Historical events on 14 Jan
1978: In January 1978 the Sex Pistols embarked on their first and last tour of America, and their last tour as a band. They might not have known it, but the group that had caused a moral panic in their native UK and helped spark the punk wave of the late 1970s was about to collapse completely.
The audiences were hostile – their promoter had purposely booked what he called “redneck bars” to provoke violence. During the concerts Sid Vicious fought with audience members and attacked them with his bass guitar, as well as fighting with security guards and staff on and off stage. During their final show Johnny Rotten walked off after having performed one song, a cover of “No Fun” by the Stooges. The band would never perform together again. Sid Vicious – described by Rotten as having gone “completely off the rails” by the start of the tour – was hospitalized shortly after the tour but would die of a heroin overdose in 1979.
2019: US President Donald Trump denies he is a Russian agent after NY Times article states the FBI started an investigation and the Washington Post raised issues over a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin
2007: Legendary Russian test pilot Marina Popovich is awarded the honorary title “The Hero of the Nation” by the Russian Federation
2001: Jennifer Lopez scored her first UK No.1 single with ‘Love Don’t Cost A Thing’
1998: Charles Barkley pleads not guilty to an assault charge
1995: Mexico pledges profits from state-owned Pemex’s $7-billion-per-year oil revenues in an effort to secure US congressional approval of loan guarantees; President Clinton approves a $20-billion U.S. aid package for Mexico
1993: “Anna Christie” opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 54 performances, starring Natasha Richardson and Liam Neeson
(Source: On This Day)
1979: US President Jimmy Carter proposes Martin Luther King’s birthday be a holiday
1973: “Aloha from Hawaii”, an Elvis Presley concert, becomes the most watched broadcast by an individual entertainer
1972: Margrethe II of Denmark becomes the first Queen of Denmark since 1412
1963: George Wallace sworn in as Governor of Alabama, his address states “segregation now; segregation tomorrow; segregation forever!”
1960: US Army promotes Elvis Presley to Sergeant
1953: Yugoslavia elects its 1st president (Marshal Tito)