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January 29th – Today In History

We take a look at some of the events that occurred on January 29th.

Today In …

1850 - The Compromise of 1850, Henry Clay’s proposed bill regarding slavery, is introduced to the Senate.

1856 - England’s Queen Victoria establishes the Victoria Cross.

1861 - Kansas officially becomes the 34th U.S. state.

1891 - Queen Liliuokalani begins her reign in Hawaii. She would be the last in a long line of royal figures.

Sharing A Birthday Today…

Edward Burns, one of the stars of “Saving Private Ryan” was born in 1968.

Gia Carangi, one of the world’s first supermodels whose life story was the basis for the movie “Gia” starring Angelina Jolie, was born in 1960.

W.C. Fields, the vaudeville and film actor who appeared in “You Can’t Cheat an Honest Man”, was born in 1880.

John Forsythe, star of the hit ‘80’s TV drama “Dynasty” and who voiced the character of Charlie in TV’s “Charlie’s Angels” was born in 1918.

Heather Graham, who has appeared in such films as “Boogie Nights” and “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me” was born in 1970.

Ann Jillian who starred on TV’s “It’s a Living” was born in 1950.

Greg Louganis, the Olympic diver, was born in 1960.

Victor Mature, the actor who starred in “Samson & Delilah” and “My Gal Sal” was born in 1913.

William McKinley, the 25th President of the United States, was born today in 1843.

Thomas Paine, one of the leaders of the Revolutionary War and author of “Common Sense”, was born in 1737.

Katharine Ross, who appeared in such movies as “The Graduate” was born in 1940.

Tom Selleck, TV’s “Magnum P.I.”, was born in 1945.

Marc Singer, the star of TV’s “V” and “Beastmaster” was born in 1948.

Oprah Winfrey, media mogul and TV talk show host was born in 1954.

We Said Goodbye To…

Jimmy Durante the actor/comedian who starred in “You’re in the Army Now” and was the narrator of the holiday classic “Frosty the Snowman” passed away in 1980 at the age of 86.

Robert Frost, the Pulitzer Prize winning poet and author of such works as “The Road Less Traveled” passed away in 1963 at the age of 88.

King George III, the English king during the American Revolution, passed away in 1820 at the age of 81.

Ivan V, brother of Peter the Great, passed away in 1696 at the age of 29.

Alan Ladd star of the movie “Shane”, passed away at the age of 50 in 1964.

Freddie Prinze, the actor/comedian who starred in TV’s “Chico and the Man” passed away at the age of 22 in 1977.

Top Of The Charts On This Day In…

1977 - “Car Wash” by Rose Royce

Movie Moments In...

1959 - The timeless Disney animated classic “Sleeping Beauty” was released today. The movie featured the voices of Mary Costa and Bill Shirley.

1964 - Considered to be one of the greatest films of all time, “Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb” hit theaters today. Slim Pickens, George C. Scott and Peter Sellers starred in the film.

In Print In…

1845 - Edgar Allan Poe’s classic, “The Raven”, is first published. It appeared in the New York Evening Mirror.

Memorable Sports Moments In…

1936 - The Baseball Hall of Fame inducts its first members including Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth.

1963 - Jim Thorpe is among those inducted into the Football Hall of Fame.

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