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1/19/2023 12:01:00 AM
Today In History - January 19

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Today in History in 1807  Robert E. Lee, American Confederate General in Chief during U.S. Civil War, was born in Stratford, Virginia; 1883 the first electric lighting system built by Thomas Edison with overhead wiring began service in Roselle, New Jersey; and in 1955 "Scrabble" debuted on the board game market.

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

  • 379 - Theodosius installed as co-emperor of East Roman Empire
  • 1668 - King Louis XIV & Emperor Leopold I sign treaty dividing Spain
  • 1812 - Peninsular War: After a ten day siege, Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, orders British soldiers of the Light and third divisions to storm Ciudad Rodrigo.
  • 1861 - Georgia secedes from the Union (US Civil War)
  • 1883 - The first electric lighting system employing overhead wires, built by Thomas Edison, begins service at Roselle, New Jersey.
  • 1903 - New bicycle race "Tour de France" announced
  • 1915 - Neon Tube sign patented by George Claude
  • 1937 - Cy Young, Tris Speaker & Nap Lajorie elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1955 - "Scrabble" debuts on board game market
  • 1955 - 1st presidential news conference filmed for TV (Eisenhower)
  • 1977 - World's largest crowd gathering - the Hindu Kumbh Mela in India attracts a then record 15 million people
  • 2013 - Calcium deposits are discovered on Mars by NASA’s Curiosity Rover
  • 2013 - Lance Armstrong admits to doping in all seven of his Tour de France victories

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1807 - Robert E. Lee, Stratford Virginia, American Confederate General in Chief during US Civil War, (d. 1870)
  • 1809 - Edgar Allan Poe, author (Pit & the Pendulum), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1839 - Paul Cézanne, Aix-en-Provence Provence, French painter (d. 1906)
  • 1922 - Guy Madison, [Robert Moseley], California, actor (Wild Bill Hickok)
  • 1923 - Jean Stapleton, actress (Damn Yankees, Klute, All in the Family) (d. 2013), born in NYC, New York
  • 1942 - Michael Crawford, England, Broadway star (Phantom of the Opera)
  • 1942 - Shelly Fabares, actress (Donna Reed Show, Coach), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1943 - Janis Joplin, Port Arthur, Texas, bluesy rock singer (Down on Me)
  • 1946 - Dolly Parton, Sevierville, Tenn, country singer (Dolly, 9 to 5)
  • 1953 - Desi Arnaz Jr, actor (Craig-Here's Lucy, Fakeout, Joyride), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1954 - Katey Sagal, singer/actress (Peggy Bundy-Married With Children), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1974 - Frank Caliendo, American comedian

Famous Weddings

  • 1872 - Physicist Wilhelm Röntgen (26) weds Anna Bertha Ludwig in Apeldoorn, Netherlands
  • 1957 - Golfer Gary Player (21) weds Bobby Verwey's sister Vivienne Verwey
  • 2012 - Indian Bollywood actress Deepshikha Nagpal (34) weds Indian actor Kaishav Arora in Mumbai
  • 2013 - Figure skater five-time world champion Michelle Kwan (32) weds director of strategic planning on the National Security Clay Pell at the First Unitarian Church of Providence, Rhode Island
  • 2013 - "Big Brother" Daniele Donato (26) weds Dominic Briones at the Newland House Museum in Huntington Beach, California

Famous Divorces

  • 1977 - Director Martin Scorsese (34) divorces Julia Cameron (28) after 1 year of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • 1970 - Hal March, actor (Atomic Kit, Outrage, Yankee Pasha), dies at 49
  • 1998 - Carl Perkins, singer/songwriter, dies at 65
  • 2000 - Hedy Lamarr, Austrian-born actress (b. 1913)
  • 2006 - Wilson Pickett, American singer (b. 1941)
  • 2008 - Suzanne Pleshette, American actress (b. 1937)
  • 2013 - Stan Musial, American MLB hall of famer, dies from Alzheimer's disease at 92

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