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Events - January 23
1789 - Georgetown College was established as the first Catholic college in the United States. The school is in Washington, DC.

1907 - Charles Curtis of Kansas began serving in the United States Senate. He was the first American Indian to become a U.S. Senator. He resigned in March of 1929 to become President Herbert Hoover’s Vice President.

1941 - "Lady in the Dark" premiered. It was the first of 162 performances. The show’s star, Danny Kaye, gained popularity as a result of his appearance in the play.

1941 - Artie Shaw and his orchestra recorded "Moonglow" on Victor Records. In the band were such sidemen as Johnny Guarnieri, Jack Jenney, Billy Butterfield and Ray Conniff (on trombone).

1943 - Duke Ellington and the band played for a black-tie crowd at Carnegie Hall in New York City. It was the first of what was to become an annual series of concerts featuring the the Duke.

1964 - The Milwaukee Braves’ legendary pitcher, Warren Spahn, signed a contract worth $85,000, making him the highest paid pitcher in baseball.

1971 - It was a cold day in Prospect Creek Camp, Alaska. The lowest temperature ever recorded in the U.S. was reported as the mercury fell to a minus 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Our teeth chatter and the car battery dies at the mere thought of it...

1974 - Mike Oldfield’s "Tubular Bells" opened the credits of the movie, "The Exorcist", based on the book by William Peter Blatty. The song received a gold record this day. Mr. Oldfield was a bit surprised when he cracked open the wooden frame and removed the gold-plated disk. When he put it on his stereo, the record went around the OTHER way all by itself and the only sound he heard was that of Linda Blair throwing up pea soup. Yeeeech! We heard that the flip side was "Sympathy for the Devil", by the Rolling Stones, but we’re not sure. We were too scared to find out.

1975 - "Barney Miller" made his debut on ABC-TV. We saw life in the 12th Precinct as Hal Linden starred as Barney and Abe Vigoda played Fish. The talented cast made the show a hit for eight seasons. There are 170 episodes in the series; making it one of television’s most durable comedies.

1977 - Carole King’s landmark album, "Tapestry", became the longest-running album to hit the charts, as it reached its 302nd week on the album lists.

1983 - One of television’s most intellectual, sophisticated and classy shows came into American homes. It was full of action and drama and starred some guy named Mr. T, wearing a ton of gold jewelry. He played the not so mild-mannered Sgt. Bosco B.A. Baracus, and George Peppard took the lead role as John Hannibal Smith. Yes, "The A-Team" debuted. Speak kindly of the show or Mr. T. will rip your face off, sucka!

1985 - O.J. Simpson became the first Heisman Trophy winner to be elected to pro football’s Hall of Fame in Canton, OH. Roger Staubach of the Dallas Cowboys, another Heisman winner, was also elected; but ‘the Juice’ went in first because his name comes before Staubach’s, alphabetically.

1997 - The Swiss government, three banks and some businesses agreed to set up a private sector humanitarian fund for Nazi Holocaust victims and their heirs. Reportedly, the neutral Swiss profited from millions of dollars worth of gold deposited some fifty years earlier by victims of the Holocaust. It seems that the gold was also used to make deals with the Nazis.

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Birthdays - January 23
1737 - John Hancock (U.S. statesman and patriot: President of Continental Congress [1775-1777]: first to put his signature on the Declaration of Independence [“I’ll sign it in letters bold enough so the King of England can see it without his spectacles on!”; passed away Oct 8, 1793]

1832 - Edouard Manet (artist: leader of the impressionist movement; died Apr 30, 1883)

1898 - Randolph Scott (Crane) (actor: Last of the Mohicans, The Nevadan, Ride the High Country, To the Shores of Tripoli, Man in the Saddle, Go West Young Man, Bombardier; died Mar 2, 1987)

1907 - Dan Duryea (actor: The Flight of the Phoenix, Five Golden Dragons; died June 7, 1968)

1915 - Potter Stewart (Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court [1958-1981]; died Dec 7, 1985)

1916 - David Douglas Duncan (photojournalist; author: The World of Allah, Viva Picasso, This Is War! : A Photo Narrative of the Korean War, Picasso Paints a Portrait, Great treasures of the Kremlin)

1919 - Ernie Kovacs (comedian: The Ernie Kovacs Show; actor: Bell Book and Candle, North to Alaska; killed in car crash Jan 13, 1962)

1920 - Ray Abrams (jazz/be-bop tenor saxophonist; died Jul 6, 1992)

1925 - Marty Paich (pianist, composer, arranger with/for: Peggy Lee, Shorty Rogers’ Giants, Dorothy Dandridge, Shelley Manne, Art Pepper, Shorty Rogers, Dave Pell, Mel Torme, Ray Brown, Anita O’Day, Stan Kenton, Terry Gibbs, Ella Fitzgerald, and Buddy Rich; died Aug 12, 1995)

1928 - Ken Errair (singer, musician: group: The Four Freshmen)

1928 - Jeanne Moreau (actress: The Summer House, La Femme Nikita, The Last Tycoon, The Bride Wore Black, Jules et Jim, Viva Maria, Dangerous Liaisons)

1933 - Chita Rivera (Conchita del Rivero) (singer, dancer, actress: Sweet Charity, Pippin, Mayflower Madam)

1934 - Joey (John Joseph) Amalfitano (baseball: NY Giants, SF Giants, Houston Colt .45’s, Chicago Cubs; manager: Chicago Cubs)

1934 - Lou Antonio (actor, director: Mayflower Madam, A Real American Hero, A Taste for Killing)

1936 - Jerry Kramer (football: Green Bay Packers guard: Super Bowl I, II)

1938 - Eugene Church (singer: How Long; died Apr 16, 1993)

1943 - Gil Gerard (actor: Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Sidekicks, Hooch, Soldier’s Fortune)

1944 - Rutger Hauer (actor: Lady Hawke, Nighthawks, Blade Runner, Beyond Justice, Forbidden Choices)

1948 - Anita Pointer (singer: group: The Pointer Sisters: Fairy Tale, Fire, He’s So Shy, Slow Hand, Jump [For My Love], Automatic, Neutron Dance, I’m So Excited, Dare Me)

1950 - Richard Dean Anderson (actor: Legend, MacGyver, Emerald Point N.A.S., Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, General Hospital, Stargate SG-1)

1950 - Bill Cunningham (musician: bass, piano: group: The Box Tops: The Letter, Cry like a Baby, Soul Deep; Big Star)

1953 - Pat Haden (football: Los Angeles Rams; sportscaster)

1953 - Robin Zander (singer, musician: guitar: group: Cheap Trick: I Want You to Want Me, Ain’t That a Shame, Voices, Dream Police)

1957 - Princess Caroline of Monaco (royalty: daughter of Prince Ranier and Princess Grace of Monaco)

1957 - Earl Falconer (musician: bass, singer: group: group: UB40: Food for Thought, If It Happens Again, Red Red Wine, Don’t Break My Heart, Sing Our Own Song)

1963 - Gail O’Grady (actress: N.Y.P.D. Blue, Monk, Boston Legal, American Dreams)

1974 - Tiffani-Amber Thiessen (actress: Beverly Hills 90210, Saved by the Bell, Son in Law)

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Chart Toppers - January 23
1951 -Tennessee Waltz - Patti Page
The Thing - Phil Harris
A Bushell and a Peck - Perry Como & Betty Hutton
The Shot Gun Boogie - Tennessee Ernie Ford

1959
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes - The Platters
My Happiness - Connie Francis
Donna - Ritchie Valens
Billy Bayou - Jim Reeves

1967
I’m a Believer - The Monkees
Tell It Like It Is - Aaron Neville
Georgy Girl - The Seekers
There Goes My Everything - Jack Greene

1975
Mandy - Barry Manilow
Please Mr. Postman - Carpenters
Laughter in the Rain - Neil Sedaka
Kentucky Gambler - Merle Haggard

1983
Down Under - Men at Work
The Girl is Mine - Michael Jackson /Paul McCartney
Dirty Laundry - Don Henley
(Lost His Love) On Our Last Date - Emmylou Harris

1991
Love Will Never Do (Without You) - Janet Jackson
The First Time - Surface
Sensitivity - Ralph Tresvant
Unanswered Prayers - Garth Brooks

Those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end...


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