Jan 11, 49 BC: Caesar crossed the Rubicon River in January.
Jan 2, 1900: Queen Victoria admitted she wasn’t amused.
Jan 3, 1882: Oscar Wilde to customs officials: “I have nothing to declare but my genius.”
On Jan, 1920, The U. S. government declared a war on the “demon alcohol” by passing the Eighteenth Amendment.
Jan 5, 1914, Henry Ford announced a $5 minimum wage for an eight-hour work day.
Jan 6, 1942 Pan Am Airlines completed the first around-the-world commercial flight.
Ed Note: When domestic airlines obtain international routes, Pan Am was denied domestic routes and eventually went bankrupt. (Isn’t this the unintended consequences of government regulations?)
Jan 7, 1786, the first commercial American bank, the Bank of North America opened
Jan 8, 1942, Stephen Hawking was born.
Jan 11-16, 1935, Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly solo across the Pacific.
Jan 15, 1870, the Democratic party was first represented as a donkey in Harper’s Weekly cartoon by Thomas Nast.
Jan 21, 1908, New York City prohibited women from smoking in public.
Jan 23, 2928, The Soviet Union officially severed relations with the church.
Jan 25, 1890, Nellie Bly completed her trip around the world.
Jan 25, 1915, Transcontinental U. S. telephone service began.
Jan 25, 1959, American Airlines flew the first schedule transcontinental Boeing 707 Jet Flight.
Jan 30, 1972, British Soldiers shot and dilled thirteen civil rights marchers.
Jan 31. 1990; McDonald’s opened its first fast-food restaurant in the Soviet Union.
January 1st, three American Revolutionary heroes were born:
Silversmith Paul Revere in 1735
Flag maker Betsy Ross in 1752
General “Mad” Anthony Wayne in 1745