1644 – “In this year one James Everell, a sober, discreet man, and two others, saw a great light in the night at Muddy River. When it stood still, it flamed up, and was about three yards square; when it ran, it was contracted into the figure of a swine: it ran as swift as an arrow towards Charlton, and so up and down about two or three hours. They were come down in their lighter about a mile, and, when it was over, they found themselves carried quite back against the tide to the place they came from. Divers[e] other credible persons saw the same light, after, about the same place.”
– John Winthrop (1588-1649) John was the governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. *some reports say it was 1638
1778 – James Cook ‘discovered’ Hawaii, naming it ‘The Sandwich Islands’
1896 – The X-Ray Machine was shown to the public. Not really. The Cabaret du Neant charged people to see an ‘illusion’ of the effect.
1911 – The first landing of an aircraft on a ship took place as pilot Lt. Eugene B. Ely landed on the USS Pennsylvania.
1944 – Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Artie Shaw, Roy Eldridge and Jack Teagarden performed at the Metropolitan Opera House, in NYC.
1971 – Ivan Koloff beat Bruno Sammartino in New York, to become WWWF champion.
1975 – Leslie Knope’s Birthday
1980 – Gold reached $1,000 an ounce for the first time.
1985 – Blood Simple was released in theaters.
1990 – Washington D.C. Mayor Marion Barry arrested in drug enforcement sting. He claimed that the “bitch set me up” when he was caught with crack cocaine.
1991 – White Fang & Flight of the Intruder were released in theaters.
1993 – Martin Luther King Day is official in all 50 United States.
2002 – Snow Dogs debuted in theaters.
2004 – The L Word premiered on Showtime.
2008 – Cloverfield, 27 Dresses, Blonde and Blonder and Teeth debuted in theaters.