1958 : Toyota and Datsun make their first appearances in the United States at the Imported Motor Car Show in Los Angeles, California.
2007: Apple introduces the 4.5 inch X 2.4 inch Apple iPhone which epitomizes the next generation of mobile phone devices, with a super cool look and touch pad for navigation and includes a virtual keyboard.
A strike in St. Petersburg and Peaceful protesters go to the Winter Palace to give the Tsar a petition and the Imperial Guard fires on the crowd, killing two-hundred people
1920 : The Human Fly ( George Polley ) attempts to climb to the top of the Woolworth Building in New York City ( 57 Floors ). He reaches the 30th floor before being arrested
Virginia Woolf had purchased a home in Bloomsbury on this date. She was noted as one of the world's most famous authors of her time. She was especially noted for her novel and essayist writings, and her famous saying as follows: "a woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction" (From A room of One's Own).
Virginia Woolf was born in London to Sir Leslie Stephen and Julia Prinsep Stephen. Her father (Leslie) was also a strong literary figure of this time period.
A fire occurs during a childrens movie show at the Laurier Palace Theatre in Montreal, Canada and due to the poor fire safety exits iether locked or badly designed 77 children die during the stampede to the exits.
1941: Sammy Kaye records the song "Until Tomorrow" with his orchestra. The song goes on to be a big hit. 1941
This was a time of Cold War between the United States and various countries in Asia, Europe, and elsewhere. It was recognized that something needed to be done…like…yesterday-or at least 18 months ago.
President Truman's popularity had suffered prior to the time of his plan to take action. According to the opinions of a large number of people, he had not handled responsibilities during the Korean War very well.
However, when he expressed his views on how the fight of communism should be handled he received a standing ovation during his State of the Union Address which took place during this year, on this day.
Part of his plan was to support the feeding of hungry in foreign countries. The ideal was that if the starving people were fed then they would not "stomach communism". This was part of a Four Point program which also included technological and agricultural assistance to third world countries.
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Richard Milhous Nixon
Born: 9th January 1913 Yorba Linda, California., United States
Died: April 22nd 1994 Manhattan, New York, United States
Known For : Richard Nixon was the 37th President of the United States from 1969 –1974, Following the Watergate Scandal he is the only President to resign the office. The Watergate Scandal was directly related to the Committee to Re-Elect Richard Nixon as President. Following the testimony of John Dean the House Judiciary Committee, controlled by Democrats, opened impeachment hearings against the President Nixon on May 9, 1974, following the release of the Smoking Gun tape ( The tape recorded Nixon agreeing that administration officials should approach the Director of the CIA and ask him to request that the Director of the FBI halt the Bureau's investigation into the Watergate break-in on the grounds that the Watergate break-in was a National Security matter ) on August 5, 1974. President Nixon resigned 4 days later on August 9, 1974. Although most history books spend a major amount on the Watergate Story, During the Nixon Presidency a number of other important events should be noted, 1969 Nixon's first year in office, the United States sent three men to the moon. Large-scale integration of public schools in the South, Vietnam War, Spiro Agnew corruption scandal, the Supreme Court ruling on Roe v. Wade legalizing abortion, easing restrictions and ending the cold war between China and America, Salt I ( Strategic Arms Limitation Talks ) between the U.S. and the Soviet Union and the first comprehensive limitation armament control pact signed by the two superpowers and finally the Yom Kippur War and 1973 oil crisis which created inflationary pressures around the world.
Fletcher Markle from Winnipeg, Manitoba is reported as of this date to have produced the first U.S. television series to be shown in Canada. The first episode of this Television series entitled "Studio One" was scheduled to air on January 26th, 1953 on Montreal's CBC station. A microwave broadcasting of this show was also scheduled to be aired in Toronto before this time-on 19th.
Sir Anthony Eden, the British Prime Minister, announced his resignation today over his ill-fated Suez policy. Harold Macmillan succeeded Eden as Prime Minister.
Due to the problems caused by the Panama Canal Zone which was under US control and split the country of Panama in two, U.S. forces shoot six Panamanian students protesting when U.S. students raise the American flag in the Panama Canal Zone. Following the shootings riots break out resulting in the deaths of 21 Panamanians and three U.S. soldiers. The Panama Canal Zone was a stretch of land extending 5 miles on each side of the centerline of the Panama canal ( except Panama City and Colón ). The Panama Canal had been completed by the United States and the canal openened in 1914 to provide a short cut between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans.
It was predicted in a Wisconsin Newspaper that the reputation of American international travelers/tourists will be improved from times past. In fact, it is said that the image of American tourists has already improved over a number of years.
Likewise, Americans were becoming the more preferred of visitor than those from other countries. Moreover, people traveling from the United States were no longer thought specifically as "loud brash people".
1968: Surveyor 7, America's last and most sophisticated unmanned moon probe, landed near the rugged highlands close the lunar south pole
280,000 British miners walked out at midnight in their first national strike for almost 50 years. They are looking for an increase of up to £9 a week - on an average take home wage of £25.
The Seawise University Ship sunk into a Hong Kong Harbor despite two days worth of effort to put out a fire that had caused this wreck. This ship was formerly named the Queen Elizabeth, and was considered to be the largest passenger steamship at the time of its creation in 1938.
This ship had changed hands a couple of times since it was first put in operation. For instance, it was sent to New York during World War II to protect it from German bombs. Shortly after this time it was used to transport war soldiers.
When Queen Elizabeth's name was changed, it was owned by a businessman who decided to open up a floating college on board. This was when it was called Seawise University.
It was actually inevitable that this ship would start on fire, however. Before it was sold to C.Y. Tung (the person who transformed it into a college) it was declared to be a fire hazard. This was some time after the ship was turned into a tourist attraction and hotel in Philadelphia (Before Mr. Tung purchased it).
During this time in history, the affects of marijuana (a.k.a. pot, weed) were largely unknown. Even certain research scientists had a hard time determining at this time exactly what "pot" would do to a person. This was to be decided in years to come.
As of the year 1975, scientists who had spent time studying the affects of this drug were not much help in determining whether or not penalties regarding the use of said drug should be as stiff as they are. They even admitted to this themselves during this time in history.
Expert studies were declared to possibly take four to five years from this date for final determination. (Obviously, times have changed, and in the present day more knowledge exists of this herb/drug.) One Scientist's View of Marijuana Use in 1975
It was advised by Dr. Daniel X. Freedman that people stop turning to experts for answers regarding this issue. He was suggesting people make their own judgment calls. In the mean time, the use of such drug was still prohibited, and is illegal to this day-except in rare medical cases in certain locations. The general consensus as of 2007 is that it is harmful to people in most cases. This is one of the main reasons why it is not allowed to be sold over the counter. It is very unusual in most situations to be allowed to use this drug, and only for certain prescribed medical uses (i.e. treatment of glaucoma, AIDS, Cancer) is it permitted-and not everywhere.
1984 : Angelo Buono was sentence to life in prison on this day. He was found guilty of committing violent crimes that let to the death of 10 women in the Los Angeles area.
Kodak the camera giant was taken to court by the Polaroid company for using it's patent and was forced to compensate it's customers who had bought the cameras and could not purchase film.
Splendid quality two-piece riding habit, made of a very excellent grade of cotton khaki cloth. Outfit consists of attractive tailored coat in smart semi-fitted belted style, and separate breeches. Breeches fasten at both sides and hips. Legs are finished at bottom with eyelets and fasten with laces.
A new idea, and very striking, too. Snug fitting turban with fitted crown of good quality Rayon taffeta. Entire brim is of narrow, picot edge ombre (shaded) ribbon, shirred cleverly to resemble a mass of sweet pea petals. High grade workmanship.
4.4 bil CEK (4.4 bil in Czech currency) was paid by a failed bank to allow state to take over the institution.
Former Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas wins presidential election with a comfortable margin. This was the first presidential election for Palestinians since 1996.
The UN Security Council has passed a resolution urging an immediate ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, the United States Abstained from the vote.
Legislators in Illinois have recommended impeachment proceeding start for Governor Rod Blagojevich, he is accused of seeking to sell President-elect Barack Obama's US Senate seat for personal profit.
2011 : Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot in Tucson, Arizona during a public appearance by twenty-two year old Jared Loughner. Twelve others in attendance were also shot, and six of those were killed including a nine-year old and a federal judge. Giffords survived the shooting but was in critical condition.
Malam Bacai Sanha, president of Guinea-Bissau, died in Paris, France after becoming gravely ill. It was rumored that Sanha had suffered from diabetes and was in a coma prior to his death, however his illness was not made public.
2012 : A painting by Picasso along with a Mondrian painting and Guglielmo Caccia sketch had been stolen from the Athens National Gallery according to a police report. The thief or thieves made off with the artwork after being chased by a guard who had been alerted by an alarm.
The Washington Nation Cathedral in the US Capital Washington D.C. has announced it will host gay weddings. It is one of the most high-profile churches in the country.
Germany has agreed to help the international community in destroying Syria's chemical weapons. Germany had previously not allowed chemical weapons to be in the country but have since decided to share the responsibility and help destroy the weapons as part of an international effort.
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