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January Birthdays
1 - Gary Borden
10 - Tom Jean
10 - Becky (Barnes) Wheeler
13 - Jerry Adams
13 - Betty (Gray) Pandit
16 - DiAnne (Meadows) Bryant
19 - Cheryl (Mistich) Bush
20 - Sheila (Hale) Smith
21 - Gary Sweeney
28 - Donna (Kennedy) Speich

1 January
45 B.C. – Julian calendar introduced. (It remained in effect in Great Britain and her colonies until 1732.)
1863 – The Emancipation Proclamation takes effect.
1902 – 1st Rose Bowl game played.
1909 – Barry Goldwater born.
1919 – J.D. Salinger born.
1956 – Elvis records “Heart Break Hotel” in Nashville.
1962 – The Beatles audition for Decca. Decca signs the Tremeloes, not the Beatles.
1966 – “Sounds of Silence” reaches #1.

2 January
1904 – Sally Rand born.
1920 - Isaac Asimov born.
1936 – Roger Miller born.
1941 – Andrews Sisters record “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.”
1955 – “Bob Cummings Show” premieres on NBC.
1959 – Batista flees Cuba.
1965 – NY Jets sign Joe Namath for an unheard of $400,000.

3 January
1521 – Martin Luther excommunicated. So begins the Protestant Reformation.
1868 – The Meiji Restoration.
1888 – Drinking straw patented.
1892 – JRR Tolkien born.
1938 – “March of Dimes” organized.
1956 – Mel Gibson born.
1970 – Beatles record last song together: “I Me Mine”

4 January
1863 – Four-wheeled roller skates are patented.
1885 – 1st appendectomy performed.
1946 – Heckle and Jeckle debut.
1954 – Elvis records demo record in Nashville.
1957 - Fats Domino records “I’m Walkin’”
1975 – “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds” peaks at #1.

5 January
1889 – Hamburger first appears on a restaurant menu (Walla Walla, WA).
1919 – National Socialist party formed in Germany.
1925 – Nellie Rose, Wyoming, becomes first woman governor in the U.S. Succeeded her late husband.
1940 – 1st demonstration of FM radio.
1953 – Beckett’s “Waiting For Godot” premieres.
1959 – Bozo The Clown premieres.

6 January
1880 – Tom Mix born. (No date for Tony.)
1912 – New Mexico becomes 47th state.
1945 – Pepe Le Pew debuts.
1952 – “Peanuts” debuts nationally.
1957 – Elvis makes last appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show.”
1963 – “Wild Kingdom” premieres.
1967 – “Milton Berle Show” airs for last time (ABC).
1968 – Beatles’ “Magical Mystery Tour” album reaches #1. (The movie, however, was a flop.)

7 January
1610 – Galileo, using the telescope, discovers moons circling Jupiter.
1926 – George Burns and Gracie Allen married. (Say what you want about George, but Gracie has got to be the greatest female comedian of all time. IMHO. "Say good night, Gracie" "Good night, Gracie.")
1929 – Comic strip “Buck Rogers” debuts.
1950 – 1st performance by Hank Snow at Grand Ole Opry.
1955 – Marian Anderson become first African-American to perform at NY’s Metropolitan Opera.
1967 – “Newlywed Game” premieres on ABC. (And, probably, leading to many couples getting divorced.)
1968 – “GE College Bowl” premieres (NBC).
1970 – Max Yasgur is sued by neighboring farmers for “property damage” as a result of Woodstock.

8 January
1558 – French occupy Calais (last English holding on continent).
1675 – 1st American commercial corporation chartered (NY Fishing Co.).
1815 – Andrew Jackson defeats British at New Orleans.
1889 – The Hollerith machine (precursor to modern computers) patented.
1911 – Butterfly McQueen born.
1925 – 1st all female state supreme court (Texas).
1926 – Soupy Sales (Morton Supman) born.
1935 – Elvis born. Twin brother stillborn.
1940 – Little Anthony born.
1942 – Stephen Hawking born.
1954 – Elvis pays $4 to Memphis studio and records his first songs.
1956 – Elvis’ “Don’t Be Cruel / Hound Dog” reaches #1.
1957 – Elvis passes his military pre-induction exam in Memphis.
1958 – Bobby Fischer wins his 1st U.S. Chess championship. Age? 14.
1966 – Beatles’ “Rubber Soul” album reaches #1.
1966 – Beatles’ “We Can Work It Out” reaches #1.
1966 – Last “Shindig” broadcast. The Kinks and Who perform.
1975 – Ella Grasso of CT becomes first woman elected as governor in the US without succeeding her husband.

9 January
1799 – 1st income tax (England).
1914 – Gypsy Rose Lee born.
1925 – Lee Van Cleef born.
1929 – The Seeing Eye incorporated (in Nashville) to train dogs to guide the blind.
1937 – “Look” magazine debuts as a monthly.
1956 – “Dear Abby” first appears in newspapers.
1959 – “Rawhide” premieres on CBS.
1962 – “Face masking” prohibited by NFL.
1965 – Beatles’ “’65” album reaches #1.

10 January
1901 – Oil discovered in Texas. (See "The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean" starring Paul Newman)
1927 – Fritz Lang’s “Metropolis” premieres.
1935 – Mary Pickford weds Douglas Fairbanks.
1945 – Rod Stewart born.
1949 – RCA announces the 45 rpm record format.
1956 – Elvis makes first RCA recording sessions (in Nashville).
1958 – Jerry Lee Lewis’ “Great Balls of Fire” reaches #1.
1967 – Edward Brook (MA) becomes 1st popular-elected black US Senator. (At the same time, approx., Lester Maddox sworn in as GA’s governor.)
1969 – The last issue of “The Saturday Evening Post.”

11 January
49 B.C. – Caesar crosses the Rubicon.
1902 – “Popular Mechanics” published for the 1st time.
1958 – “Seahunt” with Lloyd Bridges debuts.
1963 – Tracy Caulkins born.
1963 – The Whiskey-A-Go-Go opens in L.A.
1964 – 1st Surgeon General’s report about the hazards for smoking to one’s health. (Yeah, Don, I know.)
1973 – Designated-Hitter rule adopted by American League.

12 January
1876 – Novelist Jack London born.
1905 – Tex Ritter born.
1932 – Hattie Caraway becomes first popularly elected US Senator.
1948 – 1st supermarket opens in UK.
1949 – “Arthur Godfrey and His Friends” debuts on CBS.
1949 – “Kukla, Fran, and Ollie” makes national debut on NBC.
1952 – University of Tennessee admits 1st black student.
1963 – Steve Lawrence’s “Go Away Little Girl” reaches #1.
1963 – The Cascades release “Rhythm of the Rain.”
1965 – “Hullabaloo” premieres on NBC.
1966 – “Batman” premieres on TV.
1969 – NY Jets beat Baltimore Colts: 16-7.
1971 – “All in the Family” debuts on CBS.

13 January
1896 - John Dos Passos born.
1898 – Zola’s “J’Accuse” published in Paris.
1920 – NY Times says rockets will never fly. (Printed a retraction over 50 years later.)
1957 – Wham-O produces 1st Frisbee.
1964 – The Beatles release “I Want to Hold Your Hand” in the U.S.
1970 - The Y.M.C.A. files a lawsuit against the Village People over their song, "Y.M.C.A." The suit was later dropped.

14 January
1941 – Marjoe Gortner born.
1952 – Sidney Biddle Barrow born. (Couldn't find a link to her, which is strange.)
1954 – Joe DiMaggio marries Marilyn Monroe.
1960 – Elvis promoted to Sgt.
1970 – In Las Vegas Diana Ross performs with The Supremes for the last time.

15 January
1875 – Albert Schweitzer born.
1892 – Hal Roach born.
1919 – Tidal wave of molasses (yes, molasses) kills over a dozen people in Boston.
1952 – The “Today Show” premieres on NBC.
1961 – Motown signs The Supremes.
1967 – The Rolling Stones, for the “Ed Sullivan Show,” change “Let’s Spend the Night Together” to “Let’s Spend SOME TIME Together.”

16 January
1556 – Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor and King of Spain, abdicates. Just got too old and tired of the hassles (no joke).
1920 – Prohibition begins.
1933 – Susan Sonntag born.
1957 – The Cavern Club opens in Liverpool.
1976 – “Frampton Comes Live!” is released.

17 January
1706 – Benjamin Franklin born.
1861 – Flush toilet (as opposed to the outdoor variety) patented by Thomas Crapper. (Maybe...)
1899 – Al Capone born.
1916 – PGA formed.
1929 – Popeye makes first comic strip appearance.
1942 – Cassius Clay born.
1945 – Raoul Wallenberg, Swedish diplomat, arrested by Soviet secret police. Never heard from again.
1950 – The Brink’s armored car robbery in Boston.
1954 – 1st telecast by Jacques Cousteau.
1969 – Led Zeppelin releases first album.
1972 – Highway 51 South in Memphis renamed Elvis Presley Blvd.
1987 – Reagan signs secret order authorizing sale of arms to Iran.

18 January
1778 – Captain Cook “discovers” the Hawaiian Islands, which he names The Sandwich Islands (after the same guy for whom “sandwich” is named).
1779 – Peter Roget, inventor of slide rule and compiler of the thesaurus, born.
1788 – 1st “settlers” arrive at Botany Bay.
1892 – Oliver Hardy born.
1904 – Archibald Leach born.
1913 – Danny Kaye born.
1943 – The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising begins.
1943 – Ban on pre-sliced bread goes into effect.
1948 – Ted Mack’s “Original Amateur Hour” debuts on the Dumont Network.
1951 – Forward passes to guards, tackles and centers ruled illegal by NFL.
1956 - Little Richard enters pop charts with “Tutti Fruitti.”
1973 – Pink Floyd begins recording “Dark Side of the Moon.”

19 January
1809 – Edgar Allen Poe born.
1829 – Goethe’s “Faust” premieres.
1898 – 1st college hockey game (Brown 6, Harvard 0)
1903 – Tour d’France announced.
1915 – Neon tube patented.
1922 – Geological report predicts U.S. will use up all of its oil reserves within ten [10] years.
1934 – “Shoeless” Joe Jackson’s appeal for reinstatement in baseball denied by Judge Kennesaw Mountain Landis.
1939 – Chicken-plucking record (4.4 sec) set.
1939 – Phil Everly born. (Some sources say 1938)
1943 – Janis Joplin born.
1953 – Lucy Ricardo gives birth to baby boy on TV. Her audience beat out Eisenhower’s inauguration.
1955 – “The Millionaire” premiers on CBS.
1955 – Scrabble introduced.
1959 – The Platters’ “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” reaches #1.
1977 – President Ford pardons “Tokyo Rose.” (Not the first, or last, of 11th hour presidential pardons. Jimmy Carter sworn in next day.)
1993 – Fleetwood Mac reunites to perform at Bill Clinton’s inaugural.

20 January
1265 – 1st English Parliament called into session.
1649 – Charles I of England charged with treason. (He was later beheaded.)
1885 – Roller Coaster patented by L.A. Thompson of (of course) Coney Island.
1889 – Leadbelly born. (Some sources list 1888, some list multiple dates - apparently some dispute)
1892 – First basketball game played.
1924 – Slim Whitman born. (Seems to be some question about the year.)
1942 – Wannsee conference held. Nazis outline “Final Solution” plan to exterminate all European Jews.
1956 – Buddy Holly records “Blue Days Black Nights” in Nashville.
1964 – The Beatles’ debut album in the U.S., “Meet The Beatles,” is released.
1973 – Jerry Lee Lewis makes debut performance at the Grand Ole Opry. He agrees to stick to country music and refrain from using obscenities. That lasted about 30 minutes.

21 January
1789 – 1st American novel (Power of Sympathy) published.
1880 – 1st sewage disposal system separate from storm drains installed (Memphis).
1909 – TN bans liquor production (to take effect in 1910).
1922 – Telly Savalas born.
1925 – Benny Hill born.
1939 – Wolfman Jack born.
1942 – Pinball machines ruled illegal in Bronx, NY.
1950 – Alger Hiss found guilty of perjury.
1959 – The Kingston Trio receive gold record for “Tom Dooley.”
1977 – President Carter pardons Vietnam War draft dodgers and orders individual review of deserters.
1997 – “Col.” Tom Parker dies.

22 January
1935 – Sam Cooke born.
1938 – Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town” performed for first time.
1960 – Sam Cooke signs with RCA.
1968 – “Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In” debuts on NBC.
1973 – Roe -v- Wade decision handed down by US Supreme Court. Upheld on subsequent appeals.

23 January
1719 – Principality of Liechtenstein established.
1812 – 7.8 earthquake near New Madrid, MO.
1903 - Randolph Scott born.
1907 – Charles Curtis (Kansas) becomes 1st Native American to become a US Senator. Later becomes Vice President (1929).
1919 – Ernie Kovacs born.
1950 – Richard Dean Anderson born.
1977 – “Roots” begins airing on ABC.

24 January
1076 – Emperor Henry IV (Holy Roman Empire) “fires” Pope Gregory VII beginning the Investiture Contest.
1848 – James Marshall discovers gold at Sutter’s Mill.
1922 – Eskimo Pie patented.
1960 – Johnny Preston reaches #1 with “Running Bear.”
1962 – Brian Epstein signs Beatles to management contract.

25 January
1077 – Henry IV (Holy Roman Emperor) submits to Gregory VII (Pope) at Canossa. Actually, he had to wait in the snow outside of the castle until Gregory was willing to receive him three [3] days later. (Bear in mind that Canossa is in a mountainous region and it was winter!) (See 1-24 entry)
1533 – Henry VIII marries Anne Boleyn.
1627 – Robert Boyle (“Boyle’s Law” fame) born.
1858 – “The Wedding March” performed publicly for the first time.
1890 – Nellie Bly completes around the world journey in less than 80 days (72+).
1915 – Transcontinental telephone service inaugurated. (Bell in New York calls Watson in San Francisco.)
1927 – Jack Benny marries Mary Livingstone.
1937 – “The Guiding Light” premieres in NBC radio.
1949 – 1st Emmy Awards given out.
1958 – “Jailhouse Rock” enters British pop charts at #1. First single to ever do so.
1961 – 1st Presidential news conference broadcast live (JFK).
1964 – “I Want to Hold Your Hand” reaches #1.
1970 – “M*A*S*H” (the movie) premieres.


26 January
1630 – Death of Henry Briggs – inventor of long division.
1697 – Isaac Newton receives Bernoulli’s problem, which has a six-month limit. Solves problem before going to bed that night.
1838 – Tennessee prohibits alcohol.
1875 – Electric dental drill patented by George Green.
1913 – Jim Thorpe admits playing semi-pro baseball before the 1912 Olympics and returns his gold medals (only person ever to win Gold medals for both decathlon and pentathlon). They were returned to his descendants 60 years later.
1925 – Paul Newman born.
1934 – The Apollo Theatre opens (though called something else at the time).
1935 – Bob Uecker born.
1948 – Executive Order ending segregation in US Armed Forces is signed.
1956 – Buddy Holly’s first Decca recording session. Held in Nashville.
1961 – “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” (Elvis) reaches #1.
1963 – Major League Rules Committee expands strike zone. [Just never got around to telling the umpires.]

27 January
1302 – Dante expelled from Florence.
1756 – Mozart born.
1880 – Incandescent light patented by Edison.
1888 – National Geographic Society founded.
1894 – First college basketball game (Chicago beats YMCA 19-11 – a real “run and gun” affair)
1900 – Hyman Rickover born.
1927 – Harlem Globetrotters play their first game.
1930 – Bobby “Blue” Bland born.
1936 – Troy Donahue born.
1945 – Auschwitz liberated. [Another perspective.]
1956 – Elvis releases “Heartbreak Hotel.”
1961 – “Sing Along With Mitch” premieres (NBC).
1984 - Michael Jackson's hair bursts into flames while filming a Pepsi commercial.

28 January
1077 – Pope Gregory VII pardons Emperor Henry IV. (Investiture Contest ends – but not the wrangling.)
1904 – First college sports letters awarded to University of Chicago football team seniors.
1915 – United States Coast Guard founded.
1936 – Alan Alda born.
1953 – J. Fred Muggs joins the “Today Show.”
1956 – Elvis makes first national TV appearance on "The Dorsey Brothers Stage Show".

29 January
1845 – “The Raven” first published.
1850 – Compromise of 1850 introduced by Henry Clay in US Senate.
1880 – W.C. Fields born.
1886 – First gasoline-powered car patented by Benz.
1900 – American League organized.
1933 – Hitler appointed Chancellor of Germany.
1945 – Tom Selleck born.
1954 – Oprah Winfrey born.
1959 – “Sleeping Beauty” released.
1961 – Wilma Rudolph (of Tennessee State’s famed Tigerbelles) named Female Athlete of 1960 by AP.
1964 – “Dr. Strangelove” premieres.

30 January
1913 – House of Lords (in an unprecedented move overriding the House of Commons) rejects Irish Home Rule Bill.
1933 – First episode of “The Lone Ranger” broadcast.
1948 – Gandhi murdered.
1962 – The “Flying Wallendas” fall in Detroit during their seven-person pyramid act. Two members die.
1965 – “The Name Game” (Shirley Ellis) reaches #3. [Don’t get me started.]
1968 – The Tet Offensive begins.
1969 – The Beatles perform in public for the last time on the rooftop of their Apple Studios (seen in movie “Let It Be”). Concert ended after neighbors complained of the noise.
1972 – “Bloody Sunday” in Northern Ireland.

31 January
1606 – Guy Fawkes executed for his part in the “Gunpowder Plot.”
1849 – Corn Laws abolished in Britain. [Oh, sure, no big deal to you, but – well, look it up.]
1872 – Zane Grey born.
1917 – Unrestricted submarine warfare announced by Imperial German government. (Eventually leads to US entry into World War I.)
1919 – Jackie Robinson born.
1928 – Scotch tape first marketed by 3M Company.
1929 – “All Quiet On The Western Front” (Erich Maria Remarques) published.
1931 – Ernie (“Let’s Play Two”) Banks born.
1936 – The “Green Hornet” debuts on WXYZ radio in Detroit.
1940 – First Social Security check issued. Amount? $22.54.
1943 – German army at Stalingrad surrenders.
1945 – Eddie Slovik executed for desertion.
1949 – First daytime soap opera (“These Are My Children”) broadcast by NBC.
1958 – First successful launch of a US artificial satellite (“Explorer One”).
1958 – James van Allen discovers radiation belt that surrounds the Earth.

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