On this day: January 2

Published On: Jan 01 2013 08:45:02 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 02 2016 01:00:00 AM CST

The Lindbergh baby kidnapping trial begins, the Jets give Namath a record contract, Nixon lowers the nation's maximum speed limit to 55, and oil tops $100 a barrel for the first time, all on this day.

OTD January 2 - Tex Ritter
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1974: Country music singer and actor Tex Ritter, who starred in more than 50 Westerns, most of the "singing cowboy" variety, dies of a heart attack at the age of 68 in Nashville, Tennessee. Ritter also recorded several No. 1 country hits, including "I'm Wastin' My Tears on You," "You Two-Timed Me One Time Too Often" and "You Will Have To Pay." He was also the father of "Three's Company" actor John Ritter.

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