This Week in Awesome History: January 23rd – January 29th

Hulkamania begins and Michael Jackson and Bob Dylan join forces this week in awesome history.

Paul Tamburroby Paul Tamburro

January 23rd, 1984: Hulk Hogans Wins The WWF Championship For The First Time

On this day in '84 Hulkamania officially began as the iconic Hulk Hogan defeated Iron Shiek to begin his first WWF title reign.

After escaping the Sheik's dreaded Camel Clutch submission hold, a finishing move that up until that point no other wrestler had managed to overcome, Hogan hit the Iranian superstar with the leg drop for the victory and successfully cemented his place as the face of professional wrestling.

His title reign would last for four years and he would go on to headline eight Wrestlemania's before defecting to WCW. His popularity transcended the sports entertainment business and led to a number of film and TV roles, including a legendary performance in the Greatest Commercial Of All Time.


January 24th, 1935: The First Ever Canned Beer Goes On Sale

On this day in 1935 canned beer first went on sale after its popularity rose when it was distributed to soldiers during the war. 75 years later and canned beer was responsible for the man in the above video's inability to walk in a straight line.

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January 25th, 1980: Paul McCartney Released From Japanese Prison

On this day in 1980 Paul McMartney was released from his Tokyo jail cell following a nine-day imprisonment for carrying half a pound of Marijuana in his luggage through customs. The former Beatle was set to embark on an 11-city tour throughout the country with his band Wings, but after being arrested in Tokyo's Narita International Airport on January 16th he was immediately deported following his release on the 25th, with the Japanese prosecutor citing McCartney's "sense of regret" as the reasoning behind his swift departure from the jail.

Many claimed that McCartney's quick release was unfair and happened solely due to his star status, while others questioned the motives behind a world famous performer such as McCartney carrying such a large amount of marijuana in the first place. McCartney has since stated that it was as if he "wanted to get busted", and that his arrest was him subconsciously finding an excuse to leave Wings. He would disband the group shortly after returning to England.


January 27th, 1972: First Videogame Console is Released

On this day in '72 the first ever home gaming console is released – the Magnavox Odyssey.

The Odyssey implemented a unique attempt at providing customers with a large selection of games to choose from, giving them a number of transparent sheets that could be placed on the TV screen that would then alter the games terrain. For instance, when players wanted to play a game of hockey, they would simply slot the ice rink sheet onto their television. 

It's difficult to imagine this being fun even in the 70's, but everything has to start somewhere, right?


January 28th, 1985: Michael Jackson and Bob Dylan Unite

On this day in '85 singers such as Michael Jackson, Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder, Tina Turner and Lionel Richie united to record the charity single 'We Are The World', the US version of hit UK single 'Do They Know It's Christmas' which was released to give aid to Africa. 

The track was constructed by Harry Belafonte and written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie. It received immense praise and was awarded with three Grammy's for its efforts being going quadruple platinum. A follow-up was released in 2010 due to the Haiti earthquake, with modern artists such as Pink, Usher and that bloke from Maroon 5 taking over the reins. It also featured a healthy dollop of auto-tune courtesy of Akon, Li'l  Wayne and, *gulp*, T-Pain.