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1851 – San Francisco Orphan’s Asylum founded, 1st in California.

1865 – Congress passes the 13th Amendment, abolishing slavery in America (passes 121-24)

1905 – 1st automobile to exceed 100 mph, A.G. MacDonald, Daytona Beach.

1927 – NL President John Heydler rules Rogers Hornsby can’t hold stock in the Cardinals & play for the Giants.

1928 – Scotch tape 1st marketed by 3-M Company.

1930 – 1st US glider flight from a dirigible, Lakehurst, New Jersey.

1934 – FDR devalues US dollar in relation to gold at $35 per ounce.

1941 – Joe Louis KOs Red Burman in 5 for heavyweight boxing title.

1950 – US President Harry Truman publicly announces support for the development of a hydrogen bomb.

1955 – RCA demonstrates 1st music synthesizer.

1961 – Houston voters approve bond to finance luxury domed stadium.

1963 – Tony Sheridan & Beat Brothers record “What’d I Say” & “Ruby Baby”

1971 – Special Veterans Committee adds 6 former players and 1 executive to the Baseball Hall of Fame; Dave Bancroft, Jake Beckley, Chick Hafey, Harry Hooper, Joe Kelley, Rube Marquard and George Weiss.

1981 – “The Tide is High” by Blondie hits #1.

1988 – Super Bowl XXII, Jack Murphy Stadium, San Diego, CA; Washington Redskins beat Denver Broncos, 42-10; MVP: Doug Williams, Washington, QB.

1995 – President Bill Clinton authorizes a $20 billion loan to Mexico to stabilize its economy.

2006 – US Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor retires and is replaced by Samuel Alito.

2010 – Australian Open Men’s Tennis: Roger Federer outclassed Scotsman Andy Murray 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 for his 4th Australian title.

2015 – Atlanta Hawks set a new NBA monthly win record as they move to 17-0 for January, with a 91-85 win against the Philadelphia 76ers.

2018 – Trump Administration formally suspends the Clean Water Act.

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