Actor Heath Ledger, 28, dies in his Manhattan apartment 10 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 22 2008)


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(Wednesday, January 22, 2008, 3:36 p.m. EST)Heath Ledger, the Australian-born actor whose breakthrough role as a gay cowboy in the 2005 movie “Brokeback Mountain” earned him a nomination for an Academy Award and comparisons to the likes of Marlon Brando, died today in an apartment in his Manhattan from an accidental intoxication from prescription drugs. Continue reading Actor Heath Ledger, 28, dies in his Manhattan apartment 10 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 22 2008)

Unabomber pleads guilty, avoids death penalty 20 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 22 1998)


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(Thursday, January 22, 1998)Theodore Kaczynski, 55, pleaded guilty today in Sacramento, California, to being the Unabomber in return for a sentence of life in prison without parole and avoiding a possible death penalty. Continue reading Unabomber pleads guilty, avoids death penalty 20 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 22 1998)

Gen. Westmoreland comments on Battle at Khe Sanh 50 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 22 1968)


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(Monday, January 22, 1968; during the Vietnam War, part of the Indochina Wars and the Cold War) — On the second day of the Battle of Khe Sanh, General William Westmoreland, commander of U.S. forces in Vietnam, said the enemy was attempting to “win a spectacular battlefield success” on the eve of Tet, the Vietnamese New Year. Continue reading Gen. Westmoreland comments on Battle at Khe Sanh 50 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 22 1968)

American B-52 carrying four hydrogen bombs crashes in Greenland 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 21 1968)


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(Sunday, January 21, 1968, 3:39 p.m. EST; during the Cold War) — An American B-52 bomber carrying four hydrogen bombs crashed in flames into the ice off Greenland today while attempting to make an emergency landing at the Thule Air Force Base, killing one crew member and scattering radioactive material. Continue reading American B-52 carrying four hydrogen bombs crashes in Greenland 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 21 1968)

‘Saturday Night Fever’ soundtrack album peaks at #1 in USA 40 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 21 1978)


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(Saturday, January 21, 1978)Saturday Night Fever by the Bee Gees and various artists, the soundtrack album from the 1977 film Saturday Night Fever, peaked at #1 on today’s Billboard Top LP’s chart for 24 consecutive weeks (Jan. 21/28, Feb. 4/11/18/25, Mar. 4/11/18/25, Apr. 1/8/15/22/29, May 6/13/20/27, June 3/10/17/24, July 1, 1978). Continue reading ‘Saturday Night Fever’ soundtrack album peaks at #1 in USA 40 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 21 1978)

North Korean commandos target South Korean president 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 21 1968)


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(Sunday, January 21, 1968, shortly after 10:00 p.m. KST; during the Cold War) — A 31-member North Korean assault team tried but failed to assassinate South Korean President Park Chung-hee tonight at his official residence, the Blue House, in Seoul. Continue reading North Korean commandos target South Korean president 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 21 1968)

‘Breaking Bad’ TV series debuts on AMC 10 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 20 2008)


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(Monday, January 20, 2008, 10:00 p.m. EST)Breaking Bad, an American neo-western crime drama television series about a struggling high school chemistry teacher diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer who turns to a life of crime to secure his family’s financial future before he dies, debuted tonight on AMC. Continue reading ‘Breaking Bad’ TV series debuts on AMC 10 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 20 2008)

The Beatles inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 30 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 20 1988)


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(Wednesday, January 20, 1988, evening EST) — The Beatles, Bob Dylan, The Beach Boys, The Supremes and four members of The Drifters were inducted at the third annual hall of fame ceremony tonight at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel’s Grand Ballroom in New York City, with speeches, tributes and a closing jam session. Continue reading The Beatles inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 30 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 20 1988)

Battle of Khe Sanh begins in South Vietnam 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 21 1968)


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(Sunday, January 21, 1968, 5:30 a.m. Saigon Standard Time; during the Vietnam War, part of the Indochina Wars and the Cold War) — The Battle of Khe Sanh began today as the North Vietnamese Army began shelling a U.S. Marine combat base south of the Vietnamese Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) while operating under the cover of a morning fog. Continue reading Battle of Khe Sanh begins in South Vietnam 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 21 1968)