Monthly Archives: January 2014

American forces land on Kwajalein Atoll and other islands in the Marshall Islands 70 years ago today (Jan 31 1944)


Video: 'WW2: Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands (31 Jan-4 Feb, 1944)'

(Monday, January 31, 1944; during the Battle of Kwajalein, part of the Pacific War during World War II) — U.S. forces today began a successful invasion of Kwajalein Atoll and other parts of the Marshall Islands. The Japanese defenders put up stiff resistance, although outnumbered and under-prepared.

Nixon vows to stay on job in State of Union address 40 years ago this hour (Jan 30 1974)


Video: 'Richard Nixon: State of the Union Address - Speech to the U.S. Congress (January, 27 1974)'

(Wednesday, January 30, 1984, 9:00 p.m. EST) — Declaring that “one year of Watergate is enough,” U.S. President Richard Nixon challenged Congress tonight in his State of the Union address to focus instead on solving the energy crisis and inflation. Continue reading Nixon vows to stay on job in State of Union address 40 years ago this hour (Jan 30 1974)

Vietnam military junta overthrown 50 years ago this hour (Jan 30 1964)


Video: 'Vietnam a Television History Episode 3' (Jan. 30, 1964 at 5:53)

(Thursday, January 30, 1964, before dawn ICT; during the Vietnam War, part of the Indochina Wars and the Cold War) — Maj. Gen. Nguyen Khanh, a 37-year-old army corps commander, became a virtual dictator of South Vietnam today in a swift, bloodless coup, replacing the military junta led by General Duong Van Minh. Continue reading Vietnam military junta overthrown 50 years ago this hour (Jan 30 1964)

Reagan announces he will seek a second term 30 years ago this hour (Jan 29 1984)


Video: 'President Reagan Announcing Candidacy for Reelection (Jan 29, 1984)'

(Sunday, January 29, 1984, 10:55 p.m. EST) — Declaring “our work is not finished,” U.S. President Ronald Reagan said in a paid political broadcast tonight that he will stand for re-election in 1984. Reagan, 72, also confirmed that Vice President George H.W. Bush will again be his running mate.

‘Dr. Strangelove’ premieres in New York, Toronto and London 50 years ago today (Jan 29 1964)


Video: 'Dr. Strangelove' (trailer)

(Wednesday, January 29, 1964)Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, a British-American black comedy film which satirizes the nuclear scare, premiered today in New York, Toronto and London. Continue reading ‘Dr. Strangelove’ premieres in New York, Toronto and London 50 years ago today (Jan 29 1964)

The Beatles record German versions of ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’ and ‘She Loves You’ 50 years ago today (Jan 29 1964)


Audio: 'The Beatles outtakes - A Hard Day's Night (1964)' ("Komm Gib Mir Deine Hand" outtakes at :00-:32; "Can't Buy Me Love" outtakes at :33-4:58)

(Wednesday, January 29, 1964, morning/afternoon CEST) — The Beatles, in their first and only EMI recording session outside the United Kingdom, recorded German versions of “I Want To Hold Your Hand” and “She Loves You.” Continue reading The Beatles record German versions of ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’ and ‘She Loves You’ 50 years ago today (Jan 29 1964)

Winter Olympic Games open in Innsbruck, Austria 50 years ago today (Jan 29 1964)


Video: INNSBRUCK 1964 (Lighting of the Olympic Cauldron)

(Wednesday, January 29, 1964) — The 1964 Winter Olympics, officially known as the IX Olympic Winter Games, opened today in Innsbruck, Austria. The Games, which continued through Feb. 9, 1964, included 1,091 athletes from 36 nations. Continue reading Winter Olympic Games open in Innsbruck, Austria 50 years ago today (Jan 29 1964)

Paul McCartney attends London premiere of ‘Wayne’s World 2’ 20 years ago today (Jan 28 1994)


Video: 'There's only one Paul McCartney...' (Jan. 28, 1994, at 1:09)

(Friday, January 28, 1994) — Paul and Linda McCartney attended the London premiere of Wayne’s World 2 today on behalf of Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts at the Empire Leicester Square Cinema. Continue reading Paul McCartney attends London premiere of ‘Wayne’s World 2’ 20 years ago today (Jan 28 1994)