libereration Fighters, Soviet Union and The Communist Party, Jewish refugees from Nazism, anti apartheid organizations in South Africa, . From the list you can quickly tell he was an extreme socialist and a supporter of communism which led to his being hounded and persecuted by the US government and FBI during the period including in 1950 the State Department denied Robeson a passport and issued a "stop notice" at all ports. In 1958 his passport was returned but the United States Intelligence Community and British Intelligence still kept large dossiers on his every movement and meeting. One interesting fact is although he was a supporter of communism he has never been identified as a card-carrying or official member of any Communist organization.
1959 : NASA the National Aeronautics and Space Administration introduces America's first astronauts to the world, Scott Carpenter, L. Gordon Cooper Jr., John H. Glenn Jr., Virgil "Gus" Grissom, Walter Schirra Jr., Alan Shepard Jr., and Donald Slayton to take part in Project Mercury, America's first manned space program.
1969 : As race relations continue to worsen in Britain a group of cConductors and drivers on Wolverhampton buses who are practicing Sikhs have won the right to wear turbans on duty after the leader of a Sikh group, Sohan Singh Jolly, had threatened to burn himself to death in protest.
1984 : Violence at picket lines during the Miners Strikes in the coal industry leads to 100's of picketers arrested during violent clashes with police outside two working coal pits in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.
1986 : The French government ruled against the privatization of leading French car maker Renault but did agree to shares in the car maker to the public.
1992 : Former Panamanian ruler Manuel Noriega was convicted in Miami of drug and racketeering charges.
1999 : The president of Niger, Ibrahim Bare Mainassara, has been assassinated in an apparent coup attempt.
2001 : Trans World Airlines established in 1930 filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2001 as part of the deal for American Airlines to acquire Trans World Airlines making American Airlines the No. 1 carrier in the United States.
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2008 : Olympic Torch Relay arrives in San Francisco, California where once again large numbers of protesters disrupt the progress of the torch and force a change in it's route.
2009 : The U.S. has stopped running its global network of secret prisons, according to the C.I.A. Director Leon Panetta. "C.I.A. no longer operates detention facilities or black sites," he has written. He went on to say that the any remaining sites would be decommissioned. The 'black sites' have been used to detain terrorism suspects, and were used to subject them to 'torturous' interrogation methods. Obama had vowed to shut down the facilities shortly after taking office.
2010 : Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has taunted the United States for trying to halt Iran's nuclear program, and showcased an improved centrifuge, which officials say will enrich uranium six times faster than the existing models. Barack Obama, who has been trying to get tougher U.N. sanctions on Tehran, has said that sustained world pressure would prompt Iran to revise its nuclear calculations. Ahmadinejad, in a speech to mark Iran's National Nuclear Day, has called this week's U.S.-Russian nuclear arms reduction treaty "a masquerade" which was hiding their true intentions. "We consider nuclear weapons to be against humanity," he said.
2011 : The United States Congress narrowly escaped a government shut down when the Democrats and Republicans were able to reach a temporary deal on the budget. The deal was reached only one hour before the deadline, after which the government would have had to shut down many non-essential services. Congress agreed on a stop-gap budget which would allow them to work on the larger budget while the government could continue to run.
2012 : Twelve people died and another thirty were injured after a bomb exploded in a busy market in the town of Baidoa in Somalia. The Islamist group al-Shabab stated that its military operations were behind the blast and that they had been targeting Ethiopian and Somali troops. The governor of the area stated the most of the dead were made up of women and children.
2014 : A sixteen year old suspect went into a school near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with two knives and stabbed twenty-two people. While there were several injuries, there were no reported deaths and all the victims were expected to survive the attack. The suspect was later charged with twenty-one counts of assault and four counts of attempted homicide.
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1990 - Vogue - Madonna, (-) Nothing Compares 2 U - Sinead O'Connor, (-)
1991 - Losing My Religion - R.E.M., (-) Black or White - Michael Jackson, (-)
1992 - I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston, (-) Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana, (-)
1993 - All That She Wants - Ace of Base, (-) Dreamlover - Mariah Carey, (-)
1994 - All I Wanna Do - Sheryl Crow, (-) The Power of Love - Celine Dion, (-)
1995 - Gangsta's Paradise - Coolio, (-) Waterfalls - TLC, (-)
1996 - Wannabe - Spice Girls, (-) Macarena - Los Del Rio, (-)
1997 - Mmmmbop - Hanson, (-) Don't Speak - No Doubt, (-)
1998 - My Heart Will Go On - Celine Dion, (-) Believe - Cher, (-)
1999 - Baby One More Time - Britney Spears, (-) Livin' La Vida Loca - Ricky Martin, (-)