On This Day in History

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In 1936, Billboard magazine published the first pop music chart.

In 1954, a young musician who worked in a machine shop paid $4 to record two songs for his mother. His name: Elvis Presley.

In 1974, President Richard Nixon refused to hand over tape recordings and documents subpoenaed by the Senate Watergate Committee.

In 1995, the 104th U.S. Congress convened with Republicans in control in both houses for the first time since 1953. Rep. Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., began his term as speaker of the House.

In 1999, former professional wrestler Jesse Ventura took the oath of office as Minnesota’s governor.
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January 5
In 2009, retired Lt. Gen. Harry W.O. Kinnard, a paratroop officer who’d suggested the famously defiant answer “Nuts!” to a German demand for surrender during the World War II Battle of the Bulge, died in Arlington, Va., at age 93.

In 2018, Actor Jerry Van Dyke died in Arkansas at the age of 86.

In 2018, Astronaut John Young, who walked on the moon and later commanded the first space shuttle flight, died at his Houston home; he was 87.
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1792 - Jassy peace treaty ends a war between Russian and Turkish/Ottoman Empires: Treaty of Jassy - Wikipedia


Among other things, this treaty and its aftermath would eventually lead to the founding of the city of Odessa, in what is now South-Western Ukraine, on territory the Turks had to cede to the Russian Tsar then


1941 - first flight of the legendary Avro Lancaster bomber in WWII


1996 - major terrorist crisis in the city of Kizlyar, Dagestan, Russian North Caucasus, Chechen terrorists briefly overran some buildings, including the hospital, and took people hostage

 
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January 13
In 1978, former Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey died in Waverly, Minnesota, at age 66.

In 1992, Japan apologized for forcing tens of thousands of Korean women to serve as sex slaves for its soldiers during World War II, citing newly uncovered documents that showed the Japanese army had had a role in abducting the so-called “comfort women.”

In 1997, U.S. President Bill Clinton awarded the Medal of Honor to seven African-American soldiers for their courage in action in Italy during World War II. It was the first time the medal was given to black WWII servicemen.

In 2005, Major League Baseball adopted a tougher steroid-testing program that would suspend first-time offenders for 10 days and randomly test players year-round.
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January 14
In 1963, George Wallace was inaugurated as the governor of Alabama, promising his followers, "Segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever!"

In 2005, a U.S. Army reservist, Spc. Charles Graner, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for abusing detainees at Iraq's infamous Abu Ghraib prison. Graner, who said he didn't regret his actions, was released from prison after 6 1/2 years.
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January 15
In 1892, Dr. James Naismith published the rules of basketball. He invented the game at a YMCA in Springfield, Mass.

In 1919, 21 people were killed and scores injured when a vat holding 2.3 million gallons of molasses exploded and sent torrents of the syrup into the streets of Boston. The event is known as the Boston Molasses Disaster.

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