MILESTONES: January 14, birthdays for Jason Bateman, Kristin Cavallari, Grant Gustin
NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include actor Jason Bateman, who was born in 1969; actress Kristin Cavallari, who was born in 1987; actress Faye Dunaway, who was born in 1941; actor Grant Gustin, who was born in 1990; tennis player David Hall, who was born in 1970; filmmaker Lawrence Kasdan, who was born in 1949; actor and rapper LL Cool J, who was born in 1968; former astronaut Shannon Lucid, who was born in 1943; news anchor Shepard Smith, who was born in 1964; filmmaker Steven Soderbergh, who was born in 1963; actress Holland Taylor, who was born in 1943; broadcast journalist Nina Totenberg, who was born in 1944; actress Emily Watson, who was born in 1967; and actor Carl Weathers, who was born in 1948.
THE FIRST CAESAREAN SECTION WAS PERFORMED ON THIS DAY IN 1794. Dr. Jesse Bennett, of Edom, Virginia, performed the first successful caesarean section. The patient was his wife, who recovered completely and lived for 36 more years.
THE TODAY SHOW PREMIERED ON THIS DAY IN 1952. Captained by Dave Garroway, the show was segmented with bits and pieces of news, sports, weather, interviews and other features that were repeated so that viewers did not have to stop their morning routine to watch. The segments were brief and to the point. Sylvester Weaver devised this concept to capitalize on television’s unusual qualities. What used to take three hours to broadcast live across the country was done in two with videotape on a delayed basis. The addition of chimpanzee J. Fred Muggs in 1953 helped push ratings up. There have been a number of hosts over the years, from John Chancellor and Hugh Downs to Tom Brokaw, Bryant Gumbel and Matt Lauer. Female hosts (originally called “Today Girls”) have included Betsy Palmer, Florence Henderson, Barbara Walters, Jane Pauley, Katie Couric, Meredith Viera and Savannah Guthrie.
BENEDICT ARNOLD WAS BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1741. Born in Norwich, Connecticut, Arnold was an American officer who deserted to the British during the Revolutionary War. When the Revolutionary War began in 1775, Arnold was commissioned a colonel and led forces in the capture of Fort Ticonderoga. His service was distinguished, but a major leg injury prohibited further command in the field. Arnold resented being passed over for promotion and became disillusioned with the American leadership. When he was given command of West Point in New York by General George Washington, he entered into a secret deal to sell the fort to the British. The plot was discovered and, branded a traitor, Arnold fled. He defected to the British and settled in Canada with his wife, Peggy Shippen. His name has since become synonymous with treachery. He died in 1801 in London.
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