Bethel Daily Briefings: Thursday, January 18

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

Today is Thursday, January 19, 2012.


Weather from Ct Weather

Thursday: Wear a scarf!

 Increasing Cloudiness

High: 32°

Low: 9°


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

Eloise Gagnon, a student in the 3rd form at Kent School in Kent, Connecticut, was named to the honor roll for the fall term of 2011-2012. Gagnon is the child of Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Gagnon of Bethel.

Garden Hints for January from the Old Farmer's Almanac

Review your gardening chemicals and check for deteriorating containers. Consult local authorities for acceptable ways of disposing of chemicals you no longer use. Consider organic alternatives.

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This Day In History from On This Day

1419 - Rouen surrendered to Henry V, completing his conquest of Normandy.

 1764 - John Wilkes was expelled from the British House of Commons for seditious libel.

 1793 - King Louis XVI was tried by the French Convention, found guilty of treason and sentenced to the guillotine.

 1825 - Ezra Daggett and Thomas Kensett of New York City patented a canning process to preserve salmon, oysters and lobsters.

1861 - Georgia seceded from the Union.

1883 - Thomas Edison's first village electric lighting system using overhead wires began operation in Roselle, NJ.

1907 - The first film reviews appeared in "Variety" magazine.

1915 - George Claude, of Paris, France, patented the neon discharge tube for use in advertising signs.

1915 - More than 20 people were killed when German zeppelins bombed England for the first time.

1937 - Howard Hughes set a transcontinental air record. He flew from Los Angeles to New York City in 7 hours, 28 minutes and 25 seconds.

1944 - The U.S. federal government relinquished control of the nation's railroads after the settlement of a wage dispute.

1949 - The salary of the President of the United States was increased from $75,000 to $100,000 with an additional $50,000 expense allowance for each year in office.

1952 - The National Football League (NFL) bought the franchise of the New York Yankees from Ted Collins. The franchise was then awarded to a group in Dallas on January 24.

1953 - Sixty-eight percent of all TV sets in the U.S. were tuned to CBS-TV, as Lucy Ricardo, of "I Love Lucy," gave birth to a baby boy.

1955 - U.S. President Eisenhower allowed a filmed news conference to be used on television (and in movie newsreels) for the first time.

 1957 - Philadelphia comedian, Ernie Kovacs, did a half-hour TV show without saying a single word of dialogue.

 1966 - Indira Gandhi was elected prime minister of India.

 1971 - At the Charles Manson murder trial, the Beatles' "Helter Skelter" was played. At the scene of one of his gruesome murders, the words "helter skelter" were written on a mirror.

 1971 - "No, No Nanette" opened at the 46th Street Theatre in New York City.

 1979 - Former U.S. Attorney General John N. Mitchell was released on parole after serving 19 months at a federal prison in Alabama.

 1981 - The U.S. and Iran signed an agreement paving the way for the release of 52 Americans held hostage for more than 14 months and for arrangements to unfreeze Iranian assets and to resolve all claims against Iran.

 1993 - IBM announced a loss of $4.97 billion for 1992. It was the largest single-year loss in U.S. corporate history.

 1996 - U.S. first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton was subpoenaed to appear before a federal grand jury. The investigation was concerning the discovery of billing records related to the Whitewater real estate investment venture.

 1997 - Yasser Arafat returned to Hebron for the first time in more than 30 years. He joined 60,000 Palestinians in celebration over the handover of the last West Bank city in Israeli control.

 2000 - In New York's Time Square, the first WWF restaurant opened.

2001 - Texas officials demoted a warden and suspended three other prison workers in the wake of the escape of the "Texas 7."


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