- On this date in 1569, the first lottery took place in England approved by Queen Elizabeth 1
The jackpot of £5,000 is equivalent to £850,000 pounds today, and part of the money raised from ticket sales went to good causes, as is the case in today’s lottery.
On this date in 1922, doctors first used insulin to treat diabetes.
In January 1922 in Toronto, Canada, a 14-year-old boy, Leonard Thompson, was chosen as the first person with diabetes to receive insulin. The test was a success. Leonard, who before the insulin shots was near death, rapidly regained his strength and appetite. The team now expanded their testing to other volunteer diabetics, who reacted just as positively as Leonard to the insulin extract.
- On this date in 1935, aviator Amelia Earhart began a trip from Honolulu to Oakland, Calif. .. she became the first woman to fly solo across the Pacific Ocean
- On this date in 1964, U.S. Surgeon General Luther Terry issued the first government report saying smoking may be hazardous to human health
- On this date in 1980, Rupert Holmes hit #1 on the pop music charts with “Escape (The Pina Colada Song)”.
Celebrating birthdays today:
actress Amanda Peet (46)
singer Mary J. Blige (47)
Country singer Naomi Judd (72)