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1959 - Sleeping Beauty
1959 : Disney releases the animated film Sleeping Beauty to theatres

1937 - Tommy Dorsey
1937 : Tommy Dorsey and his famous orchestra records "Song of India" - a popular standard of the era that later became a big hit.


1995 - Super Bowl
The 49ers became the first team to win five Super Bowl titles

1981 - Dolly Parton "9 to 5"
Dolly Parton's "9 to 5" tops the Charts as many identify with the song and the movie .

1795 - United States Naturalization Act
The United States Naturalization Act of 1795 repealed and replaced the earlier Act of 1790 changes included increasing the period of required residence from two to five years and The Act specified that naturalized citizenship was reserved only for "free white person[s]."

1886 - Patent for Benz
1886 : A patent was given to Karl Benz who had created the first Mercedes-Benz. This first Benz model of car was known as the "Motorwagon". This motorized wagon had three wheels and was run by an internal combustion engine very similar to the more modern-day autos created in the present day.
In 1893, Benz had created his first four-wheel Mercedes vehicle. In 1926 the established Mercedes-Benz company had merged with another European car operation.

1944 - USS Missouri
USS Missouri was launched at the New York Navy Yard on this day. This vessel weighed at least 45,000 tons

1958 - Paul Newman
Paul Newman and Joanne Woodword were wed on this day. They are known to be one of the longest-lasting Hollywood couples in recent history. He has had so far a very successful career in both acting and politics.
He also has created his share of food products and staples. Some of the most popular of his food line include his salad dressings and pasta sauces


1959 - England Fog Causes Major Chaos on Roads
Dense fog brings road, rail and air transport in many parts of England and Wales to a virtual standstill.

1963 - Liquor bill no. 26
1963 : Liquor bill no. 26 was rescheduled for this date. The reason for the postponement was because further consideration needed to be done regarding liquor bill no. 25 as well.
If Senate Bill no. 25 regarding the sale of liquor would be passed, minimum price markup levels of wholesale liquor would be done away with at this time. Bill no. 26 was meant for the purpose of allowing motels, hotels, and restaurants to receive liquor licenses under strict regulation, but not in regards to population ratio.

1963 Robert Frost
This was the date of Robert Frost's Death. He had accomplished much in his lifetime, such as winning the Pulitzer Prize four times, and also reciting a poem during JFK's inauguration ceremony.

1976 - Terrorist Bombs London
1976 : Twelve bomb have been exploded in London's West End during the night, most of Oxford Street is closed for the rest of the day while searches by the bomb squad continue for more bombs. The IRA later admitted it had planted the bombs as part of it's campaign against the British government.


1979 Mondays
Brenda Spencer only 16 years old at the time kills two men and wounds nine children as they enter the Grover Cleveland Elementary School in San Diego.
According to one source, Spencer had blamed the killings she had done on the fact that it was Monday, and that she did not like Mondays. She was known for other violent behavior as well, such as repeatedly shooting BB guns at the windows of this school (Grover Cleveland elementary school).
She was sentenced to 25 years in prison for her crime, and she was denied parole four times. This violent incident brought upon by Monday blues was recounted in a song called "I Don't Like Mondays" by a group called "The Boomtown Rats".

1985 Margaret Thatcher
Oxford University delivers snub to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher by refusing her an honorary degree. ( Becoming the first Oxford educated prime minister since the war to be denied the honour. )


1987 Philippines Rebel Uprising
Rebels to the Aquino government take control the Channel 7 building in Manila and the President of the Philippines Corazon Aquino orders troops to fire tear gas into the building on the rebels who have occupied the building for the last two days. They quickly surrender with no shots fired.


1989 Yugo
1989 : The maker of the Yugo automobile had gone out of business and file for bankruptcy. The Yugo was a car that was very popular for awhile in the 1980's because of its very low price. However, apparently quite a bit of customers "got what they paid for".
The Yugo was a failure because it was so poorly-designed. It was even said that the body was pierce-able with a wooden pencil.

1996 France Stops Nuclear Testing
French President, Jacques Chirac has announced France will no longer test nuclear weapons after exploding its sixth and biggest nuclear device in the South Pacific.

1998 - Legalize Abortions
A bomb exploded at an abortion clinic in Birmingham, Alabama just days after the 25th anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision to legalize abortions within the United States.

2002 - George W. Bush "Axis of Evil" Speech
2002 : A few months after the World Trade Center tragedy of September 11th, 2001, George W. Bush made probably one of the most memorable U.S. President State of the Union Addresses.
In his annual president speech he addressed the pressing problem of terrorism and the development of weapons used for mass destruction. Bush had also sent U.S. troops to the Middle East to hunt down Osama Bin Laden, who was one of the main al-Quaida terrorist leaders operating at this time. He was also a leader of Saudi Arabia during this time. In his speech he describes "regimes that sponsor terror" as an Axis of Evil, in which he includes Iraq, Iran and North Korea.
President Bush also sent intelligence groups to Afghanistan. Afghanistan was one of the main offenders of highly organized terrorist activity during this time period (and in the present day as well).
After the attack of September 11th, Bin Laden was no where to be found. Even to the present day it is not totally clear where he is located. However, it was believed that as of December 2005 Osama Bin Laden was in Pakistan, and in 2006 videos have been taken which have been seen by some sectors of the public.

2008 George W. Bush Final State Of The Union Speech
In his his seventh and final State of the Union address President George W Bush has admitted US economic growth is slowing but has assured the American people the $150bn stimulus plan negotiated with Congress would help. He also said the troop "surge" in Iraq was succeeding and that al-Qaeda was "on the run" and would be defeated.

2011 Taco Bell Fights Beef Accusations
 The fast food chain Taco Bell begins an advertising campaign defending the beef it uses in its food after being sued over the alleged use of additives and false advertising. A class-action lawsuit against the company accused Taco Bell of selling food labeled as meat when it only contained 35% beef. The company countered that the beef products they use contain 88% beef and are inspected by the USDA.   


2012 Florida Car Crash Kills Ten
2012 : A crash involving multiple vehicles killed ten in the state of Florida. The crash occurred on Interstate 75 and involved at least six trucks and twelve cars after the road become enveloped by thick smoke from a bush fire.

2013 Borneo - Malaysia Rare Elephants Poisoned
Ten pygmy elephants, a rare species, were found dead after being apparently poisoned in a reserve in Malaysia. They were not believed to be killed by poachers as they did not have their tusks removed nor were there any gunshot wounds found on the animals.


2014 Nigerian Senators Change Party
2014 : Around eleven senators in the People's Democratic Party (PDP) of Nigeria have defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) opposition party. The former PDP senators had been of the same party as Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan. They left the party citing increasing factions in the PDP as the reason.


Born This Day In History 29th January

Celebrating Birthday's Today Tom Selleck
Born: 29th January 1945 Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Known For : American actor, best known for his starring role on the television show Magnum P.I. which aired on Television for 162 episodes from 1980 to 1988, during more recent times he played the new owner of the Montecito Casino in the NBC drama Las Vegas

Oprah Winfrey
Born: Oprah Gail Winfrey 29th January 1954 Mississippi, United States
Known For : American television presenter, media mogul with her internationally-syndicated talk show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, a magazine publisher. She has been ranked the richest African American of the 20th century. Last year during the Presidential elections and earlier during the Democratic primary race many think she delivered over a million votes for Barack Obama through her support and some call her one of the most influential woman in the world. All this is far from her humble beginnings in rural Mississippi where she was raped as young girl and was pregnant by the time she was 14. Her wealth is estimated at over 2 billion dollars which she has amassed due to her hard work and strong business skills to make her one of the richest women in the world.
William McKinley
Born: January 29, 1843, Niles, Ohio
Died: September 14, 1901, Buffalo, New York
Known For : William McKinley was a US Representative for the state of Ohio, and later became the Governor of Ohio. He was the US President from 1897 until his assassination by Leon Czolgosz in 1901. During his presidency the United States fought and won the Spanish-American War over Cuba’s independence from Spain.