History Warp (1/02-1/09): Charts, Parts & Electors

Posted: January 2nd, 2012 | Filed under: History Warp | No Comments »

“Topping the Charts” is a phrase that really needs no explanation. It’s usually used in connection with the music biz, you know, which album or MP3 sells more than any other that week.

Frankly, I haven’t a clue who first used that phrase, or when it was first uttered by some record company PR flack?

But I do know that it was on January 4, 1938 that the first charts, based on national sales, were listed in Billboard Magazine. The first chart topper was Joe Venuti’s “Stop! Look! Listen!”

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Most folks know that Henry Ford invented the Model T, and developed mass assembly line production.

But few are probably aware of how he goosed the big business model on January 4, 1914. He declared he was going to share $10 million of the previous year’s profits with his employees. He increased the number of employees by switching from two 9 hour shifts to three 8 hour shifts. And set up a hearing process before an employee could be fired.

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The first presidential election in the United States of America occurred on January 7, 1789. Revolutionary War hero George Washington carried the day.

This space isn’t big enough to attempt to try to begin to commence to explain why citizens didn’t vote directly for the president, but for electors who then meet and choose the leader. By the by, George’s win was unanimous. He was unopposed.

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