Category Archives: 20th Century

Historical Facts from 1901 to 2000 CE

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. Close Bookmark and Share This Page Save to Browser … 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 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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January 9. 1902

On January 9, 1902, New York state assemblyman Francis G. Landon introduced a bill that would outlaw flirting in public. On January 8, 1902 he previously introduced and had passed a bill that outlawed “looking at women in that certain … Continue reading

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January 8, 1902

On January 8, 1902, the state of New York passed a law that criminalized the act of men turning around on a street and “looking at a woman in that way.” Assemblyman Francis G. Landon, the lawmaker who championed the … Continue reading

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January 7, 1904

On January 7, 1904, the distress signal “CQD” was established for Morse code and the wireless radio. Two years later the distress signal was changed to “SOS”. Why? It was claimed that SOS was faster and easier to send. That … Continue reading

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