Sunday, January 18, 2015

This Day in History: Civil Rights Milestones, Birthdays, Historical Events

                                   Good Day World!

Now, and then, I think it’s fun to post what happened in history on a certain day. Today’s offerings are:


Robert Clifton Weaver was sworn in as the first African American cabinet member in U.S. history, becoming President Lyndon B. Johnson's Secretary of Housing and Urban Development on January 18, 1966 .

First US Congressional standing committee headed by Negro,W. Dawson, on January 18, 1949.


Daniel Webster American orator and politician) was born on January 18th, 1782.

"Liberty and Union, now and forever, one and inseparable!" he stated in the U.S. Senate in 1830 in response to Southern Senators who contended that individual states had the right to refuse to obey Congress.

Peter Roget, thesaurus fame/inventor (slide rule, pocket chessboard) was born on January 18, 1779.

Cary Grant [Archibald Alexander Leach], actor (Movies: Arsenic & Old Lace, North by Northwest) was born on January 18, 1904

Danny Kaye,comedian/actor (Danny Kaye Show) was born on January 18, 1913


1919 - WW I Peace Congress opens in Versailles, France

1943 - US rations bread & metal - banning pre-sliced bread reduce bakery demand for metal parts

1951 - 1st use of lie detector in Netherlands

1962 - US begins spraying foliage (Agent Orange) in Vietnam to reveal Viet Cong guerrillas

1964 - Plans for World Trade Center announced (NYC)

1980 - Pink Floyd's "Wall" hits #1

2000 - The Tagish Lake meteorite impacts the Earth.

2008 - The United Nations announce George Clooney as a UN messenger of peace

2014 - 20th Screen Actors Guild Awards: Mathew McConaughey and Cate Blanchett win

Time for me to walk on down the road…

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