Today in history
In 1924: The steamer Missouri left her dock at the foot of 8th street Saturday night but got no further than a mile outside of he harbor, when she became jammed in an ice floe eight feet and thicker. She is still out there and will remain until the wind shifts taking the floe westward. In the meantime she is conserving her coal supply and ill not begin to buck the ice until its evident that she can plow through to clear water. Three of the crew took a chance and walked over the ice from the ship to the shore, somewhat over a half a mile. The crew returned with newspapers, magazines and an ample supply of tobacco and cigarettes. There are only two passengers on the boat list, and this pair say they will stick by the ship if it takes all winter.
On this day
In 1793, during the French Revolution, King Louis XVI, condemned for treason, was executed on the guillotine.
In 1908, New York City’s Board of Aldermen passed an ordinance prohibiting women from smoking in public establishments (the measure was vetoed by Mayor George B. McClellan Jr., but not before one woman, Katie Mulcahey, was jailed overnight for refusing to pay a fine).
In 1924, Russian revolutionary Vladimir Lenin died at age 53.
In 1950, former State Department official Alger Hiss, accused of being part of a Communist spy ring, was found guilty in New York of lying to a grand jury. (Hiss, who proclaimed his innocence, served less than four years in prison.
In 1954, the first atomic submarine, the USS Nautilus, was launched at Groton (GRAH’-tuhn), Connecticut (however, the Nautilus did not make its first nuclear-powered run until nearly a year later).
In 1976, British Airways and Air France inaugurated scheduled passenger service on the supersonic Concorde jet.
In 1977, on his first full day in office, President Jimmy Carter pardoned almost all Vietnam War draft evaders.
In 1982, convict-turned-author Jack Henry Abbott was found guilty in New York of first-degree manslaughter in the stabbing death of waiter Richard Adan in 1981. (Abbott was later sentenced to 15 years to life in prison; he committed suicide in 2002.)
In 1994, a jury in Manassas, Virginia, found Lorena Bobbitt not guilty by reason of temporary insanity of maliciously wounding her husband John, whom she’d accused of sexually assaulting her.
In 1997, Speaker Newt Gingrich was reprimanded and fined as the House voted for the first time in history to discipline its leader for ethical misconduct.
In 2003, the Census Bureau announced that Hispanics had surpassed blacks as America’s largest minority group.
In 2007, Lovie Smith became the first black head coach to make it to the Super Bowl when his Chicago Bears won the NFC championship, beating the New Orleans Saints 39-14; Tony Dungy became the second when his Indianapolis Colts took the AFC title over the New England Patriots, 38-34.
Jack Nicklaus is 80.
Jill Eikenberry is 73.
Billy Ocean is 70.
Emma Bunton is 44.
Zeeland Hospital/Spectrum Health
Jan. 10, 2020
A son, Isaac Allen, to Sarah and Cody Ensing of Allendale.
Jan. 14, 2020
A son, Austin Scott, to Scott and Rachel VanHouten of West Olive.
Jan. 16, 2020
A daughter, Fable Henrietta, to Eric and Karah Boersma of Zeeland.