January 12 Today in History

Today’s Important Historical Events

1528 Gustav I of Sweden crowned King of Sweden, rules for 37 years and becomes known as the “father of the nation”

1554 Bayinnaung crowned King of Burma, goes on to assemble the largest empire in the history of Southeast Asia

1872 Yohannes IV is crowned Emperor of Ethiopia in Axum, 1st imperial coronation in Axum in over 200 years

1948 Mahatma Gandhi begins his final fast

2010 Earthquake Devastates Haiti, killing approximately 160,000 and destroying the majority of the capital Port-au-Prince

Today’s Historical Events

475 Basiliscus becomes Byzantine Emperor, with a coronation ceremony in the Hebdomon palace in Constantinople.

1493 Last day for all Jews to leave Sicily

1528 Gustav I of Sweden crowned King of Sweden, rules for 37 years and becomes known as the “father of the nation”

1552 Dutch west coast hit by heavy storm, hundreds killed

1554 Bayinnaung crowned King of Burma, goes on to assemble the largest empire in the history of Southeast Asia

1583 Holland begins use of Gregorian calendar (yesterday was 1/1/1583)

1598 Pope Clement VIII seizes duchy of Ferrara on death of Alfonso

1616 Brazilian city Belem (the entrance gate to the Amazon) founded by Captain Major Francisco Branco

Today’s Historical Events in Film and TV

1949 “Arthur Godfrey & his Friends” premieres on CBS TV

1959 KOED TV channel 11 in Tulsa, OK (PBS) begins broadcasting

1965 “Hullabaloo” premieres on NBC-TV

1966 “Batman”, starring Adam West as Batman, Burt Ward as Robin, and Cesar Romero as The Joker, debuts on ABC

1967 NBC premiers the colorized remake of “Dragnet”

1968 Nighttime version of “Hollywood Squares” premieres on NBC TV

1971 “All in the Family” premieres on CBS featuring 1st toilet flush on TV

1979 6th American Music Awards: Barry ManilowLinda Ronstadt win

Today’s Historical Events in Music

1723 George Frideric Handel‘s opera “Ottone” premieres at the King’s Theatre London

1946 “Polonaise” closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 113 performances

1959 American record company Motown is founded by Berry Gordy Jr. as Tamla Records

1961 “Show Girl” opens at Eugene O’Neill Theater NYC for 100 performances

1963 “Go Away Little Girl” by Steve Lawrence peaks at #1

1968 Beatles Film Production Ltd changes name to Apple Film Production Ltd

1969 “Golden Rainbow” closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 355 performances

1969 Atlantic Records releases eponymous debut album of Led Zeppelin in US

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

1918 Montreal Canadien’s center Joe Malone scores 5 goals in a 9-4 win over Ottawa to become the first 20 goal scorer in NHL history; goes on to score 44 regular season goals

1920 Annual drafting of baseball players from minor leagues to be done in inverse order of the final standings, agreed to

1946 NFL champs Cleveland Rams given permission to move to LA

1951 Ezzard Charles TKOs Lee Oma in 10 for heavyweight boxing title

1952 2nd NFL Pro Bowl, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum: National Conference beats American Conference, 30-13; MVP: Dan Towler, LA Rams, FB

1958 NCAA adds 2 point conversion to football scoring

1958 8th NFL Pro Bowl, LA Memorial Coliseum: Western Conference beats Eastern Conference, 26-7; MVPs: Hugh McElhenny, SF 49ers, HB; Gene Brito, Washington Redskins, DE

1958 Syracuse National Dolph Schayes sets NBA record at 11,770 points

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