Back in The Day-The First Basketball Game and JFK Sworn In
Lots of stuff happened on January 20th, including basketball.
1892 – The FIRST OFFICIAL BASKETBALL GAME was played at a YMCA training school in Springfield, Massachusetts. The players used peach baskets . . . without cutting out the bottom. The game had to be stopped after every basket so someone could climb a ladder and get the ball.
1952 – Texan Patricia McCormick became the FIRST PROFESSIONAL FEMALE BULLFIGHTER to compete in Mexico. She defeated two bulls.
1961 – JOHN F. KENNEDY was sworn in as the 35th president of the United States. His inaugural speech included the famous quote, “Ask not what your country can do for you . . . ask what you can do for your country.”
1973 – JERRY LEE LEWIS agreed to make his first appearance at the “Grand Ole Opry”. The Opry accepted him on two conditions . . . 1.) That he perform only country songs and 2.) That he not use any profanity. He violated BOTH requests.
1981 – RONALD REAGAN was sworn in as the 40th president of the United States. Minutes later, Iran released the 52 American hostages it had held for 444 days.
1982 – OZZY OSBOURNE bit the head off a BAT that some
fan threw on stage during a concert in Des Moines, Iowa. Ozzy had to be hospitalized for rabies.
1986 – The United States observed the MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. federal holiday for the first time.
1989 – GEORGE BUSH [THE ELDER] was sworn in as the 41st president of the United States.
1989 – LORENZO LAMAS married his third wife, Kathleen Kinmont on his 31st birthday. They divorced four years later.
1990 – ROSEANNE married TOM ARNOLD . . . four days after divorcing her first husband. She and Tom split up four years later.
1993 – The amazing AUDREY HEPBURN died of colon cancer at the age of 64.
1993 – BILL CLINTON was inaugurated as the 42nd U.S. president.
1994 – SHANNON FAULKNER became the first female to attend classes at The Citadel, following a long, drawn-out legal battle for the right to enroll. She quit A WEEK LATER . (–She’s a high school teacher now.)
2005 – GEORGE W. BUSH was inaugurated for his second term.
2009 – BARACK OBAMA was inaugurated as America’s first black president .