January 9 in Pop Culture History

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693 (Earthquake) Sicily, Italy

1788 – Connecticut became the 5th state

1793 – Jean Pierre Blanchard made the first successful balloon flight in the United States, from Philadelphia, PA to Woodbury, NJ.

1857 (Earthquake) Fort Tejon, California

1947 – Elizabeth “Betty” Short, AKA the Black Dahlia, was last seen alive.

1951 – Life After Tomorrow, 1st film to receive an “X” rating, premiered in London… ‘X’ ratings at that time were not the same as today – through 1951-1970 – it meant the film was for viewers over 16.

1956 – Abigail Van Buren’s “Dear Abby” column first appeared in newspaper syndication.

1960 – Severus Snape’s Birthday

1961 – #1 Hit January 9, 1961 – January 29, 1961: Bert KaempfertWonderland by Night

1984 – Wendy’s “Where’s The Beef” commercials with Clara Peller began

1988 – #1 Hit January 9, 1988 – January 15, 1988: Whitney HoustonSo Emotional

1996- 3rd Rock From The Sun debuted on NBC

1997 – Antiques Roadshow debuted on PBS

2000 – Malcom in the Middle premiered on FX

2007 – Apple’s iPhone was unveiled.

2009 – Bride Wars debuted in theaters.

2011 – Bob’s Burgers premiered on FOX

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