Happy birthday to TV's original Superman, George Reeves, and...to me!
Today is Friday, January 5, 2017 the 5th day of the year with 360 days remaining.
...giving us 9 hours and 40 minutes of daylight. 89% of the waning gibbous moon will be visible, rising at 9:38pm.
Tides at the Golden Gate
Special international celebrations today…
- Dia de la Toma - Spain
- Twelfth Night - US, elsewhere
- Bird Day
- National Screenwriters Day
- National Whipped Cream Day
- St. Simeon Stylites’ Day, patron of shepherds
On this day in…
1781 - Richmond, VA, was burned by a British naval expedition led by Benedict Arnold.
1885 - The Long Island Railroad Company became the first to offer piggy-back rail service which was the transportation of farm wagons on trains.
1896 - It was reported by The Austrian newspaper that Wilhelm Roentgen had discovered the type of radiation that became known as X-rays.
1900 - In Ireland, Nationalist leader John Edward Redmond called for a revolt against British rule.
1903 - The general public could use the Pacific cable for the very first time.
1914 - Ford Motor Company announced that there would be a new daily minimum wage of $5 and an eight-hour workday.
1925 - Mrs. Nellie Taylor Ross was sworn in as the governor of Wyoming She was the first female governor in the U.S.
1933 - In California, construction of the Golden Gate Bridge began.
1934 - Both the National and American baseball leagues decided to use a uniform-size baseball. It was the first time in 33 years that both leagues used the same size ball. (MLB)
1935 - Phil Spitalny’s All-Girl Orchestra was featured on CBS radio on the program, "The Hour of Charm."
1940 - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) got its very first demonstration of FM radio.
1944 - The London "Daily Mail" was the first transoceanic newspaper to be published.
1948 - Warner Brothers-Pathe showed the very first color newsreel. The footage was of the Tournament of Roses Parade and the Rose Bowl football classic.
1956 - In the Peanuts comic strip, Snoopy walked on two legs for the first time.
1961 - "Mr. Ed" debuted. The show would run for six years.
1970 - "All My Children" premiered on ABC.
1972 - U.S. President Richard M. Nixon ordered the development of the space shuttle.
1987 - U.S. President Ronald Reagan underwent prostate surgery.
1993 - The state of Washington executed Westley Allan Dodd. It was America's first legal hanging since 1965. Dodd was an admitted child sex killer.
1996 - Yahya Ayyash, a member of the Hamas in Israel, is killed by a booby-trapped cellular phone.
1998 - U.S. Representative Sonny Bono died in skiing accident.
Today’s birthday celebrants include (or included)...
- Stephen Decatur 1779
- Edmund Ruffin 1794
- Jeannette Piccard 1895
- George Reeves 1914
- Aaron “Bunny” Lapin 1914
- Al Blozis 1919
- Erica Morini 1919
- Jean-Pierre Aumont 1911
- Sam Phillips 1920
- Buddy Young 1926
- W.D. Snodgrass 1926
- Fred Glover 1928
- Walter 'Fritz' Mondale 1928
- Wilbert Harrison 1929
- Robert Duvall 1930
- Alvin Ailey 1931
- Chuck Noll 1932
- Johnny Adams 1932
- Francois d'Aulan 1932
- Earl Battey 1935
- Lindsay Crosby 1938
- Chuck McKinley 1941
- Wayne Rutledge 1942
- Sam Wyche 1945
- Diane Keaton 1946
- Ted Lange 1947
- George "Funky" Brown (Kool and the Gang) 1949
- Chris Stein (Blondie) 1950
- Pamela Sue Martin 1953
- Clancy Brown 1959
- Suzy Amis 1961
- Iris Dement 1961
- Jeff Fassero 1963
- David Latulippe 1963 !
- Kate Schellenbach (Luscious Jackson) 1967
- Joe Juneau 1968
- Marilyn Manson 1970 - Singer
- Bradley Cooper 1975 - Actor