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January 22nd – Today In History

We take a look at some of the events that occurred on January 22nd.

>Today In …

1901 - Edward VII begins his reign as King of England after the death of his mother Queen Victoria.

1905 - A number of civilians were killed during a demonstration in St. Petersburg, Russian in what would eventually be known as Bloody Sunday.

1938 - The renowned play “Our Town” written by Thornton Wilder makes its debut on stage at McCarter Theater located in Princeton, New Jersey.

1973 - The case of Roe vs. Wade was decided by the United States Supreme Court.

1998 - The Unabomber a.k.a. Ted Kacynski plead guilty to a string of bombings that occurred from the 1970s and into the 1990s that resulted in three killings and numerous people being wounded.

Sharing A Birthday Today…

Sir Francis Bacon, popular author of “On the Advancement of Learning” and British philosopher was born in 1561.

Bill Bixby, the actor who is probably best remembered for his role in the TV series “The Incredible Hulk” was born in 1934.

Linda Blair, the actress best known for her work in “The Excorcist” was born in 1959.

Sam Cooke, the voice behind such hits as “You Send Me” and “Chain Gang”, was born in 1931.

Willa Ford, singer and “Dancing With the Stars” alumni, was born in 1981.

George Gordon a.k.a. Lord Byron, renowned poet, was born in 1788.

D. W. Griffith, the man behind such movies as 1915’s “Birth of a Nation” was born in 1875.

John Hurt who has starred in “Alien”, “V for Vendetta” and “Skeleton Key” was born in 1940.

Michael Hutchence, the former lead singer of the rock band INXS, was born in 1960.

Diane Lane the star of “Unfaithful”, “Under the Tuscan Sun” and “Must Love Dogs” was born in 1965.

Steve Perry, the accomplished singer/songwriter and former front man for the rock band Journey was born in 1949.

We Said Goodbye To…

Pope Benedict XV who passed away in 1922. The leader of the Roman Catholic Church was 67.

Lyndon Baines Johnson, the 36th President of the United States passed away at the age of 64 in 1973.

Rose Kennedy, matriarch of the Kennedy family and mother of the late John F. Kennedy, passed away at the age of 104 in 1995.

Queen Victoria, one of the most beloved and longest reigning monarchs in English history passed away in 1901 at the age of 81.

Telly Savalas, film actor and star of TV’s “Kojak” passed away one day after his birthday on January 21st in 1994. He was 72.

TV Moments In…

1968 - The hit sketch comedy show “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh In” premiers on the NBC network. The show, hosted by Dan Rowan and Dick Martin, also included notable cast members as Goldie Hawn and ran for five years.

1972 - The hit medical drama “Emergency” premieres and would be a staple in NBC’s line-up for several years.

Memorable Sports Moments In…

1973 - George Foreman KO’d Joe Frazier in the second round. The win not only garnered Foreman the world boxing championship but also kept his undefeated streak intact.

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