On Jan. 20, 1986, after 18 years of effort, the U.S. celebrated the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., and his leadership in the American civil rights movement.
On Jan. 19, 1935, Coopers, Inc. introduced new fangled undergarments for men at the downtown Chicago store of Marshall Field’s, and the “boxers or briefs” arguments began.
On Jan. 18, 1856, Daniel Hale Williams was born Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania. The open-heart surgery he performed on July 9, 1893, is considered the second in the U.S.
On Jan. 16, 1901, Frank Zamboni was born in Eureka, Utah; in 1949, he patented a machine to keep ice rink surfaces smooth.
On Jan. 14, 1967, the counter culture gathered in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park to “turn on, tune in, and drop out;” the gathering presaged what was to be called the “summer of love.”
On Jan. 12, 1773, members of the Charleston Library Society chartered the first museum in America, and began building its collection in Charleston, S.C.
The first underground railway opened 150 years ago in London, the Metropolitan Railway ran from Paddington Station in Central London to Farringdon Street north of the city via King’s Cross.
There are few more noticeable and dramatic bridges that the Golden Gate Bridge that spans the opening from the Pacific Ocean to San Francisco Bay.
Three hundred years ago, on Jan. 8, 1713, Italian violinist and Baroque composer Arcangelo Corelli died in Rome; he was considered the founder of modern violin technique, and was Thomas Jefferson’s favored composer.
On Jan. 7, 1999, the Senate began impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton on two charges; Chief Justice William Rehnquist presided.
On Jan. 5, 1914, Henry Ford announced the adoption of a minimum wage of $5 a day for Ford Motor Company workers.
On Jan. 4, 1896, Everett Dirksen was born in Pekin, Illinois. He was elected to Congress in 1932, and, except for two years of medical recovery, he served until his death in 1969.
On Jan. 3, 1855, Hubert Bland was born in Woolwich, in southeast London. He was a socialist, co-founder of the Fabian Society, and a columnist for the Manchester Sunday Chronicle.
Isaak Yudovich Ozimov was born in Petrovichi, USSR. He became one of the most prolific and famous authors of the 20th century as Isaac Asimov. Unsure of his exact birthdate, he celebrated Jan. 2, 1920.
On Dec. 29, 1721, Jeanne Antoinette Poisson was born in Paris. A beautiful young woman, she attracted the attention of King Louis XV and became his official mistress.
On Dec. 27, 1654, Jacob Bernoulli was born in Basel, Switzerland. The Bernoulli family had a remarkable influence on mathematics.
Boxing Day, December 26, is, like the American Black Friday, now a day for shopping, sales, and an extension of the Christmas holiday; it has a much more heartening beginning.
On Dec. 24, 1745, Benjamin Rush was born outside of Philadelphia; he became America’s eminent physician and “the father of American psychiatry.”
On Dec. 22, 1860, Austin Norman Palmer was born in St. Lawrence County, New York; he built a business based on his method of penmanship.
On Dec. 21, 1603, Roger Williams was born London. His independent spirit and attitude was too much for Puritan Massachusetts, and he established Providence Plantation (Rhode Island) as a place of religious freedom.