Tuesday, January 10, 2012

On this Day in History

By K.M. Humphreys

It’s  January 10th, 2012.  This is a big day in our house as it’s my husband’s birthday.  I decided for my blog post today I would put together a history of the day. 
First, I’ll look at famous births on this day.  Frank Sinatra, Jr. (1945) and Rod Stewart (1945) were both born on January 10th.  They were later shared a birthday with George Foreman (1949) and Bobby Rahal (1953).  You can see a whole list of other famous people born on January 10th here: http://www.historyorb.com/birthdays/january/10?p=2.
Next, I looked at famous deaths that happened on January 10th   http://www.brainyhistory.com/daysdeath/death_january_10.html.
1917: Buffalo Bill (William F. Cody)

1961: Dashiell Hammett, U.S. detective writer (Thin Man)

1966: Hermann Kasack, writer

1995: Halton Kathleen Tynan, writer

1995: Elaine Greene, literary agent

I also looked at events that happened on this day throughout history at http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/january10th.html and http://www.historyorb.com/events/january/10.   These are a few I found interesting:

1870: John D. Rockefeller incorporates Standard Oil

1870: US Senate proposes female suffrage

1901: Oil discovered in Texas

1911: First photo in US taken from an airplane, San Diego

1920: League of Nations established

1945: LA Railway is forced to close

1946: 1st radar contact with the Moon

1946: The first General Assembly of the United Nations took place in London, England.

1951: 1st jet passenger trip made

1956: Elvis records “Heartbreak Hotel”

1957: Baseball Commissioner rules Bing Crosby can keep token stock in Detroit Tigers, even though he owns part of Pittsburgh Pirates.

1964: The first Beatles Album is released in the US by Vee-Jay Records.

1967: President Johnson asks for tax increases on personal & corporate income taxes to help support the Vietnam War.

1984: Clara Peller first asks, “Where’s the Beef?”

2005:  BP sent money to Southeast Asia to help those affected by the earthquake and tsunami in that region.

So much stuff happened on this day in history.  I hope you enjoyed seeing this little history lesson.  Please visit

the links to see more events, births and deaths on this date in history.


C.L. Phillips said...

My favorite? The first jet flight. :) Oh the places we've been, the place we will go.

Second favorite? Striking oil in Texas. Fuel for the places we will go.

C.L. Phillips said...

Oops, forgot to say, happy birthday to your husband, and may you both have a wonderful celebration with all those you hold dear. :)

Ramona said...

I like the one about Bing Crosby. Who knew!

Fun facts, and happy birthday to your hubby.

Kristin said...

I thought the Bing Crosby one was interesting, too, Ramona. So many fun facts.