January 19: Edgar Allan Poe Born!

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Master of mystery and the macabre Edgar Allan Poe was born January 19, 1809. Also born on January 19 were artist Paul Cezanne, celebrity chef Paula Deen, singers Dolly Parton and Janis Joplin, General Robert E. Lee, and steam engine inventor James Watt. Soul singer Wilson Pickett, actress and inventor Hedy Lamarr, and outfielder Stan Musial died.

On January 19, 1883, Thomas Edison opened the world’s first electric lighting system using overhead wires. Howard Hughes set a new transcontinental speed record, 72 percent of all TV sets tuned into I Love Lucy to watch Little Ricky’s birth, and the first IBM computer virus was released.

January 19 is National Popcorn Day in the US, Kokborok Day in the Tripura state of India, and Confederate Heroes Day in Texas. Its zodiac sign is Capricorn. January’s birthstone is garnet and its birth flower is carnation.

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