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Saturday, January 22, 2005

Today in history--January 22

1561: Sir Francis Bacon is born at London.  As a lawyer he will become Sir Edward Coke's great adversary, and in his spare time he will invent the Scientific Method.

1788: George Gordon, Lord Byron, the first man to make "poet" a romantic occupation, is born at London.  He will later be a Cambridge classmate of Sir Edward Hall Alderson, the author of Hadley v. Baxendale.

1831: John Blenkinsop, the inventor of the first practical railway locomotive, dies.  Blenkinsop developed his Salamanca engine for the Middleton Colliery in Lancashire.

1889: The Columbia Phonograph Company is founded in Washington, D.C.

1890: Chief Justice Fred Vinson is born in Louisa, Kentucky.

1895: The National Association of Manufacturers is founded in Cincinnati.

1947: The first commercial television station west of the Mississippi, KTLA, Channel 5, goes on the air in Los Angeles.

1983: Steven Spielberg's E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial becomes the top movie money-maker to date.  Figures are not adjusted for inflation, however.

1968: Those who have some fondness for the Sixties should consider the fact that Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In debuted this day.

1994: Irving B. Kahn, the man who gave the world Dan Rather, Peter Jennings, Barbara Walters, Tom Brokaw, et al., dies.  His contribution?  The teleprompter.  His TelePrompTer Co. was also an early pioneer of pay television.

1997: Lottie Williams of Tulsa, Oklahoma, becomes the first person to be hit by a piece of man-made space debris when she is struck in the shoulder by a six-inch piece of a U.S. Delta II rocket.

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