Once Upon a Time in America (1.12.14)

January 12:

  • 1991 – Congress authorizes the use of military force against Iraq to drive them out of Kuwait, precipitating the Gulf War.

January 13:

  • 1910 – The 1st public radio broadcast airs in New York City. It is a performance of an opera at the Metropolitan Opera House.
  • 1968 – Johnny Cash performs live at Folsom Prison.

January 14:

  • 1954 – The American Motors Company is formed by the merging of the Hudson Motor Car Company and Nash-Kelvinator. AMC is now part of the Chrysler Corporation. It was bought out in 1987 and renamed Eagle.

January 15:

  • 1870 – A political cartoon in Harper’s Weekly by Thomas Nast symbolizes a donkey with the Democratic Party for the 1st time.
  • 1889 – The Coca-Cola Company is incorporated in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • 1967 – The 1st Super Bowl is played between the Green Bay Packers and the Kansas City Chiefs in Los Angeles, California. The Packers won 35-10.
  • 2001 – Wikipedia goes online.

January 16:

  • 1786 – The Statute for Religious Freedom (written by Thomas Jefferson) is enacted by Virginia.
  • 1883 – The 18th Amendment is ratified, authorizing Prohibition.

January 17:

  • 1917 – The Virgin Islands are purchased from Denmark for $25 million.
  • 1929 – Popeye, created by Elzie Segar, appears for the 1st time in the Thimble Theater comic strip.
  • 1949 – The 1st sitcom on American television, The Goldbergs, airs.
  • 1961 – President Dwight D Eisenhower delivers a farewell address and warns the American people against the influence of the military industrial complex. Why didn’t we listen to you Ike?

January 18:

  • 1903 – The 1st transatlantic radio transmission is sent by President Theodore Roosevelt to King Edward VII.
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