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This Day in History for January 13

1863 – Chenille yarn making machine patented by William Canter in NYC.

1874 – US troops land in Honolulu to protect the king.

1920 – NY Times editorial (falsely) reports rockets can never fly.

1928 – RCA and GE install three test television sets in Schenectady, New York allowing American inventor E.F.W. Alexanderson to demonstrate the first home television reciever which delivered a poor and unsteady 1.5 square inch picture.

1930 – “Mickey Mouse” comic strip 1st appears.

1942 – Henry Ford patents a method of constructing plastic auto bodies.

1943 – Adolph Hitler declares “Total War” against the Allies.

1948 – 1st country music TV show, Midwestern Hayride, premieres on WLW, Cincinnati, Ohio.

1953 – 3rd NBA All-Star Game, Allen County Coliseum, Fort Wayne, Indiana: West beats East, 79-75: George Mikan, Mnneapolis Lakers, Center.

1962 – “Do Re Mi” closes at St. James Theater, NYC after 400 performances.

1962 – Chubby Checker’s song “The Twist”, credited with starting the Twist dance craze, goes to #1 in the charts two years after first reaching number one spot.

1967 – Rolling Stones appear again on the Ed Sullivan Show.

1975 – Henry Kissinger hints at military action against oil countries in case of “actual strangulation of the industrialized world” in the wake of oil shock.

1979 – Charlie Daniels hosts Volunteer Jam.

1982 – Air Florida 737 took off in a snowstorm, crashes into 14th St Bridge in Washington, D.C., & falls into Potomac River, killing 78.

1986 – NCCA institutes eligibility requirements based on college exams.

1988 – Supreme Court rules (5-3) public school officials have broad powers to censor school newspapers, plays & other expressive activities.

1998 – CBS pays $4 billion to televise AFC games for 8-years.

2000 – Microsoft chairman Bill Gates steps aside as chief executive and promotes company president Steve Ballmer to the position.

2016 – Record Powerball lottery held in America – $1.6 billion (3 winning tickets)

2020 – College Football National Championship, Superdome, New Orleans: #1 LSU beats #3 Clemson, 42-15.

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