January 15 in Pop Culture History

January 15th History, Trivia and Fun Facts

January 15th History Highlights

  • 1559 – Elizabeth I was crowned Queen of England in Westminster Abbey, London
  • 1947 – The body of Elizabeth Short was found in Los Angeles. The killer was never found. #BlackDahliaMystery
  • 1967 – The inaugural Super Bowl was simulcast on CBS and NBC.
  • 1943 – The construction of The Pentagon in Washington DC was completed.
  • 2001 – Wikipedia went online.
  • If you were born on January 15th,
    You were likely conceived the week of… April 24th (prior year)

January 15th is…

National Bagel Day
National Fresh Squeezed Juice Day
National Hat Day
Strawberry Ice Cream Day

January 15th Birthday Quotes

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
– Martin Luther King, Jr.

Those whose conduct gives room for talk
Are always the first to attack their neighbors.
~ Molière

In any country when you throw something in somebody’s face, it’s disrespectful.
– Pitbull

All parties without exception, when they seek for power, are varieties of absolutism.
– Pierre-Joseph Proudhon

Two paradoxes are better than one; they may even suggest a solution.
– Edward Teller

I don’t like to cry in public, unless I’m getting paid for it.
– Andrea Martin

Don’t be afraid to lose. Listen. And always invest in yourself.
– Pitbull

January 15th Birthdays

1622 (baptized) – Molière (Jean-Baptiste Poquelin), French actor and playwright (died in 1673)
1809 – Pierre Joseph Proudhon, French anarchist (died in 1865)
1882 – Henry Burr, Canadian singer, early radio performer (died in 1941)
1908 – Edward Teller, Hangarian-American physicist (died in 2003)
1909 – Gene Krupa, American drummer, composer, and actor (died in 1973)
1920 – John O’Connor, American cardinal (died in 2000)
1927 – Phyllis Coates, American actress
1929 – Martin Luther King, Jr., American minister and activist, Nobel Prize laureate (died in 1968)
1945 – Vince Foster, American lawyer and political figure (died in 1993)
1947 – Andrea Martin, American-Canadian actress
1957 – Mario Van Peebles, America actor
1966 – Lisa Lisa, American R&B singer
1968 – Chad Lowe, America actor
1979 – Drew Brees, American football player
1981 – Pitbull (Armando Christian Pérez), American rapper and producer
1984 – Ben Shapiro, American author and commentator
1988 – Skrillex (Sonny John Moore), American DJ and producer
2004 – Grace VanderWaal, American singer-songwriter

January 15th History

It’s National Hat Day, because in 1797, the 1st top hat was worn, by John Etherington in London.

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” as planned.

1969 – The first docking of two manned spacecraft took place between the Soviet Soyuz 4 and Soyuz 5.

1972 – #1 Hit January 15, 1972 – February 11, 1972: Don McLean – American Pie

1974 – Happy Days debuted on ABC.

1975 – Space Mountain opened at Disney World (Florida)

1977 – #1 Hit January 15, 1977 – January 21, 1977: Leo Sayer – You Make Me Feel Like Dancing

1977 – The Coneheads debuted on NBC’s Saturday Night Live. Also, Bill Murray joined the cast of SNL, replacing Chevy Chase

1978 – Superbowl XII aired on CBS, the first night-time Superbowl

1981 – Hill Street Blues premiered on NBC.

1983 – #1 Hit January 15, 1983 – February 4, 1983: Men at Work – Down Under

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.”

1993 – Body of Evidence, Alive, Man Bites Dog and Nowhere to Run were released in theaters.

1999 – Varsity Blues, At First Sight, Virus and In Dreams were released in theaters.

2000 – #1 Hit January 15, 2000 – January 28, 2000: Christina Aguilera – What a Girl Wants

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.

2010 – The Book of Eli & The Spy Next Door debuted in theaters.

Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

Considering how there’s no traces of humans in the film, the Lion King could be set in any era. It could be the bronze age, 21st century or a cyborg future where humanity has gone extinct.

Whenever Aladdin lies, you’ll notice the feather on his turban falls in his face.

Buddy Holly – Real Name: Charles Hardin

A group of Larks is called a Exaltation or Ascension.

You know that your game of monopoly starts to escalate when someone asks for the game instructions.

Joe Francis, founder and CEO of Girls Gone Wild, filed bankruptcy and fled the US to Mexico in order to avoid paying an outstanding gambling debt to Steve Wynn and the subsequent arrest warrant for failure to pay.

TV Quotes… “Yada, yada, yada” (various) on “Seinfeld”

Ben Franklin’s 13 Virtues #10 – Cleanliness.

We had a quiet dinner, except for the celery of course.

“Love means never having to say you’re sorry.” – Jennifer Cavilleri Barrett – (Ali MacGraw) #moviequotes

In the year 4567 AD we will have the 12/3/4567 day.

“The best advice I’ve ever received is, ‘No one else knows what they’re doing either.'” – Ricky Gervais

The first 11 digits of pi’s decimal places are the international phone number of someone in San Francisco.

“One through nine, no maybes, no supposes, no fractions. You can’t travel in space, you can’t go out into space, you know, without, like, you know, uh, with fractions—what are you going to land on—one-quarter, three-eighths? What are you going to do when you go from here to Venus or something? That’s dialectic physics.” – Photojournalist in Apocalypse Now #moviequotes

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