Almanac: January 28, 2013
by Bill Edwards (Compiled)
Assistant Metro Editor

Birthdays of Monday, January 28

Musician-composer Acker Bilk is 84.
Actor Nicholas Pryor is 78.
Actor Alan Alda is 77.
Actress Susan Howard is 71.
Actress Harley Jane Kozak is 56.
Rock singer Sam Phillips is 51.
Rock musician Dan Spitz is 50.
Country musician Greg Cook (Ricochet) is 48.
Gospel singer Marvin Sapp is 46.
Singer Sarah McLachlan is 45.
Rock musician Brandon Bush is 40.
MLB player Jermaine Dye is 39.
Singer Joey Fatone Jr. ('N Sync) is 36.
Rapper Rick Ross is 36.
Actress Rosamund Pike is 34.
Singer Nick Carter (Backstreet Boys) is 33.
Actor Elijah Wood is 32.

On January 28 in

1813 The novel "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen was first published anonymously in London.

1915 The United States Coast Guard was created as President Woodrow Wilson signed a bill merging the Life-Saving Service and Revenue Cutter Service.

1962 The last of Washington, D.C.'s streetcars made its final run.

1973 A cease-fire officially went into effect in the Vietnam War.

1980 Six U.S. diplomats who had avoided being taken hostage at their embassy in Tehran flew out of Iran with the help of Canadian diplomats.

1986 The space shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after liftoff from Cape Canaveral, killing all seven crew members, including schoolteacher Christa McAuliffe.

In The Star

Jan. 28, 1938, in The Star: The 28th annual banquet meeting of the Anniston Chamber of Commerce last night at the Alabama Hotel was looked upon by the organization’s membership today as “the most inspiring session ever held.” Speeches were made by Congressman Sam Hobbs and by an out-of-town representative from the recently formed Alabama State Chamber of Commerce. Congressman Hobbs devoted a good portion of his speech to Fort McClellan, a project that has been receiving much attention from the Chamber of Commerce for more than 20 years. Also this date: In a wire-service interview, Dr. James Naismith, inventor of basketball, offers his opinion on the recent and much-discussed elimination of the center-jump following every field goal. Mr. Naismith says he doesn’t object to the rule change in principle, but he doesn’t think it has improved the game. He favors a return of the center jump, but with modifications “which would cure the emphasis on tall players able to leap high.”

Jan. 28, 1988, in The Star: Where children once romped on the old Woodstock School playground along 10th Street, workmen are now preparing a site for construction of a regional office for State Farm insurance. “The new facility will be a claim service center to serve the Anniston area,” said Steve Ambros, speaking from State Farm’s Bloomington, Ind., main office. Construction of the one-story building with two drive-in inspection bays should be completed by September. Also this date: We have more predictions for the future, this time coming from a symposium on telecommunications at MIT in Cambridge, Mass. By the turn of the century, according to W. Russell Neuman, “what were separate media at one time — newspapers delivered by newspaper boys, magazines delivered by mail, television, radio, records, compact disks, will all come through what some people refer to as ‘the big pipe theory.’” Extolling the advantages of optic fiber over copper wire, Neuman continued, “The band-width of this optical fiber pipe would be such that one could see high resolution still graphics print out on a high-resolution home-graphic center.” [Curiously, although home computers were certainly in limited use by this point, even in Anniston, the article did not mention them once. Apparently, at least not at an MIT symposium, no link was foreseen, not even 12 years in the future, between home computing and massive amounts of data existing the outside world.]

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