Sunday 1/13

1957 The Wham-O Company developed the first Frisbee after a company rep saw students throwing Frisbee Pie Company tie pins in the air.

1962 “The Twist” by Chubby Checker hits Number One again, over a year after it first reached the top of the chart. The only other song ever to do this was Bing Crosby‘s “White Christmas.”

1966 Elizabeth Montgomery‘s Bewitched character, Samantha Stevens, had a baby girl named Tabitha.

1966 Robert C. Weaver became the first black Cabinet member when President Lyndon Johnson appointed him Secretary Of Housing And Urban Development.

1968 Pro hockey’s Minnesota North Stars center Bill Masterton was fatally injured when he was checked into the boards during a game and fell heavily to the ice.

1973 “Living In The Past” by Jethro Tull peaks at Number 11 on the pop chart.

1978 The Police begin recording their debut album.

1979 The YMCA filed a libel suit against the disco group the Village People for their “YMCA” hit single. The suit was later dropped.

1979 “Bicycle Race” b/w “Fat Bottomed Girls” by Queen peaks at Number 24 on the pop chart.

1982 An Air Florida 737 taking off from Washington, D.C.’s National Airport in a snowstorm crashed into the 14th Street Bridge and fell into the Potomac River, killing 78 people.

1990 Virginia’s L. Douglas Wilder was sworn in as the first elected black governor.

1992 Japan acknowledged and apologized for forcing tens of thousands of Korean women to serve as sex slaves for Japanese soldiers during World War Two.

1994 Figure skater Tonya Harding‘s bodyguard, Shawn Eckardt, was arrested and charged with conspiracy in connection with a knee-bashing attack on rival skater Nancy Kerrigan. Eckardt fingered Harding and her then-husband, Jeff Gillooly, for planning and covering up the attack.

2002 President George W. Bush fainted after choking on a pretzel.

2003 Pete Townshend is arrested at his London home and questioned as part of an ongoing investigation into child pornography. He’s never formally charged, but after he admits that he had used his credit card to visit a kiddie porn site, Townshend is given a formal warning and his name is listed on Britain’s national sex offenders register for five years “as a routine part of the cautioning process.”

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