Jan. 10: U.S.-Vatican Diplomatic Relations 1984

Jan 10, 2012 7:25pm

1984 U.S. and Vatican Establish Diplomatic Relations

In 1984, newly established diplomatic relations with the Vatican raised the church and state debate.  Those who opposed the formal diplomacy felt that it was unconstitutional and favored the Catholic church over other religions.

 

1994 Lorena Bobbitt Trial Begins

On June 23, 1993, Lorena Bobbitt cut off the penis of her husband, John, while he was sleeping.  Lorena Bobbitt claimed the attack was defensive, and that her husband had raped her that night, and previously abused her emotionally and physically.  The trial took place in Manassas, Virginia; the jury found Lorena Bobbitt not guilty due to insanity.

 

2002 Criminal Investigation of Enron

President Bush’s deep ties to the corrupt energy company Enron were questioned.  Enron and CEO Ken Lay were one of President Bush’s most generous financial supporters.

 

2008 India Debuts Tiny Tata Car

At the New Delhi Auto Expo, India’s Tata Motor Company unveiled a new car model for about $2,500.  The Tata Nano was touted as the “world’s cheapest car,” accessible to the many families who hadn’t been able to afford a car before.  The four-door car’s interior was simplified, displaying only a speedometer, odometer and gas gauge.  The original Nano model did not have any air conditioning, radio or power windows.

 

Famous Birthdays

1945 Rod Stewart

1949 George Foreman

1949 Linda Lovelace

1953 Pat Benatar

1956 Shawn Colvin

1961 Evan Handler

1965 Butch Hartman

1980 Sarah Shahi

1982 Josh Ryan Evans

 

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