Jan-23 (Pt 2): American Icons

Georgetown University to Duke Ellington, Frisbees, Tony Bennett, Roots and Madeline Albright are some of the American icons of January 23rd.

1789

Georgetown University Founded

Fr. John Carroll founds Georgetown University, the first Catholic university in the United States.  The school’s alumni includes 10 heads of state (including President Bill Clinton) and countless cabinet secretaries, ambassadors, members of Congress,  judges and at least one web radio host.

The school’s motto is “Hoya Saxus” which loosely translated means “What Rocks”

1943

The Duke Plays Carnegie Hall

Duke Ellington plays Carnegie Hall for the first time.

1957

Wham-O Releases First Frisbees

Wham-O toy company roll out the first batch of their aerodynamic plastic discs–now known to millions of fans all over the world as Frisbees.

1962

Tony Bennett Records “I Left My Heart in San Francisco”

Tony Bennett recorded “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” in New York for Columbia Records.

1976

Roots Premiers

The TV mini-series “Roots,” based on the Alex Haley novel, began airing on ABC. The mini-series was watched by an estimated 130[ and 140[ million viewers total and averaged a 44.9 rating 66% share of the audience. The final episode was watched by 100 million viewers and an average of 80 million viewers watched each of the last seven episodes. Eighty-five percent of all television homes saw all or part of the mini-series. The show, which is still the 3rd-highest rated U.S. television program, received 37 Emmy Award nominations and won 9.  Below is a defining scene from the program.

1997

Madeline Albright Becomes First Woman Secretary of State

Madeleine Albright becomes the first woman to serve as United States Secretary of State.  Albright, who was a member of the Georgetown faculty prior to going into the government is now Professor of International Relations  Georgetown University‘s Walsh School of Foreign Service.

In the clip below she discusses a famous run-in with Colin Powell over Bosnia.

 

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