Today in History

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January 27th

  • In 1785 The University of Georgia is founded, the first public university in the United States.
  • In 1888 The National Geographic Society is founded in Washington, D.C.
  • In 2006 Western Union discontinues its Telegram and Commercial Messaging services.

January 28th

  • In 1878 Yale Daily News becomes the first daily college newspaper in the United States.
  • In 1917 Municipally-owned streetcars take to the streets of San Francisco.
  • In 1934 The first ski tow in the United States begins operation in Vermont.

January 29th

  • In 1886 Karl Benz patents the first successful gasoline-driven automobile.
  • In 1936 The first inductees into the Baseball Hall of Fame are announced.
  • In 1963 The first inductees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame are announced.

January 30th

  • In 1862 The first American ironclad warship, the USS Monitor is launched.
  • In 1911 The destroyer USS Terry makes the first airplane rescue at sea 10 miles from Havana, Cuba.
  • In 1969 The Beatles' last public performance, on a roof in London. It is broken up by the police.

January 31st

  • In 1930 3M begins marketing Scotch Tape.
  • In 1949 These Are My Children, the first television daytime soap opera is broadcast by NBC
  • In 2010 Avatar becomes the first film to gross over $2 billion worldwide.

February 1st

  • In 1884 The first volume (A to Ant) of the Oxford English Dictionary is published.
  • In 1964 The Beatles have their first #1 hit in the United States with I Want to Hold Your Hand
  • In 1865 President Abraham Lincoln signs the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.

February 2nd

  • In 1653 New Amsterdam (later renamed The City of New York) is incorporated.
  • In 1887 In Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania the first Groundhog Day is observed.
  • In 1922 Ulysses by James Joyce is published.

February 3rd

  • In 1690 The colony of Massachusetts issues the first paper money in the Americas.
  • In 1947 The lowest temperature in North America, -83F, is recorded in Snag, Yukon.
  • In 1995 Astronaut Eileen Collins becomes the first woman to pilot a Space Shuttle.

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