This Week in History


Sylvan Klein was born.

Anthony “Sneeze” Venezia was born.


1973 – Baseball’s American League adopted the “designated hitter” rule which allowed another player to bat for the pitcher.

2002 – The first al-Qaeda prisoners arrive at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.



Jennie O’Hara was born.


1773 – The first public museum in the U.S. was established in Charleston, S.C.

1915 – The U.S. House of Representatives rejected a proposal to give women the right to vote.



Walker Hornung was born.

Scott Ruscillo was born.


1999 – Michael Jordan announced his second retirement from the NBA. He would “unretire” again in 2001.



Bernadette McCann was born.


1954 – Marilyn Monroe married baseball legend Joe DiMaggio.

1963 – George Wallace sworn in as Alabama’s governor, promising “segregation forever.”


Anne Marie Greene was born.

Joan Prendergast was born.

Mary Butler was born.

Richie Magoolahan was born.

Bob Magoolahan was born.


1967 – The first Super Bowl was played: Green Bay Packers 35, Kansas City Chiefs 10.



Terry Schmitt Boyle was born.

Gen Berretta was born.

Kelly Caiazzo was born.

Toni Libassi was born.

Liz Smith Breslin was born.

1920 – A year after it was ratified, the 18th Amendment to the Constitution, prohibiting the sale of alcoholic beverages, went into effect.

2003 – Space shuttle Columbia blasted off on what would be its final mission. The craft broke up on its descent on Feb. 1, killing all on board.



Katie Carey Green was born.


1706 – Benjamin Franklin was born in Boston.

1998 – President Clinton became the first sitting U.S. president to testify as a defendant in a criminal or civil suit.

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