This Day in History for January 12
1803 – US Senate approves Thomas Jefferson’s nomination of James Monroe and Robert Livingstone to negotiate purchase of New Orleans from France.
1865 – 13th Union fleet bombs Fort Fisher, NC.
1896 – 1st X-ray photo in US (Dr. Henry Smith, Davidson, NC)
1906 – 1st time Dow Jones closes above 100 (100.26)
1915 – US House of Representatives rejects proposal to give women right to vote.
1920 – Annual drafting of baseball players from minor leagues to be done in inverse order of the final standings, agreed to.
1937 – Plough for laying submarine cable patented.
1943 – Frankfurters replaced by Victory Sausages (mix of meat & soy meal)
1949 – “Arthur Godfrey & his Friends” premieres on CBS TV.
1956 – FBI arrests 6 members of the Great Brink’s robbery gang, 6 days before statute of limitations runs out.
1959 – American record company Motown is founded by Berry Gordy Jr. as Tamla Records.
1963 – “Go Away Little Girl” by Steve Lawrence peaks at #1.
1966 – “Batman”, starring Adam West as Batman, Burt Ward as Robin and Cesar Romero as The Joker, debuts on ABC.
1974 – “Joker” by Steve Miller Band peaks at #1.
1983 – Brooks Robinson & Juan Marichal elected to Hall of Fame.
1991 – US Congress gives George H.W. Bush authority to wage war against Iraq.
2001 – Downtown Disney opens to the public in Anaheim.
2013 – “Mile High Miracle”, in AFC Divisional Playoff Game Denver Broncos trail Baltimore Ravens 35-28 with 1:09 remaining, quarterback Joe Flacco heaves 70 yard touchdown pass to receiver Jacoby Jones to tie the game. Ravens win in overtime.
2017 – US President Barack Obama in surprise presentation awards Vice President Joe Biden with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.Share: