January 15 in Pop Culture History

January 15th Fun Facts, Trivia and History

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

National Hat Day

This January 15th, tip your cap to National Hat Day! Grab a Fez, Sombrero, Derby, or Cloche and celebrate! Perhaps it’s more your style to don a Deerstalker and solve a mystery or hit the links in an Irish wool Flat Cap. If you’re laid back, you can always slap on that trusty ball cap and go your merry way.


Hats first made their documented appearance right around the time documents made their first documented appearance. Since there is no documented evidence of pre-documented things, there is really no way to determine when hats first arose. Everyone seems to think it was around 5,200 years ago. They seem to have caught on pretty well because nowadays, there is a hat for everything. Football players, police officers, train conductors, and chefs, to name a few, can be identified just by their hats. They are used as both a fashion piece and for general practicality.

Hats became elaborate during the Edwardian Period and were worn primarily as a status symbol. The decorations included bows, ribbons, feathers, and even stuffed birds. These went out of favor as concern grew over the welfare of certain birds.

Hatters made hats for men, and milliners made them for women. Men’s hats were often made of felt which contained high levels of mercury. The mercury causes cognitive impairment in the hatters, hence the phrase, “as mad as a hatter.” Hats today can serve as a symbol of status, take a look at the Pope. Chefs wear a Toque Blanche (white hat in French). It is supposed to sport 100 pleats to symbolize the 100 ways to cook an egg.  Hats of all shapes and styles have been worn for every conceivable purpose throughout the ages. Regardless of the reason, be it status, fashion, or general practicality, hats do serve one common purpose, they keep the rain and sun off your head.

How To Celebrate

Pick out your favorite hat and wear it with pride! If asked why you look like Carmen Miranda, tell the inquisitive fellow that you’re celebrating hat day! Going for the pirate look? Don a Tricorne and repeat the phrase, “Shiver me timbers!” Going on a safari? Try out a Pith Helmet! Whatever you do, have fun! Perhaps you’d rather make a new hat to celebrate. Grab a how-to book or look it up on the trusty web! There are a lot of different styles to choose from but if you’re going to be a hatter for the day, don’t drive yourself mad deciding what to make.

Maybe you can throw a good, old-fashioned hat party. That’s where you have a party, but with a hat on! Any direction you choose, make sure you have a ball with it.

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, opened. It houses a collection of art and artifacts from around the world. It is one of the oldest museums in the world and has a collection of more than 8 million objects. The museum was founded in 1753 and was originally located in Montagu House, a mansion in Bloomsbury. It has been located in its current building on Great Russell Street in London since 1759. The British Museum is home to a wide range of artifacts and artworks from different cultures and periods, including ancient Egyptian, Greek, and Roman art and artifacts, as well as collections of art and artifacts from other parts of the world, including Asia, Africa, and the Americas. The museum is free to enter and is a popular tourist attraction in London, attracting millions of visitors each year.

1861 – Elisha Otis patented the Steam elevator.

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 a symbol of the 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 covered entirely 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 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 McLeanAmerican 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 SayerYou 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 WorkDown 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 AguileraWhat 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.

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

#1 Hit January 15, 2022 – February 4, 2022: Easy on MeAdele

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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