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JANUARY 2

1830 Henry Flagler (New York-born Industrialist, Railroad Magnate, co-Founder of Standard Oil) Henry Flagler Railroads Standard Oil Florida Historical Society
1872 Albert Coombs Barnes (Pennsylvania-born Arts Benefactor: Founder of the Barnes Foundation) Pennsylvania Business Leaders Philanthropy Barnes Foundation
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1852 In California, a U.S. Land Commission Begins 5 Years of Hearings to Determine the Validity of Spanish and Mexican Land Grants Spain Mexico California Economics Law and Legal Resources Hispanic Heritage Learn California
1863 Union Troops Defeat Confederates in the Battle of Stones River at Murfeesboro Just South of Nashville Tennessee Battle of Stone River History Channel
1882 John D. Rockefeller Forms the Standard Oil Trust John D. Rockefeller Monopolies Standard Oil History Channel
1905 The Japanese Capture Naval Base at Port Arthur Forcing a Russian Surrender Russia Japan Naval Military History History Channel New York Times
1917 In Alaska, Fire Wipes Out Much of the Business District of Valdez Valdez, Alaska Fire Business Alaska Historical Society
1918 Ground Is Broken for an Explosives Plant in Nitro, West Virginia Nitro, West Virginia Business West Virginia
1919 Electric Streetcar Service Begins in Tacoma, Washington Tacoma, Washington Transportation Electricity Historic Firsts HistoryLink
1965 New York Jets Sign University of Alabama Quarterback Joe Namath for $400,000 National Football League Joe Namath Economics University of Alabama New York Times
1975 U.S. Patent Office Is Renamed the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office U.S. Government Patents and Trademarks USPTO
1980 British Steel Workers Begin 14-Week Strike Great Britain Labor Job Actions BBC
2007 The New York Stock Exchange Closes for the Funeral of Former U.S. President Gerald Ford Gerald Ford The American Presidency New York Stock Rxchange (pdf) CNN

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