This Day in His­tory

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On Jan. 12, 1959, Berry Gordy Jr. founded Mo­town Records (orig­i­nally Tamla Records) in Detroit.

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In 1828, the United States and Mex­ico signed a Treaty of Lim­its defin­ing the bound­ary be­tween the two coun­tries to be the same as the one es­tab­lished by an 1819 treaty be­tween the U.S. and Spain.

In 1915, the U.S. House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives re­jected, 204174, a pro­posed con­sti­tu­tional amend­ment to give women na­tion­wide the right to vote.

In 1932, Hat­tie W. Car­away be­came the first woman elected to the U.S. Sen­ate after ini­tially be­ing ap­pointed to serve out the re­main­der of the term of her late hus­band, Thad­deus.

In 1945, dur­ing World War II, So­viet forces be­gan a ma­jor, suc­cess­ful of­fen­sive against the Ger­mans in East­ern Europe. Air­craft from U.S. Task Force 38 sank about 40 Ja­panese ships off In­dochina.

In 1948, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Sipuel v. Board of Re­gents of Uni­ver­sity of Ok­la­homa, unan­i­mously ruled that state law schools could not dis­crim­i­nate against ap­pli­cants on the ba­sis of race.

In 1965, the mu­sic va­ri­ety show “Hul­la­baloo” pre­miered on NBC-TV with host-of-the­week Jack Jones; guests in­cluded Joey Heather­ton, the New Christy Min­strels and Woody Allen.

In 1966, Pres­i­dent Lyn­don B. John­son said in his State of the Union ad­dress that the U.S. mil­i­tary should stay in Viet­nam un­til Com­mu­nist ag­gres­sion there was stopped. The TV se­ries “Bat­man,” star­ring Adam West and Burt Ward as the Dy­namic Duo, pre­miered on ABC, air­ing twice a week on con­sec­u­tive nights.

In 1971, the ground­break­ing sit­u­a­tion com­edy “All in the Fam­ily” pre­miered on CBS tele­vi­sion.

In 1986, the shut­tle Columbia blasted off with a crew that in­cluded the first His­panic-Amer­i­can in space, Dr. Franklin R. Chang-Diaz.

In 1998, Linda Tripp pro­vided In­de­pen­dent Coun­sel Ken­neth Starr’s of­fice with taped con­ver­sa­tions be­tween her­self and for­mer White House in­tern Mon­ica Lewin­sky.

In 2000, in a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Illi­nois v. Ward­low, gave po­lice broad au­thor­ity to stop and ques­tion peo­ple who run at the sight of an of­fi­cer.

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