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JANUARY 5

1855 King Gillette (Wisconsin-born Developer of a Disposable Steel Blade and Razor; Founder of the Gillette Safety Razor Company) Wisconsin Business Leaders Business Gillette Company Wisconsin Historical Society
1923 Sam Phillip (Alabama-born Music Producer; Founder of Sun Records) Sam Phillips Popular Music Music Producer
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1923 William H. Collins (Wisconsin Lumberman, Business and Civic Leader) Wisconsin Business Leaders Trees Business Wisconsin Historical Society
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1985 The Federal Government Transfers Ownership of the Alaska Railroad to the State of Alaska Alaska Government U.S. Government Railroads Alaska Railroad Alaska Historical Society
1841 Lincoln Votes with Majority of the Illinois House to Incorporate City of Galesburg Galesburg, Illinois Abraham Lincoln Lincoln Logs
1854 The First Telegraph Company in Texas Is Chartered Texas Telegraph Historic Firsts Texas State Historical Association
1861 Florida Militia Seize the Chattahoochee Arsenal Containing Over 50,000 Pounds of Gun Powder Florida American Civil War Florida Historical Society
1863 U.S.S. Sagamore Seizes the British Blockade Runner Avenger in Florida's Jupiter Inlet Florida American Civil War Naval History Florida Historical Society
1864 French Troops, Led by Castagny, Capture the City of Guadalajara, Mexico Mexico France Mexico Connect
1869 214 Delegates Attend the First Convention of the Colored National Labor Union In Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C. Labor African-American Heritage Historic Firsts BigLabor.com
1914 Henry Ford Boosts Minimum Wage to $5 per Day Henry Ford Labor Business & Economics New York Times History Channel State of Michigan
1943 Elizabeth Taylor Signs Long-term Contract with MGM Elizabeth Taylor Film Business & Economics History Channel
1970 Body of Murdered Mine Labor Leader, Jock Yablonski, Found in PA Farmhouse Pennsylvania Labor Crime Death History Channel
1971 United States Secret Service Is Authorized to Protect Visiting Heads of Foreign States While in U.S. U.S. Secret Service U.S. Treasury

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