Today in History. January 16th

1953 The first corvette was presented at a car show that took place at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. The body of these sports cars were made from fiberglass, giving this car a unique look.

1953 Corvette roadster

1958 A grasshopper plague causes serious damage across the state of Colorado and Neighboring states. This particular plague damaged farmer’s crops, annoyed tourists, and cost millions of dollars.

1979 The Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi, the leader of Iran since 1941, is forced to flee the country when his army mutiny and violent demonstrations in the streets against his rule .

1991 After midnight of this date, war was to be declared in the Persian Gulf if Iraq did not pull out of Kuwait. Iraq did not pull out voluntarily, therefore the Pentagon begun acting on an offensive attack on the Iraqi army. By evening of this day, Operation Desert Storm had begun.

2009 Bank Of America received $20 billion in US government aid and $118 billion worth of guarantees against bad assets.

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  1. A grasshopper plague? Fascinating!
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  2. Very interesting! lol
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  3. This is so interesting. I love history, thanks for sharing!
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  4. Elizabeth Atwood says:

    Wow, January 16th is quite a date! I remember reading about a grasshopper plague in one of the Laura Ingalls Wilder books and always thought it was crazy.
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  5. nicole @nicky_Olea says:

    Cool! l love the body shape of the Corvette.
    Hoping I’ll be able to remember that triva if need be!

  6. Wow, had no idea that grasshoppers could be so destructive!
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  7. I love that car! I would love to own one now!
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  8. Christa @ Little BGCG says:

    I’m with the others! I want that car and so does my almost 3 year old who is blog hopping with me :)
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  9. Interesting stuff.
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  10. I had a patient this past summer and fall here in CO that had TONS of grasshoppers at their house. I was always having to watch my step when I’d go there!
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  11. Very neat, my son loves corvettes!
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  12. Grasshopper plague? Okay, I’m gonna have nightmares about that one.
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  13. hmmm… interesting!
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  14. I always love “On this day” stuff- I have no idea why but it fascinates me!
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  15. wow. When I first started reading I thought it was going to all be about corvettes so when the grasshoppers came into the story I got a little confused for a second.
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  16. The only good thing in that list is the beautiful Corvette. U.S. history sure is interesting.
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  17. hmmm, I never knew!
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  18. What a day in history! I remember when the first Gulf War began, that was the first war that happened in my lifetime!
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