January 22nd was the day in history when…
1988: Mike Tyson TKO’ed Larry Holmes in four for the heavyweight boxing title. The fight took place in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Holmes had been out of the ring for two years and at the age of 38 he was 17 years older than the up-and-coming Tyson. Holmes held his own for the first three rounds, but Tyson dominated the fourth, knocking Holmes on his back three times. The referee stopped the fight despite the fact that Holmes was trying to get up.
1985: A cold wave damaged 90 percent of Florida’s citrus crop. The temperatures in the south dipped below 32 degrees in what was dubbed the “Freeze of the Century.” Much of the eastern seaboard was affected but the north was more equipped to handle the frigid weather. Florida’s average temperature in January was 60 so the effects were much more severe and costly. Most of the state’s citrus crop was destroyed costing over $1.2 billion in damages.
1973: Roe vs. Wade: U.S. Supreme Court legalized some abortions. The United States Supreme Court’s landmark decision overturned a Texas law that forbade all abortions. The ruling was based on the U.S. Constitution’s ninth amendment which protected people’s individual right to privacy. Abortion had previously been either severely limited or completely illegal in all states. This ruling changed the course of history and set off a heated debate which still rages today.
1959: Linda Blair – actress
1949: Steve Perry – vocalist, Journey
1934: Bill Bixby – actor
1788: Lord Byron – poet
Notable People Lost:
1995: Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy – mother of President John F Kennedy
1994: Telly Savalas – actor
1973: Lyndon B Johnson – former President of the U.S.
1969: Judy Garland– singer/actress
Odd Holidays (There’s Always Something to Celebrate!):
National Answer Your Cat’s Question Day
National Blonde Brownie Day
Thought for the day: Why aren’t drapes double sided so it looks nice on the inside and outside of your home?
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