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This Day in History for January 1

1673 – Regular mail delivery begins between NY & Boston.

1797 – Albany replaces New York City as capital on New York.

1818 – Official re-opening of the White House.

1847 – Michigan is 1st state to abolish capital punishment.

1862 – 1st US income tax (3% of incomes >$600, 5% of incomes >$10,000)

1890 – The Rose Parade, then known as the Tournament of Roses, is first held in Pasadena, California.

1903 – President Theodore Roosevelt and Edith Roosevelt unveil new renovations to The White House, including a new West Wing.

1908 – 1st time, ball signifying New Year dropped at Times Square.

1913 – US Post Office begins parcel post deliveries.

1919 – Edsel Ford succeeds his father, Henry Ford, as president of the Ford Motor Company.

1932 – The United States Post Office Department issues a set of 12 stamps commemorating the 200th anniversary of George Washington’s birth.

1936 – 1st newspaper to microfilm its current issues, NY Tribune.

1939 – Hewlett-Packard is founded by Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard in a garage in Palo Alto, California “the birthplace of Silicon Valley”

1954 – Rose & Cotton Bowl are 1st sport colorcasts.

1960 – Johnny Cash plays first of many free concerts behind bars.

1966 – Simon & Garfunkel’s “Sound of Silence” reaches #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

1971 – Cigarette advertisements banned on TV.

1981 – Roger Smith becomes CEO of General Motors.

1998 – All California bars, clubs & card rooms must be smoke free.

2008 – A New Hampshire law legalizing civil unions for same-sex couples comes into effect.

2016 – After floods along the Mississippi River kills 31, Exxon Mobil Corp decides to close a plant in flood threatened Memphis, TN.

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