Today in History
Today is Sunday, Jan. 12, the 12th day of 2014. There are 353 days left in the year.
On this date:
In 1519, Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I died.
In 1773, the first public museum in America was organized in Charleston, S.C.
In 1828, the United States and Mexico signed a Treaty of Limits defining the boundary between the two countries to be the same as the one established by an 1819 treaty between the U.S. and Spain.
In 1912, textile workers at the Everett Mill in Lawrence, Mass., most of them immigrant women, walked off the job to protest wage cuts.
In 1932, Hattie W. Caraway became the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate after initially being appointed to serve out the remainder of the term of her late husband, Thaddeus.
In 1948, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Sipuel v. Board of Regents of University of Oklahoma, ruled that state law schools could not discriminate against applicants on the basis of race.
In 1986, the shuttle Columbia blasted off with a crew that included the first Hispanic-American in space, Dr. Franklin R. Chang-Diaz.
In entertainment history -
On January 12th, 1963, Bob Dylan performed in a radio play for the BBC in London. The play was called "The Madhouse of Castle Street" and he played a folk singer.
In 1965, the rock and roll TV series "Hullabaloo" premiered on NBC. Featured acts included the New Christy Minstrels and comedian Woody Allen.
In 1966, "Batman" premiered on ABC, starring Adam West and Burt Ward.
In 1981, "Dynasty" premiered on ABC.
In 1991, country singer Johnny Paycheck was released from an Ohio prison after serving two years of a seven-year sentence for shooting a man in a barroom. Ohio Governor Richard Celeste commuted Paycheck's sentence.
In 1993, the original members of Cream reunited to perform at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Los Angeles. The band members were inducted, along with Ruth Brown, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Doors, Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers, Etta James, Van Morrison, Sly and the Family Stone and Dinah Washington.
In 1995, members of Led Zeppelin, The Allman Brothers Band, along with Martha and the Vandellas, Neil Young and Al Green were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Janis Joplin and Frank Zappa were also honored.
In 2000, Sharon Osbourne, Ozzy Osbourne's wife, announced she was quitting as manager of Smashing Pumpkins. She issued a statement saying she had to resign "due to medical reasons -- Billy Corgan was making me sick!"
In 2003, Maurice (MOR'-ihs) Gibb of The Bee Gees died after having surgery for intestinal blockage at a hospital in Miami. He was 53.
In 2004, Singer-songwriter Randy VanWarmer died in Seattle at age 48.