January 10 in Pop Culture History

January 10 in Pop Culture History
1776 – “Common Sense” by Thomas Paine was published.

1863 – London’s Metropolitan, the world’s first underground passenger railway, opened.

1870 – John D. Rockefeller incorporates Standard Oil. It is now part of ExxonMobil.

1899 – The US patent (#617592) was issued for an “Electric Device,” invented by David Misell, which was manufactured as the first tubular “Flash Light” by Conrad Hubert at his American Electrical Novelty and Manufacturing …

America’s First Hot Air Balloon Flight

In the late 1700s, there was a major change in a lot of people’s perception of the world. It was the end of the Age of Enlightenment and the Start of the Industrial Age. Call it The Age Before Pop Culture. People were doing more than just just thinking what was possible, they started thinking about what was IMPOSSIBLE – flying…

There was no electricity nor engines, so that narrowed the choice to balloons, and …

January 9 in Pop Culture History

January 9 in Pop Culture History
1693 (Earthquake) Sicily, Italy

1788 – Connecticut became the 5th state

1793 – Jean Pierre Blanchard made the first successful balloon flight in the United States, from Philadelphia, PA to Woodbury, NJ.

1857 (Earthquake) Fort Tejon, California

1947 – Elizabeth “Betty” Short, AKA the Black Dahlia, was last seen alive.

1951 – Life After Tomorrow, 1st film to receive an “X” rating, premiered in London… ‘X’ ratings at that …

January 8 in Pop Culture History

January 8 in Pop Culture History
1780 (Earthquake) Tabriz, Iran

1790 – George Washington gave the first ‘State of the Union’ message, urging the opening of the US Patent Office.

1815 – Johnny Horton’s the Battle of New Orleans derives its melody from a fiddle tune called The 8th of January, the date on which the Battle was fought. Andrew Jackson won the “Battle of New Orleans”.

1835 – The United States’ official debt …

January 7 in Pop Culture History

January 7 in Pop Culture History
1608 – Fire destroyed the settlement of Jamestown, Virginia

1714 – The world’s first patent (#395) for a “Machine for Transcribing Letters” was granted in England by Queen Anne to Henry Mill. This first planned typewriter was never actually produced.

1830 – The 1st U.S. Railroad Station opened in Baltimore, MD

1927 – Commercial telephone service, via radio, began between New York and London.

1929 – Drawn by Hal …

January 6 in Pop Culture History

January 6 in Pop Culture History
1540 – King Henry VIII of England married Anne of Cleves.

1838 – Samuel Morse made the 1st public demonstration of telegraph in New Jersey.

1839 – The Night of the Big Wind swept across Ireland, damaging or destroying more than 20% of the houses in Dublin.

1854 – Sherlock Holmes’ Birthday

1912 – New Mexico became the 47th state.

1941 – FDR gave his “4 Freedoms” speech (speech, …

January 5 in Pop Culture History

January 5 in Pop Culture History
1889 – The word hamburger first appeared in print in the Walla Walla Union, a Walla Walla, Washington, newspaper.

1905 – The National Association of Audubon Society incorporated.

1914 – The Ford Motor Company announced an eight-hour workday and that it would pay a “living wage” of at least $5 for a day’s labor.

1933 – San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge construction began

1945 – Pepe LePew debuted in …

January 4 in Pop Culture History

January 4 in Pop Culture History
1790 – President Washington delivered the 1st State of the Union address

1865 – The New York Stock Exchange opened its first permanent headquarters at 10-12 Broad near Wall Street in New York City.

1896 – Utah became the 45th State

1902 – The Carnegie Institute of Washington was founded.

1903 – Thomas Edison filmed the electrocution of a murdering elephant, Topsy, to show the dangers of Alternating Current …

January 3 in Pop Culture History

January 3 in Pop Culture History
January 3 is Take A Nerd To Lunch Day

1521 – Martin Luther was excommunicated by Roman Catholic Church

1777 – Washington defeated the British at Battle of Princeton, NJ

1847 – Yerba Buena renamed San Francisco

1871 – Oleomargarine was patented (#110626) by Henry Bradley in Binghamton, NY

1919 – Professor Ernest Rutherford succeeded in splitting the atom. He split nitrogen atoms into oxygen atoms.

1920 – New …

January 2 in Pop Culture History

January 2 in Pop Culture History
1788 – Georgia became the 4th state to ratify U.S. constitution.

1818 – The British Institution of Civil Engineers was founded.

1839 – First known picture of the moon was taken by Louis Daguerre.

1834 – Pennsylvania opened its state liquor stores.

1870 – Construction began on the Brooklyn Bridge to cross the East River, in New York City.

1938 – Book publisher Simon and Schuster founded.

1947 – …

January 1 in Pop Culture History

January 1 in Pop Culture History
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)

1751 – The British Calendar Act of 1751 made January 1st the start of a New Year in English-speaking countries. …

December 31 in Pop Culture History

December 31 in Pop Culture History
1600 – The British East India Company was chartered. It was the first global mega-corporation.

1805 – The ‘Calendar of Reason’ had been introduced in France on November 24, 1793. It was abandoned, and the Gregorian calendar, which we still use today, replaced it.

1831 – Gramercy Park was presented to New York, New York.

1865 – “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude… shall exist within the United States, or …