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Today in History - January 19th
1793 - Today in history, King Louis XVI of France was tried, found guilty of treason and sentenced to the guillotine.
1861 - The state of Georgia separated from the Union.
1907 - On this day in history, the first film reviews appeared in "Variety."
1937 - Howard Hughes flew from Los Angeles to New York City in 7 hours, 28 minutes and 25 seconds, setting an air record.
1944 - Today in history, The US federal government let go of control of the nation's railroads.
1949 - The salary of the President of the United States was increased from $75,000 to $100,000.
1953 - Today in history, sixty-eight percent of all TV sets in the United States were tuned to CBS, as Lucy Ricardo, protagonist of "I Love Lucy" with Desi, gave birth to a baby boy.
1955 - President Eisenhower allowed a filmed news conference to be used on television for the first time, beginning a new era of news reporting.
1957 - On this day in history, Ernie Kovacs did a half-hour TV show without saying a single word of dialogue, in what was construed as a humorous performance.
1966 - Indira Gandhi was elected prime minister of India.
1969 - Today in history, protesting the Russian invasion, Czech student Jan Palach set himself on fire in Prague.
1993 - IBM announced a loss of $4.97 billion for 1992 in the United States: It was the largest single-year loss in corporate history.
1996 - On this day in history, Hillary Rodham Clinton was subpoenaed to appear before a federal grand jury concerning her involvement in Whitewater.
SCIENCE, DISCOVERIES, PATENTS - Today in History, January 19th
1825 - Ezra Daggett and Thomas Kensett patented a canning process to preserve salmon, oysters and lobsters.
1883 - Today in history, Thomas Edison's first electric lighting system for a village, using overhead wires, began operation in NJ.
1915 - George Claude patented the neon discharge tube for use in advertising signs in France.
MUSIC HISTORY - Today in History, January 19th
1853 - On this day in history, Verdi's opera "Il Trovatore" premiered in Rome.
1957 - Johnny Cash made his first network TV appearance on "The Jackie Gleason Show."
1957 - Today in history, Pat Boone sang at Dwight Eisenhower's presidential inauguration ball.
1971 - At the Charles Manson murder trial, the Beatles' "Helter Skelter" was played.
1976 - On this day in history, The Beatles turned down an offer of $30 million to play together again on the same stage.
1977 - Aretha Franklin sang "God Bless America" at an inaugural concert for President-elect Carter.
1993 - Today in history, Fleetwood Mac reunited to perform at Bill Clinton's inauguration.
1999 - Jean-Michel Jarre delivered a petition to the European Parliament asking for better legal protection against music piracy on the internet.
FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS - January 19th
Robert E. Lee 1807
Edgar Allen Poe 1809
Paul Cezanne 1839
Jean Stapleton 1923
Tippi (Natalie) Hedren 1931
Janis Joplin 1943
Dolly Parton 1946
Katy Sagal 1956
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