Saturday, January 3, 2009

On January 3

On this day in ...
... 1980, "in a remote region of Kenya," conservationist Joy Adamson (right) was found dead. Born 69 years earlier in Troppeau, Austria, Adamson had arrived in Kenya in 1937, when the east African nation was still colonized by the British. In 1956 she and her husband, a game warden, began to raise a lion cub whose mother he had killed "in self-defense." They named the cub Elsa and trained it to return to the wild -- a feat they recounted in Born Free, which became a best-selling book in 1960 and a popular film in 1966. An employee, who claimed innocence, was convicted of her killing.
... 1953, the only mother-son pair of federal legislators was sworn in to seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. The former was Frances Payne Bolton (1885-1977) (left), who served her Ohio district from 1940, when she assumed the Republican seat vacated on the death of her husband. She lost re-election in 1968. Her son was Oliver Payne Bolton (1917-1972), also an Ohio Republican, who served a total of 3 terms in Congress.

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