Archive for January 13th, 2012

PORTLAND’S FLOOD OF 1894

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SW 1st & Oak

It was in late May and early June of 1894, that the Willamette River rose well above 
30 feet, flooding the central business district of Portland. The water remained for days.

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THE FIRST FLUSHING TIOLET ON THIS DATE IN 1863

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Thomas Crapper was a plumber and founder of Thomas Crapper & Co. in London
who, contrary to popular beliefs, did not invent the flush toilet. He did however do
much to pioneer the popularity of the toilet, and developed some important related inventions,such as the ballcock or float valve, thus producing the first one-piece
pedestal flushing toilet. 
 

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COMIC STRIP DEBUTED ON THIS DAY IN 1930

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The first Mickey Mouse comic strip was published by King Features Syndicate
and first appeared in The New York Mirror, as a daily on Monday, January 13,
1930. They were scripted by Disney himself for the first few weeks with assistant
Win Smith as the inker. Smith was succeeded by Floyd Gottfredson who drew the
strip for 45 years until his retirement.   

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Floyd Guttfredson

 

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Walt Disney with Mickey Mouse

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DEATH OF A COMEDIAN ON THIS DAY IN 1962

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Pioneer television comedian Ernie Kovacs was killed in an automobile accident in 
Los Angeles in the early morning hours of January 13, 1962. After a light southern California rainstorm, Kovacs apparently lost control of his Chevrolet Corvair Station wagon while negotiating a turn, and crashed into a power pole located at the corner
of Beverly Glen and Santa Monica Boulevards. He died almost instantly from chest
and head injuries. Kovacs was 42.

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SINGLE SET A RECORD ON THIS DAY IN 1962

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Chubby Checker’s "The Twist", which reached number one on the Billboard
chart on September 19th, 1960, made a surprise return on January 13, 1962
to the top spot on The Hot 100 for two weeks. It is the only Rock record by the
same artist to ever accomplish the feat. The song was written and originally
released in 1959 by Hank Ballard and the Midnighters.  

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Chubby Checker turned 70 in October

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