Day in History
Top events in history today include the end of Prohibition and the start of the Birmingham Bus Boycott, as well as obscure events like the Great London Smog and the ever significant formation of the first nudist organization in the U.S. Happy Birthday to Little Richard and Joan Didion.
Columbus discovers Haiti.
First US Fraternity – Phi Betta Kappa – formed at William & Mary. (I doubt there were any toga parties initially).
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart dies at the age of 35.
President Polk triggers Gold Rush of ’49 by confirming discovery of gold in California.
Premier of Sergei Eisenstein’s “Battleship Potemkin”
First US nudist organization founded – American League of Physical Culture (now known as Sky Farm
Utah’s ratification of the 21st amendment brings prohibition to an end nationwide.
It is the only amendment passed via state constitutional conventions rather than state legislatures.
Five U.S. Navy Avenger bombers disappear during training mission in Bermuda Triangle.
Beginning of Great Smog of London which killed at 12,000 over the weeks that followed.
Rosa Parks’ arrest sparks launch of 13-month Montgomery, Alabama bus boycott that ended with a Supreme Court ruling that segregation on public buses is unconstitutional. The boycott propelled its organizer, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. to worldwide prominence.
Monty Python’s Flying Circus final episode on BBC.
Charles Keating, the central figure in the 1980’s Savings and Loan Crisis convicted of fraud. His downfall led to an ethics scandal on Capitol Hill for 5 Senators (including John McCain) who intervened on his behalf with banking regulators.
International Volunteer Day
Little Richard – Singer
Joan Didion – Author
Jim Plunkett – Super Bowl MVP
Art Monk – Hall of Fame Football Player
Margaret Cho – Comedian
Lisa Marie – Actress
Paula Patton – Actress
Jessica Parre – Actress
Keri Hilson – Singer
Frankie Muniz – Actor