Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding making you feel old today? This list of news stories won't help

Exactly 20 years ago today, Nancy Kerrigan experienced the “whack heard around the world” when she was attacked by a man hired by the ex-husband of rival ice skater Tonya Harding.

Seems like yesterday, right? Or at least not 20 years ago. Well, if that makes you feel old, this list of historic January dates probably won't be your Fountain of Youth. 

Also 20 years ago in January 1994?

Lorena Bobbitt, who was charged with *ahem* mutilating her hubby John Wayne Bobbitt, was found not guilty by reason of insanity.

Mrs. Doubtfire” and “Philadelphia” battled for box office supremacy.

The Dallas Cowboys beat the Buffalo Bills, 30-13, in Super Bowl XXVIII at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

Alice in Chains debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 with their “Jar of Flies” EP.

John Grisham (The Pelican Brief, A Time to Kill and The Firm), Stephen King (Dolores Claiborne), James Patterson (Along Came a Spider) and Danielle Steel (Mixed Blessings) topped the New York Times best-selling paperbacks list.

19 years ago…

The Browns won their last playoff game. It was January 1, 1995, in Cleveland, when they beat the New England Patriots 20-13 in the first round of the playoffs. They then fell to the Pittsburgh Steelers, 29-9, in the second round.

Eight years afterward, the Steelers booted the Browns in the first round of the 2002 playoffs, 36-33.) 

25 years ago…

On January 20, 1989, George H. W. Bush took over the White House from “The Great Communicator,” two-term President, Ronald Reagan. (Just shy of a year in office, the elder Bush ordered the invasion of Panama, capturing dictator Manuel Noriega.)

Ted Bundy was executed January 24, 1989 in the electric chair in Florida.

Before the end of the month, Thomas the Train choo-chooed over from Britain for his US Debut in “Shining Time Station.”

30 years ago…

Apple is so hip and young and… getting old. The first Mac PC hit shelves on January 24, 1984

Three days later that year, Michael Jackson was severely burned on the set of a commercial he was filming for Pepsi.

36 years ago…

While an Arctic blast threatens northeast Ohio with record lows, the “Cleveland Superbomb” – aka “The Great Blizzard of 1978” – claimed 51 lives in Ohio with hurricane-force winds that blew snow as high as 20-feet, up to the peaks of houses.

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