January 1


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

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

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 reduce 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.

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.”

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



Frank Langella – 80 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 – 75 years old (1943) – Comedian (“Father Guido Sarducci” on TV’s “Saturday Night Live”)

Ren Woods – 60 years old (1958) – Actress (TV’s “Roots”, movie “Hair”)

Dedee Pfeiffer – 54 years old (1964) – Actress (TV’s “For Your Love”, “Cybill”)

Morris Chestnut – 49 years old (1969) – Actor (“Like Mike”, “The Best Man”, “Boyz n the Hood”, TV’s “V”)

Verne Troyer – 49 years old (1969) – Actor (MiniMe in “Austin Powers”) Born in Sturgis, MI.



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