Posted by: reddiva | January 4, 2010

This Date in History


Many of the things about which I have written lately have been slanted to the negative.  I thought I would take a break from that and do something totally out of the ordinary for me.  Maybe it will help us all to lighten up a little bit over the events of the last year or so in order to rearm ourselves for the fight that we all know lies ahead.

So here is a brief look at this date in history.  January 4….

In 274 – St. Eutychian begins his reign as Catholic Pope.  871 saw the Battle at Reading in which Ethelred of Wessex defeated a Danish invasion army.  Columbus left “the new world” from his first voyage in 1493.  In 1642 King Charles I used 400 soldiers to attack the English Parliament.  Anybody got any ideas yet?

That infamous snowstorm hit General Washington’s army at Morristown on this date in 1780.  Ten years later, 1790, President Washington delivered his first State of the Union address.  America gained a state, Utah, in 1896 following the Mormon abandonment of polygamy.

January 4 took it on the chin with the appointment of Reinhard Heydrich by Hermann Goering as head of Jewish Emigration in 1939.  However, there was a bright side to 1939 – Frieda Wunderlich was elected the first woman dean of a U.S. graduate school.

Depending on how you look at it, 1947 was either a good year for Broadway or a bad year.  “Park Avenue” closed at the Shubert Theater in New York City after 72 performances and  “Show Boat” closed at the Ziegfeld Theater after 417 performances.

Television came to El Paso, Texas when in 1953 KTSM TV Channel 9, an NBC affiliate, began broadcasting.  In 1957, they would have been broadcasting the “Blondie” situation comedy which later moved to CBS.

The beginning of the European Union as we know it today began in 1960 as the European Free Trade Association formed in Stockholm.  Speaking of national and international downfalls, 1965 provided Lyndon Baines Johnson’s “Great Society” State of the Union Address.

January 4, 1970 was obviously a banner day as that was when the Beatles had their last recording session at EMI studios, the New York City transit fare rose from 20 cents to 30 cents, and Walter Cronkite ended his weekly documentary series.

Politics got in the way of youth athletic competition in 1980 when President Carter announced a  U.S. boycott of the Moscow Olympics.

1982 brought two new faces to NBC’s “Today Show.”  Bryant Gumbel and Chris Wallace both began their duties.

Newt Gingrich became Speaker of the House in 1995.  Many of us would like to go back to that January 4 instead of the one we had to endure and are still having to endure as on this day in 2007 Nancy Pelosi was elected Speaker of the House and the loss of American individual rights and freedoms began the downhill slide.  That slide became a free-fall when the new administration was sworn in on January 20, 2009.

And how can I forget the most important occurrence of January 4 in history?  Happy Birthday, Linda!

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