Today is Monday, January 23, 2012
Today's Weather from the National Weather Forecast
Monday: A chance of freezing rain before 10am, then rain. Areas of fog after 1pm. High near 47. East wind at 10 mph becoming south. Chance of precipitation is 80%. Little or no ice accumulation expected.
Monday Night: Rain, mainly before 1am. Areas of fog before 8pm. Low around 37. South wind 5 to 9 mph becoming west. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Gardening Hints from Old Farmer's Almanac
Sponge off your plants or give them a good shower to remove the dust.
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Today in History from On This Day
1556 - An earthquake in Shanxi Province, China, was thought to have killed about 830,000 people.
1789 - Georgetown College was established as the first Catholic college in the U.S. The school is in Washington, DC.
1845 - The U.S. Congress decided all national elections would be held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.
1849 - English-born Elizabeth Blackwell became the first woman in America to receive medical degree. It was from the Medical Institution of Geneva, NY.
1907 - Charles Curtis, of Kansas, began serving in the United States Senate. He was the first American Indian to become a U.S. Senator. He resigned in March of
1929 to become U.S. President Herbert Hoover’s Vice President.
1924 - The first Labour government was formed, under Ramsay MacDonald.
1937 - In Moscow, seventeen people went on trial during Josef Stalin's "Great Purge."
1943 - Duke Ellington and the band played for a black-tie crowd at Carnegie Hall in New York City for the first time.
1968 - North Korea seized the U.S. Navy ship Pueblo, charging it had intruded into the nation's territorial waters on a spying mission. The crew was released 11 months later.
1973 - U.S. President Nixon announced that an accord had been reached to end the Vietnam War.
1974 - Mike Oldfield’s "Tubular Bells" opened the credits of the movie, "The Exorcist".
1975 - "Barney Miller" made his debut on ABC-TV.
1977 - The TV mini-series "Roots," began airing on ABC. The show was based on the Alex Haley novel.
1978 - Sweden banned aerosol sprays because of damage to environment. They were the first country to do so.
1983 - "The A-Team" debuted on TV.
1985 - O.J. Simpson became the first Heisman Trophy winner to be elected to pro football’s Hall of Fame in Canton, OH.
1989 - Surrealist artist Salvador Dali died in Spain at age 84.