Fun Facts for Today – January 29

January 29

It’s National Cornchip Day and Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day



1834 US President Andrew Jackson orders first use of federal soldiers to suppress a labor dispute.
1845 “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe is published in the New York Evening Mirror.
1850 Henry Clay introduces the Compromise of 1850 to the U.S. Congress.
1856 Queen Victoria institutes the Victoria Cross.
1861 Kansas is admitted as the 34th U.S. state.
1863 Bear River Massacre.
1886 Karl Benz patents the first successful gasoline-driven automobile.
1891 Liliuokalani is proclaimed Queen of Hawaii, its last monarch.
1900 The American League is organized in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with 8 founding teams.
1916 World War I: Paris is first bombed by German zeppelins.
1936 The first inductees into the Baseball Hall of Fame are announced.
1943 The first day of the Battle of Rennell Island, U.S. cruiser Chicago is torpedoed and heavily damaged by Japanese bombers.
1944 USS Missouri (BB-63) the last battleship commissioned by the US Navy is launched.
1944 World War II: Approximately 38 men, women, and children die in the Koniuchy massacre in Poland.
1963 The first inductees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame are announced.
1979 Brenda Spencer kills two people and wounds eight at the Grover Cleveland Elementary School shootings.
1989 Hungary establishes diplomatic relations with South Korea, making them the first Eastern Bloc nation to do so
1996 President Jacques Chirac announces a “definitive end” to French nuclear weapons testing.
2002 In his State of the Union Address, United States President George W. Bush describes “regimes that sponsor terror” as an Axis of Evil, in which he includes Iraq, Iran and North Korea.
2005 The first direct commercial flights from the mainland China (from Guangzhou) to Taiwan since 1949 arrived in Taipei. Shortly afterwards, a China Airlines carrier landed in Beijing.



1737 Thomas Paine, English-born American patriot
1754 Moses Cleaveland, founder of Cleveland
1843 William McKinley, 25th President of the United States
1860 Anton Chekhov, Russian writer
1874 John D. Rockefeller Jr., American entrepreneur
1880 W.C. Fields, American actor
1913 Victor Mature, American actor
1918 John Forsythe, American actor
1927 Edward Abbey, American author and environmentalist
1939 Germaine Greer, Australian writer
1940 Katharine Ross, American actress
1945 Tom Selleck, American actor, screenwriter and film producer
1948 Marc Singer, Canadian-born actor
1950 Ann Jillian, American actress
1954 Terry Kinney, American actor
1954 Oprah Winfrey, American talk show host and actress
1960 Greg Louganis, American diver
1962 Nicholas Turturro, American actor
1968 Edward Burns, American actor
1970 Heather Graham, American actress
1975 Sara Gilbert, American actress
1982 Adam Lambert, American Actor & singer



1706 Charles Sackville, 6th Earl of Dorset, English poet and courtier
1820 King George III of the United Kingdom
1933 Sara Teasdale, American poet
1956 H. L. Mencken, American journalist
1963 Robert Frost, American poet
1964 Alan Ladd, American actor
1969 Allen Dulles, American CIA director
1977 Freddie Prinze, American actor and comedian
1980 Jimmy Durante, American actor and comedian
1992 Willie Dixon, American composer and musician
1999 Lili St. Cyr, American dancer
2004 M. M. Kaye, British writer
2007 Barbaro, American thoroughbred racehorse
2008 Margaret Truman, American writer, daughter of Harry S. Truman


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