Calendar for January 28th, 2014

Born : Ernie (character on Sesame Street)

Today is National Blueberry Pancake Day!

Born 1822: Alexander Mackenzie (Canadian statesman)

Born 1841: Henry Morton Stanley (journalist & explorer)

Born 1853: Jose Marti (Cuban poet)

1878: The Yale Daily News became the first daily, college newspaper in the U.S.

Born 1887: Artur Rubinstein (pianist)

1909: Jose Miguel Gomez was inaugurated as president of Cuba and the U.S. provisional government withdrew

1915: The U.S. Coast Guard was established by Congress, combining the Life Saving Service and the Revenue Cutter Service

1916: Manitoba became first province to grant women suffrage

Born 1933: Susan Sontag (novelist)

Died 1939: W. B. Yeats (poet)

1941: Aaron Copland's instrumental suite, Quiet City, premiered in New York

Born 1943: Susan Howard (actress)

1944: Leonard Bernstein conducted the premiere of his first symphony, Jeremiah, at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Born 1948: Mikhail Baryshnikov (ballet dancer)

1963: An African American student, Harvey Gantt, entered Clemson College in South Carolina, thus breaking the barrier in the last state to hold out against integration. Harvey later became the first African-American mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina.

Born 1968: Sarah McLachlan (musician)

1973: Barnaby Jones premiered on television

Born 1977: Joey Fatone (singer & actor)

Born 1981: Elijah Wood (actor)

1982: U.S. army officer, James Dozier, was rescued from his Red Brigade captors in Padua, Italy

1986: The space shuttle Challenger exploded shortly after take-off, killing all seven crew members, including teacher Christa McAuliffe

Died 1986: Christa McAuliffe (selected to be the first teacher in space)

1988: The Canadian Supreme Court ruled federal restrictions on abortions violate the constitution

Died 1991: Harold "Red" Grange (football player)

1995: An 8-pound 12-ounce redeye bass was caught in the Apalachicola River in Florida

Died 2002: Astrid Lindgren (children's author who wrote Pippi Longstocking)

Died 2004: Elroy "Crazy Legs" Hirsch (football player)

Died 2005: Jim Capaldi (musician)