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January 21, 2002

On January 21, 2002, fifty people in Goma, Congo died stupidly. They were trying to steal gasoline from elevated fuel tanks at a gas station when lava ignited the tanks and killed them. That’s right, lava caused the fuel tanks … Continue reading

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January 20, 1949

On January 20, 1949, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover gave 20 year old movie star, Shirley Temple, a tear gas fountain pen. She was James Bond before Sean Connery was James Bond.

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January 19, 1861

On January 19, 1861, Georgia seceded from the Union. They said all the cool kids were doing it. They weren’t. It was the usually quartet of troublemakers South Carolina, Mississippi, Florida and Alabama. You know, the ones that sit in … Continue reading

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January 18, 1997

On January 18, 1997, Boerge Ousland of Norway became the first person to cross Antarctica alone and unaided. He did not find ‘the Ice Wall’, alien space ships, or an entrance in the ground that would enable him to access … Continue reading

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January 17, 1991

On January 17, 1991, Harald V became king of Norway following the death of his father, Olav V. Harald is currently still the king. I know what you’re thinking, NORWAY HAS A KING?! He doesn’t have any real power in … Continue reading

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January 16, 1981

On January 16, 1981, Leon Spinks, former world heavyweight boxing champion was mugged. He told police that he was walking out of a bar in Detroit, Michigan when someone clocked him in the head. He claims that he never saw … Continue reading

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January 15, 588 BCE

On January 15, 588 BCE, Nebuchadrezzar II of Babylon laid siege to Jerusalem and King Zedekiah. What makes this interesting was that Nebuchadrezzar II had eleven years earlier seiged and taken Jerusalem and installed Zedekiah as its king and made … Continue reading

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January 14, 1954

On January 14, 1954, celebrity couple, Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio were married. Unfortunately the marriage only lasted nine months as Joe was a reserved man who wanted his wife to be more of an actress and less of a … Continue reading

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January 13, 1998

On January 13, 1998, one of the 110 missing early episodes of “Doctor Who” was uncovered in New Zealand. This was a huge deal in the Nerd community. It was similar to finding a pristine Mickey Mantle rookie baseball card … Continue reading

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January 12, 1946

On January 12, 1946, the National Football League champions, the Cleveland Rams, were given permission to escape and move to Los Angeles, California. Proving that even in 1946, nobody really wanted to live in Cleveland.

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