Bethel Daily Briefing: Wednesday, January 18

How to dress, where to go, who did what, and when it happened.



Today is Wednesday, January 18, 2012.


Weather from Ct Weather

It's a beautiful day! 


High: 35°
Low: 28°


The following area residents were named to the Dean's List for the Fall 2011 semester at Quinnipiac University:

Callie Cazlan of Bethel, CT

Lindsay Walker of Bethel, CT

To be eligible for dean's list status, a student must earn a grade point average of at least 3.5 with no grade lower than C. Full-time students must complete at least 14 credits in a semester, with at least 12 credits that have been graded on a letter grade basis (A through C) to be eligible. Part-time students must complete at least six credits during a semester.

Garden Hints for January from the Old Farmer's Almanac

Remember to prune your houseplants regularly. Pinch back new growth to encourage bushier plants. Group houseplants to increase humidity. Keep away from frosty windowsills.

Municipal Meetings

Police Commission, 6:30 pm, Bethel Police Department

CT Rail Commuter Council, 7:00 pm, Government Center, Stamford, CT


This Day In History from On This Day

 1788 - The first English settlers arrived in Australia's Botany Bay to establish a penal colony. The group moved north eight days later and settled at Port Jackson.

 1886 - The Hockey Association was formed in England. This date is the birthday of modern field hockey.

 1896 - The x-ray machine was exhibited for the first time.

 1919 - The World War I Peace Congress opened in Versailles, France.

1929 - Walter Winchell made his debut on radio.

1939 - Louis Armstrong and his orchestra recorded "Jeepers Creepers." 

1943 - During World War II, the Soviets announced that they had broken the Nazi siege of Leningrad, which had began in September of 1941.

1943 - U.S. commercial bakers stopped selling sliced bread. Only whole loaves were sold during the ban until the end of World War II.

1948 - "The Original Amateur Hour" debuted. The show was on the air for 22 years. 

1950 - The federal tax on oleomargarine was repealed. 

1958 - Willie O'Ree made his NHL debut with the Boston Bruins. He was the first black player to enter the league.

 1964 - The plans for the World Trade Center in New York were disclosed.

 1967 - Albert DeSalvo, who claimed to be the "Boston Strangler," was convicted in Cambridge, MA, of armed robbery, assault and sex offenses. He was sentenced to life in prison. Desalvo was killed in 1973 by a fellow inmate.

 1975 - "The Jeffersons" debuted on CBS-TV.

 1978 - The European Court of Human Rights cleared the British government of torture but found it guilty of inhuman and degrading treatment of prisoners in Northern Ireland.

 1990 - In an FBI sting, Washington, DC, Mayor Marion Barry was arrested for drug possession. He was later convicted of a misdemeanor.

 1991 - Eastern Airlines shut down after 62 years in business due to financial problems.

 1993 - The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday was observed in all 50 U.S. states for the first time.

 1995 - A network of caves were discovered near the town of Vallon-Pont-d'Arc in southern France. The caves contained paintings and engravings that were 17,000 to 20,000 years old.


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