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This Day in History for January 22

1879 – James Shields (D) elected US senator from Missouri after previously serving as US senator from Illinois & Minnesota.

1888 – Columbia Phonograph was formed in Washington, D.C.

1908 – Katie Mulcahey is arrested for lighting a cigarette, violating the 1-day old “Sullivan Ordinance” banning women from smoking in public, and is fined $5.  Appearing before the judge she stated “I’ve got as much right to smoke as you have.  I never heard of this new law, and I don’t want to hear about it.  No man shall dictate to me.”

1924 – Dutch Blast Furnace & Steel Factory opens.

1938 – “Our Town”, Thornton Wilder’s Pulitizer-winner of small-town life in Grover’s Corner, New Hampshire, premieres (NJ)

1940 – 1st radio broadcast of “Road to Happiness” on CBS.

1943 – Temperature rises 49 degrees F in 2 minutes in Spearfish, South Dakota.

1945 – Heavy US air raid on Okinawa.

1947 – 1st commercial TV station west of Mississippi opens in Hollywood, California.

1954 – 11th Golden Globes: The Robe, Spencer Tracy, & Audrey Hepburn win.

1959 – USAF concludes that less than 1% of UFOs are unknown objects.

1965 – US launches TIROS 9 weather satellite.

1968 – “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In” premieres on NBC.

1968 – NBA announces expansion franchise awarded to Milwaukee (Bucks) and Phoenix (Suns).

1970 – 1st commercial Boeing 747 flight, Pan Am World Airways flies from New York City to London in 6 1/2 hours.

1973 – Roe vs Wade: US Supreme Court legalizes most abortions.

1980 – PGA begins a senior golf tour.

1985 – Cold wave damages 90% of Florida’s cities crop.

2002 – Kmart Corp becomes the largest retailer in United States history to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

2017 – Jared Kushner is sworn in a Senator Advisor to US President, Donald Trump.

2018 – Netflix becomes the largest digital media and entertainment company in the world worth $100 billion.

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