Today in history
In 1924: Holland’s winter steamer is now blocked out of the harbor at St. Joe and is in practically the same predicament as it was when it tried to get into this port. The Missouri left Holland early on Friday morning with a partial load of freight consigned to Benton Harbor. She was to unload and return here immediately, going back to Chicago with Holland freight. When she reached the mouth of St. Joseph river, the harbor was so choked up with heavy ice that no further progress could be made. Capt. McCauley will simply have to be patient, watching for an opening in order to allow his ship in for unloading.
On this day
In 1876, the National League of Professional Base Ball Clubs was formed in New York.
In 1887, Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, held its first Groundhog Day festival.
In 1913, New York City’s rebuilt Grand Central Terminal officially opened to the public at one minute past midnight.
In 1922, the James Joyce novel “Ulysses” was published in Paris on Joyce’s 40th birthday.
In 1925, the legendary Alaska Serum Run ended as the last of a series of dog mushers brought a life-saving treatment to Nome, the scene of a diphtheria epidemic, six days after the drug left Nenana.
In 1942, a Los Angeles Times column by W.H. Anderson urged security measures against Japanese-Americans, arguing that a Japanese-American “almost inevitably … grows up to be a Japanese, not an American.”
In 1943, the remainder of Nazi forces from the Battle of Stalingrad surrendered in a major victory for the Soviets in World War II.
In 1971, Idi Amin, having seized power in Uganda, proclaimed himself president.
In 1980, NBC News reported the FBI had conducted a sting operation targeting members of Congress using phony Arab businessmen in what became known as “Abscam,” a codename protested by Arab-Americans.
In 1988, President Ronald Reagan pressed his case for additional aid to the Nicaraguan Contras a day ahead of a vote by the U.S. House of Representatives. (The three major broadcast TV networks declined to carry the speech, which was covered by CNN; a divided House voted to reject Reagan’s request for $36.2 million in new aid.)
In 1990, in a dramatic concession to South Africa’s black majority, President F.W. de Klerk lifted a ban on the African National Congress and promised to free Nelson Mandela.
In 2002, inside the World Economic Forum in New York, foreign economic leaders criticized the United States for protectionist policies while outside, thousands of protesters demonstrated against global capitalism.
In 2015, Parts of New England were buried in heavy snow for the second time in a week, with up to 18 inches falling in the Boston area.
Christie Brinkley is 66.
Tom Smothers is 83.
Graham Nash is 78.
Shakira is 43.