TODAY IN HISTORY
we live in a slightly mad world
Jan 3 1958
The editor of the scandal magazine Confidential, Howard Rushmore, murders his wife and then suicides in the back of a taxicab in NYC.
Jan 3 1961
Three technicians — John Byrnes, Richard McKinley, and Richard Legg — are killed when the SL-1 experimental nuclear reactor explodes in Idaho Falls, Idaho. McKinley’s corpse is found stuck to the containment dome ceiling, impaled on a control rod. The crewmen’s radioactive bodies are so hot they have to be buried in lead-lined caskets.
Jan 3 1962
Pope John XXIII excommunicated Fidel Castro.
Jan 3 1967
Jack Ruby dead of natural causes.
Jan 3 1969
In New Jersey, 30,000 copies of John and Yoko’s album “Two Virgins” are confiscated because the cover is deemed obscene.
Jan 3 1987
Four non-cancerous polyps are removed from President Ronald Reagan’s colon.
Jan 3 1990
Manuel Noriega surrenders at the Papal Nunciature. He is brought to Miami and charged with drug trafficking and money laundering.