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Thursday, January 6, 2005

Today in history—January 6

1655: Mathematician Jacob Bernoulli is born.  He’s best known as the guy who added the “integral” to “integral calculus.”  The great thing about law schools is that calculus isn’t required.

1838: Partners Samuel F.B. Morse and Alfred Vail demonstrate the telegraph for the first time in public at the Speedwell Iron Works in Morristown, New Jersey.

1842: Geologist Clarence King is born.  At age 25, he will conduct the geologic survey along the route of the proposed Union Pacific Railroad.  As part of his study, he’ll find the first glaciers in the U.S.

1880: Cowboy/actor Thomas Hezekiah “Tom” Mix is born at Cameron County, Pennsylvania.  He will become, as the “straight shooting, non-drinking, non-smoking, non-swearing champion of fair play,”  the most popular star of his day, earning $17,000 a week.

1912: New Mexico enters the Union as the 47th state.

1916: Eugene T. Maleska, the long-time editor of the New York Times crossword, is born.  After his death in 1993, the puzzles are changed to make to make them easier and more attractive to hip young people.  Sample clue now: “Fred Flintstone’s best friend.”

1929: Sheffield Farms of New York puts milk into waxed cardboard containers instead of glass bottles for the first time.

1942: Pan American Airways makes the first commercial round-the-world flight.

1950: Schlitz Beer and NBC introduce The Halls of Ivy.  Ronald Colman plays a blue-blood Ivy League college president, and his wife Benita Hume plays his wife, a world-famous actress.  The series revolves around the funny college antics at their home at 1 Faculty Row.  Amazingly, the public isn’t fascinated.

1952: The successful “Peanuts” licensing empire begins as Charles Schulz’s first syndicated  Sunday strip appears.

1984: Getty Oil announces a $9.9 billion bid to take over Texaco.

1987: The Ford Thunderbird becomes the first car to win Motor Trend’s Car of the Year award twice.  The first time was in 1958.

1997: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit rewrites UCC § 2-207 with its opinion in Hill v. Gateway 2000.

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