Today in History: JAN 26, Kobe Bryant and daughter killed

In 1915, President Woodrow Wilson approved the Rocky Mountain National Park Act, which established the 10th national park in the United States.

In 1962, the United States launched Ranger 3, a scientific instrument that was intended to land on the moon. However, the probe ended up missing, disappearing more than 22,000 miles from its intended destination.

During his appearance on “60 Minutes” with Hillary Clinton in 1992, Bill Clinton, the Democratic presidential candidate, acknowledged that there were problems in his marriage, which were not considered relevant to the campaign.

In 1993, Vaclav Havel (VAHTS’-lahv HAH’-vel) became the president of the recently established Czech Republic.

In 1994, during a trip to Sydney, Australia, by Britain’s Prince Charles, a frightening incident took place when college student David Kang unexpectedly approached the prince and discharged two blank rounds from a starter’s pistol. Consequently, Kang was subsequently given a punishment of 500 hours of community service.

In Glendale, California, a male individual parked his sport utility vehicle (SUV) on the railway tracks, resulting in a collision between two commuter trains which tragically claimed the lives of eleven individuals. Additionally, in 2005, a helicopter belonging to the United States Marine Corps crashed in the western region of Iraq, resulting in the unfortunate deaths of thirty Marines and a Navy medic who were on board. The individual responsible for driving the SUV, Juan Alvarez, was found guilty of murder and subsequently received a sentence of eleven consecutive life terms.

Nadya Suleman, a single unemployed mother, received public criticism after it was revealed that she had become pregnant with octuplets and had undergone in vitro fertilization at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Bellflower, California. In 2009, she gave birth to six boys and two girls.

Abe Vigoda, a character actor who passed away in 1994, was a man who stopped traffic for more than three weeks. Additionally, in 2016, the FBI arrested the leaders of an armed group that was occupying a national wildlife refuge in Oregon.

Billie Eilish, an eighteen-year-old singer, achieved a historic milestone at the Grammy Awards by being the first to win all four top awards and becoming the youngest recipient of one. In 2020, NBA legend Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, along with seven others, tragically lost their lives when their helicopter crashed into a steep hillside in dense morning fog in Southern California.

Ten years ago, Ashley Wagner made history in Omaha, Neb., By becoming the first woman since Michelle Kwan in 2005 to secure consecutive victories in the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, successfully fending off the emerging talent of Gracie Gold. In the world of tennis, Victoria Azarenka claimed her second consecutive Australian Open championship, triumphing over Li Na with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 victory. In Washington, D.C., A multitude of individuals, many holding signs bearing the names of victims of gun violence, came together for a rally advocating for gun control, embarking on a march from the Capitol to the Washington Monument.

37 individuals lost their lives when a blaze swiftly spread through a compact hospital in South Korea that lacked a sprinkler system. Following the resignation of the university’s president due to the mishandling of sexual abuse accusations against the disgraced former sports physician Larry Nassar, Mark Hollis, the Athletic Director of Michigan State University, decided to retire just two days later. Ronald Gasser, aged 56, was found guilty of manslaughter by a jury in suburban New Orleans for the shooting death of NFL running back Joe McKnight during a road-rage confrontation in December 2016. Gasser was subsequently sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Amy Schneider, the champion of “Jeopardy!” Came to an end after winning the consecutive 40 games and a prize money of $1.4 million. Neil Young, the veteran rocker, said that Spotify’s decision to allow the spread of misinformation about COVID-19 was what prompted his request for the removal of his music from the streaming platform. Spotify stated that they would grant Young’s request. Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston defended its decision to deny a heart transplant to a man who refused to get vaccinated for COVID-19. The Federal Reserve signaled its plan to start raising interest rates in order to combat high inflation, one year ago.

42 is Colin O’Donoghue, an actor. 45 is Sarah Rue, also an actor. 46 is Vince Carter, a retired NBA player. 47 is Tye Tribbett, a gospel singer. 47 is Gilles Marini, an actor (pronounced ma-REE’-nee ZHEEL). 49 is Matilda Szydagis, an actor. 49 is Chris Hesse, a rock musician (from the band Hoobastank). 50 is Jennifer Crystal, an actor. 51 is Nate Mooney, an actor. 53 is Kirk Franklin, a gospel singer. 56 is Bryan Callen, an actor. 57 is Lenny Abrahamson, a director. 59 is Paul Johansson, an actor. 60 is Jazzie B, an R&B singer (from the group Soul II Soul). 60 is Andrew Ridgeley, a musician. 62 is Wayne Gretzky, a Hall of Fame hockey player. 63 is Charlie Gillingham, a rock musician (from the band Counting Crows). 65 is Ellen DeGeneres, a talk show host, comedian, and actor. 65 is Norman Hassan, a reggae musician (from the band UB40). 70 is Lucinda Williams, a country-alt singer-songwriter. 71 is Mimi Leder, a producer-director. 74 is David Strathairn, an actor (pronounced streh-THEHRN’). 75 is Corky Laing, a rock musician (from the band Mountain). 76 is Richard Portnow, an actor. 79 is Angela Davis, an activist. 80 is Jean Knight, a singer. 84 is Scott Glenn, an actor. 88 is Bob Uecker, an actor-sportscaster. 94 is Jules Feiffer, a cartoonist.