January 2nd is the day we became a nation of law breakers as our nation’s speed limit was reduced to 55 in 1974 and the day of one of the worst mine disasters of this century.
John Kennedy announced candidacy for President.
President Nixon signs legislation reducing speed limit to 55 in response to OPEC oil embargo.
Sid Viscous put on trial for murdering his girlfriend.
Sharon Pratt sworn in as Mayor of the District of Columbia. She was the first African-American woman to lead a major U.S. city.
Pratt was elected following then Mayor Barry’s arrest and drug conviction, only to lose to Barry when he made his comeback four years later.
Sago Mine explosion traps 13 miners in West Virginia, only one would survive. The tragedy put on spotlight on mine safety, leading the New York Times to write
Government investigators must waste no time in ascertaining the actual cause of the blast, for the Sago mine was already notorious for its long list of safety violations and fines.
The mine, with more than 270 safety citations in the last two years, is the latest example of how workers’ risks are balanced against company profits in an industry with pervasive political clout and patronage inroads in government regulatory agencies. Many of the Sago citations were serious enough to potentially set off accidental explosions and shaft collapses, and more than a dozen involved violations that mine operators knew about but failed to correct, according to government records.
Sadly, in the way mines are often run, the $24,000 in fines paid by the Sago managers last year constituted little more than the cost of doing busines
CONVICTED TELEVANGELIST (73)
FORMER SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE (71)
NFL STAR, FATHER OF GRANT HILL (66)
CUBA GOODING, JR.****
OSCAR WINNING ACTOR (45)
*Goldwater acceptance speech at the 1964 Republican Convention where he made the famous declaration “extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice.:
*Hill was rookie of the year in the NFL with the Dallas Cowboys (1969), while his son Grant was Co-Rookie of the Year in the NBA with the Detroit Pistons.
**In 2011, Tia Carrere received the Hope of Los Angeles award for her contributions to the community.
***Gooding won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Jerry McGuire