January 1 in Pop Culture History
January 1st is both the furthest away and closest day to December
4713 BC - Julian Calendar day #1, according to Joseph Justus
Scaliger's cycle of 7980 years.
46 BC - The Julian calendar began, and was used widespread
1622 - January 1st became the start of the "new Year"
(it was March 25 for a long time prior)
1788 - The Times of London newspaper began publication.
1801 - Great Britain, Scotland and Ireland unite, founding
the "United Kingdom"
1818 - Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein, or The Modern
Prometheus was published (anonymously) in London. (500 copies
1862 - U.S. income tax began, with 3% of incomes over $600,
5% of incomes over $10,000.
1863 - The 'Emancipation Proclamation' issued by Abraham
1886 - 1st Tournament of Roses took place in Pasadena, California
1896 - German scientist Wilhelm Röntgen announced his
discovery of X-rays.
1908 - 1st New Year's ball drop at Times Square, NYC
1910 - The Hydrox "biscuit bonbon," a chocolate
sandwich cookie with creme filling, was introduced. Oreos
came out in 1912.
1915 - Aspirin was made available for the first time in
tablet form. The pills were manufactured by Bayer pharmaceuticals,
and had been available in powder form before that.
1928 - The 21-story Milam Building was the first air-conditioned,
high-rise office building in the United States (San Antonio,
1925 - 1st Sugar Bowl and 1st Orange Bowl
1936 - The Herald Tribune of New York began microfilming
the latest issues, becoming the first US newspaper to make
a current record of its publication.
1946 - ENIAC, the first U.S. computer was completed. It
was built at the Moore School of Engineering, University of
1948 - The first motion picture 'newsreel' in color was
taken at the Tournament of Roses and the Rose Bowl Game, Pasadena,
1954 - NBC broadcasted Pasadena's Rose Bowl parade, for
the first time in color.
1960 - US population: 179,245,000
1962 - The Rose Bowl game on NBC was the first coast-to-coast
color television broadcast of a college football game in the
1964 - Tops of the Pops first aired on BBC
1966 - "Caution Cigarette smoking may be hazardous
to your health" warning started appearing on cigarettes.
1971 - Cigarette television ads cease.
1985 - VH1 debuted on US cable
1985 - The AT&T monopoly was broken up into seven companies:
Ameritech, Bell Atlantic, BellSouth, NYNEX, Pacific Telesis,
Southwestern Bell and US West.
1995- The History Channel was launched
1995 - The last syndicated "Far Side" by cartoonist
Gary Larson appeared. (started in 1985)
1997 - U.S. television networks adopted a ratings system
for programming similar to the one used for motion pictures.
1997 - The Emergency Broadcast System was replaced by the
Emergency Alert System
1999- The Biography channel and DIY channels were introduced
2008 - CourtTV was rebranded as TruTV
2011 - Discovery Health Channel became The Oprah Winfrey
2014 -The manufacture and importing of the common 40-watt
and 60-watt general service incandescent lamps was ended under
the deadline set by the Energy Independence and Security Act
January 2 in Pop Culture History
1788 - Georgia became the 4th state to ratify U.S. constitution.
1818 - The British Institution of Civil Engineers was founded.
1839 - First known picture of the moon was taken by Louis
1834 - Pennsylvania opened its state liquor stores.
1870 - Construction began on the Brooklyn Bridge to cross
the East River, in New York City.
1938 - Book publisher Simon and Schuster founded.
1947 - Mahatma Gandhi's march for peace in East-Bengali.
1959 - U.S.S.R. launches Mechta, Luna 1, for first lunar
fly-by and first solar orbit.
1960 - John Reynolds set the age of solar system at 4,950,000,000
years (so in 2016, it became 4,950,000,056 years old)
1970 - Official US population is 203,302,031 people.
1974 - 55 MPH speed limit was imposed by the Richard Nixon
2008 - Oil reached $100 per barrel for the first time.
January 3 in Pop Culture History
1521 - Martin Luther was excommunicated by Roman Catholic
1777 - Washington defeated the British at Battle of Princeton,
1847 - Yerba Buena renamed San Francisco
1871 - Oleomargarine was patented (#110626) by Henry Bradley
in Binghamton, NY
1919 - Professor Ernest Rutherford succeeded in splitting
the atom. He split nitrogen atoms into oxygen atoms.
1920 - New York Yankees purchased Babe Ruth from Red Sox
1924 - British egyptologist Howard Carter finds sarcophagus
of Tutankhamen (King Tut)
1938 - March of Dimes was established
1951 - Dragnet premiered on NBC
1959 - Alaska was admitted as 49th U.S. state
1970 - Jon Pertwee made his first appearance as the Third
Doctor in the Doctor Who episode Spearhead from Space. It
also marks the first time that the series was broadcast in
color. (colour in the UK)
1973 - George Steinbrenner III bought the Yankees from CBS
for $12 million
1977 - Apple Computers incorporated
1977 - Holly Hallstrom joined Janice Pennington and Dian
Parkinson as a showcase model on The Price is Right
1979 - The USA cable network was founded
1983 - Plinko was added as a Pricing Game for the series
The Price Is Right
1987 - Unsolved Mysteries premiered (as a special) on NBC
1987 - Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted the 1st female
artist, the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin
1991 - First television sets to feature closed-caption display
are introduced in the U.S.
1993 - ABC and CBS simultaneously broadcast their own movies
based on the Amy Fisher story with ABC's starring Drew Barrymore
and CBS's starring Alyssa Milano. NBC had already beaten the
other networks airing their own version about six days prior.
1997 - Bryant Gumbel anchored his last episode of the Today
January 4 in Pop Culture History
1790 - President Washington delivered the 1st State of the
1865 - The New York Stock Exchange opened its first permanent
headquarters at 10-12 Broad near Wall Street in New York City.
1896 - Utah became the 45th State
1902 - The Carnegie Institute of Washington was founded.
1903 - Thomas Edison filmed the electrocution of a murdering
elephant, Topsy, to show the dangers of Alternating Current
1936 - Billboard magazine published its 1st music hit parade
1940 - Edwin H. Armstrong demonstrated the first "network"
relay of an FM radio broadcast through several stations from
Yonkers, NY, to Alpine, NJ, to Meriden, CT, and Paxton, MA
to Mount Washington.
1958 - Sea Hunt premiered, in syndication
1958 - Russian Sputnik I, the first man-made object to orbit
the earth, fell back into the atmosphere and disintegrated,
after 92 days in space.
1965 - US President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaims his "Great
Society" during his State of the Union address.
1971 - Congressional Black Caucus was founded
1975 - Elizabeth Ann Seton became the first US-born saint.
1980 - The Unuted States boycotted the 1980 Moscow Olympics
1986 - Phil Lynott, frontman for Brit rockers Thin Lizzy
died from heart failure from pneumonia complications.
1988 - Nick Jr. programming started on Nickelodeon
1995 - Newt Gingrich became Speaker of the US House of Representatives.
1999 - Former professional wrestler Jesse Ventura was sworn
in as governor of Minnesota.
2007 - Nancy Pelosi was elected Speaker of the US House
January 5 in Pop Culture History
1889 - The word hamburger first appeared in print in the Walla
Walla Union, a Walla Walla, Washington, newspaper.
1905 - The National Association of Audubon Society incorporated.
1914 - The Ford Motor Company announced an eight-hour workday
and that it would pay a "living wage" of at least
$5 for a day's labor.
1933 - San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge construction began
1945 - Pepe LePew debuted in Warner Brother's "Odor-able
1949 - President Harry S Truman labeled his administration
the "Fair Deal"
1957 - Dodgers' Jackie Robinson retired rather than be traded
to New York Giants
1971 - Former boxing heavyweight champion "Sonny"
Liston's (36) corpse found (he probably died Dec 30, 1970)
1998 - Vandals decapitated Copenhagen's Little Mermaid
1970 - All My Children premiered on ABC
1991 - Blossom debuted on NBC
1995 - Daytime soap opera All My Children celebrated its
January 6 in Pop Culture History
1540 - King Henry VIII of England married Anne of Cleves.
1838 - Samuel Morse made the 1st public demonstration of
telegraph in New Jersey.
1839 - The Night of the Big Wind swept across Ireland, damaging
or destroying more than 20% of the houses in Dublin.
1854 - Sherlock Holmes' Birthday
1912 - New Mexico became the 47th state.
1951 - FDR gave his "4 Freedoms" speech (speech,
worship, from want and from fear)
1957 - Elvis Presley made his 7th (and final) appearance
on Ed Sullivan Show
1973 - ABC's Schoolhouse Rock debuted with Multiplication
1974 - In response to the 1973 oil crisis, daylight saving
time began nearly four months early in the United States.
1994 - Olympic Ice skater Nancy Kerrigan was attacked when
Tonya Harding's husband and bodyguard hired Shane Stant to
break her legs. Kerrgan finished in second place, Harding
in 8th for the event.
1996 - Blizzard of 1996
January 7 in Pop Culture History
1608 - Fire destroyed the settlement of Jamestown, Virginia
1714 - The world's first patent (#395) for a "Machine
for Transcribing Letters" was granted in England by Queen
Anne to Henry Mill. This first planned typewriter was never
1830 - The 1st U.S. Railroad Station opened in Baltimore,
1927 - Commercial telephone service, via radio, began between
New York and London.
1929 - Drawn by Hal Foster, Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan
comic strip 1st appeared
1929 - Buck Rogers, illustrate by Dick Calkins, appeared
in newspaper comics.
1927 - The Harlem Globtrotters played their first game in
1934 - Alex Raymond's 'Flash Gordon' comic strip debuted
in newspapers across the United States.
1948 - Thomas Mantell reported seeing a UFO over Kentucky
1962 - The Avengers premiered in ITV, in the UK
1966 - Gene Kiniski defeated long-time wrestling champ Lou
Thesz to become NWA champion.
1980 - President Jimmy Carter authorized legislation giving
$1.5 billion in loans to bail out the Chrysler Corporation.
1990 - The Leaning Tower of Piza was closed, citing safety
concerns, and after some repairs, reopened on June 16, 2001
2004 - The Apprentice premiered on NBC
January 8 in Pop Culture History
1780 (Earthquake) Tabriz, Iran
1790 - George Washington gave the first 'State of the Union'
message, urging the opening of the US Patent Office.
1815 - Andrew Jackson won the "Battle of New Orleans"
1835 - The United States' official debt was $0.00.
1889 - Dr. Herman Hollerith received the 1st U.S. patent
for a tabulating machine, technically this was the first computer
1918 - Mississippi was the 1st state to ratify 18th amendment
1963 - Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa was exhibited in the
United States for the first time, at the National Gallery
of Art in Washington, DC.
1964 - US President Lyndon Johnson declared 'War on Poverty'
1987 - Dow Jones closed above 2,000 for 1st time (2,002.25)
1996 - Jacques Cousteau's Calypso was accidentally rammed
by a barge and sank in Singapore Harbour. It was raised, and
is now a museum in France.
2002 - President George W. Bush signs into law the bi-partisan
No Child Left Behind Act.
January 9 in Pop Culture History
1693 (Earthquake) Sicily, Italy
1788 - Connecticut became the 5th state
1793 - Jean Pierre Blanchard made the first successful balloon
flight in the United States, from Philadelphia, PA to Woodbury,
1857 (Earthquake) Fort Tejon, California
1947 - Elizabeth "Betty" Short, AKA the Black
Dahlia, was last seen alive.
1951 - Life After Tomorrow, 1st film to receive an "X"
rating, premiered in London... 'X' ratings at that time were
not the same as today - through 1951-1970 - it meant the film
was for viewers over 16.
1956 - Abigail Van Buren's "Dear Abby" column
1st appeared in newspaper syndication.
1960 - Severus Snape's Birthday
1984 - Wendy's "Where's The Beef" commercials
with Clara Peller began
1996- 3rd Rock From The Sun debuted on NBC
1997 - Antiques Roadshow debuted on PBS
2000 - Malcom in the Middle premiered on FX
2007 - Apple's iPhone was unveiled.
2011 - Bob's Burgers premiered on FOX
January 10 in Pop Culture History
1776 - "Common Sense" by Thomas Paine was published.
1863 - London's Metropolitan, the world's first underground
passenger railway, opened.
1870 - John D. Rockefeller incorporates Standard Oil. It
is now part of ExxonMobil.
1899 - The US patent (#617592) was issued for an "Electric
Device," invented by David Misell, which was manufactured
as the first tubular "Flash Light" by Conrad Hubert
at his American Electrical Novelty and Manufacturing Company.
1901 - The first major discovery of oil in Texas was made
at Spindletop, near Beaumont.
1920 - The League of Nations was established.
1927 - Fritz Lang's Metropolis premiered in Germany.
1946 - The United Nations General Assembly met for the 1st
time in London.
1949 - The 7-inch '45' PRM record was introduced, by RCA.
The blue-colored vinyl played a promo in English on one side
and Spanish on the other.
1955 - Inherit the Wind opened on Broadway at the National
1983 - Fraggle Rock premiered on HBO
1990 - Time Warner was formed by the merger of Time Inc.
and Warner Communications.
1999 - The Sopranos debuted on HBO
2010 - FOX announced that Simon Cowell would depart from
American Idol in May in order to launch a US version of X
Factor in Fall 2011, also on FOX
January 11 in Pop Culture History
Today is National Clean Off Your Desk Day
Today is also Stomp in a Puddle and Splash Your Friends
Day (weather permitting)
1693 (Earthquake) Sicily, Italy
1908 - The Grand Canyon National Monument was created.
1922 - Leonard Thompson (1908-35) was the first person to
receive an injection of insulin as a treatment for diabetes.
1927 - Louis B. Mayer, head of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM),
announced the creation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts
and Sciences, at a banquet in Los Angeles, California.
1949 - It snowed in Los Angeles for the first time (that
we know of)
1964 - US Surgeon General Dr. Luther Leonidas Terry, M.D.,
published the first governmental report saying that smoking
may be hazardous to health.
1973 - Major League Baseball owners voted to approve of
the American League adopting the designated hitter position.
1995 - The WB Television Network was launched.
January 12 in Pop Culture History
1888 - Schoolhouse Blizzard, USA
1906 - Dow Jones closes over 100 for the 1st time.
1926 - Original Sam 'n' Henry premiered on WGN (Chicago)
radio and later renamed Amos 'n' Andy in 1928.
1959 - Motown Records was formed in Detroit.
1965 - 'Hullabaloo' premiered on NBC.
1966 - ABC's 'Batman' television series premiered.
1967 - Dr. James Bedford was the first person to be cryonically
preserved with intent of future resuscitation. He is still
frozen at the Alcor Life Extension Foundation.
1971 - All In The Family aired for the first time on CBS
1988 - Dynasty debuted on ABC
1997 - King Of The Hill made its premiere
1998 - The game SuperBall! was played for the last time
on The Price Is Right
2001 - National Geographic Channel debuted American cable
2001 - Lizzie McGuire premiered on The Disney Channel
2006 - A stampede during the Stoning of the Devil ritual
on the last day at the Hajj in Mina, Saudi Arabia, killed
at least 362 Muslim pilgrims.
2010 (Earthquake) Port-au-Prince, Haiti
January 13 in Pop Culture History
1854 - US patent (#11062) for an accordion was issued to Anthony
Faas of Philadelphia, Pa.
1863 - Thomas Crapper invented the portable toilet.
1888 - National Geographic Society was founded in Washington,
1930 - Disney's 'Mickey Mouse' newspaper strip first appeared.
1906 - The 1st radio set advertised (Telimco for $7.50 in
1959 - Motown Records is formed in Detroit.
1962 - Wilt Chamberlain of the Philadelphia Warriors scored
73 points against Chicago
1966 - Tabitha was born on ABC's Bewitched. The episode
titled, "And Then There Were Three."
1967 - US patent (#3359678) was issued to the Wham-O Mfg.
Company for their improvement of the Frisbee.
1969 - Dick York collapsed on the set of Bewitched and is
rushed to the hospital. He resigned from the show due to his
persistent back injury (started in 1959) and was replaced
by Dick Sargent.
1978 - United States Food and Drug Administration began
requiring all blood donations to be labeled "paid"
or "volunteer" donors.
1986 - Johnny Cash performed his famous Folsom County Jail
2005 - US Surgeon General, Richard H. Carmona, issued a
national health advisory to warn the public about the risks
of breathing indoor radon.
January 14 in Pop Culture History
1690 - The Clarinet was invented in Nurnberg, Germany
1794 - Elizabeth Hog Bennett became the first woman in the
US to successfully give birth to a child by a Cesarean section.
Her husband, Dr. Jesse Bennett performed the operation.
1878 - U.S. Supreme Court rules that race separation on
trains is unconstitutional
1914 - Henry Ford opened his assembly-line Model-T factory
1952 - NBC's 'Today Show' debuted.
1954 - NY Yankee Joe DiMaggio married actress Marilyn Monroe.
1954 - The Hudson Motor Car Company merged with Nash-Kelvinator
Corporation forming the American Motors Corporation.
1967 - The Summer of Love took place, starting at San Francisco's
'The Human Be-In.'
1972 - NBC's 'Sanford and Son' debuted, with host Dave Garroway.
1973 - The Miami Dolphins complete the first undefeated
season by winning Superbowl VII.
1973 - Elvis Presley's Aloha From Hawaii Special, was seen
by over 1 billion viewers. Since it was on the same day as
Superbowl VII, it was shown later (April 3, 1973) in the US
1978 - Fantasy Island premiered on CBS
1981 - FCC ends limitation on TV commercials.
1990 - 'The Simpsons' premiered on Fox.
January 15 in Pop Culture History
It's National Hat Day, because in 1797, the 1st top hat worn,
by John Etherington in London.
There are 350 days left until next year.
1759 - The British Museum, in Bloomsbury, London, the world's
oldest public national museum, opened to the public.
1861 - The Steam elevator was patented by Elisha Otis.
1863 - Woodpulp paper was first used in the US for a printed
newspaper by the Boston Morning Herald of Boston.
1870 - The Donkey was 1st used as symbol of Democratic Party,
in Harper's Weekly, drawn by Thomas Nast.
1889 - The Coca-Cola Company, then known as the Pemberton
Medicine Company, was incorporated in Atlanta.
1895 - Tchaikovsky's ballet "Swan Lake" premiered
in St. Petersburg.
1919 - The Boston Molasses Disaster - a huge vat of molasses
broke open at the Purity Distilling Company and flooded a
Boston neighborhood. 21 were killed.
1936 - The first building to be completely covered in glass,
two stories built for the Owens-Illinois Glass Company, was
completed in Toledo, Ohio.
1951 - The US Supreme Court ruled that "clear and present
danger" of incitement to riot is not protected speech
and can be a cause for arrest.
1955 - The Benny Hill Show debuted on the BBC
1967 - The inaugural Super Bowl was simulcast on CBS and
NBC. The National Football League (NFL) champion Green Bay
Packers defeated the American Football League (AFL) champion
Kansas City Chiefs by the score of 35-10.
1967 - The Rolling Stones appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show,
and did not sing "Let's Spend Some time Together"
1969 - The first docking of two manned spacecraft took place
between the Soviet Soyuz 4 and Soyuz 5.
1974 - 'Happy Days' debuted on ABC.
1975 - Space Mountain opened at Disney World (Florida)
1977 - The Coneheads debuted on NBC's 'Saturday Night Live'.
Also, Bill Murray joined the cast of SNL, replacing Chevy
1978 - Superbowl XII aired on CBS, the first night-time
1981 - 'Hill Street Blues' premiered on NBC.
1983 - Thom Syles kept a life saver intact in his mouth
for over 7 hours.
1988 - Jimmy 'The Greek' Snyder made a racist remark about
black athletes - He said that the black athlete was "bred
to be the better athlete because, this goes all the way to
the Civil War when ... the slave owner would breed his big
woman so that he would have a big black kid."
2001 - Bob The Builder premiered on Nick Jr
2001- Wikipedia debuted online.
2009 - US Airways flight 1549 landed safely in the Hudson
River, NY, thanks to Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger.
January 16 in Pop Culture History
1362 - St. Marcellus Flood or Grote Mandrenke (Great Drowning
of Men), Netherlands
1547 - Ivan the Terrible crowned himself 1st Tsar of Moscow.
1581 - The English Parliament outlawed Roman Catholicism.
1605 - The first edition of El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote
de la Mancha (Book One of Don Quixote) by Miguel de Cervantes
was published in Madrid, Spain.
1776 - The U.S. Continental Congress approved the enlistment
of free men for the rebellion.
1894 - Theodore Witte of Chilliwhack, British Columbia,
was issued a U.S. patent (#512930) for a "Puttying-Tool"
(the first caulking gun)
1920 - The 18th Amendment, Prohibition began, and alcoholic
beverages were made illegal in the United States. (Effective
one year later)
1920 - The League of Nations held its first council meeting
in Paris, France.
1936 - The first photo finish camera was installed at a
US racetrack, at Hialeah, Florida.
1939 - The 'Superman' newspaper comic strip debuted.
1941 - War Department forms 1st Army Air Corps squadron,
The Tuskegee Airmen, for black cadets.
1964 - Hello, Dolly!, starring Carol Channing, opened on
1976 - The 'Donny and Marie' musical variety show premiered
1984 - Paul and Linda McCartney were arrested in Barbados
for possession of marijuana.
1991 - All major television networks were pre-empted with
Gulf War coverage right after evening news broadcasts.
1995 - Hercules: The Legendary Journeys which starred Kevin
Sorbo and Michael Hurst premiered
January 17 in Pop Culture History
1773 - Captain James Cook and his crew became the first Europeans
to sail below the Antarctic Circle.
1929 - Popeye made his 1st appearance, in comic strip 'Thimble
1929 - From the Mount Wilson Observatory, Carnegie Institution
of Washington, Edwin Hubble showed that the universe was expanding.
1946 - The United Nations Security Council held its 1st
1949 - The Goldbergs debuted on CBS
1950 - During the Great Brink's Robbery, eleven thieves
stole more than $2 million from an armored car company's offices
in Boston. They were all caught later.
1954 - Jacques Cousteau's 1st network telecast airs on CBS's
1984 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that private use of
home VCRs to tape TV programs for later viewing does not violate
federal copyright laws, in a 5-4 decision.
1994 (Earthquake) A magnitude 6.7 earthquake hit Northridge,
1998 - Matt Drudge broke the story of the Bill Clinton/Monica
Lewinsky affair on his website, The Drudge Report.
2011 - Piers Morgan Tonight, replacing Larry King Live,
debuted on CNN
2012 - Food Network personality Paula Deen revealed that
she has Diabetes type 2
January 18 in Pop Culture History
Today is Thesaurus Day
1644 - "In this year one James Everell, a sober, discreet
man, and two others, saw a great light in the night at Muddy
River. When it stood still, it flamed up, and was about three
yards square; when it ran, it was contracted into the figure
of a swine: it ran as swift as an arrow towards Charlton,
and so up and down about two or three hours. They were come
down in their lighter about a mile, and, when it was over,
they found themselves carried quite back against the tide
to the place they came from. Divers[e] other credible persons
saw the same light, after, about the same place."
- John Winthrop (1588-1649) John was the governor of the Massachusetts
Bay Colony. *some reports say it was 1638
1778 - James Cook 'discovered' Hawaii, naming it 'The Sandwich
1896 - The X-Ray Machine was shown to the public. Not really.
The Cabaret du Neant charged people to see an 'illusion' of
1911 - The first landing of an aircraft on a ship took place
as pilot Lt. Eugene B. Ely landed on the USS Pennsylvania.
1944 - Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Artie
Shaw, Roy Eldridge and Jack Teagarden performed at the Metropolitan
Opera House, in NYC.
1971 - Ivan Koloff beat Bruno Sammartino in New York, to
become WWWF champion.
1975 - Leslie Knope's Birthday
1980 - Gold reached $1,000 an ounce for the first time.
1990 - Washington D.C. Mayor Marion Barry arrested in drug
enforcement sting. He claimed that the "bitch set me
up" when he was caught with crack cocaine.
1993 - Martin Luther King Day is official in all 50 United
2004 - The L Word premiered on Showtime
January 19 in Pop Culture History
1825 - The US patent (#X004009) for food storage in cans to
"preserve animal substances in tin" was issued to
Ezra Daggett and his nephew Thomas Kensett of New York City.
1839 - The British East India Company captures Aden, Yemen.
There have not been many companies that could claim "capturing"
1883 - Thomas Edison, using overhead wires, began serving
electricity to the residents of Roselle, New Jersey.
1915 - A US patent (#1125476) was issued to George Claude
of Paris titled a "System of Illuminating by Luminescent
Tubes" an early neon sign.
1920 - The United States Senate voted against joining the
League of Nations.
1937 - Howard Hughes set a record by flying from Los Angeles
to New York City in seven hours, 28 minutes, 25 seconds.
1953 - Lucy had a baby, and over 70% of every TV in the
country watched 'I Love Lucy'
1977 - President Ford pardoned WWII siren Tokyo Rose (Iva
1977 - Snow fell in Miami and The Bahamas. It was the only
time in recorded history that it happened, and a sure sign
of a coming ice age (global cooling), scientists believed.
1978 - Volkswagen Beetles stopped being produced in Germany.
1981 - Buffy Summers' Birthday
1988 - CBS's '48 Hours' debuted.
1989 - President Ronald Reagan pardoned George Steinbrenner
for illegal campaign contributions for Richard Nixon.
1993 - FOX expanded their prime-time line-up to seven days
2012 - The Hong Kong-based file-sharing website Megaupload
was shut down by the FBI.
January 20 in Pop Culture History
January 20, 1992 was a Good
Day for rapper Ice Cube.
1265 - 1st English Parliament was called into session by
Earl of Leicester.
1835 (Volcano Eruption) Cosigüina
1920 - American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) was founded.
1929 - In Old Arizona, the first full-length talking motion
picture filmed outdoors, was released.
1930 - The first radio broadcast of 'The Lone Ranger' took
place in Detroit (WXYZ)
1965 - The Beatles appeared on ABC's Shindig.
1981 - Twenty minutes after Ronald Reagan was inaugurated,
Iran releases 52 American hostages.
1989 - Ronald Reagan became the 1st President elected in
a '0' year (1980) since 1840, to leave office as President
while still alive.
1998- Dawson's Creek premiered on The WB
2000 - SoapNet debuted
2006 - High School Musical was broadcast on The Disney channel
January 21 in Pop Culture History
1472 - The great daylight comet of 1472 was visible in daylight
for 8 days.
1790 - Dr Joseph-Ignace Guillotin proposed the guillotine
to the newly formed National Assembly of Paris as a "humane"
method of execution.
1799 - Edward Jenner's smallpox vaccination was introduced.
1807 - The London Institution for the Advancement of Literature
and The Diffusion of Useful Knowledge (The London Institution)
received a royal charter signed by King George III, to "promote
the diffusion of Science, Literature, and the Arts, by means
of Lectures and Experiments, and by easy access to an extensive
collection of books, both ancient and modern, in all languages."
1861 - Jefferson Davis resigned from the United States Senate.
1911 - The first Monte Carlo Rally took place, with 23 cars.
1915 - Kiwanis International was founded, in Detroit.
1954 - The first atomic submarine, the U.S.S. Nautilus,
was launched at Groton, Connecticut. It was officially commissioned
later that year.
1970 - The Boeing 747, made its 1st commercial flight, between
New York's John F. Kennedy Airport and Heathrow Airport in
London, England. .
1972 - The first convention of Star Trek fans was held in
New York City's Statler-Hilton Hotel
1977 - President Jimmy Carter pardoned most Vietnam War
1979 - Neptune became the outermost planet as Pluto moved
on its highly elliptical, tilted orbit closer to the sun than
Neptune. This eventually led to Pluto being downgraded from
1990 - MTV Unplugged premiered on MTV (The featured artist
1998 - News of the Monica Lewinsky/Bill Clinton affair was
published, President Clinton said he "did not have sexual
relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky."
January 22 in Pop Culture History
1890 - The United Mine Workers of America was founded in Columbus,
1946 - Creation of the Central Intelligence Group, now the
CIA (Central Intelligence Agency).
1947 - KTLA begins operation in Hollywood.
1968 - Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In debuted on NBC
1973 - Roe vs Wade: U.S. Supreme Court legalized abortions.
1984 - Apple's "1984" advertisement ran (for the
only time) at Superbowl XVII
1987 - Pennsylvania politician R. Budd Dwyer shot and killed
himself at a live, televised press conference.
1997 - Lottie Williams was the first human to be struck
by a remnant of a space vehicle (Delta II rocket?) after re-entering
the earth's atmosphere.
2003 - Chappelle's Show debuted on Comedy Central
January 23 in Pop Culture History
1556 (Earthquake) Shaanxi, China. Over 800,000 people may
1571 - The Royal Exchange opened in London.
1793 - Humane Society of Philadelphia (America's 1st aid
1870 - US cavalrymen killed 173 Native Americans, mostly
women and children, in what is known as the Marias Massacre,
1964 - The 24th Amendment to the United States Constitution,
prohibiting the use of poll taxes in national elections, was
1977 - Roots premiered on ABC
1978 - Chicago Guitarist Terry Kaith's last words were "Don't
worry, it's not loaded" while playing russian roulette.
1983 - The "A Team" premiered on NBC
1984 - Hulk Hogan defeated the Iron Sheik for the WWF (now
1985 - Thundercats debuted, in syndication
1986 - The 1st induction of Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame included
Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Domino, Everly Brothers,
Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley.
2003 - Mythbusters premiered on The Discovery Channel
January 24 in Pop Culture History
41 - Roman Emperor Caligula was assassinated.
1848 - Gold was discovered at Sutter's Mill, Coloma, California
by James W. Marshall.
1899 - The US patent (#618128) for a rubber 'safety heel'
was issued to Humphrey O'Sullivan
1922 - The 'Eskimo Pie', an ice cream centre covered in
chocolate, was patented (#1404539) by Christian K. Nelson
of Onawa, Iowa.
1935 - The 1st beer in a can - 'Krueger Cream Ale' is sold
by the Kruger Brewing Company.
1950 - A microwave oven patent (#2495429) was issued to
Percy LeBaron Spencer under the title 'Method of Treating
1963 - Buddy Rogers and Lou Thesz wrestle in Toronto, Rogers
becomes WWWF wrestling champ and Thesz becomes NWA champion.
1984 - Apple Computer unveiled the Macintosh personal computer.
1995- Live coverage of the O.J. Simpson trial began. Day-time
network soap operas were pre-empted for almost nine months.
2003 - The United States Department of Homeland Security
officially began operation.
January 25 in Pop Culture History
1533 - Henry VIII of England married his second wife Anne
1858 - The Wedding March by Felix Mendelssohn was played
at the marriage of Queen Victoria's daughter, Victoria, and
Friedrich of Prussia.
1881 - Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell formed the
Oriental Telephone Company.
1937 - The Guiding Light debuted on NBC radio from Chicago.
1939 - Joe Louis KO'd John Henry Lewis in one round for
the World Heavyweight boxing title.
1945 - Grand Rapids, Michigan, became the first US city
to begin fluoridating the drinking water.
1955 - Columbia University scientists developed an atomic
clock accurate to within one second in 300 years.
1961 - President Kennedy held the first live presidential
2004 - Opportunity rover (MER-B) landed on the surface of
January 26 in Pop Culture History
1564 - The Council of Trent issued its conclusions in the
Tridentinum, establishing a distinction between Roman Catholicism
1838 - Tennessee became the 1st state to prohibit alcohol.
1858 - The Wedding March by Felix Mendelssohn was played
at the marriage of Queen Victoria's daughter, Victoria, and
Friedrich of Prussia.
1906 - The world's steam car land speed record was set at
127.7 mph (205.5 km/h) by Fred Marriot, racing at Daytona
Beach, Florida, U.S.A. in his canoe-shaped Stanley Steamer
Rocket. The record stood until 2009.
1912 - Jim Thorpe relinquished his 1912 Olympic medals for
being a professional athlete. He was paid for playing two
seasons of semi-professional baseball before competing in
the Olympics, thus violating the amateur rules at that time.
His Olympic medals were reinstated posthumously by an act
of Congress in 1983.
1915 - The Rocky Mountain National Park was established.
1966 - The Beaumont Children (ages 9, 7, and 4) disappeared
from Glenelg Beach near Adelaide, South Australia.
1979 - The Dukes of Hazzard debuted on CBS
1980 - NHL - The New York Islanders and Hartford Whalers
played a NHL penalty-free game.
January 27 in Pop Culture History
1606 - The trial of Guy Fawkes and other conspirators began
for the Gunpowder Plot, ending with their execution on January
1888 - The National Geographic Society was established.
1967 - Astronauts Gus Grissom, Edward White and Roger Chaffee
were killed in a fire during a test of their Apollo 1 spacecraft
at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida.
1970 - James M. Schlatter received a patent (#3492131) for
'Peptide Sweetening Agents' later marketed as NutraSweet.
1977 - 'Roots' mini-series began on ABC.
1984 - Michael Jackson's hair caught fire during filming
for Pepsi commercial.
2010 - Steve Jobs unveiled Apple's latest product, a tablet
PC called the iPad, at a press conference in San Francisco.
January 28 in Pop Culture History
1807 - London's Pall Mall became the first street of any city
to be illuminated by gaslight.
1813 - Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice was first published.
1915 - An act of the US Congress created the United States
Coast Guard as a branch of the United States Armed Forces.
1934 - The first ski tow rope in the US, built by Robert
Royce, was used for the first time in Woodstock, Vermont
1953 - J. Fred Muggs (a chimp) joined NBC's 'Today Show'
1958 - The Lego Company patented the design of its Lego
1979 - CBS News Sunday Morning debuts with original host
1986 - Space Shuttle Challenger 10 exploded 73 seconds after
liftoff, killing astronauts Michael J. Smith, Dick Scobee,
Ronald McNair, Ellison Onizuka, Gregory Jarvis, Judith Resnik
and schoolteacher Christa McAuliffe.
January 29 in Pop Culture History
1845 - Edgar Allan Poe's 'The Raven' was published in the
New York Evening Mirror.
1861 - Kansas became the 34th state.
1886 - Karl Benz patented the first successful gasoline-driven
1924 - The first US patent (#1481813) for an ice cream cone
rolling machine was issued to Carl R. Taylor of Cleveland,
1959 - Walt Disney's 'Sleeping Beauty' was released. The
Beauty, Princess Aurora, only appeared on screen for about
18 minutes as an 'adult', but she was actually a sixteen year-old.
1967 - The Mantra-Rock Dance (the 'Ultimate High') took
place in San Francisco and features Janis Joplin, Grateful
Dead, Allen Ginsberg and others.
2015 - Malaysia officially declared the disappearance of
missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 (disappeared on March
8, 2014) an accident and its passengers and crew presumed
January 30 in Pop Culture History
1703 - The 47 Ronin, under the command of ?ishi Kuranosuke,
avenged the death of their master, Asano Naganori.
1790 - The first boat designed as a lifeboat was tested
on the River Tyne.
1868 - Charles Darwin's book, Variation of Animals and Plants
under Domestication, was published.
1948 - Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated by Nathuram Godse.
1958 - The first two-way, moving sidewalk (1,425 feet long)
was put in service at Love Field Air Terminal in Dallas, TX.
1960 - Lily Potter's Birthday
1968 - The North Vietnamese Army and the Viet Cong began
the Tet Offensive
1969 - The Beatles rooftop performance and recording for
Let It Be took place at Apple Records.
1972 - British Paratroopers open fire on and kill fourteen
unarmed civil rights/anti-internment marchers in Derry, Northern
Ireland. It was commemorated by US with 1983's Sunday Bloody
1973 - KISS played their 1st show at the Coventry Club in
Queens New York.
2007 - Microsoft released Windows Vista.
January 31 in Pop Culture History
1865 - Congress passed the 13th Amendment, abolishing slavery
1906 (Earthquake) Coastal Ecuador
1922 (Earthquake) Eureka/San Fransisco, Oregon/California
1958 - The United States launched its first successful orbiting
1961 - The United States launched a 4-year-old male chimpanzee
named Ham on a Mercury-Redstone 2 rocket into test suborbital
flight. Ham landed safely about 17 minutes later.
1988 - The Wonder Years premiered on ABC
1992 - ABC Sportscaster Howard Cosell retired.
1993 - The Super Bowl which was broadcast on NBC featured
Michael Jackson marking the first time there was ever a solo
performer during the show.
1999 - Family Guy premiered on Fox