Today is Monday, January 4th. It’s National Spaghetti Day, National Trivia Day, World Braille Day, World Hypnotism Day, National Thank God It’s Monday Day, Hanging Chad Day, National Weigh-in Day and Divorce Monday

There are 20 days until the River Radio Ever After Bridal Fair Experience
There are 41 days until Valentine’s Day
There are 75 days until Spring

Today is the day that…

— in 1885, the first appendectomy was performed

— in 1927, the Harlem Globetrotters played their first game in Hinckley, Illinois

— in 1936, Billboard magazine published its first pop music chart

— in 1954, Elvis Presley records a ten-minute demo in Nashville

— in 1958, mountaineer and explorer Sir Edmund Hillary reaches the South Pole

— in 1959, The U.S. recognized Fidel Castro’s new government in Cuba

— in 1960, R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe is born in Decatur, Georgia

— in 1970, The Beatles recorded as a band for the last time

— also in 1970, The Who’s Keith Moon accidentally runs over his chauffeur, Neil Boland, killing him

— in 1974, President Richard Nixon refuses to hand over tapes subpoenaed by the Watergate Committee

— in 1975, Elton John’s cover of “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” hits #1 in the US

— in 1982, Bryant Gumbel becomes the co-host of NBC’s “Today Show”

— in 1986, After a long battle with addiction, Thin Lizzy frontman Phil Lynott dies at age 36

— in 1989, George H. W. Bush is the first Vice President since Martin Van Buren to declare himself President of the United States

— in 1998, Monica Lewinsky signed an affidavit for Paula Jones saying she had no sexual relationship with Bill Clinton

— also in 1988, Nickelodeon launched Nick Jr., a weekday-morning block of shows aimed at preschool children

— in 1999, President Bill Clinton’s impeachment trial began in the Senate. He was later acquitted on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice.

— also in 1999, former pro wrestler Jesse ”The Body” Ventura was sworn in as Governor of Minnesota

— in 2000, one day after accepting the head coaching position of the New York Jets, Bill Belichick resigns. He would become the New England Patriots head coach three weeks later.

— in 2004, Spirit, a NASA Mars Rover, landed successfully on Mars

— in 2005, Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston announced they were separating after four years of marriage

— in 2006, pop star Pink married her motocross racer boyfriend, Carey Hart, on a beach in Costa Rica

— in 2011, Gerry Rafferty, who had a huge solo hit with “Baker Street” and was also a member of Stealer’s Wheel, dies at the age of 63

— in 2015, ESPN anchor Stuart Scott passed away from cancer at the age of 49

— in 2018, a “bomb cyclone” hits the northeastern US, prompting flooding and snow in the New York subway system

— and in 2020, Mariah Carey becomes the first artist to top the Hot 100 in four different decades when “All I Want For Christmas Is You” stays at #1 for a third week

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