One reason Lyndon B. Johnson did not run for re-election was because a study he commissioned had predicted he would die at 64 and thus may not make it through a 2nd term. True enough, he would die on 22 January 1973 at 64, 2 days after what would have been the end of his 2nd term. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyn…
:In January 1960, white jazz pianist Dave Brubeck canceled a twenty-five-date tour of colleges and universities across the American South after twenty-two schools had refused to allow his black bassist, Eugene Wright, to perform. He also canceled a tv show where they didn't want to show him. amacad.org/publication/da…
On January 9, 1493, Christopher Columbus mistook manatees for mermaids and wrote about them "they rose well out of the sea; but they are not so beautiful as they are said to be, for their faces had some masculine traits" nationalgeographic.com/ne…
In 1989, a man placed a Β£30 bet that as of January 1, 2000: U2 would still be active; Cliff Richard would be knighted; EastEnders would still be a weekly BBC show; and Neighbours and Home and Away would still be on British TV. He was given odds of 6,479-1, and in January 2000 collected Β£194,400 bettingdoctor.co.uk/blog/…
Christopher Havens, a convicted murderer solves ancient math problem in prison. Taught himself higher math and solved the age-old math puzzle of number theory involving so-called continued fractions over which Euclid has already racked his brains. He then published the journal in January 2020. dw.com/en/murderer-solves…
Heath Ledger was developing the novel of 'The Queen's Gambit' as his directorial debut, with Ellen Page set to star before his death in January 2008. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
In January 1992, the banking system of Rhode Island suddenly collapsed, and hundreds of thousands of people lost access to their bank account for months, even years. Protesters were reported to smear excrement on the walls of the Rhode Island legislature in anger. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rho…
In January 2000, British boxer Julius Francis faced Mike Tyson. British newspaper The Mirror was so certain of Francis' defeat that they paid Β£20,000 for an advert on the soles of his shoes. Francis lost in two rounds, but he enjoyed the biggest payday of his career, at around Β£350,000 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jul…
"The Present" begins January 1st, 1950. For radiocarbon dating, identifying anything after this date is unreliable due to the skewering of Carbon-12 and Carbon-14 that detonating nuclear devices in our atmosphere has caused. portablepress.com/blog/20…
A 3500 year old Egyptian obelisk was encased in an iron cylinder and then rolled into the sea. With the addition of a bow, rudder, mast, and a bridge for crew accommodation the cylinder was turned into a ship and sailed to London, England, where it arrived three months later in January 1878 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cle…
Ariel Sharon, the 11th prime minister of Israel, suffered the hemorrhagic stroke that resulted in his being permanently incapacitated on 4 January 2006, the day before the date scheduled for a heart surgery that would have saved his cardiovascular system. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ari…
In January 2018, a disturbed gunman broke into the home of youtubers Gavin Free (of Slow-Mo Guys / Achievement Hunter Fame) and Meg Turney, intending to murder Free and kidnap Turney. The couple survived by hiding in a closet until police arrived, at which point the gunman killed himself. variety.com/2018/digital/…
Robert Williams was the first known human to be killed by a robot. While working at the Ford Motor Company Flat Rock Casting Plant, Williams was killed by an industrial robot arm on January 25, 1979. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
Dikson is the northernmost port in Russia, and inhabitants informally call their settlement "Capital of the Arctic", taken from a popular Soviet song. It is so far north that no civil twilight appears from December 8 to January 5 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dik…
Today I learned of Oymyakon - the coldest village on earth. The lowest temperature was recorded in January 1924 of βˆ’71.2 Β°C (βˆ’96.2 Β°F). It is known as "The Pole of the Cold". Food includes the frozen raw Arctic fish, white salmon, whitefish, frozen raw horse liver, but they are considered to be delicacies. cntraveler.com/story/this…
The iconic song "Jeremy" from Pearl Jam was actually inspired by a 16-year-old boy who killed himself in front of his classmates on January 8, 1991, in Texas. Eddie Veder made the song after reading about the incident in the newspaper. nme.com/news/music/pearl-…
Though never publicly circulated, the United States printed $100,000 bills with Woodrow Wilson's face From December 1934 to January 1935. bep.gov/100000goldcertifi…
The first winter ascent of Mont Blanc was made by a woman, Isabella Straton, in January 1876. She later married the mountain guide who led her that day. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isa…
October was originally the 8th month of the year in the first calendar of Romulus, which is why it uses the β€œocto” prefix. It retained its name after January and February were added later. wikipedia.org/wiki/Octobe…
Evidence showed that during the seven and a half months preceding Elvis's death -- from January 1, 1977, to August 16, 1977 -- Doctor Nichopoulos wrote prescriptions for Elvis for at least 8,805 pills, tablets, vials, and injectables. Going back to January 1975, the count was 19,012. huffpost.com/entry/elvis-…
Today I learned of Bloodbath of B-R5RB, a massive-scale virtual battle fought in the MMORPG space game EVE Online in January 2014 that involved 7,548 player characters and lasted for 21 hours resulting in losses of approximate real-currency value of $300,000 USD en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blo…
On 13 January 2012, Costa Concordia a cruise ship operated by Costa Crociere struck a rock and sank resulting in the death of 32 people. Captain Francesco Schettino who abandoned the ship was found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to 16 years in prison. bbc.com/news/world-europe…
Dogecoin, the cryptocurrency featuring Shiba Inu dogs which was largely created as a fun parody, actually reached a US$2,000,000,000 market capitalization in January 2018. cnbc.com/2018/01/08/a-par…
In january of 2003 in south korea, a childrens song that praised bin laden circulated among korean school kids. The song was sung in the tune of a popular cartoon. 1750 students in 15 schools were punished singing the song. koreajoongangdaily.joins.…
Today I learned about the Hakkoda Mountains incident which occurred on January 23, 1902 when 210 Japanese soldiers got caught in a blizzard on the Hakkoda Mountains in Aomori prefecture. The total of 199 deaths during the ascent make it the most lethal disaster in the history of mountaineering. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hak…
There are 2,620 people on death row in the United States as of January 1, 2020. cnn.com/2013/07/19/us/dea…
Today I learned of William Buckley (1780 – 30 January 1856). He was an English convict who was transported to an Australian prison camp, escaped within 2 months, and lived in an Aboriginal community for 32 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Sandra Day O'Connor was the first woman to serve as a justice on the United States Supreme Court in September 21, 1981 with a vote of 99-0. She retired on January 31, 2006. history.com/topics/us-gov…
In the Antebellum South, slaves dreaded January 1 -- A.K.A. "Heartbreak Day" -- because New Year's Day was traditionally when debts were settled, resulting in black families being torn apart as slave owners sold or rented slaves out long-term to pay back those they owed money to. time.com/5750833/new-year…
On January 23, 1971, the U.S. recorded its coldest temperature ever at -79.8 degrees Fahrenheit (or -62 degrees Celsius) at Prospect Creek, Alaska en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cli…
The search for Malaysian Flight 370 that disappeared on 8 March 2014 over Indian Ocean was the most expensive in aviation's history. The official search is estimated to have costed anywhere between $135-160 million and was suspended on 17 January 2017 with nothing but a few debris found. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea…
Yesterday (July 4, 2020 at 0634 CDT) was Earth’s Aphelion day, meaning we were the farthest we’ll from the Sun this year. The next Perihelion (the closest we are) will be January 2, 2021 at 0750 CDT. space.com/41093-earth-at-…
The September 1988 Space Shuttle Mission STS-26 was the first NASA mission after the Challenger disaster in January 1986 and the first since the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing mission to include an entirely veteran crew, all having been to space before. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/STS…
Britney Gallivan a then high school student folded a single piece of paper in half 12 times. This happened back in January 2002. guinnessworldrecords.com/…
Today I learned about the β€œMurder Steer” which was branded with β€œMURDER” and β€œJanuary 28” after its owner was murdered in West Texas. truewestmagazine.com/the-…
On 13 February 2000, the day after Charles M. Schulz's death, the last-ever new Peanuts strip ran in papers. Although Schulz did not draw any daily strips that ran past January 3, he had drawn five Sunday strips that had yet to run. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pea…
Than in January of 1987, televangelist Oral Roberts told his TV audience that God had told him to raise $8 million by March 1987 or he would "call him home." He ended up raising over $9 million. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ora…
Detective show "Columbo", starring Peter Falk, aired its first episode in February 1968 and aired its last episode 35 years later in January 2003 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Col…
Most time and clock systems on computers will stop working at exactly 03:14:07 UTC on January 19 2038 because their time is stored as a 32-digit binary number which will become more than 32 digits when it reaches 3:14:07. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yea…
In January 2020, approximately 518 US UFO sightings were reported to the National UFO Reporting Center (NUFORC) and 468 to the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON). Florida had the most, with 51 greyareanews.com/feature/…
Xbox kinect holds the fastest-selling gaming peripheral record, which sold through an average of 133,333 units per day in its first 60 days on sale from 4 November 2010 to 3 January 2011. guinnessworldrecords.com/…
In Spearfish, South Dakota on January 22, 1943 at 7:30 am, it was -4 Β°F, then two minutes later, the temperature rose up to 45 Β°F. This is the fastest temperature change ever. weathernationtv.com/news/…
The record for most rainfall from a single storm is 253 inches, which fell on the island of RΓ©union during Cyclone Hyacinthe in January 1980 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Mickey Mouse enters the public domain and loses copyright protection on 1st January 2024. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
At least 11 children have been born in Antarctica. The first was Emilio Marcos Palma, born on 7 January 1978 to Argentine parents . en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dem…
When his eight years as President of the United States ended on January 20, 1953, private citizen Harry Truman took the train home to Independence, Missouri, mingling with other passengers along the way. He had no secret service protection. His only income was an Army pension. cbsnews.com/news/did-you-…
In January 14th 2015, over a hundred dead bodies were found floating in a canal by the Ganges river, and none of them has been identified so far. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unn…
Copyright on Mickey Mouse will expire on January 1, 2024. Batman, Superman and several Looney Tunes character will enter the public domain between 2031 and 2034. bookriot.com/2019/01/09/b…
In Germany killing a European hornet or nest has been illegal since January 1, 1987, with a fine up to €50,000 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eur…

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