January 21 in Pop Culture History

January 21 in Pop Culture History
1472 – The Great Daylight Comet of 1472 was visible in daylight for 8 days.

1790 – Dr Joseph-Ignace Guillotin proposed the guillotine to the newly formed National Assembly of Paris as a “humane” method of execution.

1799 – Edward Jenner’s smallpox vaccination was introduced.

1807 – The London Institution for the Advancement of Literature and The Diffusion of Useful Knowledge (The London Institution) received a royal charter signed …

January 20 in Pop Culture History

January 20 in Pop Culture History
January 20, 1992 was a Good Day for rapper Ice Cube.

1265 – 1st English Parliament was called into session by Earl of Leicester.

1835 (Volcano Eruption) Cosigüina

1920 – American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) was founded.

1929 – In Old Arizona, the first full-length talking motion picture filmed outdoors, was released.

1930 – The first radio broadcast of The Lone Ranger took place in Detroit (WXYZ)

1965 – …

January 19 in Pop Culture History

January 19 in Pop Culture 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 …

January 18 in Pop Culture History

January 18 in Pop Culture History
1644 – “In this year one James Everell, a sober, discreet man, and two others, saw a great light in the night at Muddy River. When it stood still, it flamed up, and was about three yards square; when it ran, it was contracted into the figure of a swine: it ran as swift as an arrow towards Charlton, and so up and down about two or three hours. …

January 17 in Pop Culture History

January 17 in Pop Culture History
1706 – Ben Franklin ‘The First American’ was born.

1773 – Captain James Cook and his crew became the first Europeans to sail below the Antarctic Circle.

1929 – Popeye made his 1st appearance, in comic strip ‘Thimble Theater’

1929 – From the Mount Wilson Observatory, Carnegie Institution of Washington, Edwin Hubble showed that the universe was expanding.

1946 – The United Nations Security Council held its 1st meeting…

Superman Comic Strip Debuted January 16, 1939

Sci Fi Newspaper strips had been around long before Superman would make his first appearance as a newspaper comic strip on January 16, 1939.  His first appearance was in the April, 1938 issue of Action Comics, just nine months earlier. Although he was the first comic book hero, there were more other-wordly heroes before him.

Buck Rogers would be the first Sci Fi comic strip, having his adventures in the year 2419.  He made his …

January 16 in Pop Culture History

January 16 in Pop Culture History
1362 – St. Marcellus Flood or Grote Mandrenke (Great Drowning of Men), Netherlands

1547 – Ivan the Terrible crowned himself 1st Tsar of Moscow.

1581 – The English Parliament outlawed Roman Catholicism.

1605 – The first edition of El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha (Book One of Don Quixote) by Miguel de Cervantes was published in Madrid, Spain.

1776 – The U.S. Continental Congress approved the enlistment …

January 15 in Pop Culture History

January 15 in Pop Culture History
It’s National Hat Day, because in 1797, the 1st top hat was worn, by John Etherington in London.
There are 350 days left until next year. (unless it is 2020 or 2024)

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 – Wood pulp paper was first used in …

January 14 in Pop Culture History

January 14 in Pop Culture History
1690 – The Clarinet was invented in Nurnberg, Germany

1794 – Elizabeth Hog Bennett became the first woman in the US to successfully give birth to a child by a Cesarean section. Her husband, Dr. Jesse Bennett performed the operation.

1878 – U.S. Supreme Court rules that race separation on trains was unconstitutional

1914 – Henry Ford opened his assembly-line Model-T factory

1950 – #1 Hit January 14, 1950 …

January 13 in Pop Culture History

January 13 in Pop Culture History
1854 – US patent (#11062) for an accordion was issued to Anthony Faas of Philadelphia, Pa.

1863 – Thomas Crapper invented the portable toilet.

1888 – National Geographic Society was founded in Washington, D.C.

1930 – Disney’s ‘Mickey Mouse’ newspaper strip first appeared.

1906 – The 1st radio set advertised (Telimco for $7.50 in Scientific American)

1962 – #1 Hit January 13, 1962 – January 26, 1962: Chubby Checker

January 12 in Pop Culture History

January 12 in Pop Culture History
“I became operational at the H.A.L. plant in Urbana, Illinois on the 12th of January 1992. My instructor was Mr. Langley, and he taught me to sing a song. If you’d like to hear it I can sing it for you.”
-Hal 5000, in 2001: A Space Odyssey

1888 – Schoolhouse Blizzard, USA

1906 – Dow Jones closed over 100 (100.26) for the 1st time.

1926 – Original Sam …

January 11 in Pop Culture History

January 11 in Pop Culture History
1693 (Earthquake) Sicily, Italy

1908 – The Grand Canyon National Monument was created.

1922 – Leonard Thompson (1908-35) was the first person to receive an injection of insulin as a treatment for diabetes.

1927 – Louis B. Mayer, head of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), announced the creation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, at a banquet in Los Angeles, California.

1949 – It snowed in Los Angeles for …