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1/12/2023 12:01:00 AM
Today In History - January 12

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Today in History in 1966  "Batman", starring Adam West as Batman, Burt Ward as Robin, and Cesar Romero as The Joker, debuted on ABC; and in 1971 "All in the Family" premiered on CBS featuring the first toilet flush on TV.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 1528 - Gustav I of Sweden "father of the nation" crowned King of Sweden. Rules 37 years
  • 1839 - Anthracite coal 1st used to smelt iron, Mauch Chunk, Penn
  • 1872 - Yohannes IV is crowned Emperor of Ethiopia in Axum, the first imperial coronation in that city in over 200 years.
  • 1908 - A long-distance radio message is sent from the Eiffel Tower for the first time.
  • 1966 - "Batman", starring Adam West as Batman, Burt Ward as Robin, and Cesar Romero as The Joker, debuts on ABC
  • 1967 - Dr. James Bedford becomes the first person to be cryonically preserved with intent of future resuscitation.
  • 1967 - Louisville, Ky, draft board refuses exemption for boxer Muhammad Ali
  • 1970 - Biafra capitulates, ending the Nigerian civil war.
  • 1971 - "All in the Family" premieres on CBS featuring 1st toilet flush on TV
  • 1991 - US Congress gives George Bush authority to wage war against Iraq
  • 1995 - Murder trial against OJ Simpson, begins in LA
  • 2010 - Earthquake occurs in Haiti killing 230,000 and destroying the majority of the capital Port-au-Prince

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1628 - Charles Perrault, Paris France, author (Mother Goose)
  • 1856 - John Singer Sargent, US, portrait painter (Wyndham Sisters)
  • 1926 - Ray Price, country singer (Good Times), (d. 2013)
  • 1944 - Joe Frazier, Beaufort South Carolina, HW boxer (Olympic-gold-1964)/champ (1968-73)
  • 1951 - Kirstie Alley, Wichita Ks, actress (Star Trek II, Cheers-Rebecca)
  • 1951 - Rush Limbaugh, Girardeau Missouri, American right wing radio personality
  • 1952 - Ricky Van Shelton, country musician
  • 1954 - Howard Stern, Roosevelt NY, "Radio's Bad Boy" (WKRK, WYSP, WJFK)
  • 1964 - Jeff Bezos, Albuquerque New Mexico, American entrepreneur and founder of
  • 1974 - Melanie Jayne Chisholm, "Sporty Spice", Widnes, vocalist (Spice Girls)

Famous Weddings

  • 1684 - French King Louis XIV marries Madame Maintenon
  • 1963 - Country singer Willie Nelson (29) weds singer Shirley Collie (31) in Las Vegas
  • 1993 - MTV hostess Martha Quinn marries longtime boyfriend Jordan Tarlow
  • 2002 - TV Host Conan O'Brien (38) weds Liza Powel (31) at St. James Cathedral in Seattle, Washington
  • 2004 - Two-time Oscar-winning cinematographer Janusz Kaminski (44) weds ABC-TV correspondent Rebecca Rankin in Los Angeles

Famous Deaths

  • 1962 - Ernie Kovacs, comedian (Ernie Kovacs Show), killed in auto crash at 42
  • 1976 - Agatha Christie, British crime writer ("10 Little Indians"), dies at 85
  • 1981 - Isobel Elsom, actress (Unseen, Jane Eyre, Illegal), dies at 87
  • 2003 - Maurice Gibb, guitarist of the Bee Gees, dies of cardiac arrest at 53

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