January 12 in Pop Culture History

January 12th History, Trivia and Fun Facts

January 12th History Highlights

  • 1991 – Congress authorized the use of military force against Iraq.
  • 1932 – Hattie W. Caraway (D Arkansas) was the first female United States Senator.
  • 2004 – The world’s largest ocean liner, RMS Queen Mary 2, made its maiden voyage.
  • If you were born on January 12th,
    You were likely conceived the week of… April 21st (prior year)

Happy Birthday Hal 9000

January 12, 1997 Activated (fictional) HAL 9000 computer was activated on January 12, 1997. But in the film, HAL said that he was activated on January 12, 1992. #mandelaeffect?

January 12th is…

Curried Chicken Day
National Hot Tea Day
National Kiss a Ginger Day
National Marzipan Day
Pharmacist Day

January 12th Birthday Quotes

Whenever a separation is made between liberty and justice, neither, in my opinion, is safe. ~
– Edmund Burke

I became operational at the H.A.L. plant in Urbana, Illinois on the 12th of January 1992. My instructor was Mr. Langley, and he taught me to sing a song. If you’d like to hear it I can sing it for you.
-Hal 5000, in 2001: A Space Odyssey

To succeed, you must have tremendous perseverance, tremendous will. “I will drink the ocean”, says the persevering soul; “at my will mountains will crumble up”. Have that sort of energy, that sort of will; work hard, and you will reach the goal.
– Swami Vivekananda

Through history, people look for something spiritual. The greatest scientists in the world were men of religion and faith, too.
– Kirstie Alley

They say that Virginia is the mother of Texas. We never knew who the father was, but we kinda suspected Tennessee.
– Tex Ritter

How could I feel like a hero when only five men in my platoon of 45 survived, when only 27 men in my company of 250 managed to escape death or injury?
– Ira Hayes

I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry rot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.
– Jack London

Magnanimity in politics is not seldom the truest wisdom; and a great empire and little minds go ill together.
– Edmund Burke

January 12th Birthdays

1577 – Jan Baptist van Helmont, Flemish chemist and physician (died in 1644)
1588 – John Winthrop, English lawyer and politician, 2nd Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony (died in 1649)
1628 – Charles Perrault, French author and academic (died in 1703)
1729 – Edmund Burke, Irish philosopher, academic, and politician (died in 1797)
1856 – John Singer Sargent, American/Italian artist (died in 1925)
1863 – Swami Vivekananda, Indian philosopher (died in 1902)
1876 – Jack London, American novelist and journalist (died in 1916)
1905 – Tex Ritter, American actor and singer (died in 1974)
1920 – James Farmer, America civil rights activist (died in 1999)
1922 – Ira Hayes, American soldier (died in 1955)
1926 – Ray Price, American singer-songwriter (died in 2013)
1930 – Tim Horton, Canadian ice hockey player and businessman, founded Tim Hortons (died in 1974)
1935 – Kreskin (George Joseph Kresge), American mentalist
1944 – Joe Frazier, American boxer (died in 2011)
1946 – George Duke, American keyboard player and composer (died in 2013)
1950 – Sheila Jackson Lee, American politician
1951 – Kirstie Alley, American actress
1951 – Rush Limbaugh, American talk show host
1952 – Ricky Van Shelton, American country singer-songwriter
1962 – Joe Quesada, Americancomic book author and illustrator
1964 – Jeff Bezos, American businessman, founded Amazon.com
1965 – Rob Zombie (Robert Bartleh Cummings), American singer-songwriter
1974 – Melanie C (Melanie Jayne Chisholm), English singer-songwriter, Spice Girls
1981 – Amerie, American singer-songwriter
1985 – Issa Rae, American actress
1993 – Zayn Malik, English singer-songwriter, One Direction

January 12th History

1866 – The Royal Aeronautical Society is formed in London.

1888 – Schoolhouse Blizzard, USA

1906 – Dow Jones closed over 100 for the 1st time.

1926 – Original Sam ‘n’ Henry premiered on WGN (Chicago) radio and later renamed Amos ‘n’ Andy in 1928.

January 12, 1957 Birthday (fictional) Tow Mater, Cars, Pixar/Disney, Film

1959 – Motown Records was formed in Detroit.

1963 – #1 Hit January 12, 1963 – January 25, 1963: Steve Lawrence – Go Away Little Girl

1965 – Hullabaloo premiered on NBC.

1966 – ABC’s Batman television series premiered.

1967 – Dr. James Bedford was the first person to be cryonically preserved with intent of future resuscitation. He is still frozen at the Alcor Life Extension Foundation.

1971 – All In The Family aired for the first time on CBS

1974 – #1 Hit January 12, 1974 – January 18, 1974: Steve Miller Band – The Joker

1981 – Dynasty debuted on ABC

1990 – Internal Affairs was released in theaters.

1996 – Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood, Bio-Dome, Two if By Sea and Dunston Checks In were released in theaters.

January 12, 1997 Activated (fictional) HAL 9000 computer was activated on January 12, 1997. But in the film, HAL said that he was activated on January 12, 1992. #mandelaeffect? 2001: A Space Odyssey, Film

1997 – King Of The Hill made its premiere on FOX.

1998 – The game SuperBall! was played for the last time on The Price Is Right

2001 – Save the Last Dance debuted in theaters.

2001 – National Geographic Channel debuted American cable

2001 – Lizzie McGuire premiered on The Disney Channel

2001 – Downtown Disney opened to the public as part of the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California.

2006 – A stampede during the Stoning of the Devil ritual on the last day at the Hajj in Mina, Saudi Arabia, killed at least 362 Muslim pilgrims.

January 12, 2007 – Jump In! aired on The Disney Channel

2007 – Stomp the Yard, Alpha Dog & Primeval debuted in theaters.

2010 (Earthquake) Port-au-Prince, Haiti, killed over 200,000 people.

2014 – Broadway Show – Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (Musical) January 12, 2014

Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

Joan Rivers – Real Name: Joan Molinsky

Eyelashes are supposed to prevent things from getting into your eyes but when I do have something in my eye, its always an eyelash. Pretty ‘eye’ronic.

More retailers should adopt the “leave a penny / take a penny” system. It is literally common cents.

Two silk worms had a race. They ended up in a tie.

“I have to return some videotapes.” – Patrick Bateman, American Psycho #moviequotes

[This post was deleted because Neil’s bedroom was on fire]

When Jack Kirby left his prolific career at Marvel Comics to work at DC, he insisted on being assigned to “Jimmy Olsen,” their least popular series, so he wouldn’t take anyone’s job

The Capital of Vietnam is Hanoi

Putting socks to the washer is like sending soldiers to war. You know beforehand that not all of them are going to make it back.

“Hands Down” originated when a jockey, having secured the outcome, could afford to loosen the reigns and lower his hands before crossing the finish line.

Charlton Heston – Real Name: Charlton Carter

“Dreaming about being an actress, is more exciting then being one.” – Marilyn Monroe

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