I READ THE NEWS TODAY OH BOY- NEWS HEADLINES FROM FRIDAY JANUARY 3, 1969

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Friday January 3, 1969-  The notable news of the day in the United States was – it was the opening day for the 91st United States Congress- 15 new members in the 100 seat US Senate and 20 re-elected members. Senator Richard Russell of Georgia was the new president pro-tempore [ the highest ranking member of the majority party-  Russell had been in the US Senate since 1933 }  Mike Mansfield would remain the Senate Majority Leader and Everett Dirksen the Minority Leader {Dirksen would die in September of 1969} . The Democrats which were the majority party elected Ted Kennedy the majority whip,{Kennedy would go on to have a pretty bad summer} while the Republicans selected Pennsylvania’s Hugh Scott as minority whip. In the House of Representatives John McCormack was re-elected as Speaker of the House- the 77 year old McCormack had been the Speaker of the House since 1962 and had been a member of the US House of Representatives since 1928. No folks- the career politician is not a new invention.

The 109th Congress would break down like this- in the US Senate the Democrats held the edge 57 members to 43 for the Republicans and in the House of Representatives the Democrats held a 243 to 192 edge. On January 20th- the incoming President of the United States would be a Republican- Richard Milhous Nixon.

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  • Born on this day 50 years ago was the great Formula 1 race car driver Michael Schumacher-was born in Hurth, West Germany- Shumacher is  one of the greatest ever- he would go on to win 7 Formula 1 Championships in an 11 year period from 1994 until 2004 and would win a total of 91 races during his F1 career. Sadly in 2013 Schumacher suffered a traumatic brain injury in a skiing accident and continues to receive medical treatment and rehabilitation for that injury. He has been left unable to walk or stand.

 

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3 responses to “I READ THE NEWS TODAY OH BOY- NEWS HEADLINES FROM FRIDAY JANUARY 3, 1969

  1. Apparently the Space Hopper was first introduced to the UK this month in 1969. Yep, I had one. Recently I read a blog about a guy who was travelling across Europe on one. He learnt quickly not to have a big meal before setting off.

    • Yes- the whip- the whip is kind of the party disciplinarian- tries to keep their party in line with votes- — keep track of how party members are voting.

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