Have You Heard – January 1, 2016

Have You Heard, and you probably should, today (1/1) is New Year’s Day.
However, it’s also Commitment Day, Global Family Day and the World Day of Peace.

Today is also marks the 34th anniversary of Clemson’s national football championship win over Nebraska in the Orange Bowl.

Former Governor and U.S. Senator Ernest Hollings is 94 today.
Hollings served as South Carolina’s governor from 1959 to 1963, and in the U.S. Senate from 1966 to 2005.
For 36 of those 38 years in Washington, Hollings was South Carolina’s junior senator.
That is a Senate record and that’s due to the fact that he served all but two years while Strom Thurmond was the state’s senior senator.

Verne Troyer, who played “Mini Me” in the Austin Powers films, is exactly half Hollings’ age.
He’s 47 today.

Mr Lawrence, who supplies the voice of “Plankton” in the SpongeBob SquarePants cartoons, is also 47 today.

After 26 years of being left out, Betty Rubble debuted 20 years ago today (1/1/1996) as a Flintstones vitamin.

Cuban revolutionaries led by Fidel Castro overthrew the existing government there 57 years ago today (1/1/1959).

Exactly 60 years before that (1/1/1899), the U.S. officially liberated Cuba from Spanish rule.
Cuba was under U.S. rule for three years.

Hank Williams, Sr., died 63 years ago today. He was only 29.

Simon and Garfunkel had three number-one hits.
Their first was “Sound of Silence,” and it hit number-one 50 years ago today.

Five years later (1/1/1971), cigarette advertisements were banned from U.S. television and radio.

30 years ago today (1/1/1986), New York City transit fares hit $1.
Those fares are now $2.75, up 175% from 1986.
Over the same time, inflation has risen 117% in this country.

Today is Independence Day in Haiti.

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