Thursday, January 19, 2012

January 19 in History

January 19 is the 19th day of the year. There are 347 days remaining until the end of the year. 
  • 1788 – The second group of ships of the First Fleet, carrying prisoner-colonists, arrives at Botany Bay in Australia.
  • 1829 – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s “Faust, Part 1” premiered.
  • 1853 – Giuseppe Verdi’s opera Il Trovatore premiered in Rome.
  • 1883 – The first electric lighting system employing overhead wires began service in Roselle, New Jersey.
  • 1915 – Georges Claude patented the neon discharge tube for use in advertising.
  • 1920 – The United States Senate voted against joining the League of Nations.
  • 1935 – Coopers, Inc. sold the world's first men’s briefs (underwear).
  • 1937 – Howard Hughes set a new air record by flying from Los Angeles to New York City in 7 hours, 28 minutes, 25 seconds.
  • 1946 – General Douglas MacArthur established the International Military Tribunal for the Far East in Tokyo to try Japanese war criminals.
  • 1977 – President Gerald Ford pardoned Iva Toguri D’Aquino a.k.a Tokyo Rose who broadcast Japanese propaganda to US troops in World War II.
  • 1977 – Snow fell in Miami, Florida, the only time in the history of the city that snow had fallen there.
  • 1978 – The last Volkswagen Beetle made in Germany left the VW's plant in Emden.
  • 1983 – The Apple Lisa, the first commercial personal computer from Apple to have a graphical user interface and a mouse was announced.

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