Kiwanis International now has over 260,000 members in some 8,000 clubs covering 96 countries worldwide. Happy Anniversary, Kiwanis!
1677-- 1st medical publication in America - a pamphlet on smallpox - Boston
1789 -- The Power of Sympathy, by William Hill Brown, was published in Boston, MA. The book has been called the first American novel.
1799 -- Edward Jenner's smallpox vaccine was introduced.
1812 -- the famous Y-bridge in Zanesville, OH was approved for construction.
19183 -- Pineapple was introduced to Hawaii
1865 -- for the first time, an oil well was drilled by torpedoes. The well was near Titusville, PA.
1903 -- Wizard of Oz premieres in New York City
1908 -- smoking by women became illegal. The Sullivan Ordinance was enacted in New York City.
1922 -- the first slalom event in skiing was held in Murren, Switzerland.
1924 -- Telly Savalas is born.
1927 -- the first opera to be broadcast over a national radio network was presented in Chicago, IL. Listeners heard selections from "Faust".
1939 -- Wolfman Jack is born.
1942 -- Count Basie recorded on Okeh Records this day - One O'clock Jump.
1956 -- Geena Davis is born.
1970 -- World's largest airplane, Boeing 747, makes 1st commercial flight.
1976 -- Supersonic Concorde, 1st commercial flights, by Britain and France
1977 -- President Jimmy Carter pardons almost all Vietnam War draft evaders
1987 -- BB King donates his 7,000 record collection to the University of Mississippi
1990 -- 41st NHL All-Star Game - Wales beat Campbell 12-7 at Pittsburgh
1993 -- Johan Koss skates world record 5km in 6:38.77
1998 -- News of the Lewinsky/Clinton affair is published, President Clinton vigorously denies all allegations.
And today - January 21 - is ...
NATIONAL HUGGING DAY ...
NATIONAL GRANOLA BAR DAY ...
NATIONAL SQUIRREL APPRECIATION DAY!