January 21st was the day in history when…
1996: U.S. men’s Figure Skating championship won by Rudy Galindo. At the age of 26, Galindo became the oldest man in 50 years to win the title. Much of his career was a struggle. The skater lost his brother and two coaches to AIDS. Another blow to Galindo came when his pairs partner, Kristi Yamaguchi dissolved their partnership in 1990. He then struggled with self destructive behavior for a couple of years before getting his singles career back on track. Galindo often felt that he was discriminated against because he was openly gay and a Mexican American. On that night however, none of that mattered. Galindo was in third place after the short program but vaulted to first after a touching and flawless long program. The excitement in the arena was palpable and the joy on the skater’s face was obvious.
1994: Lorena Bobbitt was found temporarily insane of chopping off spouse’s penis. The Bobbits had a tumultuous and violent relationship. After a long night of partying John Wayne Bobbitt returned home demanding sex. When Lorena refused John raped her. Lorena then went into the kitchen where she saw a butcher knife on the counter. She replayed the incident in her mind as she picked up the knife. Lorena went into the bedroom, cut off half of her husband’s penis, and fled the scene. She threw the top of the penis in a field and then called 911. Doctor’s were able to reattach John’s penis. Lorena was charged with malicious wounding. At trial defense psychiatrists claimed she was a battered wife suffering from depression and post traumatic stress disorder. The jury found Lorena not guilty by reason of temporary insanity and sentenced to 45 days in a psychiatric hospital.
1991: CBS News correspondent Bob Simon captured by Iraqis in Persian Gulf. Simon was a long time journalist serving in a variety of positions at CBS throughout the years. He and a camera crew were sent to cover the beginning of the Gulf War. Iraqi forces captured Simon and three camera men. They were held for 40 days before finally being released unharmed.
1956: Geena Davis – actress
1955: Robby Benson – actor
1955: Jeff Koons – artist
1950: Billy Ocean – singer
1941: Placido Domingo – opera tenor
Notable People Lost:
1998: Jack Lord – actor
1959: Cecil B. DeMille – producer
1950: George Orwell – author
Odd Holidays (There’s Always Something to Celebrate!):
National Hugging Day
Thought for the day: Who was Sadie Hawkins?
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