On this day in history January 2, 971 – In the U.S., a federally imposed ban on television cigarette advertisements went into effect.
1974 – U.S. President Richard M. Nixon signed a bill requiring all states to lower the maximum speed limit to 55 MPH. The law was intended to conserve gasoline supplies during an embargo imposed by Arab oil-producing countries. Federal speed limits were abolished in 1995.
1983 – The final edition of Garry Trudeau’s comic strip, “Doonesbury”, appeared in 726 newspapers. “Doonesbury” began running again in September 1984.
- Today in History, Dec. 28 (rep-am.com)
- Garry Trudeau’s Alpha House (blogs.gocomics.com)
- Doonesbury’s Garry Trudeau pokes fun of American politics in a new medium (rawstory.com)
- Doonesbury’s Garry Trudeau Has New Medium for Skewing Politics (crooksandliars.com)
- Stephen Colbert hilariously forces ‘Alpha House’ creator Garry Trudeau to explain online video streaming (redalertpolitics.com)