Today in history – 1.04.2019

  • 1847 – Samuel Colt sells his first revolver pistol to the U.S. government.
  • 1865 – The New York Stock Exchange opens its first permanent headquarters near Wall Street in New York City.
  • 1885 – Dr. William Grant of Davenport, Iowa, performed the first successful appendectomy.
  • 1893 – President Benjamin Harrison granted amnesty to all people who had abstained from practicing polygamy since Nov. 1, 1890. It was part of a deal for Utah to achieve statehood. 
  • 1896 – Utah is admitted as the 45th state.
  • 1965 – The “Great Society” is proclaimed by President Lyndon B. Johnson during his State of the Union address. The Great Society was a set of domestic programs to eliminate poverty and injustice.
  • 1974 – President Richard Nixon refuses to hand over materials subpoenaed by the Senate Watergate Committee.
  • 1975 – Elizabeth Ann Seton was canonized as the first Roman Catholic saint born in America.
  • 1999 – Former professional wrestler Jesse Ventura was sworn in as governor of Minnesota.