January 3 Today In History

Today’s Important Historical Events

1496 Leonardo da Vinci unsuccessfully tests a flying machine

1521 Martin Luther is Excommunicated by Pope Leo X from the Roman Catholic Church for failing to recant parts of his Ninety-five Theses which started the Protestant Reformation

1777 General George Washington‘s revolutionary army defeats British forces at Battle of Princeton, New Jersey

1925 Benito Mussolini dissolves the Italian parliament and proclaims himself dictator of Italy, taking the title “Il Duce” (the Leader)

1977 Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs incorporate Apple Computer, Inc

1985 Israel government confirms resettlement of 10,000 Ethiopian Jews

Today’s Historical Events

236 Reign of St Anterus as Catholic Pope ends with his death after only 40 days

269 St Felix I begins his reign as Catholic Pope

936 Duke Alberik II of Spoleto appoints his son Pope Leo VII

1338 Jacob of Arteveld elected mayor of Ghent

1407 Bloody battles between Hoeksen & Kabeljauwen in Dordrecht

1431 Joan of Arc handed over to Bishop Pierre Cauchon

1496 Leonardo da Vinci unsuccessfully tests a flying machine

1521 Martin Luther is Excommunicated by Pope Leo X from the Roman Catholic Church for failing to recant parts of his Ninety-five Theses which started the Protestant Reformation

Today’s Historical Events in Film and TV

1929 27 year old William S Paley becomes CBS president

1947 1st opening session of Congress to be televised

1949 “Colgate Theater” dramatic anthology series premieres on NBC TV

1952 “Dragnet” with Jack Webb premieres on NBC TV

1963 WOUB TV channel 20 in Athens, OH (PBS) begins broadcasting

1964 Jack Paar Show, shows a clip of the Beatles singing “She Loves You”

1967 WJAN TV channel 17 in Canton, OH (IND) begins broadcasting

1970 WHAG TV channel 25 in Hagerstown, MD (NBC) begins broadcasting

Today’s Historical Events in Music

1780 Danish national anthem “Kong Kristian…,” 1st sung

1843 Gaetano Donizetti’s opera “Don Pasquale” premieres in Paris

1893 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky‘s final opera “Iolanta”, is first performed outside of Russia in Hamburg, Germany

1914 Kelman/Cushing/Heath’ musical “Sari,” premieres in NYC

1920 Arthur Honegger‘s “Chant de Nigamon,” premieres

1941 Sergei Rachmaninov’s “Symphonic Dances” premieres in Philadelphia

1969 John Lennon‘s “Two Virgins” album declared pornographic in New Jersey

1970 “Jimmy” closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 84 performances

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

1920 Boston Red Sox baseball club owner Harry Frazee announces agreement to sell slugger Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees for $125,000 in cash and a $350,000 loan; start of the 84 year “Curse of the Bambino”

1929 Australian cricket icon Don Bradman follows up a 1st innings of 79 to score 112 in 3rd Test v England in Melbourne; his 1st of 29 Test centuries

1931 Montreal Maroons centre Nels Stewart scores fastest 2 goals in NHL history with a pair 4 seconds apart in a 5-3 win over Boston Bruins at Montreal Arena

1943 Max and Doug Bentley assist on brother Reg’s only NHL goal in Chicago Blackhawks’ 3-3 tie with the Rangers in NYC; only time in NHL history trio of family members score and assist on a scoring play

1948 Australian cricket batting maestro Don Bradman completes dual Test centuries (132 & 127* [26th Test 100]) in 3rd Test v India in Melbourne

1949 West Indian cricket batsman Everton Weekes scores 101 in 3rd Test against India in Calcutta; his world record fifth consecutive Test century

1958 Australian cricket fast bowler Lindsay Kline takes a hat-trick (Eddie Fuller, Hugh Tayfield, Neil Adcock) as South Africa dismissed for 99 in follow-on 2nd Test at Cape Town

1971 1st AFC Championship, Memorial Stadium, Baltimore: Baltimore Colts beat Oakland Raiders, 27-17