19th January
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1940 The Three Stooges' You Natzy Spy premieres

This anti-Nazi film beat Charlie Chaplin's movie The Great Dictator by 9 months. The movie, set in a fictitious country called 'Moronica', starred Moe Howard as a Hitler look-a-like. [Related video links Charlie Chaplin: The Rink, By The Sea, Work] [Link The Three Stooges: Brideless Groom]

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1999 Man Charged in California Cyberstalking Case

Only three weeks after California brings in Cyberstalking laws, Gary Dellapenta is charged with soliciting the rape of a woman who had rejected his advances. Dellapenta used the internet to place ads requesting that men come round to the house of the victim to rape her. The woman initially didn't understand why men were turning up at her house in the middle of the night asking to rape her. Then she found out about the ads. She put a sign up on the doors telling the men that the ads were a hoax. Dellapenta then posted another ad saying that those notices were all part of the fantasy. Dellapenta was finally caught when the victim's father pretended to reply to the ads. He was sentenced to 6 years in prison.

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Birthdays

1949 Robert Palmer
1946 Dolly Parton
1943 Janis Joplin
1942 Michael Crawford
1939 Phil Everly
1931 Tippi Hedren
1839 Paul Cezanne
1809 Edgar Allan Poe

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1955 First presidential news conference is filmed for television and newsreels
1937 Howard Hughes flew from Los Angeles to Newark, New Jersey, in 7 hours and 28 minutes, setting a new transcontinental flight speed record.

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