January 1

Scott Winters, Realtor

A quick look at Today in History, check out some Celebrity Birthdays, and find out what Days of the Year to celebrate.



1797 – Albany became the capital of New York state, replacing New York City.

1808 – The United States prohibited importation of slaves from Africa.

1818 – English author Mary Shelley’s novel “Frankenstien” was published.

1840 – The first recorded bowling match was recorded in the U.S.

1863 – President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, which declared that all slaves in the rebel states were free.

1870 – The Grand River Valley Railroad began service when it’s first train (Engine “Muskegon” and six cars) arrived in Grand Rapids, MI from Jackson, MI.

1879 – The present State Capitol building in Lansing, MI was dedicated.

1892 – Ellis Island Immigrant Station formally opened in New York, NY.

1892 – Brooklyn and New York merged to form the single city of New York.

1895 – In Battle Creek, MI, C.W. Post created his first usable batch of Monks Brew (later called Postum). It was a cereal-based substitute for caffeinated drinks.

1902 – The first Tournament of Roses (later the Rose Bowl) collegiate football game was played in Pasadena, CA between Michigan and Stanford.

1909 – The first payments of old-age pensions were made in Britain. People over 70 received five shillings a week.

1913 – The post office began parcel post deliveries.

1916 – The Pantlind Hotel (now the Amway Grand Plaza) opened to the public in Grand Rapids, MI.

1924 – Frank B. Cooney received a patent for ink paste.

1926 – The Rose Bowl was carried coast to coast on network radio for the first time.

1934 – Alcatraz Island officially became a Federal Prison.

1934 – The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) began operation.

1939 – The Hewlett-Packard partnership was formed by Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard.

1942 – President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill issued a declaration called the “United Nations.” It was signed by 26 countries that vowed to create an international postwar World War II peacekeeping organization.

1954 – NBC made the first coast-to-cost color broadcast when it telecast the Tournament of Roses Parade. There were public demonstrations given across the U.S. on prototype color receivers.

1959 – Fidel Castro overthrew the government of Fulgencio Batista, and seized power in Cuba.

1971 – Tobacco ads representing $20 million dollars in advertising were banned from TV and radio broadcast.

1972 – Michigan lawmakers reduced the legal drinking age from 21 to 18. It remained in effect for seven years (until a petition drive to change it).

1975 – The magazine “Popular Electronics” announced the invention of a person computer called Altair. MITS, using an Intel microprocessor, developed the computer.

1983 – The ARPANET officially changed to using the Internet Protocol, creating the internet.

1984 – AT&T was broken up into 22 Bell System companies under terms of an antitrust agreement with the U.S. Federal government.

1985 – VH-1 premiered as an adult contemporary music video channel with Marvin Gaye’s “Star Spangled Banner” video.

1985 – The Internet’s Domain Name System was created.

1990 – David Dinkins was sworn in as New York City’s first black mayor.

1992 – The ESPN Radio Network was officially launched.

1993 – The TV show “Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman” premiered.

1994 – The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) went into effect.

1995 – The Gary Larson cartoon, “The Far Side”, appeared in daily newspapers for the last time. It first appeared on December 31, 1979.

1998 – A new anti-smoking law went into effect in California. The law prohibits people from lighting up in bars.

1999 – The euro became currency for 11 Member States of the European Union. Coins and notes were not available until January 1, 2002.

1999 – In California, a law went into effect that defined “invasion of privacy as trespassing with the intent to capture audio or video images of a celebrity or crime victim engaging in a personal of family activity.”

1999 – Two new networks, Biography and DIY Network, debuted.

2007 – Binney & Smith Company became Crayola LLC under its parent company Hallmark.



Frank Langella – 86 years old (1938) – Actor (“Frost/Nixon”, “Superman Returns”, “Good Night and Good Luck”, “Lolita”, “Dave”, “Dracula”, “The Mark of Zorro”, “The Twelve Chairs”, “Diary of a Mad Housewife”)

Don Novello – 81 years old (1943) – Comedian (“Father Guido Sarducci” on TV’s “Saturday Night Live”)

Ren Woods – 66 years old (1958) – Actress (TV’s “Roots”, movie “Hair”)

Dedee Pfeiffer – 60 years old (1964) – Actress (TV’s “For Your Love”, “Cybill”)

Morris Chestnut – 55 years old (1969) – Actor (“Like Mike”, “The Best Man”, “Boyz n the Hood”, TV’s “V”)



Apple Gifting Day

Commitment Day

Copyright Law Day

Euro Day

Global Family Day

National Bloody Mary Day

National First Foot Day

National Hangover Day

New Year’s Day

New Year’s Dishonor List Day

Polar Bear Plunge Day

Public Domain Day

Ring a Bell Day

World Day of Peace

Z Day


For additional information check out websites like: www.on-this-day.com, www.born-today.com, www.famousbirthdays.com, www.daysoftheyear.com, and www.nationaldaycalendar.com.

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