Here are a few noteworthy events, in the fields of science and technology, that have occurred during the month of January.
January 2 – On this day in 1839, Photographer/Inventor Louis Daguerre took the first ever photo of the moon. This photo is known as the first astronomy photograph in history.
January 7 – Nikola Tesla, the Father of Direct Current, died in his room at the Hotel New Yorker in New York City in 1943 at the age of 86. Tesla held around 200 patents worldwide for his discoveries and inventions. Few have advanced their chosen field as much and new advances are still being made in his name.
January 14 – “Aloha from Hawaii” made history in 1973 when it became the first global concert satellite broadcast. Elvis Presley performed at the Honolulu International Center Arena at 12:30AM Hawaiian time and the concert was broadcast live via Globecam Satellite to Australia and many Asian countries. The concert didn’t show in the United States until 3 months later. The total live and delayed viewership of the concert was stated to be 1.5 billion.