1991 : Iraq attacks Tel Aviv, and Haifa, with Scud missiles, hoping to bring Israel into the Gulf War and turn it into a wider conflict including other Arab Nations.
2010 : Nearly one week after the magnitude 7.0 Mw earthquake strikes Port-au-Prince, Haiti's capital ( January 12th 16:53 local time ), as aid workers and rescue workers have spent longer on the ground the original estimate of the number who lost their lives in the quake of 50,000 has been raised significantly to over 200,000.
1967 : The Boston Strangler, Albert DeSalvo was sentenced to life in prison. He claims to have murdered 13 women in the Boston area between June 1962 and Jan 1964,
1901 : The County Commissioner of Tioga County, Pennsylvania has awarded money to be used for the building of three different iron bridges. One of these would cross the Tioga River in the township of Covington. The plan was to replace it with the "Richards Bridge".
Another bridge building project was planned to happen in the township of Bloss, to cross Babb's Creek at Landum. Another bridge was planned to be built across Zimmerman Creek in the Morris Township.
Certain advocacy groups were working towards overturning the decision of the Senate to pass the Eighteenth amendment to the Constitution. This amendment was passed in the year 1917, and it outlawed the sale, transportation, and manufacturing of alcohol in the United States. By 1920, this law had came into affect.
This law was very unpopular, however. Therefore as of this day in 1918 it was announced in a local Connecticut newspaper that the hope was to elect enough people in Congress in favor of repealing the Eighteenth Amendment.
The first order of business was to petition for the return of light beers and wines. At this time, no effort was being made to push for placing whiskey or other types of hard liquor back on the market.
The Polish flag was blessed on this day. The person who had officiated this Polish flag blessing was Reverend Augustyn Krauso. He was the pastor of St. Joseph's Polish National Catholic Church. Two other reverends (Joseph Rekas and Francis Kloss).Branches of the Polish
National Union were also present. On the same day, the Polish people had celebrated the 100 anniversary of their independence from the Russian Government.
Harry Mays, a man who was known as the "Miracle Man" was reported on this day to be down with the Pneumonia. Before this day, he had created a hype in this nation (the U.S.), claiming to be able to heal people by the magical touch of his hand.
The doctor who had treated Mays has stated that May's condition is serious, but that he is likely to recover. Also, it is recorded in history that the fact that May was sick made no difference to those who looked up to him.
Many people still had the faith to believe this man could "heal the sick". However, it would be at least two weeks before Harry Mays would be allowed to have contact with others as of this date.
Louis Armstrong and his orchestra recorded "Jeepers Creepers."
1944 : The New York City Metropolitan Opera House holds its first jazz concert. Artie Shaw, Louis Armstrong and Benny Goodman are just a few of the big names that make an appearance
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Born: Archibald Alexander Leach 18th January 1904 Bristol, England,
Died: 29th November 1986 Davenport, Iowa, U.S.A
Known For : Cary Grant was a well-known actor during the 1930s through the 1960s. Some of his most recognized movies include "She Done Him Wrong" and "To Catch a Thief." Although he was nominated for two Oscars during the 1940's he did not get one until 1970 when he was given the Academy award for lifetime achievement. Just a few of his movies from his long and successfull career "The Philadelphia Story" , "Bringing Up Baby" North by Northwest, and To Catch A Thief. Cary Grant passed away in November of 1986.
Born: David Daniel Kaminsky 18th January 1913 New York, U.S.
Died: March 3rd 1987 Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Known For : American actor, singer and comedian, who was successfull on stage ( Broadway ) and screen in the movies "On the Riviera" and "Me and the Colonel", he was recognised with a Lifetime Achievement award at the 1955 Oscars. In the 60s following highly successfull appearances at the London Palladium he hosted the popular variety show "The Danny Kaye Show" on CBS from 1963 to 1967.
For quite a while railroads were seized by the government, and operated by government bodies. On this day, labor disputes were settled, and the control of railroads was given back to their original owners. Wage increases promised back in December also have taken effect as well during this time in history.
A woman age 38 had taken the lives of three out of five of her children and her husband. This happened just shortly after she was released in a mental hospital which she had stayed in for three weeks.
She had been suffering from depression since the birth of her son Kevin, who was four months old at the time she had shot at her children and her husband. (She had actually shot at all of them but two of the five children had lived. The husband and three others died.)
It was announced in a paper dated on this day four men total were lost after a helicopter went down in Vietnam near the Mouth of the Mekong River. Two of the men missing and presumed dead were from the United States, and one was from Great Britain, and another was from Vietnam.
The cause of this helicopter crash was an attack on the communists on both the U.S. and the American-supported Vietnamese troops. Eyewitnesses had reported that the attack had knocked off this ‘copter's tail rotor.
The name of this helicopter that had fallen was UH14, a piece of rocket-armed aircraft. Other helicopters fighting on the side of the Americans had been able to fish out the co-pilot of the aircraft that went down, along with a gunner.
However, none of the other bodies were recovered. This is the second helicopter that had gone down in two days. On the day before, five other helicopter crewmen were killed and three more were injured in the same area (Mekong River delta).
The casualties mentioned above had increased the total American combat troop death tool in Vietnam to over 100 at this time. In all, over 173 deaths had occurred as result of a variety of different causes.
Many more casualties had yet to occur by the time this war was to end. However, there was a purpose for this war-to help reunite both North and South Vietnam-which only occurred after a bloody battle, with the United States on the side of South Vietnam.
A tragic series of landslides and floods kill nearly 100 people these were caused by an extraordinary amount of rainfall.
A crowded commuter train in a Sydney suburb derailed into a 100-ton bridge causing the bridge to collapse onto the train trapping hundreds of screaming passengers under tons of rubble
Protestors against the A34 Newbury Bypass in Southern England now include six environmental organizations Friends of the Earth, the Council for British Archaeology, Greenpeace UK, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, the Wildlife Trusts and the World Wide Fund for Nature all voiced disapproval of the new road scheme. Activists fighting the building of the bypass have built tunnels and tree houses and are using themselves as human shields to prevent security men and diggers from moving in.
1996 : Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of the Late Rock Singer Elvis Presley Filed for divorce from Michael Jackson, who was her husband since May 26, 1994. Quite a bit of speculation surrounded the joining of Lisa-Marie and Michael in Matrimony. One rumor floating around was that Michael Jackson married at this time to either cash in on some of Lisa's Presley's father's inheritance money, or in order to boost declining record sales. Another suspicion was that perhaps Lisa-Marie wanted to use Michael to launch her own career. Yet another theory of the reason for Michael Jackson and Lisa-Marie Presley's union was to cover up child molestation allegations made against him. The reason that was given in court by Lisa-Marie was simply that of "irreconcilable differences".
Norwegian explorer Boerge Ousland became the first to cross the Antarctic alone after traveling for 64 days by skis or on foot.
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Following a crash of the Japanese Nikkei share index, the exchange suspended share dealing at 1440 local time. The selling pressure is mostly a result of the Livedoor investigations, following allegations the company had violated Japanese securities laws and possible fraud. In 2007 Livedoor's founder Takafumi Horie was found guilty and sentenced to 2.5 years in jail.
Bush Fires In Victoria and south of Australia are continuing to burn. The fires began in December with 70 separate fires started by lightening strikes due to the extremely high temperatures 40C. The Bush fires in Victoria lasted 69 days Ending on February 7th burning a total of 1,154,828 hectares the longest in Victoria's history
Pakistani and Indian forces have exchanged fire across their border, a Pakistani spokesman has said. The weekend's firearms issues were the latest in a series of incidents that have been raising tension between the rival states, which have been strained since India suspended the peace process from the Pakistani militia's 2008 assault on the Indian city of Mumbai. The latest incident took place on January 17th, and Indian forces are said to have used automatic weapons and opened 'unprovoked firing' on Pakistani positions in the Sialkot area, which is north of Lahore. A degree of bias can be assumed from either side's reports.
A mansion once owned by a wealthy man named Louis Mantin, is reopened as a museum in Moulins, France. Mantin's will stated that his mansion should be locked for one hundred years after his death and then reopened for the public as a museum.
Several thousand websites joined in a blackout protest over US lawmakers' SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protest Intellectual Property Act). Websites like Google and Wikipedia made a statement against the proposed laws, saying the the laws would not stop piracy and lacked cohesive definitions that could turn into an abuse of power. Many protesters argued that there were better ways to address the issue of online piracy and they did not want the government to make a hasty decision.
Anti-Putin activist Alexander Dolmatov was found dead after committing suicide in a detention center in the Netherlands. Officials believe his suicide was not triggered by the country's refusal to grant him asylum.
2014 : South Sudan military forces announced that they have successfully recaptured the town of Bor from rebels in the country. The town is a strategic holding and has changed hands several times throughout the conflict.
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