January 12th Events & Birthdays

1519 – Maximilian I, the Holy Roman Emperor, died on this day, ending his reign which began in 1493.

1866 – The Royal Aeronautical Society, which was formed to provide structure and information to the aerospace industry, was established in London.

1915 – Located in north central Colorado, the Rocky Mountain National Park, which includes the Continental Divide and the Rocky Mountains, officially became a national park due to an action by the United StatesRocky-Mountain-National-Park-sm Congress.

1942 – The National War Labor Board was reestablished on this date by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Its purpose was to be a mediation board which would help reduce work stoppages and other disputes which could hinder WWII efforts.

1955 – Rod Serling of The Twilight Zone fame begins his television career when an episode he wrote for the Kraft Television Theater aired on this date. The title of the episode was Patterns.Rod-Serling-sm

1971 – The groundbreaking CBS sitcom – All in the Family – premiered on this date. It starred Carroll O’Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner and Sally Struthers.

1998 – Linda Tripp, the woman who can be credited with starting the whole Lewinsky and Clinton ordeal, gives attorney Kenneth Starr her taped conversations with Monica Lewinsky, the White House intern who had sexual relations with Bill Clinton.

2001 – Opening in 2001, Downtown Disney is an extension of the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, CA. Downtown-Disney-sm

2006 – Greenpeace activists board the French aircraft carrier Clemenceau as it nears the coast of Egypt. It was not allowed to go through the Suez Canal at first due to its toxic load, but was granted the right to pass a few days later.

2010 – A devastating earthquake hits Haiti, killing more than 315,000 people and causing massive destruction to Port-au-Prince, the nation’s capital city.

Famous Birthdays

1863 – Swami Vivekananda, Indian philosopher, helped introduce Yoga and Vedanta toSwami-Vivekananda-sm the Western world
1876 – Jack London, American author (White Fang, The Call of the Wild)
1949 – Haruki Murakami, Japanese author (Kafka on the Shore, Norwegian Wood, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle)
1951 – Rush Limbaugh, American talk show host and author (The Way Things Ought to Be, See I Told You So)
1951 – Kirstie Alley, American Emmy-winning and Golden Globe-winning actressKirstie-Alley-sm (Cheers, Look Who’sTalking)
1954 – Howard Stern, American radio host actor and author (Private Parts)
1958 – Christiane Amanpour, British-Iranian journalist, TV host (Amanpour)
1964 – Jeff BezosAmerican businessman, founder of Amazon.com
1965 – Rob Zombie, American singer-songwriter, producer, actor, and director (White Zombie), (House of 1,000 Corpses, The Devil’s Rejects)Gemma-Arterton-sm
1986 – Gemma Arterton, English actress (Clash of the Titans, Quantum of Solace, St Trinian’s)