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January 6, 2014
Week of January 6, 2014

• On Jan. 9, 1776, writer Thomas Paine publishes his pamphlet “Common Sense,” setting forth his arguments in favor of American independence. Originally published anonymously, “Common Sense” is considered one of the most influential pamphlets in American history.

 

• On Jan. 8, 1916, Rembrandt Bugatti, a sculptor and younger brother of Italian auto designer and manufacturer Ettore Bugatti, commits suicide at the age of 31. Bugatti’s sculpture of a dancing elephant was featured as a hood ornament on a 1920s Bugatti Royale auto.

 

• On Jan. 12, 1926, the two-man radio comedy series “Sam ‘n’ Henry” (later named “Amos ‘n’ Andy”) debuts in Chicago. Freeman Gosden and Charles Carrell, both white, played characters who were two black men from the Deep South. Over the next 22 years, the show would become the highest-rated comedy in radio history.

 

• On Jan. 11, 1935, American aviator Amelia Earhart departs Wheeler Field in Honolulu on a solo flight to North America. Hawaiian commercial interests offered a $10,000 award to whoever accomplished the flight first. The next day, after traveling 2,400 miles in 18 hours, Earhart safely landed at Oakland Airport in Oakland, Calif.

 

• On Jan. 7, 1959, just six days after the fall of the Fulgencio Batista dictatorship in Cuba, U.S. officials recognize the new provisional government of the island nation. Despite fears that Fidel Castro might have communist leanings, the U.S. government believed that it could work with the new regime.

 

• On Jan. 10, 1961, Dashiell Hammett, author of “The Maltese Falcon,” dies. Hammett left school at age 13, eventually landing at Pinkerton’s detective agency. He worked as a detective for eight years and turned his experiences into “hard-boiled” crime fiction.

 

• On Jan. 6, 1975, a crowd of 2,000-plus lines up outside Boston Garden to buy tickets to the rock band Led Zeppelin. Someone pried open the Garden’s locked doors around midnight, and soon hundreds of beer-drinking, bottle-throwing Led Zeppelin fans had the run of the arena.

 

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