January, 2008        -- 365  days of Google Answers

"What's past is prologue ..." Tempest, Act 2, Scene 1 by William Shakespeare


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Though Google discontinued the Google Answers service on Dec. 30, 2006 there are almost 69,000 well researched Answers for you to read, including some original research.



Search Tip:


Google continues to evolve search capabilities in many ways, including "specialized" databases that may not return results for a general search.  Recently I wanted to see what was in the Google Books category, so performed a vanity search on my own name.  About a dozen articles from computer publications appeared with citations about developments in the personal computer industry, from my days at Zenith Data Systems.


Similarly, you'll find archives of old news items that don't show up on "standard searches" such as property purchases, family obituaries or interviews in the Google News archive.






On this day:


Tuesday, Jan. 1New Year's Day (Day 1: 365 left)

  * Welcome to the Gregorian calendar, which was adopted in 1582, though the British Empire waited until 1758 to use it:


Born this day: Paul Revere (1735); Betsy Ross (1752); George Washington Carver (1864) 


Wednesday, Jan. 2:

  *  A guide to White House declarations and commemorative days for the year:


Born: Isaac Asimov (1920); Cuba Gooding, Jr. (1968)


Thursday, Jan. 3

 *  Washington defeats Cornwallis at the Battle of Princeton in 1777.  More on his strategy of battle:


Born: Cicero (106 BC); J.R.R. Tolkien (1892) 


Friday, Jan. 4:

 *  Billboard Magazine publishes its first pop music chart, called the "Hit Parade," in 1936.  How to find old Billboard lists:


Born: Isaac Newton (1643); Louis Braille (1809) 


Saturday, Jan. 5:

 *  Soap opera "All My Children" premieres in 1970.  The lead character, played by Susan Lucci would get married 10 times to 8 men:


Born: Stephen Decatur (1779); Robert Duvall (1931); Umberto Eco (1932) 




Sunday, Jan. 6: Epiphany (6)

 *  Rommy Revson applies for a patent to the hair "scrunchy" in 1993:


Born: Joan of Arc (1412); Benjamin Franklin (1706); Carl Sandburg (1878)


Monday, Jan. 7:

  * Galileo sees the four largest moons orbiting Jupiter for the first time in 1610.  It would lead to conflict with the Catholic Church over Copernican theory:


Born: Francis Poulenc (1899); Charles Addams (1912);

Jann Wenner (1946)


Tuesday, Jan. 8:

* The birthday of Elvis Presley (1935) is also Rock 'n Roll Day.  Elvis choice of guitar: a Martin:


Born: Alfred Russel Wallace (1823);  Carl Rogers (1902);  Stephen Hawking (1942) 


Wednesday, Jan. 9:

  * The French Academy of Sciences announces the Daguerreotype photography process in 1839. This Google Answer notes that news of it was publicly available several days earlier in Paris: 


Born: Karel Capek (1890); Joan Baez (1941); Dave Matthews (1967)


Thursday, Jan. 10:

  * Julius Caesar crosses the Rubicon in 49 B.C. and "the die is cast":


Born: Ethan Allen (1738); Max Patkin (1920); Stephen Ambrose (1936)  


Friday, Jan. 11:

 * Grand Canyon National Monument (later the National Park) is created in 1908.  Work on it started millions of years earlier:


Born: Alexander Hamilton (1755); John A. Macdonald (1815); William James (1842)


Saturday, Jan. 12:

  *  In 1908, a radio message is sent for the first time from the Eiffel Tower.  The tower, which is 300m tall (and 324m with antenna), grows by 0.144 meters in hot weather:


Born:  Rush Limbaugh (1951); Howard Stern (1954); Jeff Bezos (1964)





Sunday, Jan. 13:

  * Jame Oglethorpe arrives in Charleston, SC with 130 others to found the colony of Georgia in 1733.  What there is to do in modern Charleston:


Born: Horatio Alger, Jr. (1832); Julia Louis-Dreyfuss (1961)


Monday, Jan. 14:

  *  In 1118 the Council of Troyes formally approves the mission of the Order of the Knights Templar to protect pilgrims traveling to Jerusalem.  Their history -- and connection with the fictional "DaVinci Code":


Born: Hal Roach (1892); Julian Bond (1940); T-Bone Burnett (1948)


Tuesday, Jan. 15:

  * Anniversary of the Great Molasses Flood in Boston (1919) that killed 21 and injured 150:


 Born: Molière (1622); Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929)


Wednesday, Jan. 16:

* Ernest Shackleton reaches the magnetic South Pole in 1909 and is knighted for it.  He'd later become famous for the endurance of the 1914-1916 "Shackleton Expedition":


Born: Dizzy Dean (1910): Dian Fossey (1932); A.J. Foyt (1935)


Thursday, Jan. 17:

 * Ben Franklin, famous for his research on lightning and electricity, was born on this day in 1706.  More about the impact of lightning:

Born: Glenn Martin (1886); Al Capone (1889); Muhammad Ali (1942)


Friday, Jan. 18:

 *  First landing of an aircraft on a ship in San Francisco Harbor in 1911.  Modern aircraft carriers carry 120 pilots :


Born: Daniel Webster (1782); A.A. Milne (1882); Curt Flood (1938)


Saturday, Jan. 19:

  *  The Wilkes Expedition claims Wilkes Land in Antarctica in 1840.  Officially called the "United States Exploring Expedition," it would later explore the Puget Sound a year later:


Born: James Watt (1736); Paul Cézanne (1839); Dolly Parton (1946) 




Sunday, Jan. 20:

  *  Iran releases 52 American hostages after 444 days, timing it just minutes after Ronald Reagan is inaugurated.  Background to the taking of the hostages:


Born: George Burns (1896); DeForest Kelly (1920); Buzz Aldrin (1930)


Monday,  Jan. 21: Martin Luther King Jr. Day -- U.S.  (21)

  *  First commercial service of the supersonic Concorde begins from London and Paris in 1976.  Costs of operation put it out of service in October, 2003:


Born: Stonewall Jackson (1824); Christian Dior (1905); Jack Nicklaus (1940)


Tuesday, Jan. 22:

* The first permanent British colonists arrive in New Zealand in 1840.  By the 1860s, immigration had accelerated, as this Answer regarding genealogy indicates:


Born: Francis Bacon (1561); D.W. Griffith (1875); George Balanchine (1904) 


 Wednesday, Jan. 23:

  *   Elizabeth Blackwell becomes the first female doctor in the U.S. in 1849.  She would later train nurses during the Civil War:


 Born: Stendhal (1783); Edouard Manet (1832); Leadbelly (1888);  


Thursday, Jan. 24:

  * James W. Marshall discovers gold on this day in 1848 at Sutter's Mill on the American River in California, sparking the Gold Rush:


Born: Ernst Heinkel (1888); Neil Diamond (1941); Warren Zevon (1947) 


Friday, Jan. 25: 

  *  Apple's Macintosh goes on sale in 1984 for $2,495, just three days after the famous "Big Brother" ad, which only ran once.  Where to find all old Apple advertisements:


Born: Robert Burns (1759); Virginia Woolf (1882); Corazon Aquino (1933)


Saturday, Jan. 26: Australia Day (26)

  * Capek's R.U.R. premieres in Prague in 1921, adding the word "robot" to the English language.  How robots work in search engines:


Born: Douglas Macarthur (1880); Paul Newman (1925); Eddie Van Halen (1955)




Sunday, Jan. 27:

  * Thomas Edison files his patent for the electric light in 1880.  He would win many major awards for it, including the Congressional Medal and the Commander of the Legion of Honor of France:


Born: Mozart (1756); Lewis Carroll (1832); Hyman Rickover (1900)


Monday, Jan. 28:

  *  "Pride and Prejudice" published by Jane Austen in 1813.  When the BBC made the novel into its 1995 movie, it used these locations:


Born: H.M. Stanley (1841); José Martí  (1853); Sara McLachlan (1968)


 Tuesday, Jan. 29:

  *  Disney's animated "Sleeping Beauty" released in 1959.  The tale's origin was a French tale, "Perceforest" from the 1300's:


Born: Thomas Paine (1737); Moses Cleaveland (1754); Anton Chekhov (1860); W.C. Fields (1880)


Wednesday, Jan. 30:

  * The Beatles last public concert in 1969 at Apple Studios at 3 Savile Row.  This was the Beatles itinerary on their first visit to New York:


Born: Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882); Barbara W. Tuchman (1912); Phil Collins (1951)


Thursday, Jan. 31:

  * Ida May Fuller gets the first Social Security check on this day in 1940.  Today tens of thousands of retirees get their checks sent to them overseas:


 Born: Franz Schubert (1797); Zane Grey (1872); Jackie Robinson (1919)




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