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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 – […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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) […]

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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 […]

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December 30 in Pop Culture History

December 30 in Pop Culture History Only two Atlantic storms/hurricanes were ever observed to span two calendar years: Alice (Dec 30, 1954 – Jan 6, 1955) and, exactly 51 years later, Zeta (Dec 30, 2005 – Jan 7, 2006) 1903 – Iroquois Theatre Fire, Chicago, Illinois – over 600 people were killed. 1916 – Grigory […]

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December 29 in Pop Culture History

December 29 in Pop Culture History 1170 – Archbishop Thomas Becket was assassinated in Canterbury Cathedral by four knights, under orders from King Henry II of England. 1851 – The first American YMCA (Young Men’s Christian association) opened in Boston, Massachusetts. 1890 – The US Cavalry killed 146 Sioux at Wounded Knee on the Pine […]

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