by Bob Fields

On January 30:

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1882 - Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd U.S. President, during the Great Depression and WW2 (d. 1945).
1905 - Emilio G. Segrè*, Italian physicist, 1959 Nobel laureate who discovered the antiproton (d. 1989).
1922 - Dick Martin*, American comedian, actor, and director (d. 2008) (Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In).
1930 - Gene Hackman, American actor and author (The French ConnectionUnforgiven).
1941 - Dick Cheney, 46th U.S. Vice President.
1951 - Phil Collins, English singer-songwriter, producer, and actor (Genesis).
1962 – King Abdullah II* of Jordan.
1974 - Christian Bale, Welsh-American actor (American PsychoAmerican HustleThe Big Short).


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1649 – King Charles I of England is beheaded, two years after the Scots sell him to the English Parliament for £100,000.
1836 - Betsy Ross, American seamstress, designed the American Flag (b. 1752).
1948 - Mahatma Gandhi, known for his non-violent freedom struggle, is assassinated by a Hindu extremist (b. 1869).
1948 - Orville Wright, American aviation pioneer; co-founded the Wright Company (b. 1871).
1991 - John Bardeen, American physicist and engineer; 2 time Nobel Prize laureate, for the invention of the transistor and for superconductivity theory (b. 1908).
2006 - Coretta Scott King, American author and activist, widow of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (b. 1927).

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1648 - Eighty Years’ War: The Treaty of Münster and Osnabrück is signed, ending the conflict between the Netherlands and Spain.
1661 - Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, is ritually re-executed more than two years after his death, on the 12th anniversary of the execution of Charles I, whom he deposed.
1835 - Andrew Jackson survives the first attempt to kill a sitting President, just outside the U.S. Capitol.
1933 - Adolf Hitler is sworn in as Chancellor of Germany.
1943 - The British RAF begins a daytime bombing campaign against Berlin, on the 10th anniversary of Hitler‘s accession to power.
1945 – World War II: The Wilhelm Gustloff, overfilled with German refugees, is torpedoed by a Soviet submarine, killing approximately 9,500 in the deadliest known maritime disaster.
1945 – World War II: Raid at Cabanatuan: 126 American Rangers and Filipino fighters liberate over 500 prisoners from the Japanese POW camp.
1965 – One million people attend former Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill‘s funeral.
1968 - Vietnam War: The Tet Offensive is launched by forces of the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army against South Vietnam and the United States.
1969 - The Beatles‘ last public performance, on the roof of Apple Records in London.
1972 - The TroublesBloody Sunday: British Paratroopers kill fourteen unarmed Catholic marchers in Derry, Northern Ireland.

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The Collaborative Profile of the Week, 1776, and Profile Improvement Present

Stephen Hopkins

Stephen Hopkins (1707-1785) was Governor of Rhode Island and a signer of the Declaration of Independence.

  1. As if that wasn’t enough, what else did he do?
  2. Did he have children? If so, check to see if they are already on wikitree
  3. His wives’ profiles could use some extra love?
  4. There is a picture of him, his signature, and his house that we can add, see Wikimedia Commons
  6. There is a lot of information on Stephen Hopkins. The trick is to digest it into a Wikitree biography that isn’t so long it bores people. If you run across some exceptional biographies on the internet, we can link to those.
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by Bob Fields

On January 24:

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76 - Hadrian*, Roman emperor, built Hadrian’s Wall which marked the northern limit of Roman Britain (d. 138).
1670 - William Congreve, English playwright, who wrote “Music has charms to soothe a savage breast” and “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned” (d. 1729).
1712 - Frederick the Great, Prussian king, won the Seven Years’ War (d. 1786).
1862 - Edith WhartonPulitzer Prize-winning American author (d. 1937) (The Age of Innocence).
1888 - Ernst Heinkel*, German businessman, founded the Heinkel Aircraft Manufacturing Company which produced the world’s first jet plane and the first rocket aircraft (d. 1958).
1891 - Walter Model*, German field marshal, noted for his defensive battles mostly on the Eastern Front, who also lost the Battle of the Bulge (d. 1945).
1917 - Ernest Borgnine, American actor (d. 2012) (MartyMcHale’s Navy).
1941 - Neil Diamond, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (“Song Sung Blue“,  “America“, “Sweet Caroline“, “I’m a Believer“).
1943 - Sharon Tate, American actress, wife of director Roman Polanski, who was murdered by followers of Charles Manson (d. 1969) (Valley of the Dolls).
1947 - Warren Zevon*, American singer-songwriter (“Werewolves of London“, “Lawyers, Guns and Money“) (d. 2003).
1949 - John Belushi, American actor and comedian (d. 1982) (Saturday Night LiveAnimal HouseThe Blues Brothers).
1968 - Mary Lou Retton*, American Olympic gold medal gymnast.


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41 - Caligula, Roman emperor, assassinated by officers of his Praetorian Guard, is succeeded by his uncle Claudius (b. 12).
1376 - Richard FitzAlan, 10th Earl of Arundel, English commander during the Second Wars of Scottish Independence and the Hundred Years’ War (b. 1306).
1965 - Winston Churchill, English colonel and politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1874).
1975 - Larry Fine, American comedian and violinist (b. 1902) (The Three Stooges).
1983 - George Cukor, American director and producer (b. 1899) (The Philadelphia StoryGaslightA Star Is BornMy Fair Lady).
1986 - Gordon MacRae, American actor and singer (b. 1921) (Oklahoma!Carousel).
1986 - L. Ron Hubbard, American author, founded the Church of Scientology (b. 1911).
1993 - Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Justice of the US Supreme Court (b. 1908).

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1848 - California Gold RushJames W. Marshall finds gold at Sutter’s Mill near Sacramento.
1908 – The first Boy Scout troop is organized in England by Robert Baden-Powell, with the publication of the first installment of his book Scouting for Boys.
1924 – The Russian city of St. Petersburg was renamed to Leningrad in honor of late revolutionary leader Vladimir Lenin. It was renamed to St. Petersburg again in 1991.
1935 – The Krueger Brewing Company placed the first canned beer on sale in Richmond, VA.
1943 – President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill conclude the Casablanca Conference, producing the doctrine of “unconditional surrender”.
1961 - Goldsboro B-52 crash: A bomber carrying two H-bombs breaks up in mid-air over North Carolina. The uranium core of one weapon remains lost.
1961 - Marilyn Monroe divorces playwright Arthur Miller after 5 years of marriage.
1972 - After 28 years of hiding in the jungles of Guam, local farmers discover Shoichi Yokoi*, a Japanese WW2 sergeant who preferred death to the disgrace of getting captured alive.
2006 – The Walt Disney Company purchases Pixar for $7.4 billion. Steve Jobs clashed with Michael EisnerRoy Disney led a shareholder revolt, and Eisner was stripped of his chairmanship and stepped down as CEO.

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On January 23:

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1737 - John Hancock, 1st Governor of Massachusetts, president of the Second Continental Congress, signer of the Declaration of Independence (d. 1793).
1832 - Édouard Manet*, French impressionist painter (d. 1883) (The Luncheon on the Grass).
1855 - John Browning*, American weapons designer, founded Browning Arms Company (d. 1926) (Browning Automatic Rifle - BAR).
1898 - Sergei Eisenstein*, Latvian-Russian director and screenwriter (d. 1948) (Battleship Potemkin).
1915 - Potter Stewart*, American lawyer and Supreme Court judge, made major contributions to criminal justice reform and civil rights (d. 1985).
1933 - Chita Rivera*, American Broadway actress, singer, and dancer.
1964 - Mariska Hargitay*, American actress and producer (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,).


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William Pitt (Image Credit: WikiTree)

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1570 - James Stewart, 1st Earl of Moray, regent for the infant King James VI of Scotland, is assassinated by firearm, the first recorded instance of such.
1800 - Edward Rutledge, American captain and politician, 39th Governor of South Carolina, youngest signer of the Declaration of Independence (b. 1749).
1806 - William Pitt the Younger, English politician, youngest Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1759).
1820 - Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn, father of Queen Victoria (b. 1767).
1976 - Paul Robeson*, American actor, singer, and activist (b. 1898) ().
1989 - Salvador Dalí, Spanish painter and sculptor (b. 1904) (The Persistence of Memory).
2004 - Bob Keeshan, American actor and producer (b. 1927) (Captain Kangaroo).
2005 - Johnny Carson, American actor, producer, and talk show host (b. 1925).
2011 - Jack LaLanne*, American fitness instructor, author, and television host (b. 1914).

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1789 - Georgetown College, the first Catholic university in the United States, is founded in Georgetown, Maryland (now a part of Washington, D.C.).
1849 - Elizabeth Blackwell is awarded her M.D. by the Geneva Medical College of Geneva, New York, becoming the United States’ first female doctor.
1922 - At Toronto General Hospital, 14-year-old Canadian Leonard Thompson is the first person to receive an insulin injection as treatment for diabetes.
1941 - Charles Lindbergh testifies before the U.S. Congress and recommends that the United States negotiate a neutrality pact with Adolf Hitler.
1943 – World War II: Troops of Montgomery‘s Eighth Army capture Tripoli in Libya from the German-Italian Panzer Army.
1950 – The Knesset passes a resolution that states Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.
1957 – American inventor Walter Frederick Morrison sells the rights to his flying disc to the Wham-O toy company, which later renames it the “Frisbee”.
1968 – North Korea seizes the USS Pueblo, claiming the ship had violated its territorial waters while spying.

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