Calendar for January 12th, 2013

Born 1737: John Hancock (statesman)

1773: First public museum in America, Charleston Museum, organized in Charlestown, South Carolina

1777: Mission Santa Clara de Asis in California established

Born 1856: John Singer Sargent (artist)

Born 1873: Frank Gerber (manufacturer)

Born 1876: Jack London (author)

Born 1902: Joe Lewis (comedian)

1906: Forward pass legalized in football

Born 1907: Tex Ritter (singer)

Born 1908: Jose Arcadio Limon (dancer)

1910: A couple from China became the youngest parents in history. The dad was 9 years old and the mom was 8

1914: Ford Motor Co. raised minimum daily wage from $2.30 to $5.00

Born 1920: James Leonard Farmer (civil rights activist)

Born 1930: Tim Horton (hockey player)

1932: Hattie Caraway was the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate. She was appointed in 1931 to fill the Arkansas seat left vacant by the death of her husband, and then elected in 1932 and re-elected in 1938

Died 1942: Faithful dog Shep's 5 1/2 year vigil came to an end when he was killed by a train at Fort Benton, MT. Shep began his long wait when the coffin of his master was put on a train and taken away. From then on, Shep watched every train pull in and out and inspected the passengers. His loyalty brought him nationwide fame and he became the first dog to have his own secretary due to the huge amounts of mail he received.

Born 1944: Joe Frazier (boxer)

Born 1955: Kirstie Alley (actress)

Born 1958: Christiane Amanpour (broadcast journalist)

Born 1960: Dominique Wilkins (basketball player)

1962: U.S. State Department denied passports to American Communist Party members

1966: Batman made its television debut

1970: Boeing 747 landed at Heathrow Airport in London after its first trans-atlantic proving flight from NY

1971: All in the Family made its television debut

Died 1976: Agatha Christie (author)

Died 2002: Cyrus Vance (Secretary of State under Jimmy Carter)

Died 2003: Maurice Gibb (with his brothers built the Bee Gees into a disco sensation with hits like "Stayin' Alive" and "More Than a Woman")

2005: Launch of Deep Impact spacecraft to study comet Tempel 1

2010: A 7.0-magnitude earthquake shook Haiti approximately 16 miles from the capital city of Port-au-Prince