Sunday, January 9, 2011

⅏Did You Know - These Random Facts? #4 - January

Did You Know?
For the month of

back in....

  • 2007, For the first time, cellphone subscribers sent text messages more often than they called!  Today, teens ages 13 to 17 send or receive an average of 1,742 messages a month!  And an amazing 42% of teens with cellphones claim they can text while blindfolded!
  • The Supremes: Diana Ross (left),
     Mary Wilson (center),
     Florence Ballard (right) circa 1965
    pic by Wiki user JohnathanLGardner
    1970, Diana Ross & The Supremes performed their last live show at the Frontier Hotel in Las Vegas.  The famous diva is now mom to two actresses, an actor, a model - and a finance student!
  • 1984, The U.S. Supreme Court declared the private use of home VCRs to tape TV programs legal.  Before that, taping your favorite show was against the law!
  • 1984, Angelo Buono, one of the Hillside Stranglers, is sentenced to life in prison for his role in the rape, torture, and murder of 10 young women in Los Angeles. Buono's cousin and partner in crime, Kenneth Bianchi, testified against Buono to escape the death penalty.  Buono, a successful auto upholsterer, and Bianchi began their serial crime spree in 1977 when Bianchi moved from New York to live with his cousin. During his trial, Buono fiercely insisted on his innocence, pointing to the fact that there was no physical evidence tying him to the crimes. Buono's house was so clean that investigators couldn't even find Buono's own fingerprints in the home. But after more than 400 witnesses testified, Buono was convicted and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.Angelo Buono died from a heart attack on Sept. 21, 2002 at the age of 67. Kenneth Bianchi was denied parole in September 2005 and remains in prison.
  • 1993, Martin Luther King Jr. Day was observed in all 50 states for the first time.
  • 2004, The NASA Spirit rover rolled onto the surface of Mars.  Thanks to the new Phoenix Mars Lander, NASA recently found evidence of water on the planet - meaning it may have once supported life!

Resource:, Wikipedia

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