• On Jan. 8, 1877, Crazy Horse and his warriors lose their final battle against the U.S. Cavalry in Montana. The Indians were resisting the U.S. government’s efforts to force them back to their reservations.
• On Jan. 6, 1925, auto industry maverick John DeLorean is born. The De- Lorean Motor Company produced just one model, a sports car with gull-wing doors that opened upward, in the early 1980s. Some 9,000 DMC-12s were produced before the company went bankrupt.
• On Jan. 5, 1949, President Harry Truman announces in his State of the Union address that every American has a right to expect from our government a “fair deal,” including national health insurance, public housing, civil-rights legislation and federal aid to education. To some, the Fair Deal smacked of socialism.
• On Jan. 7, 1959, just six days after the fall of the Batista dictatorship in Cuba, U.S. officials recognize Fidel Castro’s new provisional government. Relations between Cuba and the U.S. deteriorated almost immediately.
• On Jan. 4, 1965, in his State of the Union address to Congress, President Lyndon
Johnson lays out legislation needed to achieve his plan for a Great Society. The address heralded the creation of Medicare/Medicaid, Head Start, the Voting Rights Act, Civil Rights Act, Department of Housing and Urban Development and Economic Opportunity Act.
• On Jan. 2, 1971, 66 soccer fans are killed in a stampede at a stadium in Scotland as they attempt to leave a game. The crush of spectators on the stairways led to tragedy.
• On Jan. 3, 1999, after three days of high winds and heavy snow that killed more than 100 people, the Great Lakes region begins digging out from one of the worst blizzards on record. Chicago’s O’Hare Airport had to shut down, stranding 200,000 people for as much as four days. (c) 2016 King Features