Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Today in Labor History January 25, 2023


Two hundred miners are killed

Sojourner Truth addresses first Black Women’s Rights convention - 1851

The Sheet Metal Workers Int'l Association (SMWIA) is founded in Toledo, Ohio, as the Tin, Sheet Iron and Cornice Workers’ Int’l Association - 1888
Two hundred miners are killed in a horrific explosion at the Harwick mine in Cheswick, Pa., Allegheny County. Many of the dead lie entombed in the sealed mine to this day - 1904

(The novel Sixteen Tons carries the reader down into the dark and dangerous coal mines of the early 1900s, as Italian immigrant Antonio Vacca and his sons encounter cave-ins and fires deep below the earth’s surface. Above ground, miners battle gun thugs and corrupt sheriffs at Virden, Matewan and Ludlow in an epic struggle to form a union and make the mines a safer place to work. Historian Kevin Corley’s depiction of miners’ lives is based on his own interviews with mining families.)
The Supreme Court upholds “Yellow Dog” employment contracts, which forbid membership in labor unions. Yellow Dog contracts remained legal until 1932 - 1915
Some 16,000 textile workers strike in Passaic, N.J. – 1926

The federal minimum wage rate rises to 75 cents an hour - 1950

Important Events From This day in History January 25th


1964 The Beatles "I Want To Hold Your Hand"

1964: The Beatles get their first number one with "I Want To Hold Your Hand" on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

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1933 New Rate 35 cents per hour

1933 : Many state emergency work relief bureau are cutting the hourly rate for laborers from 40 cents per hour to 35 cents per hour and implementing a five day week . These changes will affect workers pay down from $19.00 per week to $14.00 per week in line with the changing economic trends throughout the country and should help to provide more work for those seeking jobs.

1990 UK Hurricane Force Winds

Hurricane Force winds with sustained winds of 75 mph and wind gusts of 104 mph part of the "Burns' Day Storm" have forced many ports and airports to close in one of the worst storms seen in the UK since 1987, causing overturned lorries blocking motorways, buildings collapsing and power and telecommunications lines blown down, at least half a million homes are without electricity. Current estimates put the loss of life over 90 making this storm the worst for casualties since the East Coast Flood disaster in 1953.

1995 Norway Cold War Jitters

Russia prepares to launch a nuclear attack following a Norwegian launch of a Black Brant XII four-stage sounding rocket to study the aurora borealis over Svalbard ( Which the Russians mistook for a Trident missile ) the rocket landed near Spitsbergen 24 minutes after launch and the Russians decided it was not an attack . To understand this you must also understand the great mistrust by both sides during the Cold War years when both believed the other would launch an attack without notification to gain an upper hand

2005 - Mandher Devi Temple Stampede

Over 300 die in a stampede at the Mandher Devi Temple in India during the annual Kalubai Jatra pilgrimage the first full moon day in January when animal sacrifices to the goddess Kalubai are made. The yearly pilgrimage attracts more than 350,000 Hindu's every year

1960 Payola Scandal

The National Association of Broadcasters reacts to the Payola scandal ( The Payola scandal was about bribes being paid to Disc Jockeys to play specific songs to increase music sales without informing the public they were being paid for ) by threatening fines for any disc jockeys who accepted money for playing particular records.

1924 Winter Olympics

The first Winter Olympics games took place in the French Alps on this day. Two of the primary Sports that took place on this mountain were bob sled and ski jump competitions. In all, 12 events featuring the play of six different sports were scheduled.

1942 Thailand declared war

Thailand declared war against the United States, England, and other World War II allied forces on this day. Thailand was very much controlled by Japan at that time, and Thailand was considered one of Japan's "puppets".

1945 Vaughn Moore

Singer Vaughn Moore makes it to the top of the Billboard Pop Chart with his hit, "Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!" The song is still one of the most popular holiday songs to this day.

1947 Al Capone

1947 : Al Capone dies of pneumonia and heart failure after fearing all his life he would suffer a gangsters death.

1949 Israel Election

1949 : Israel holds it's first election

1949 Emmy Awards

The first Emmy Awards ( Televisions equivalent of the Oscars ) are presented At the Hollywood Athletic Club ( they were not really a National award more to do with local Television in Los Angeles ) but grew over the years from that point to include national and international television.

1957 Algiers French Troops Sent In

Following a series of guerrilla warfare attacks by the Algerian National Liberation Front who were seeking independence from France on French Police, the French Army is deployed in Algiers to suppress the FLN organization.

1959 First Boeing 707 Internal US Flight

American airlines begins first use of Jets for internal US flights from Los Angeles to New York on a Boeing 707 one way ticket costing $300

1964 Echo 2

1964 : A new man-made star that was launched into space was noticed in the sky on this day. This 13-story unit known as Echo 2 was traveling about 800 miles above South Africa on this day. Echo 2 was the second busiest and the heaviest of all satellites created up until this time.

It was constructed of mostly plastic with an aluminum foil skin and weight about 535 pounds. Echo 2 would be spotted every so often, as announced by NASA, who encouraged people to look out for it.

1964 Kennedy

Robert F. Kennedy paid tribute to his sister who was buried in Northern England. However, RFK was in England for another reason as well. He had met with British leaders to discuss details of his "Malaysian peace mission".

1964 Homeland Security

Robert Baker's Home did go very easily. As of this date in 1964, there were not many that were interested in it. It was believed that part of the reason his home did not sell very fast is because of the French wallpaper and lavender carpeting, which were apparently not very popular at this time.

It could have been for other reasons as well-one possibly being the fact that Robert Baker was no longer a Senate employee. He resigned under pressure the previous October.

1968 Greenland H-bomb Found

Remains of a hydrogen bomb (H-bomb) was found near Thule Air Base in Greenland. An explosion of this bomb had occurred after a B-52 had crashed (and burned) into thick Arctic ice. These bomb remains were recovered by the U.S. Air Force.

The remains of four more bombs were still missing at this time. These bombers were stored aboard a large Strategic Air Command.

1969 Peace Talks Vietnam

1969 : The first formal sessions of peace talks took place in Paris on this day. Henry Cabot Lodge, Chief peace negotiator proposed that a true DMZ (demilitarized zone) would be the first step towards peace.

1971 General Idi Amin

General Idi Amin seizes power in Uganda while President Milton Obote is away on a foreign visit troops seal off Entebbe airport.

1971 Charles Manson

Charles Manson is convicted, along with his Cult followers Susan Atkins, Leslie Van Houten, and Patricia Krenwinkle, of the brutal 1969 murders of actress Sharon Tate and six others

1972 Bangladesh Recognized

It was reported that the Russians and the Czechs both recognized Bangladesh as a nation on this day. This announcement was made by the Soviet consul-general to Prime Minister Mujibar Rahman in Tangal, which is located in Central Bangladesh.

1972 Presidential Candidates

Plans were made to send bodyguards to protect presidential candidates within the next month. As reported on this day, Congress had formed a committee from members of both the House and the Senate to discuss who exactly should receive this protection.

As of this day, it a general consensus had been made that the primary candidates for president and vice-presidents would receive protection. This protection-at least in eight of the cases-bodyguards from the Federal Secret Service would be assigned these protective duties.


1972 : On this day, there was talk of re-designating Congressional district counties, which would cause Oklahoma County to be split up in three ways. The biggest concern regarding this possible change is that it could affect which district current candidates would run in-especially if they had been in office before in a different district.

1981 England New SDP Party

Four senior Labour MP'S ( Shirley Williams, Roy Jenkins, William Rodgers and David Owen ) have announced they will breakaway from Labour Party and set up their own political party. In March they formed the Social Democratic Party SDP under the leadership of Roy Jenkins.

1999 Corruption Olympic Committee

Six members of the ( IOC ) International Olympic Committee face expulsion following an inquiry into corruption during the awarding of the 2002 Winter Games to Salt Lake City, in Utah.

1999 Columbia Earthquake

An earthquake measuring 6.0 on the Richter scale killed more than 1,000 people in Colombia

2004 Mars Rovers

2004 : The second of two Nasa rovers sent to explore Mars has landed on the surface of the planet, where it will look for signs of water

2005 BTK Killer

The BTK killer sends a postcard to a Wichita Kansas TV Station that leads police to discover a Post Toasties cereal box that had been altered to contain the letters BTK. A month later, on February 25, Dennis Lynn Rader, a husband and father of two was taken into police custody and confessed to 10 counts of murder and being the BTK killer.

2006 Palestine Hamas Wins Elections

Hamas wins the Palestinian Legislative Council elections with 74 seats to the ruling-Fatah's 45, providing Hamas with the majority and the ability to form a majority government.

2008 Medical Marijuana

2008 : The California Supreme Court ruled yesterday that employers in the state can fire workers found to have used medical marijuana legally recommended by doctors.

2008 Stimulus Package Agreed

2008 : President Bush and House leaders agree to a $150 billion stimulus package, including rebates for most tax filers of up to $600 for individuals, $1,200 for couples and, for families, an additional $300 a child. The checks from the IRS begin arriving for American Taxpayers in May.

2010 Arnold Schwarzenegger wants to send California prison inmates to Mexican jails

2010 : The California Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, has suggested that the state can reduce its prison spending by housing undocumented inmates in Mexican jails. He says that the costs of building and running the prisons in Mexico would be half that of California's. The state already has one of the most overcrowded and underfunded prison systems in the United States. Last year's prison riots have resulted in authorities ordering plans to free 40,000 of the 150,000 inmates being held there. Governor Schwarzenegger's plans are particularly aimed at shipping the state's incarcerated illegal immigrants south of the border.

2011 US Engineer Sentenced to Prison for Spying

Noshir Gowadia, an Indian-born engineer in the United States was sentenced to thirty-two years in prison after being found guilty of selling United States military secrets to China. Gowadia was accused of selling information relating to the creation of stealth missiles in China for $110,000 between 2003 and 2005.    


2012 Gabrielle Giffords Resigns from US Congress

2012 : Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords officially resigned from the US House of Representatives in order to complete her recovery after being shot by a gunman in January of 2011. Giffords received a standing ovation from her colleagues and many members of Congress paid tribute to her.

2013 Earthquake Hits Near Bologna

A 4.8 magnitude earthquake struck near the city of Lucca, Italy. There were no initial reports of damage or injuries. The tremor was accompanied by several aftershocks which were felt throughout the region.

2014 Protests Continue In Ukraine

2014 : Unrest continued in Ukraine as protesters and police clashed in the capital Kiev. Ukraine President Victor Yanukovych had stated that he would they to change his cabinet and change anti-protest laws in an effort to end the protests. The conflicts continued despite his efforts.

Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Today in Labor History January 24th, 2023


Emmett Till

On January 24, 1956, Look magazine publishes the confessions of J.W. Milam and Roy Bryant, two white men from Mississippi who were acquitted in the 1955 kidnapping and murder of Emmett Louis Till, an African American teenager from Chicago. In the Look article, titled “The Shocking Story of Approved Killing in Mississippi,” the men detailed how they beat Till with a gun, shot him and threw his body in the Tallahatchie River with a heavy cotton-gin fan attached with barbed wire to his neck to weigh him down. The two killers were paid a reported $4,000 for their participation in the article.

In August 1955, 14-year-old Till, whose nickname was Bobo, traveled to Mississippi to visit relatives and stay at the home of his great-uncle, Moses Wright. On August 24, Till went into Bryant’s Grocery and Meat Market in Money, Mississippi, to buy candy. At some point, he allegedly whistled at Carolyn Bryant, a white woman who ran the store with her husband Roy, who was away at the time. (Bryant later admitted she made this up.) Till’s a harmless actions carried weight in an era when prejudice and discrimination against Black people was persistent throughout the segregated South.

In the early hours of August 28, Roy Bryant and his half-brother, J.W. Milam, abducted Emmett Till from his great-uncle’s home. The men were soon arrested but maintained their innocence. On August 31, Till’s decomposed body was found in the Tallahatchie River. On September 3, Till’s mother held an open-casket funeral for her son, in order to bring attention to his murder. An estimated 50,000 mourners attended. Afterward, Jet magazine published graphic photos of Till’s corpse.

Krueger’s Cream Ale, the first canned beer, goes on sale in Richmond, Va.  Pabst was the second brewer in the same year to sell beer in cans, which came with opening instructions and the suggestion: "cool before serving" - 1935

Monday, January 23, 2023

History of Newspapers Video

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Important Events From This day in History January 23rd


1936 The Queen Mary

1936: The Cunard ocean liner The Queen Mary is nearing completion on Clydebank in Scotland, and will begin sea trials within 10 weeks, she is scheduled for the Transatlantic trips between Southampton and New York and many details are appearing which confirm she will a success before she even starts her transatlantic sailings with the first passage on May 27th oversubscribed by 4 times already, she will be capable of 32 knots which is faster than any other passenger vehicle afloat and will be the biggest passenger ship afloat with a crew of 1200 and carrying 2200 passengers. Due to the government providing a loan of 10 million for 2 ships it is believed before The Queen Mary even starts her transatlantic runs a second even larger ship will be in production which between them will provide a weekly service across the Atlantic.

1977 Roots TV Mini Series

The Alex Haley book "Roots" is turned into a TV Mini Series of 8 episodes and the first episode is shown on 23rd and the last episode shown on January 30th. The mini series made history when it won 9 Emmys, a Golden Globe, and a Peabody Award.

1964 Poll Tax became illegal

The Poll Tax became illegal in all US states it had been a potent prerequisite, and sometimes outright barrier, to voting in national elections, and used as a blunt tool for barring poverty-stricken African-Americans and whites from participating in the electoral process.

1912 Exhaust Horn

A new type of horn was created and patented on this day. This horn is called the "exhaust horn" which is a tail pipe shaped like a pipe organ that plays musical notes. This particular exhaust pipe was created by the Aermore Manufacturing Company.

1922 - Insulin First Used

The first injection of Insulin ( called isletin originally ) on Leonard Thompson, a 14-year-old diabetic who lay dying at the Toronto General Hospital on January 11th 1922 caused a severe allergic reaction. For the next 12 days the biochemist James Collip worked to improve and purify the ox-pancreas extract and on the second injection bought the boy out of his coma and was a complete success.

More about History of Insulin

1929 Queen Victoria

Four boxers were given an ultimatum on this day. They were urged to fight a suitable contender within 60 days or give up their titles. They were all given championship status in their fighting categories (heavy, middle, and light weight).

1933 20th Amendment To The Constitution

1933: The 20th Amendment to the US Constitution Is Ratified which establishes the beginning and ending of the terms of the elected federal officials.

1937 Franklin D. Roosevelt

Franklin D. Roosevelt was a baseball fan most of his life (among other things). Therefore, he wrote a letter with enthusiasm to the Baseball Writer's Association, which was to be read at a dinner sponsored by this organization.

The letter that Roosevelt had sent was addressed to James Dawson. The purpose of it was to compliment the sports' writers who had worked hard at that time to stir sportsmanship and enthusiasm in America. Find Out More on our History of Baseball Page.

In fact, Baseball was considered one of the forms of escape after the bout of the Great Depression. This was one sport that could be enjoyed despite economic woes.

1943 Louis Jordan and His Timpany Five

Louis Jordan and His Timpany Five take the song "What's the Use of Getting Sober (When You Gonna Get Drunk Again)" to the top chart spot. It only stays there for one week.

1955 Rail Crash

An express train travelling from York to Bristol derails and overturns at Sutton Coldfield station killing 14 and injuring many more.

1958 United Auto Workers

The United Auto Workers (UAW) were prepared to vote on a new profit-sharing plan. This particular proposal was made by Walter P. Reuther. If this new profit-sharing plan were to take affect, workers would receive 25% of any profits over 10 percent above what companies make (net capital before taxes).

1961 Santa Maria Hijacking

1961 : Luxury Portuguese cruise liner Santa Maria is hijacked by a terrorists leftist rebel group who had boarded in Venezuela and Curacao led by Henrique Galv√£o. The terrorists took control of the ship after killing 1 crew member and injuring others. When they had control they cut off all communication to the outside world. They then sailed the ship to Brazil and 11 days after hijacking the ship agreed to release the ship, passengers and crew in exchange for political asylum in Brazil.

1964 24th Amendment To The Constitution

The 24th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States is Ratified which removed the right to vote in federal elections on payment of a poll tax or other types of tax.

1968 The U.S. ship Pueblo

The U.S. ship Pueblo is seized by North Korean naval vessels and charged with spying and violating North Korean territorial waters, the ship is a US intelligence gathering ship

1968 Community College

The proposal to create a local community college system with in the Midwest City and Tulsa area was approved. This approval was made by the State Regents for Higher Education organization. However plans would be put on hold until communities are allowed to issue bonds for the establishment of these schools.

1972 National Science Foundation

A small organization called the National Science Foundation has given East Central State College a substantial amount of money for technological improvements. Most of the $9,745 given to finance the broadened use of a machine called the Technician Auto Analyzer.

The Technician Auto Analyzer was to be used (and has already been used) to assist students studying in the medical field as well as students taking classes in water chemical analysis.

1973 Vietnam Peace With Honour

1973: US president, Richard Nixon, appears on national television to announce "peace with honour" in Vietnam.

1978 Aerosol Sprays Banned

Sweden becomes the first nation in the world to ban aerosol sprays using Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) as the propellant, believed to be damaging to earth's ozone layer

1986 Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame

The first ten musicians are inducted into Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame including James Brown, Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Sam Cooke, Fats Domino, the Everly Brothers, Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard.

1989 Tajikistan Earthquake

Hundreds feared dead after a 6.0 earthquake on the richter scaqle strikes the Soviet Central Asian republic of Tajikistan.

1993 Thomas Gorsey

1993: Thomas Gorsey, a highly influential gospel singer, had passed away on this day. He was the son of a Baptist minister and minister's wife.

He had achieved quite a bit of recognition in his lifetime. For one, he was considered to be the "Father of Gospel Music". He had written over a thousand gospel songs in his lifetime.

1997 Madeline Albright

Madeline Albright, America's first female Secretary of State was sworn in on this day. Al Gore had done the honors of officiating her first day of service in one of the highest positions of authority given in the U.S.

Madeline Albright was originally from Czechoslovakia. However, she and her family fled from the communist power that ruled that nation and came to America in 1948. She then studied law at Columbia University and where she received her P.h.D.

Before she became Secretary of State, she was given the title of permanent representative to the United Nations. She had received this title by President Bill Clinton.

2001 Protesters Tiananmen Square

Five protesters set themselves on fire by pouring gasoline on themselves and setting light to themselves in Tiananmen Square recorded by CNN camera men ( Tapes are confiscated ) and Police with fire-extinguishers quickly put out the flames. The chinese media used the protesters as examples to discredit the practice of Falun Gong which is frowned on by the Chinese government. Falun Gong has denied any involvement in the incident.

2010 Joe Biden visits Iraq

Joe Biden is been holding talks in Iraq to defuse a political crisis over candidates for March's general elections. More than five hundred of them have been banned so far, with many on suspicion of loyalty to the dissolved Baath Party. The dispute has been causing bitter recriminations between Iraqi politicians. Many Sunnis are upset, and are saying that their community is being marginalised, while many Shi'tes oppose the rehabilitated Baathists and any U.S. interference. Biden met the U.N. Secretary General's representative for Iraq for a working breakfast, before holding talks with the Prime Minister, Nouri Maliki.

2011 Western Scotland Hit by Earthquake

2011 A magnitude 3.5 earthquake hit the Scotland's Western town of Glenuig. The earthquake was felt up to seventy miles away from the center, but did very little damage to the surrounding area


2012 British Woman Crosses Antarctica Solo

2012 : Felicity Aston became the first woman to complete a solo crossing of Antarctica after skiing for 1,084 miles over 59 days. The thirty-three year old celebrated the accomplishment by herself as the weather did not permit a plane to safely collect her from the Hercules Inlet right away.

2013 Cardinal Glemp Dies

Head of the Roman Catholic Church in Poland for over twenty years, Cardinal Jozef Glemp died at the age of eighty-three. Glemp had overseen many crucial moments in the country while heading the church but had resigned in 2004 after being diagnosed with lung cancer.

2014 Morocco Changes Controversial Law

2014 : Morocco's parliament unanimously voted to change a controversial law that had spurred protests. The law had allowed rapists of underage girls the ability to avoid punishment by marrying the victims. While activists welcome the changes, they say that more needs to be done to protect women.

National World buys local newspaper on verge of closure

Newry Reporter was due to print its final edition on 25 January with the loss of ten jobs.

By Charlotte Tobitt

David Montgomery’s National World has bought the 155-year-old Newry Reporter, a local newspaper in Northern Ireland that was on the verge of closure next week.

The weekly newspaper and e-edition was owned by Edward Hodgett Ltd and last week had announced its final edition would print on Wednesday 25 January with the loss of ten jobs.

Edward Hodgett Ltd, which had owned the paper for 96 years, said in a statement: “Last week it grieved us to announce the profoundly sad news to our readership and further afield, that we would be producing our last edition at the end of January 2023.

“However, we never gave up striving to find a more positive outcome for both our wonderful staff and one of Ireland’s most historic newspapers.”

Last year another local newspaper threatened closure by owner Edward Hodgett Ltd, the Banbridge Chronicle in County Down, was saved at the last minute by Bann Media Ltd. Edward Hodgett Ltd no longer owns any titles.

The National Union of Journalists had described the planned closure of the Newry Reporter as a “blow” that would “pierce the very heart of the town”.

Today in Labor History January 23rd


Some 10,000 clothing workers strike in Rochester, N.Y., for the 8-hour day, a 10-percent wage increase, union recognition, and extra pay for overtime and holidays. Daily parades were held throughout the clothing district and there was at least one instance of mounted police charging the crowd of strikers and arresting 25 picketers. Six people were wounded over the course of the strike and one worker, 18-year-old Ida Breiman, was shot to death by a sweatshop contractor. The strike was called off in April after manufacturers agreed not to discriminate against workers for joining a union – 1913

In Allegany County, MD, workers with the Civilian Conservation Corps, a New Deal era public works program employing unmarried men aged 18-25, are snowbound at Fifteen Mile Creek Camp S-53 when they receive a distress call about a woman in labor who needs to get to a hospital.  20 courageous CCC volunteers dig through miles of snow drifts until the woman is successfully able to be transported - 1936

Saturday, January 21, 2023

Saturday Morning in the Blogosphere

 Merly and I visiting the Philippines

EO Media plans Medford newspaper after Mail Tribune goes dark - Oregon Live

The corporate pursuit of profits has decimated 'real journalism' - Duluth News Tribune

Lee Enterprises, the Journal's parent company, hires new NC Media Group president - Independent Tribune

Important Events From This day in History January 21st


1976 First Concorde commercial passengers

1976: The First Concordes with commercial passengers take off From London's Heathrow Airport to Bahrain in the Persian Gulf and Paris Orly Airport to Rio de Janeiro .

2008 Black Monday in worldwide stock markets

Black Monday in worldwide stock markets ( The US Markets were closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day ) BUT futures trading around the world on US markets showed significant losses ) The losses were mostly averted when the FED announced a surprise rate cut of 0.75%. FTSE 100 had its biggest ever one-day points fall, European stocks closed with their worst result since 9/11, and Asian stocks drop as much as 15%. In January 2008 the Dow was at about 14,000 by the end of the year the Dow had dropped to 9,000 and has continued it's downward path but much lower suggesting the bottom is close to 8,000 . The FTSE 100 has had a similar fall from about 6,000 at the beginning of the year to close to 4,000 currently

2010 Toyota recalls 2.3 million cars in U.S.

Toyota has started to recall about 2.3 million cars in the U.S. This is only the latest in a string of recalls the firm has had to make. This particular one is intended to cover the gas pedal problems that the company fears could lead to a safety hazard in many of their vehicles.

2002 Canadian Dollar

The Canadian dollar hits an all time low trading at US$0.6179 the current rate is closer to US$ .8 but was at close to parity just last year.

1977 Pardon for Vietnam Draft Dodgers

1977 : President Carter granted a complete and unconditional pardon today to all Vietnam draft dodgers

1966 - Monte Carlo Rally

The Monte Carlo rally ends in acrimony over the disqualification of the first four to cross the finishing line Timo Makinen (Finland) driving a BMC Mini-Cooper, Roger Clark (Ford Lotus Cortina), and Rauno Aaltonen and Paddy Hopkirk, both also driving BMC Minis Coopers. ( They were disqualified over headlamp type and settings )

1954 Nautilus Nuclear Sub

The US launched the world's first atomic submarine, Nautilus is launched in by Mamie Eisenhower, then the First Lady of the United States.

1793 French Revolution

Louis XVI of France is executed by guillotine after he was tried by the National Convention, found guilty of high treason. This was during the French Revolution ( Revolution francaise ) which ran from 1789 to 1799 which resulted in the Abolition and replacement of the French monarchy with a democratic republic.

1916 National Board of Censorship

National Board of Censorship made up of film fans representing movie studios that served as an industry watchdog to help studios avoid government censorship, says it will not accept nudity in films.

1920 Red Cross

Home Meal Planning classes were planned by the Red Cross in Pennsylvania. This was a series of eight sessions run by a dietician from a state college.

1925 International Radio

International radio has not become yet a reality as of this date. However, plans were in the making at this time to further able allow Americans to hear broadcasts from London, Paris, and Berlin.


Horace Dodge, a millionaire from Detroit was sued $25,000 today because of a fistfight he was involved in. Harry Kastan, doorman of the Royal Hawaiian Hotel was the man that Dodge got in a fight with. The doorman was fired after the fight had occurred.

1929 Trade Barriers

The idea of union between Latin American Republics along with Anglo-American (North American) Republics was addressed during this time. An account of this is recorded in an Albuquerque, New Mexico newspaper.

Terms that were used to describe the possible union of Latin American states were those such as "United States of all the Americas", "trade reciprocity", and "union of all customs." Part of the plan was to encourage the breaking of trade barriers from Canada to Cape Horn (Southernmost tip of South America).


1958 : The American Secretary of State Dulles has made a trip to Baghdad to reassure the Baghdad Pact Nations that they have American Support. This area of the Middle East was in the process of resisting Soviet Pressures.

1968 International Petroleum Encyclopedia

An encyclopedia concerning the oil industry was reviewed on this day in a local Oklahoma news publication. The name of this book is called the "International Petroleum Encyclopedia". It is a 436-page reference book about the oil industry as a whole-an analysis, description, and report.

1968 Ban Road Tolls Bill

U.S. Senator Monroney had introduced a plan to create a bill which would ban all tolls within the U.S. Interstate Highway System. This bill was also introduced to discourage new turnpikes from being to this U.S. highway network.

Furthermore, Monroney's bill would call for the reimbursement to states for all toll connections, including toll roads, highways, and bridges. Monroney had admitted to a few downsides of this bill, such as the fact that both Turner and Will Rogers Turnpikes had provided about 90 of funds for federal roads.

This issue was to be further discussed in great detail. This was a continuation of progress regarding the use of toll roads since the Federal Highway Act of 1956 was passed nearly ten years ago.


Dr. Oliver Wilham, former president of Oklahoma State University was being praised at the Congressional Bruch held by the Congressional Publishers Association on this day. Four U.S. Senators had made mention to the fact that Wilham would make a fine candidate for Congress because of his knowledge of the educational system and because of his experience in agriculture.

1972 State Of The Union

An Oklahoma Newspaper includes a recap of Nixon's State of the Union Address which took place the day before. Nixon addressed the possibility of making deadlier, missile-firing submarines, and he urged that this process be sped up.

The purpose behind introducing a plan to make more powerful underwater weapons was to keep up with countries, such as the Soviet Union. This plan to create a new underwater sea-launched missile system was to be carried out unless certain agreements were to be made in Vienna.

1992 Lockerbie Bombings

1992 : The UN has ordered Libya to surrender intelligence agents accused of the Lockerbie and French airliner bombings or sanctions will be imposed against Libya

1996 Indonesia Ferry Sinks

An overloaded ferry sinks in an unexpected storm off the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia, killing 340 people

1997 Child Abuse

An investigation into child abuse by the carers looking after children in Child Care Facilities in North Wales have now named 80 carers who will be investigated for child abuse

2009 Barack Obama

2009 : Following a minor mistake during the first oath-taking yesterday, President Barack Obama has been sworn in as US president for the second time in two days, because one word was given out of order during Tuesday's ceremony. ( The Oath was done behind closed doors in the Map Room of the White House ).

2009 Toyota Takes Number 1 Spot

For the first time Toyota has taken the coveted number 1 seller of cars in the world from General Motors. GM has held the number 1 spot for more than 70 years.

2010 China Growth Massive 8.7% 2009

2010 : While the rest of the world has been in economic turmoil the Chinese economy grew by 8.7% in 2009 set to overtake the Japanese Economy as the world's second largest behind the United States.

2010 Hillary Clinton asks China to investigate the cyber attacks on Google

2010 : The United States is calling on Beijing to investigate the recent cyber attacks on Google, which have prompted the search engine to leave China. The Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, has said that companies like Google shouldn't accept 'politically motivated censorship.' Clinton has called for a global Internet free of censorship, and asks that China investigate Google's claims that human rights activists' email accounts have been targeted. 'We look to Chinese authorities to conduct a thorough investigation of the cyber intrusions that led Google to make this announcement,' she said. The agency has sent a formal request, known as a demarche, to the Chinese government.

2011 South Korean Navy Rescues Hijacked Crew

Twenty-one crew members of the Samho Jewelry cargo ship were rescued by the South Korean navy after the ship was taken over by pirates in the Arabian Sea. The ship was carrying chemicals from the United Arab Emirates.    


2012 Dutch Teenager Sails Around the World

2012 : Sixteen year old Laura Dekker became the youngest solo sailor to complete a voyage around the world. Dekker began her journey on January 20th of 2011 and completed the trip when she reached St. Maarten in the Caribbean.

2013 Atari Files for Bankruptcy Protection

The US branch of the Atari corporation filed for bankruptcy protection while trying to separate from its French parent company Atari SA that has been making a loss. Atari was hoping to secure independent funding to continue making digital games.

2014 Parrot In Belarus Election

2014 : A parrot has been nominated as a candidate in local council election in Belarus by activist Kanstantsin Zhukouski. Zhukouski stated that he had submitted an altered identity paper to the electoral commission for his pet parrot and it had been accepted. He soon withdrew the candidacy of the parrot, most likely to avoid punishment after proving his point on the uselessness of Belorusian politics.

Morning Brew buys short-form video startup Our Future

 Morning Brew now hopes to build out Our Future's agency services.

By Bron Maher

Newsletter outfit Morning Brew has bought Our Future, a short-form video startup founded in 2020.

Our Future, which has one million views across its social platforms, will become a sub-brand within Morning Brew, itself owned by Axel Springer through Insider. Morning Brew said Our Future “will expand its short-form video series and develop a broader portfolio of IP with long-form video and podcasts…

“For Morning Brew, whose audience skews to the 18-34 age demographic, short-form video is an important piece to the media puzzle. Especially, as the American Press Institute reports, 74% of Gen Z gets their daily news on social media platforms.”

Morning Brew chief executive Austin Rief said: “Bringing Our Future under our umbrella increases our reach on social platforms while expanding our audience into Gen Z.

“I am also excited about the potential of taking Our Future’s expertise in short-form video and working with big brands to help them grow their audiences.”

Our Future chief executive Michael Sikand (pictured above, left) said: “This deal is significant because we are one of the first Tiktok media companies to be acquired, We are obsessed with this medium but aware of the challenges in platform dependence. Our Future’s vast reach combined with Morning Brew’s owned email audience will create incredible synergies.”

Today in Labor History January 21, 2023


Charleston longshoremen defend themselves against attack 

by union-busting cop army, 20 January 2000. (Photo: Mic Smith)

Some 750,000 steel workers walk out in 30 states, largest strike in U.S. history to that time - 1946

Postal workers begin four-day strike at the Jersey City, N.J., bulk and foreign mail center, protesting an involuntary shift change.  The wildcat was led by a group of young workers who identified themselves as “The Outlaws”- 1974
Six hundred police attack picketing longshoremen in Charleston, S.C. - 2000

Thursday, January 19, 2023

Important Events From This day in History January 19th


1920 Round Up of Radical Leftists

1920 : 4,000 individuals are rounded up in a single night mostly members of the Industrial Workers of the World union who were suspected of being suspected radical leftists who were either deported or jailed as part of the Palmer Raids.

The Palmer Raids ( named for Alexander Mitchell Palmer, United States Attorney General ) were a series of controversial raids by the U.S. Justice and Immigration Departments from 1919 to 1921 on suspected radical leftists in the United States . These arrests were made under the provisions of the Espionage Act of 1917 and the Sedition Act of 1918

1983 - Apple Lisa

Apple announces "The Apple Lisa" the first commercial personal computer to have a graphical user interface GUI and a computer mouse. The Lisa was targeted at businesses and cost a massive $9,995 ( over $20,000 in today's money ) and because of its high cost never made the impact Apple hoped for

1977 Miami Snow

1977 : Snow fell on Miami for the first time in history .

1981 US Hostages

The United States and Iranian officials sign the Algiers Accords in Algeria to release 52 American hostages held by Islamist students in the Tehran American embassy after 14 months of captivity.

1990 South Africa Rebel Cricket Tour

The tour of South Africa by rebel British Cricketers is being disrupted by angry anti apartheid demonstrators including the ANC and the mainly black National Sports Congress. The British Cricketers on the tour could well be banned from Test Cricket when they return and include Mike Gatting, David Graveney and John Emburey.

1920 Russia Capital Punishment

According to a news dispatch received on this day, capital punishment was to be done away with in Russia. This decision was made by the central government of Russia, and as a result current cases of execution would instead result in the sentence of a prison term.

However, it took quite a number of decades before this decrement to take affect. Russia's very last capital punishment took place until the year 1996. On the other hand, the use of capital punishment for "ordinary" crimes had not been allowed for quite awhile.

1920 Flu Epidemic

A group of 600 volunteer nurses were on task to help fight against the flu epidemic. It was reported that about 1,200 cases of this sickness had affected people within a 24 hour period of this date in Chicago.

A majority of the above-mentioned cases were mild, but five people had died from influenza (the flu) and eight had died from pneumonia (an advanced stage of sickness usually originated as a flu).

1929 Jazz

1929 : A local New York City newspaper had reviewed a jazz performance that took place the day before. Jonny Spielt Auf (Johnny Strikes Up), an opera about a jazz violinist was shown for the first time the evening before.

1929 Old Toad

A toad known by the name of "Old Rip" that lived in a Texas building for 31 years died on this day. As reported in a local Texas newspaper, this toad had lived quite a long time without food or water (at least not given to it).

Furthermore, it is said that Old Rip was put in the cornerstone of the England County courthouse on purpose when it was built nearly 32 years ago. Freezing weather had been the cause of this animal's death.

1942 Burma President Arrested

In the midst of World War II, U Saw the Premier of Burma (Present-Day Myanmar) was arrested by the British for conspiring with the Japanese. This arrest was in reaction to an attempted coup (takeover) of the "Kipling Country" of 14,000,000 people, which U Saw attempted to hand over to the Japanese.

A year prior, U Saw had made a trip to London, England to speak with Winston Churchill regarding Burma's status after World War II. U Saw wanted Burma to be regarded as one of a dominion status after the Second World War was completed.

At this time in history (around the date January 19, 1942) Burma was being used as a base for which the British could form an attack against the Japanese. The Japanese were planning to move toward Singapore from Malaya (part of present-day Malaysia) at the time.

1973 Iceland Cod War

With the ongoing Cod War the British have sent a Super Tug "The Statesman" to defend the British fishermen against tactics such as wire cutting by the Icelandic Fishermen and Patrol Boats.

1983 Klaus Barbie ( the Butcher of Lyon )

1983 : Klaus Barbie ( the Butcher of Lyon ) is arrested in Bolivia and extradited to France to face trial for crimes against humanity. He was later convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment

1966 Indira Gandhi

Indira Gandhi becomes head of the Congress Party and thus prime minister of India. She was India's first female head of government

1996 Russia Boris Yeltsin

A report of the army of Boris Yeltsin had claimed a victory over the Chechen army, a group known as the "rebel forces". This attack too place in the village of Pervomayskaya, and after the battle against the Chechens had ended, the village that the battle took place in was in ruins. Bloody corpses were lying everywhere.

Despite the overwhelming odds of the Russians against the Chechens, the Chechens were a people known to be willing to die for their cause. The Chechens had been fighting to be free from Moscow's domination for over two hundred years.

Another purpose had kept the Chechens fighting as well-religion. The Chechens were predominantly of a Sunni Islam and/or Sufism, which are sect of Islamic faith described as "mystic" religion. These particular forms of faith involved quite a bit of prayer and chanting.

2006 Coldest Spell In 30 years Moscow

19th June 2006 : Moscow is suffering it's coldest weather since 1979, Moscow is used to extreme cold but -32C has closed schools, trolleybuses and trams have stopped running and Power rationing has been implemented.

2009 Pakistan Taliban Blow Up 5 More Schools

Taleban militant extremeists continue thier bombing campaign of schools as part of their campaign to ban education for girls. The Taleban have destroyed 150 government schools over the past year, most of them for girls. The Taleban oppose education for girls - which they say is un-Islamic.

2010 Cadbury

Kraft who are attempting a hostile bid for Cadbury's have raised their bid again, but annalists are unsure if the American confectioner Hershey will come in with a higher offer. ( Kraft Foods did take over Cadbury in February )

2011 Swiss Banker on Trial

Rudolf Elmer, a former Swiss banker is put on trial after being accused of money extortion and breaking banking secrecy laws. Elmer had admitted to providing details of Cayman Islands accounts to the website Wikileaks.

2012 Skier Sarah Burke Dies

Canadian freestyle skier Sarah Burke died after sustaining a traumatic brain injury in Park City, Utah on January 11th. Burke was one of the most well known athletes in her sport and had been a top contender coming up to the 2014 Winter Olympics.

2012 New Zealand Megaupload Website Shut Down

The file-sharing website Megaupload was shut down by US officials. Founders of the website were arrested in New Zealand and charged with violating piracy laws.

2013 Civil Rights Figure James Hood Dies

2013 : James Hood, one of two of the first African-American students to enter the University of Alabama, died at the age of seventy. Hood was a well known civil rights activist who did much to fight against racial segregation in Alabama during the 1960's

2014 Norway Historic Village Hit by Fire

2014 : A fire during the night destroyed around thirty buildings in Norway's historic village of Laerdalsoyri. The village was known for its wooden buildings and unique architecture. About ninety people were taken to the hospital but there were no deaths reported.