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Today In History - January 31

The Green Hornet
The Green Hornet is an American radio adventure series that debuted in 1936 and introduced the character of the Green Hornet, a masked vigilante. The series originated on January 31, 1936, on WXYZ, the same local Detroit station that originated its companion shows The Lone Ranger and Challenge of the Yukon. Beginning April 12, 1938, the station supplied the series to the Mutual Broadcasting System radio network, and then to NBC Blue and its successors, the Blue Network and ABC Network, from November 16, 1939, through September 8, 1950. It returned from September 10 to December 5, 1952. It was sponsored by General Mills from January to August 1948, and by Orange Crush in its brief 1952 run.

Distinguished by its use of classical music for themes and for bridges between scenes, The Green Hornet was "one of radio's best-known and most distinctive juvenile adventure shows". The series detailed the adventures of Britt Reid, debonair newspaper publisher by day, crime-fighting masked hero at night.

With his faithful valet Kato, Britt Reid, daring young publisher, matches wits with the Underworld, risking his life so that criminals and racketeers within the law may feel its weight by the sting of the Green Hornet! The radio show used Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's "Flight of the Bumblebee" as its theme music, blended with a hornet buzz created on a theremin.


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Today in History Our On This Day In History archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of some of them for January 31:

Historical Events

  • 1855 - Western railroads blocked by snow
  • 1861 - State of Louisiana takes over US Mint at New Orleans
  • 1863 - 1st black Civil War regiment, SC Volunteers, mustered into US army
  • 1865 - Congress passes 13th Amendment, abolishing slavery in America (121-24)
  • 1865 - Gen Robert E. Lee named Commander-in-Chief of Confederate Armies
  • 1871 - Millions of birds fly over western SF, darkening the sky
  • 1874 - Jesse James gang robs train at Gads Hill, Missouri
  • 1930 - 1st US glider flight from a dirigible, Lakehurst, NJ
  • 1936 - "Green Hornet" radio show is 1st heard on WXYZ Radio in Detroit
  • 1948 - Magnetic tape recorder developed by Wireway
  • 1949 - 1st daytime soap on TV "These Are My Children" (NBC in Chicago)
  • 1950 - President Harry Truman publicly announces development of H-bomb
  • 1955 - RCA demonstrates 1st music synthesizer
  • 1957 - Liz Taylor's 2nd divorce (Michael Wilding)
  • 1957 - Eight people on the ground in Pacoima, California are killed following the mid-air collision between a Douglas DC-7 airliner and a Northrop F-89 Scorpion fighter jet.
  • 1958 - "Jackpot Bowling" premieres on NBC with Leo Durocher as host
  • 1958 - James van Allen discovers radiation belt
  • 1958 - US launches their 1st artificial satellite, Explorer 1
  • 1961 - Ham is 1st primate in space (158 miles) aboard Mercury/Redstone 2
  • 1964 - US report "Smoking & Health" connects smoking to lung cancer
  • 1968 - Viet Cong Tet offensive begins
  • 1970 - Grateful Dead members busted on LSD charges
  • 1971 - "My Sweet Lord" by George Harrison hit #1 on UK pop chart
  • 1971 - Apollo 14 launched, 1st landing in lunar highlands
  • 1971 - US female Figure Skating championship won by Janet Lynn
  • 1971 - US male Figure Skating championship won by John Misha Petkevich
  • 1972 - Aretha Franklin sings at Mahalia Jackson's funeral
  • 1974 - McDonald's founder Ray Kroc buys San Diego Padres
  • 1975 - Barry Manilow's "Mandy" goes gold
  • 1975 - John Lennon releases "#9 Dream"
  • 1975 - UCLA wins NCAA basketball championship
  • 1976 - "Love Rollercoaster" by Ohio Players hits #1
  • 1982 - US male Figure Skating championship won by Scott Hamilton
  • 1984 - Edwin Newman retires from NBC News after 35 years with the network
  • 1988 - Super Bowl XXII: Wash Redskins beat Denver Broncos, 42-10 in San Diego Super Bowl MVP: Doug Williams, Washington, QB
  • 1990 - 1st McDonalds in Russia opens in Moscow, world's biggest McDonalds
  • 1993 - Super Bowl XXVII: Dallas Cowboys beat Buffalo Bills, 52-17 in Pasadena Super Bowl MVP: Troy Aikman, Dallas, QB
  • 1995 - President Bill Clinton authorizes a $20 billion loan to Mexico to stabilize its economy.
  • 2000 - Alaska Airlines flight 261 MD-83, experiencing horizontal stabilizer problems, crashes in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Point Mugu, California, killing all 88 persons aboard.

Famous Birthdays

  • 1734 - Robert Morris, merchant (signed Declaration of Independence)
  • 1797 - Franz Peter Schubert, Lichtenthal Austria, composer (Unfinished Symphony)
  • 1798 - Karl Gottlieb Reissiger, composer
  • 1810 - Daniel Ruggles, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1897
  • 1812 - John Randolph Tucker, Capt (Confederate Navy), died in 1883)
  • 1818 - William Raine Peck, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1871
  • 1820 - William B. Washburn, 28th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1887)
  • 1857 - George Jackson Churchward, Great Western Railway Chief mechanical engineer. (d. 1933)
  • 1863 - F Henri Berz, French existensialist philosopher (Revue the Synthesis)
  • 1865 - Henri Desgrange, Founder of the Tour-de-France (d. 1940)
  • 1866 - Emil Strauss, Germany, writer (Naked Man)
  • 1868 - Theodore William Richards, chemist (atomic weights, Nobel-1914)
  • 1872 - Zane Grey, American West novelist (Riders of the Purple Sage)
  • 1881 - Joseph A Cushman, US, palaentologist
  • 1882 - Anna Pavlova, St Petersburg Russia, ballerina/choreographer
  • 1892 - Eddie Cantor, NYC, comedian (Eddie Cantor Comedy Theater)
  • 1903 - Tallulah Bankhead, Huntsville Ala, actress (Lifeboat, Die Die Darling)
  • 1915 - Garry Moore, [Thomas Garrison Morfit], Balt, host (I've Got a Secret)
  • 1919 - Jackie Robinson, Ga, 1st black major league baseball player (Dodgers)
  • 1921 - Carol Channing, Wash, actress (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Hello Dolly)
  • 1921 - John Agar, Chicago, actor (Fort Apache, Sands of Iwo Jima)
  • 1921 - Mario Lanza, Phila, actor/singer (Great Caruso, Toast of New Orleans)
  • 1923 - Joanne Dru, Logan WV, actress (Guestwood Ho, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon)
  • 1929 - Jean Simmons, London, England, actress (Thorn Birds, Guys & Dolls)
  • 1931 - Ernie Banks, Dallas Texas, "Mr Cub" Chicago Cubs, Hall-of-Famer (short stop/1st baseman)
  • 1937 - Suzanne Pleshette, NYC, actress (Birds, Emily-Bob Newhart Show)
  • 1940 - Stuart Margolin, Davenport Iowa, actor (Love American Style)
  • 1941 - Jessica Walter, Brooklyn, New York, American actress (Play Misty For Me, Arrested Development)
  • 1946 - Glynn Turman, NYC, actor (Lew-Peyton Place, Manimal, Centennial)
  • 1956 - Johnny Rotten, [John Lydon], rocker (Sex Pistols-God Save the Queen)
  • 1959 - Anthony LaPaglia, actor (Murder One)
  • 1959 - Kelly Lynch, actress (Drugstore Cowboy)
  • 1968 - Doug Pederson, NFL quarterback (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • 1970 - Minnie Driver, London, United Kingdom, British actress and singer-songwriter (Good Will Hunting, The Riches)
  • 1978 - Brad Rutter, Jeopardy! Champion
  • 1981 - Justin Timberlake, Memphis, Tennessee, singer-songwriter (Sexyback, My Love)

Famous Weddings

  • 1560 - Spanish king Philip II marries Elisabeth van Valois
  • 1842 - 10th US President John Tyler's daughter Elizabeth marries in White House
  • 1960 - Songwriter Adolph Green marries actress/singer Phyllis Newman in NYC
  • 1974 - "The Outlaw" actress Jane Russell (52) weds real-estate broker John Calvin People (45) in Santa Barbara, California
  • 2009 - "Stay" singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb (40) weds Late Night with Conan O'Brien music supervisor Roey Hershkovitz (30) at Manhattan restaurant in New York City

Famous Deaths

  • 1606 - Guy Fawkes, convicted in the "Gunpowder Plot", executed at 35
  • 1788 - [Bonnie Prince Charlie] Charles E Stuart, English pretender to the throne, dies at 67
  • 1790 - Thomas Lewis, Irish-born Virginia settler (b. 1718)
  • 1954 - Edwin H Armstrong, US radio inventor (FM), commits suicide at 63
  • 1954 - Florence Bates, actress (Kismet, I Remember Mama), dies at 65
  • 1967 - Chief Thundercloud, actor (Ambush, Colt 45, Typhoon), dies at 100
  • 1974 - Samuel Goldwyn, Polish/English/US film magnate (MGM), dies at 91



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