January 12 in Pop Culture History
|January 12th is…
Curried Chicken Day
Kiss a Ginger Day
Hot Tea Day
National Pharmacist Day
Work Harder Day
|“I became operational at the H.A.L. plant in Urbana, Illinois on the 12th of January 1992. My instructor was Mr. Langley, and he taught me to sing a song. If you’d like to hear it I can sing it for you.”
-Hal 5000, in 2001: A Space Odyssey
1888 – Schoolhouse Blizzard, USA
1906 – Dow Jones closed over 100 (100.26) for the 1st time.
1926 – Original Sam ‘n’ Henry premiered on WGN (Chicago) radio and was later renamed Amos ‘n’ Andy in 1928.
1959 – Motown Records was formed in Detroit.
1963 – #1 Hit January 12, 1963 – January 25, 1963: Steve Lawrence – Go Away Little Girl
1965 – Hullabaloo premiered on NBC.
1967 – Dr. James Bedford was the first person to be cryonically preserved with intent of future resuscitation. He is still frozen at the Alcor Life Extension Foundation.
1971 – All In The Family aired for the first time on CBS
1974 – #1 Hit January 12, 1974 – January 18, 1974: Steve Miller Band – The Joker
1988 – Dynasty debuted on ABC
1990 – Internal Affairs was released in theaters.
1996 – Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood, Bio-Dome, Two if By Sea and Dunston Checks In were released in theaters.
1997 – King Of The Hill made its premiere on FOX.
1992 – (fictional) January 12 – HAL 9000 became operational in 2001: A Space Odyssey, film.
1998 – The game SuperBall! was played for the last time on The Price Is Right
2001 – Save the Last Dance debuted in theaters.
2001 – National Geographic Channel debuted American cable
2001 – Lizzie McGuire premiered on The Disney Channel
2006 – A stampede during the Stoning of the Devil ritual on the last day at the Hajj in Mina, Saudi Arabia, killed at least 362 Muslim pilgrims.
2007 – Stomp the Yard, Alpha Dog & Primeval debuted in theaters.
2010 (Earthquake) Port-au-Prince, Haiti
2012 – Jay-Z released Glory a song dedicated to his first child, Blue Ivy Carter. Because Blue’s cries were included at the end of the song and she was officially credited on the song as B.I.C, at two days old, she became the youngest person ever to appear on a Billboard chart.
2014 – Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (Broadway Musical) Opened on January 12, 2014
2017 – The Government officially changed the nickname of people from the state of Indiana from “Indianans” to “Hoosiers”, making Indiana the first state not to have a version of their state name in their nickname (“Floridians”, “Pennsylvanians”, etc.)
#1 Hit January 12, 2019 – January 18, 2019: Halsey – Without Me