TODAY IN HISTORY - January 19th:

Today - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  A Federal holiday in observance of his birthday (January 15th) the holiday occurs on the 3rd Monday of each January

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1955 - "Scrabble" debuts on board game market
1972 - Sandy Koufax, Yogi Berra, & Early Wynn elected to Hall of Fame
1977 - Snow falls in Miami, Florida. This is the only time in the history of the city that snowfall has occurred. It also fell in the Bahamas.
2013 - Lance Armstrong admits to doping in all seven of his Tour de France victories



1807 - Robert E. Lee, Stratford Virginia, American Confederate General in Chief during US Civil War, (d. 1870)
1809 - Edgar Allan Poe, author (Pit & the Pendulum), born in Boston, Massachusetts
1943 - Janis Joplin, Port Arthur Tx, bluesy rock singer (Down on Me)
1946 - Dolly Parton, Sevierville Tn, country singer (Dolly, 9 to 5)
953 - Desi Arnaz Jr, actor (Craig-Here's Lucy, Fakeout, Joyride), born in Los Angeles, California
1982 - Jodie Sweetin, actress (Stephanie Tanner-Full House)


1998 - Carl Perkins, singer/songwriter, dies at 65
2013 - Stan Musial, American MLB hall of famer, dies from Alzheimer's disease at 92

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