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This Day, That Year – January 20

Buzz Aldrin is an American former astronaut, engineer, and fighter pilot born on this day in 1930. He and mission commander, Neil Armstrong, were the first two people to land on the Moon. Did you know that: • William Kelly patented the blast furnace for manufacturing steel on this day in 1857• The first outdoor […]...Read More

This Day, That Year – January 19

Born on this day in 1809, Edgar Allan Poe was an American writer, poet, and literary critic. Poe is best known for his poetry and short stories, particularly his tales of mystery. Did you know that: • Ezra Daggett and Thomas Kensett patented food storage in tin cans on this day in 1825• The first […]...Read More

This Day, That Year – January 18

Born on this day in 1856, Daniel Hale Williams was an American surgeon who performed the first successful heart surgery. Did you know that: • Joseph Glidden, American inventor of the modern barbed wire, was born on this day in 1813• The Electro-Magnet, the first paper ever printed by the power of electromagnetism, was issued […]...Read More

This Day, That Year – January 17

Born on this day in 1942, Muhammad Ali was an American professional boxer, activist, and entertainer. Nicknamed The Greatest, he is widely regarded as one of the most significant sports figures of the twentieth century. Did you know that: • Leroy Firman received a patent for the telephone switchboard on this day in 1882• Punchboards […]...Read More

This Day, That Year – January 16

André Jules Michelin was a French industrialist born on this day in 1853. He, with his brother, Édouard, founded the Michelin Tyre Company. Did you know that: • Spanish, the first grammar of a modern language, was presented to Queen Isabella on this day in 1492• The refrigerator car was patented by William Davis in […]...Read More

This Day, That Year – January 15

Martin Luther King Jr. was an American Baptist minister and activist born on this day in 1929. Did you know that: • The first top hat was worn by John Etherington in London on this day in 1797• Elisha Otis was issued a patent for “improvement in hoisting apparatus” (a safety elevator) on this day […]...Read More

This Day, That Year – January 14

Johann Christoph Denner invented the clarinet on this day in 1690. Did you know that: • George Cooke received a patent for a gas burner on this day in 1890• Derek Richter, an English neuroscientist and one of the founding fathers of the science of brain chemistry, was born on this day in 1907• Grant […]...Read More

This Day, That Year – January 13

The first-ever Mickey Mouse newspaper comic strip debuted on this day in 1930. Did you know that: • Galileo Galilei discovered Callisto, the fourth satellite of Jupiter, on this day in 1610• Henry Ford patented a method of constructing plastic auto bodies on this day in 1942• Orlando Bloom is an English actor born on […]...Read More

This Day, That Year – January 12

Jeff Bezos, founder and executive chairman of Amazon, was born on this day in 1964. Did you know that: • Igor Kurtshatov, a Russian nuclear physicist who built the first Russian nuclear bomb, was born on this day in 1903• A long-distance radio message was sent from the Eiffel Tower for the first time on […]...Read More

This Day, That Year – January 11

Hudson Motor Co displayed the first sedan-type car at the thirteenth Auto Show in New York on this day in 1913. Did you know that: • The first recorded lottery in England was drawn in St Paul’s Cathedral on this day in 1569• The moons of Uranus, Titania and Oberon, were discovered by William Herschel […]...Read More

This Day, That Year – January 10

Silly Symphony was a weekly Disney comic strip that debuted as a topper for the Mickey Mouse strip’s Sunday page on this day in 1932. Did you know that: • The first auction of tea from Assam was held in London on this day in 1839• Thomas Laine patented the electric gas lighter on this […]...Read More