January 12 Enjoy exploring all that happened on my birthday.
We could have been twins… Significant people who share my birthday
Jan Baptista van Helmont… • Born: January 12, 1580 • Who: A Flemish chemist and physician • Significance: Developed the concept of gas • Fun Fact: Invented the word gas from the Greek word “chaos” revistanatural.com
John Hancock… • Born: January 12, 1737 • Who: A patriot • Significance: First to sign Declaration of Independence • Fun Fact: People often use the expression, “Put your John Hancock here” when asking for one’s signature. earlyamerica.com
Born January 12, 1988 • Who: Actor • Significance: Acted in movies and TV series such as Jumping Ship, Blossom, Tom, and Oliver Beene • Also voiced Recess’s D.J.Detweiler Andrew • Fun Fact: In the Disney Channel Original Movie Jumping Ship, he acted with his two brothers, Joseph and Matthew. Lawrence
First x-ray photo in U.S. Dr. Henry Smith • When: The night of January 12,1896 • Who: Students Osmond L. Barringer, EbenHardie, and E. Pender Porter • Where: Physics Lab, Davidson College, NC • How: Dr. Henry Smith, their physics professor, had invented an X-Ray camera. • What: X-Ray photograph of two .22 caliber rifle cartridges, two rings and a pin inside a pillbox, and a cadaver’s finger phy.davidson.edu phy.davidson.edu
First wireless message sent • When: January 12, 1908 • Who: Lee de Forest, French engineer and scientist • Where: Eiffel Tower, Paris, France • What: First long-distance radio message transmission • How: The radio show was broadcasted to about 50 people up to 500 miles away. onestep4ward.com
Speed Record Set • When: January 12, 1904 • Who: Henry Ford • Where: Frozen St. Clair Lake in Michigan • What: A land-speed record of 91.37 mph was set by driving the Ford 999, a four-wheeled vehicle without a hood or body. • Significance: Huge publicity for Henry Ford’s Ford Motor Company Popularmechanics.com
In the World of Entertainment Debuts of bands and shows
The Beatles • When: January 12, 1964 • Where: Sunday Night at the London Palladium (British Television Variety Show) • Who: The Beatles • What: Performing “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” “This Boy,” “All My Loving,” “Money,” and “Twist And Shout” • Fun Fact: Although The Beatles had first appeared on the show the previous October, this time they charged four times as much. Thisdayinmusic.com
Batman • When: January 12,1966 • Where: Premiere on ABC TV • Who: Stars Adam West and Burt Ward • What: The show Batman, based on the DC Comics allmoviephoto.com Tomcoote.co.uk • Fun Fact: Famous celebrities often guest starred as villains on the show.
In My Life Time The Recent Past
Basketball Player Dies • When: January 12, 2000 • Who: Bobby Phills, Charlotte Hornets Guard • What: Phills was drag racing his teammate David Wesley at 75 mph. • How: Phills lost control of his Porche, crashed, and was pronounced dead at the scene. forums.nykfp.com
Earthquake • When: January 12, 2010 • Where: Port-au-Prince, Haiti • What: An earthquake of 7.0 magnitude • Who: About 150,000 were killed boston.com