1-1 The First Tournament of Roses Parade

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JANUARY 1

CLASSIC COUNTRY #1 SONG OF THE DAY

1954 – Let Me Be the One - Hank Locklin

1964 – Love's Gonna Live Here - Buck Owens

1974 – If We Make It Through December - Merle Haggard

1984 – Houston (Means I'm One Day Closer to You) - Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers

1994 - I Don't Call Him Daddy - Doug Supernaw

NOTEWORTHY EVENTS

The First Tournament of Roses Parade Was Held (1890)

New Year’s Day

EVENTS

1751 - New Year’s Day has been observed on this day in most English-speaking countries since 1751 when the British calendar act was passed. Before that, folks wished everyone a Happy New Year on March 25, to coincide, approximately, with the beginning of Spring.

1863 - President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. It called for the freeing of slaves in the rebelling states. No slaves were actually freed since the Confederate states ignored it, and it didn’t apply to the slaves of Union States. News of the proclamation did not reach Texas until “Juneteenth”, June 19, 1865. If you are interested in more on this subject, here is a very good website http://www.pvamu.edu/tiphc/research-projects/juneteenth-the-emancipation-proclamation-freedom-realized-and-delayed/

1890 - The very first Tournament of Roses Parade was held in Pasadena, California.

1892 - Ellis Island opened this day to begin the processing of what would amount to more than 20 million immigrants to the US. Ellis Island is now a museum.

1915 - Aspirin was made available for the first time in tablet form. The pills were manufactured by Bayer pharmaceuticals in Germany.

1946 - ENIAC, the first US computer, was assembled by John Mauchly and J. Presper Eckert. It was built at the Moore School of Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. It weighed over 60,000 pounds and contained more than 18,000 vacuum tubes. A staff of six technicians replaced about 2000 of the tubes each month. Many of ENIAC’s first tasks were for military purposes, such as calculating ballistic firing tables and designing atomic weapons. It had to be reprogrammed for each task.

1953 – The death of singer-songwriter and musician Hank Williams was confirmed, he was 29 years old. During his last years, consumption of alcohol, morphine and painkillers severely compromised his professional life.

1959 - Johnny Cash played a free concert for the inmates of San Quentin Prison, California. One of the audience members was 19-year-old Merle Haggard, who was in the midst of a 15 year sentence (he served three years) for grand theft auto and armed robbery.

1963 - Loretta Lynn released her debut studio album Loretta Lynn Sings on Decca Records. The album featured Lynn's first top 10 Country hit, Success which was released the previous year. Here it is, just in case it doesn’t come to mind https://youtu.be/xt-MorfnZJc.

1966 - Effective on this day, all US cigarette packages began carrying the health warning - Caution: Cigarette smoking may be hazardous to your health.

1967 - In his annual New Year’s column of predictions, Criswell wrote that there would be a one-week war with Egypt and Russia against Israel. War broke out in the Mideast that June: The Arab-Israeli 6-Day War. His column also stated that actress Jayne Mansfield would die in that year. She did.

1968 - Criswell predicted that a black civil rights leader would be assassinated before October. Martin Luther King, Jr. was killed in April.

1968 - Evel Knievel lost control of his motorcycle midway during a jump of 141 feet, right over the ornamental fountains in front of Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas.

1972 - Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) was adopted worldwide. UTC is determined from six primary atomic clocks that are coordinated by the International Bureau of Weights and Measures located in France. Leap seconds are added to UTC periodically, about once each 18 months, so the highly accurate atomic clock time matches the time measured by Earth’s rotation, which is very slightly variable due to tidal forces with the Moon.

1976 - NBC Television debuted a new abstract capital ‘N’—a corporate symbol that replaced the familiar peacock logo after 20 years. The cost of the new NBC logo was estimated to be between $750,000 and $1 million. Two years later, Nebraska Public Television went after NBC for copying its logo; which it had broadcast for several years. The cost...35 dollars. NBC paid the costs and the ‘N’ stayed around for a short time before being replaced by...the peacock.

1979 - The Office of Personnel Management was established. It administers a merit system for federal employees. OPM has requested $295,920,000 in discretionary resources for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019. Please take a look at this https://www.opm.gov/about-us/budget-performance/budgets/#url=Congressional-Budget-Justification

1987 - The Dishonor List of Banished Words and Phrases was issued (as it is every year) by Lake Superior State University, Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. The 1987 list included the phrase, “The patient did not fulfill his wellness potential.” Simply put, he died. In 2017, “guesstimate” made the list. Here’s the list for 2019, https://www.lssu.edu/traditions/banishedwords/.

2010 - Shania Twain carried the Olympic Torch through her hometown in Windsor, Ontario, as part of the 2010 Winter Olympics torch relay.

2014 - The manufacture and importing of the common 40-watt and 60-watt general service incandescent lamps was ended in the US under the deadline specified in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. It required better energy efficiency, so that they would be replaced by compact fluorescent, halogen or LED lamps producing more lumens of light per watt of consumption.

2019 - Code of Military Justice Act of 2016 went into effect. The changes made to the military justice system, as well as the president’s implementing rules, continues the efforts of Congress, the president, and the Department of Defense to enhance victims’ rights throughout the military justice process and to protect the dignity of victims at all times. Formerly, officers were able to hand out punishments, such as; confinement to quarters for days with only bread and water, mast-heading (the accused was made to climb the mast and stay there for a set period of time), caning (being struck across the back with a hard stick), birching (being struck 12-24 times with a bundle of birch sticks), flogging with a cat-o-nine tails, keelhauling (throwing someone over one side of the ship and dragging him underneath the ship to the other side), hanging, or walking the plank (a very rare punishment, dramatized in books and movies)

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BIRTHDAYS

1925 - Stymie Beard (Matthew Beard, Jr.) (actor, the derby-wearing Little Rascal. He appeared in 36 Our Gang films. His trademark hat was a gift from Stan Laurel. He also played Monte in the TV series Good Times.)