1788 - Today in history, Georgia was the 4th state to ratify the Constitution of the US.
1842 - The first suspension bridge was inaugurated in PA.
1872 - On this day in history, Brigham Young, the elderly head of the Mormon Church, was arrested on a charge of bigamy because he had 25 wives.
1879 - Thomas Edison began construction on a generator which would be his first.
1890 - Today in history, Alice Sanger became the first female employee in the White House.
1893 - The first commemorative postage stamps were released.
1900 - On this day in history, Secretary of State John Hay announced the Open Door Policy with China. The Policy was intended to prompt trade between the two nations.
1929 - The US and Canada reached an agreement to preserve Niagara Falls.
1960 - Today in history, Senator John F. Kennedy announced his candidacy for the presidency in the Democratic Party.
1968 - Fidel Castro announced gasoline and sugar restrictions in Cuba.
1971 - On this day in history in the US, a federal ban on television cigarette advertisements was observed for the first time.
1974 - President Richard M. Nixon signed a bill requiring states to lower the maximum speed limit to 55 MPH. The law was intended to conserve gasoline during the oil embargo imposed on the US by Arabic nations.
1991 - Today in history, Sharon Dixon was sworn in as mayor of Washington, DC. She was the first black woman to head a prominent city.
SPORTS - Today in History, January 2nd
1965 - Joe Namath signed the most expensive beginner contract ($400,000) in the history of pro football.
MUSIC HISTORY - Today in History, January 2nd
1941 - Today in history, The Andrews Sisters recorded "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy."
1968 - Newark, NJ police confiscated a shipment of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's album "Two Virgins," which sported a nude cover.
1975 - On this day in history, Judge Richard Owen ruled that John Lennon and his lawyers will have access to Immigration files pertaining to his deportation case.
1979 - The trial of ex-Sex Pistol Sid Vicious for the murder of his girlfriend opened in New York City. Vicious died of an overdose before the verdict was pronounced.