January 2 Today In History

Today’s Important Historical Events

366 The Alamanni cross the frozen Rhine River in large numbers, invading the Roman Empire

1492 Muhammad XII, the last Emir of Granada, surrenders his city to Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabel I of Castile, ending both the Reconquista and centuries of Muslim rule in the Iberian peninsula

1570 Tsar Ivan the Terrible‘s march to Novgorod begins

1905 American anarcho-syndicalist union known as the Industrial Workers of the World forms

1942 World War II: the 28 nations at war with Axis powers pledge to make no separate peace deals

1947 Mahatma Gandhi begins march for peace in East Bengal

Today’s Historical Events

69 Roman Lower Rhine army proclaims its commander, Vitellius, Emperor

366 The Alamanni cross the frozen Rhine River in large numbers, invading the Roman Empire

533 John II begins his reign as Catholic Pope

1235 Emperor Joseph II orders Jews of Galicia Austria to adopt family names

1492 Muhammad XII, the last Emir of Granada, surrenders his city to Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabel I of Castile, ending both the Reconquista and centuries of Muslim rule in the Iberian peninsula

1570 Tsar Ivan the Terrible‘s march to Novgorod begins

1585 Spain & Catholic France sign Saint League of Joinville

1602 Spanish force in Ireland surrender to the English army at Kinsdale

Today’s Historical Events in Film and TV

1948 WNDT (now WNET) TV channel 13 in New York-Newark, NY (PBS) begins

1949 KDKA TV channel 2 in Pittsburgh, PA (CBS) begins broadcasting

1955 1st “Bob Cummings Show” premieres on NBC (later on CBS)

1962 Nighttime version of “Password” with Allen Ludden premieres on CBS

1966 National Football League Championship, Lambeau Field, Green Bay: Green Bay Packers beat Cleveland Browns, 23-12; first NFL title game televised in colour; last one played before Super Bowl era

1968 KBHK TV channel 44 in San Francisco, California (IND) begins broadcasting

1990 Sting joins pro wrestling’s legendary “4 Horsemen” (Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Ole Anderson)

Today’s Historical Events in Music

1843 Richard Wagner‘s opera “The Flying Dutchman” premieres in Dresden

1881 Camille Saint-Saëns’ 3rd Concerto in B, premieres

1952 “Pal Joey” opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 542 performances

1958 Dmitri Shostakovich‘ 2nd Piano concert, premieres in NY

1960 Roger Sessions’ 4th Symphony, in honor of the Minnesota Centennial, premieres by the Minnesota Orchestra conducted by Antal Doráti

1968 “Zizi” closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 49 performances

1969 “Fig Leaves Are Falling” opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 4 performances

1970 Dutch premiere of musical “Hair” in Amsterdam

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

1832 1st Curling club in US (Orchard Lake Curling Club) opens

1865 Welterweight Con Orem & heavyweight Hugh O’Neill brawl for 185 rounds before darkness ends legendary bare knuckle boxing match in Virginia City, Montana

1879 Australian fast bowler Fred Spofforth dismisses 3 English batsmen with consecutive deliveries during the 3rd Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground for Test cricket’s first “hat-trick”

1912 Brookyln Superbas Baseball Club President Charles Ebbets announces purchase of 4.5 acres of land to build a new concrete-and-steel stadium to seat 23,000; Ebbets Field opens in 1913

1912 International Lawn Tennis Challenge, Christchurch, NZ: Norman Brookes & Alfred Dunlop beat Americans Maurice McLoughlin & Beals Wright 6-4, 5-7, 7-5, 6-4; Australasia unassailable 3-0 lead; win 4-0

1918 After repeated clashes over pay with the Brooklyn Robins owner Charlie Ebbets, star right fielder and future Baseball Hall of Fame manager Casey Stengel is traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates

1918 Montreal Arena in Westmount, Quebec, the home rink of 4-time Stanley Cup winners the Montreal Wanderers burns down leading to the club disbanding

1922 8th Rose Bowl: California ties Washington & Jefferson, 0-0

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