1879 – January record 13 inches of snow falls in NYC (broken January 7, 1996)
1919 – The 18th Amendment to the US Constitution, authorizing the prohibition of alcohol, is ratified by a majority of US states.
1936 – 1st photo finish camera installed at Hialeah Race track in Hialeah, Florida.
1938 – 1st jazz concert at Carnegie Hall, performed by Benny Goodman and his band.
1838 – Daily newspaper comic strip “Superman” debuts.
1941 – Vice Admiral Patrick N.L. Bellinger warns of an assault on Pearl Harbor….
1942 – William Knudsen becomes 1st civilian.appointed a general in US army.
1944 – General Eisenhower takes command of Allied Invasion Force in London.
1951 – World’s largest gas pipeline opens (Brownsville, Texas, to 134th Street, New York City)
1957 – 3 US B-52 bombers leave California for 1s non-stop around the world flights.
1963 – 13th NBA All-Star Game, LA Memorial sports Arena: East beats West, 115-108; MVP: Bill Russell, Boston Celtics, C.
1964 – “Hello Dolly” opens at St. James Theater NYC for 2,844 performances.
1970 – Curt Flood files a civil lawsuit challenging baseball’s reserve clause.
1981 – Boxer Leon Spinks is mugged, his assailants even take his gold teeth.
1988 – Jimmy “the Greek” Snyder fired from CBS for racial remarks.
1992 – Eric Clapton performs for an episode of MTV “Unplugged” at Bray Film Studios in Windsor, England. Recording won six Grammy Awards, and became Clapton’s bestselling album and the best selling live album of all time.
2001 – US President Bill Clinton awards former President Theodore Roosevelt a posthumous Medal of Honor for his service in the Spanish-American War.
2019 – Golden State guard Stephen Curry first player in NBA history to hit 8+ three-point FGs in 3 consecutive games; goes 9 of 17 three’s in Warriors 147-140 win over New Orleans; teams combine for NBA record 43 3-pointers.
2020 – Newly appointed manager Carlos Beltran and New York Mets mutually agree to part ways because of his role in Houston Astros sign stealing scandal; third manager forced out of a job as a result of allegations.