January 19 in Pop Culture History

January 19th History, Trivia, and Fun Facts

January 19th History Highlights

  • 1883 – The first electric lighting system using overhead wires, built by Thomas Edison, began in Roselle, New Jersey.1915 –
  • 1915 – Georges Claude patented the neon tube.
  • 1920 – The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) was founded.
  • January 19, 1981 Birthday (fictional) Buffy Summers, TV
  • January 19, 2254 (fictional) Babylon 4 disappeared shortly after construction, Babylon 5, TV.
  • If you were born on January 19th,
    You were likely conceived the week of… April 28th (prior year)

January 19th is…

Artist as Outlaw Day
Good Memory Day
National Popcorn Day
Tenderness Towards Existence Day
Tin Can Day

January 19th Birthday Quotes

I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity.
– Edgar Allen Poe

You can’t help getting older, but you don’t have to get old.
– George Burns

There is no end. There is no beginning. There is only the infinite passion of life.
– Frederico Fellini

The truth is this: The march of Providence is so slow, and our desires so impatient; the work of progress is so immense and our means of aiding it so feeble; the life of humanity is so long, that of the individual so brief, that we often see only the ebb of the advancing wave and are thus discouraged. It is history that teaches us to hope.
– Robert E. Lee

Don’t compromise yourself. You are all you’ve got.
– Janis Joplin

Find out who you are and do it on purpose.
– Dolly Parton

Painting from nature is not copying the object; it is realizing one’s sensations.
– Paul Cézanne

Being an intellectual creates a lot of questions and no answers.
– Janis Joplin

January 19th Birthdays

1736 – James Watt, Scottish-English chemist and engineer (died in 1819)
1807 – Robert E. Lee, American general and academic (died in 1870)
1809 – Edgar Allan Poe, American short-story writer, poet, and critic (died in 1849)
1839 – Paul Cézanne, French painter (died in 1906)
1866 – Harry Davenport, American stage and film actor (died in 1949)
1887 – Alexander Woollcott, American actor, and playwright (died in 1943)
1896 – George Burns, American comedian (died in 1996 age 99)
1908 – Ish Kabibble (Merwyn Bogue), American comedian and cornet player (died in 1994)
1920 – Frederico Fellini, Italian film director (died in 1993)
1926 – Fritz Weaver, American actor (died in 2016)
1930 – Tippi Hedren, American model, and actress
1934 – Tom Baker, English Actor
1939 – Phil Everly, American singer-songwriter, The Everly Brothers (died in 2014)
1943 – Janis Joplin, American singer-songwriter (died in 1970) #27club
1944 – Shelley Fabares, American actress and singer
1946 – Dolly Parton, American singer-songwriter and actress
1947 – Paula Deen, American chef, and author
1949 – Robert Palmer, English singer-songwriter (died in 2003)
1951 – Martha Davis, American singer, The Motels
1953 – Desi Arnaz, Jr., American actor and singer
1954 – Katey Sagal, American actress
1955 – Paul Rodriguez, Mexican-American comedian, and actor
1969 – Junior Seau, American football player (died in 2012)
1971 – Shawn Wayans, American actor, producer, and screenwriter
1974 – Frank Caliendo, American comedian, and actor
1992 – Shawn Johnson, American gymnast
1992 – Logan Lerman, American actor
1992 – Mac Miller, American rapper

January 19th 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” an area.

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.

January 19, 1953 – On I Love Lucy, Little Ricky appeared on the show, just twelve hours after he was born. Over 70% of every TV in the country watched the episode.

1959 – #1 Hit February 9, 1959 – March 8, 1959: Lloyd Price – Stagger Lee

1974 – #1 Hit January 19, 1974 – January 25, 1974: Al Wilson – Show and Tell

1977 – President Ford pardoned WWII siren Tokyo Rose (Iva Toguri D’Aquino)

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.

1980 – #1 Hit January 19, 1980 – February 15, 1980: Michael Jackson – Rock with You

January 19, 1981 Birthday (fictional) Buffy Summers, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, TV

1988 – CBS’s 48 Hours debuted.

1989 – President Ronald Reagan pardoned George Steinbrenner for illegal campaign contributions for Richard Nixon.

January 19, 1989 – The Apple Macintosh SE/30 was released.

1990 – Tremors was released in theaters.

1991 – #1 Hit January 19, 1991 – January 25, 1991: Janet Jackson – Love Will Never Do (Without You)

1993 – FOX expanded their prime-time line-up to seven days a week.

1996 – From Dusk Till Dawn was released in theaters.

2007 – The Hitcher debuted in theaters.

2012 – The Hong Kong-based file-sharing website Megaupload was shut down by the FBI.

January 19, 2254 (fictional) Babylon 4 disappeared shortly after construction, Babylon 5, TV

Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

“Hey, I just met you, and this is crazy, but here’s my number, so call me, maybe!” #songlyrics

‘Lived’ and ‘Died’ mean the same thing.

Cromulent – the Simpsons – meaning totally acceptable. “It is perfectly cromulent to use embiggens in a sentence”.

A group of Lice is called a Flock.

Chester Gould’s friend, Al Gross invented the walkie-talkie, and that was the inspiration for Dick Tracey’s wrist radio in January 1946.

“Maybe the poets are right. Maybe love is the only answer.” – Mickey in Hannah and Her Sisters  #moviequotes

The car wash in “Car Wash” was named The Dee Luxe Car Wash.

There are 6 American Flags Planted on the Moon. They are probably all white now, bleached by the Sun’s rays.

Never erase items on your To-Do List. Always strike-through, so at the end of the day, you can see all that you accomplished. #LifeProTip

Sade – Real Name: Helen Adu

TV Quotes… “Aaay!” (Fonzie) on “Happy Days”

A group of Gnus is called an Implausibility.

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