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January 1st History

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January 1st In Pop Culture History

That every US President up until Herbert Hoover held a tradition during New Years Day anyone could stand in line and shake the president's hand and wish him a happy new year.

January 1st is both the furthest away and closest day to December 31st. Because of time zones, the first person born in a year can be born before the last person of the previous year.

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 until 1582.

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 were made)

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 Lincoln

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, TX)

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 Pennsylvania, Philadelphia,

1948 - The first motion picture 'newsreel' in color was taken at the Tournament of Roses and the Rose Bowl Game, Pasadena, California.

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 US.

1964 - Tops of the Pops first aired on BBC

1966 - #1 Hit January 1, 1966 - January 7, 1966: Simon & Garfunkel - The Sound Of Silence

1966 - "Caution Cigarette smoking may be hazardous to your health" warning started appearing on cigarettes.

1971 - Cigarette television ads cease.

Janury 1, 1980 - The Far Side, Comic Strip

1983 - The Evil Dead was released in theaters

January 1, 1983 - The Apple Lisa was released.

1985 - VH1 debuted on US cable

January 1, 1985 - The Apple Macintosh XL was released.

1985 - The AT&T monopoly was broken up into seven companies: Ameritech, Bell Atlantic, BellSouth, NYNEX, Pacific Telesis, Southwestern Bell and US West.

January 1, 1990 (fiction) The Ghostbusters defeated Vigo the Carpathian, Ghostbusters II, Film

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.

2000 - Fantasia 2000 was released in theaters.

2005 - #1 Hit January 1, 2005 - March 4, 2005: Mario - Let Me Love You

2008 - CourtTV was rebranded as TruTV

2011 - Discovery Health Channel became The Oprah Winfrey Network.

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 of 2007.

January 1st
Celebrity Birthdays

A New Year's Toast

Paul Revere (1735)
Betsy Ross (1752)
Lew Fields (1867)
Snitz Edwards (1868, d.1937)
William Fox (1879)
Edie Martin (1880)
Charles Bickford (1889)
Tom Dugan (1889)
Florence Lawrence (1890)
Frank Pettingell (1891)
J. Edgar Hoover (1895)
Walter Greaza (1897)
William Haines (1900)
Xavier Cougat (1900,d.1990)
Dana Andrews (1909,d.1992)
Russ Bender (1910)
Earl Wrightson (1916)
Albert Mol (1917)
Nat Jaffe (1918, d.1945)
Carol Landis (1919,d.1948)
J.D. Salinger (1919)
Rocky Graziano (1919)
Elisabeth Anderson (1920)
Roberts Blossom (1924)
Valentina Cortesa (1925)
Matthew "Stymie" Beard (1925, d.1981)
Raymond Pellegrin (1925)
Barbara Baxley (1927)
Pat Heywood (1927)
Larry King (1929)
Ty Hardin (1930)
Matt Robinson (1930)
Frederick Wiseman (1930)
Joe Orton (1933)
Norman Yemm (1933)
Frank Langella (1938)
Michele Mercier (1939)
Country Joe McDonald (1942)
Don Novello (1942)
Judy Stone (1942)
'Father Guido Sarducci' (1943)
Jimmy Hart (1944)
Gary "BB" Coleman (1947)
Rodger Bumpass (1951)
Greg Carmichael (1953)
Alpha Blondy (1953)
Fr David (1954)
Luis Guzman (1957)
Grandmaster Flash (1958)
Ren Woods (1958)
Michael David Morrison (1960)
Marcia Cross (1961)
Mark Wingett (1961)
Ari Up (1962)
DeDee Pfeiffer (1964)
Juliana Donald (1964)
Rawley Valberde (1966)
Embeth Davidtz (1966)
Michael Imperioli (1966)
John Digweed (1967)
Tim Dog (1967)
Morris Chestnut (1969)
Sophie Okonedo (1969)
Christi Paul (1969)
Verne Troyer (1969)
Nicolle Dickson (1969)
Gabriel Jarret (1970)
Catherine McCormack (1972)
Neve McIntosh (1972)
DJ Shadow (1972)
Keeley Hawes (1977)
Nina Bott (1978)
Brody Dalle (1979)
Elin Nordegren (1980)
Jonas Armstrong (1981)
Edin Riegel (1981)
Ali Bastian (1983)
Emi Kobayashi (1983)
Mary Gibbs (1996)
Marlene Lawston (1998)
May those who love us, love us. And those that don't love us,
May God turn their hearts. And if He doesn't turn their hearts,
May He turn their ankles, So we may know them by their limping.


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