Monday, January 29, 2007

Today in History....January 29

On this day in …

1820, ten years after mental illness forced him to retire from public life, King George III, the British king who lost the American colonies, dies at the age of 82
1834, Andrew Jackson becomes the first president to use federal troops to quell labor unrest after the banks of the Potomac River erupted in violence, as workers on the then-unfinished Chesapeake and Ohio Canal rioted

1845, Edgar Allan Poe's famous poem "The Raven," beginning "Once upon a midnight dreary," is published in the New York Evening Mirror

1936, the first members of baseball's Hall of Fame, including Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth, were named in Cooperstown, N.Y.

1942, Britain and the USSR secure an agreement with Iran that offers the Iran protection while creating a "Persian corridor" for the Allies-a supply route from the West to Russia

1963, the first members of pro football's Hall of Fame were named in Canton, Ohio

1968, in his annual budget message, President Lyndon B. Johnson asks for $26.3 billion to continue the war in Vietnam, and announces an increase in taxes

1979, President Carter formally welcomed Chinese Vice Premier Deng Xiaoping to the White House, following the establishment of diplomatic relations

1989, Global Motors, the American company that imported the Yugo, filed for bankruptcy. The Yugo was a Yugoslavian-made economy car that sold for thousands of dollars less than its nearest competitor. Its astonishingly low price made it a popular car for a few years in the mid-1980s, but the car's flaws soon became apparent. It was underpowered, unreliable, and, famously, you could punch holes in the body with a wooden pencil. The cars were also poorly warrantied

1997, threatened with lawsuits across the country, America Online agreed to give refunds to customers who weren't able to log on because of the overwhelming demand created by AOL's flat $19.95 per month rate

2002, in his first State of the Union address, President Bush said terrorists were still threatening America --- and he warned of "an axis of evil" consisting of North Korea, Iran and Iraq

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