1559 – England’s Queen Elizabeth I (Elizabeth Tudor) was crowned in Westminster Abbey.
1624 – Many riots occurred in Mexico when it was announced that all churches were to be closed.
1777 – The people of New Connecticut (now the state of Vermont) declared their independence.
1844 – The University of Notre Dame received its charter from the state of Indiana.
1863 – “The Boston Morning Journal” became the first paper in the U.S. to be published on wood pulp paper.
1870 – A cartoon by Thomas Nast titled “A Live Jackass Kicking a Dead Lion” appeared in “Harper’s Weekly.” The cartoon used the donkey to symbolize the Democratic Party for the first time.
1892 – “Triangle” magazine in Springfield, MA, published the rules for a brand new game. The original rules involved attaching a peach baskets to a suspended board. It is now known as basketball.
1899 – Edwin Markham’s poem, “The Man With a Hoe,” was published for the first time.
1906 – Willie Hoppe won the billiard championship of the world in Paris, France.
1908 – Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority became America’s first Greek-letter organization established by African-American college women.
1913 – The first telephone line between Berlin and New York was inaugurated.
1936 – The first, all glass, windowless building was completed in Toledo, OH. The building was the new home of the Owens-Illinois Glass Company Laboratory.
1945 – CBS Radio debuted “House Party”. The show was on the air for 22 years.
1953 – Harry S Truman became the first U.S. President to use radio and television to give his farewell as he left office.
1955 – The first solar-heated, radiation-cooled house was built by Raymond Bliss in Tucson, AZ.
1967 – The first National Football League Super Bowl was played. The Green Bay Packers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs of the American Football League. The final score was 35-10.
1974 – “Happy Days” premiered on ABC-TV.
1986 – President Reagan signed legislation making Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday a national holiday to be celebrated on the third Monday of January.
1987 – Paramount Home Video reported that it would place a commercial at the front of one of its video releases for the first time. It was a 30-second Diet Pepsi ad at the beginning of “Top Gun.”
2001 – Wikipedia was launched.
2006 – NASA’s Stardust space probe mission was completed when it’s sample return capsule returned to Earth with comet dust from comet Wild 2