A Sticker A Day: Western History and Pop Culture through Street Art Stickers

I’ve got a new angle for my sticker book – to select 365 stickers and tell a story each day with a sticker.  I worked on January today, and here below is what I have so far.  Dates in bold mean I know of a sticker in my collection that could match the event.  In some cases, there is more than one event, so I’ll have to choose later.  Dates in italics mean I’ve already found the sticker image file to match the event.  Ultimately, I’ll write a few paragraphs for each day/sticker of the year.

A Sticker a Day: Western History and Pop Culture through Street Art Stickers

January 1: The beginning of the Internet as we know it today; The ARPANET officially changes to using the Internet Protocol, creating the Internet (1983); Ellis Island opens in the U.S. (1892); European Central Bank established (1998); Euro adopted by 11 countries (1999)

January 2: World War II: Nuremberg, Germany is severely bombed by Allied forces. (1945); Ronald Reagan sworn in as Governor of California (1967)

January 3: The last original weekday Peanuts comic strip is published (2000)

January 4: The New York Stock Exchange opens its first permanent headquarters at 10-12 Broad near Wall Street (1865)

January 5: The Ford Motor Company announces an eight-hour workday and a minimum wage of $5 for a day’s labor (1914) (sticker done)

January 6: President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivers his Four Freedoms speech in the State of the Union address (1941)

January 7: The Senate trial in the impeachment of U.S. President Bill Clinton begins (1999)

January 8: The trial of seven men accused of illegal entry into Democratic Party headquarters at Watergate begins (1973)

January 9: Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveils the first iPhone (2007)

January 10: Bush announces “The New Way Forward” for troop surge in Iraq (2007) (No Blood for Oil sticker – done)




January 11: Immigrant textile works in Lawrence, Massachusetts, go on strike when wages are reduced in response to a mandated shortening of the work week (1912)

January 12: The Royal Aeronautical Society is formed in London (1866)

January 13: Johnny Cash performs live at Folsom State Prison (1968)

January 14: The Human Be-In takes place in San Francisco, California’s Golden Gate Park, launching the Summer of Love (1967)

January 15: The Coca-Cola Company, then known as the Pemberton Medicine Company, is incorporated in Atlanta, Georgia (1889)

January 16: The United States ratifies the Eighteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, authorizing Prohibition in the United States one year after ratification (1919)

January 17: Matt Drudge breaks the story of the Bill Clinton-Monica Lewinsky affair on his website (1998)

January 18: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is officially observed for the first time in all 50 states (1993)

January 19: The United States Senate votes against joining the League of Nations (1920)

January 20: George W. Bush State of the Union linking church and state (2004) (sticker – done) http://www.theocracywatch.org/faith_base.htm


January 21: Black Monday in worldwide stock markets. FTSE 100 had its biggest ever one-day points fall, European stocks closed with their worst result since the September 11 attacks in 2001, and Asian stocks drop as much as 14% (2008)

January 22: The Supreme Court of the United States delivers its decision in Roe v. Wade, legalizing elective abortion in all fifty states (1973)

January 23: President Richard Nixon announces that a peace accord has been reached in Vietnam (1973)

January 24: The United States Department of Homeland Security officially begins operation (2003)

January 25: Charles Manson and three female “Family” members are found guilty of the 1969 Tate-LaBianca murders (1971)

January 26: Birth of Angela Davis, U.S. political activist (1944) (2 stickers – done)



January 27: Arab Spring: The 2011 Yemeni revolution begins as over 16,000 protestors demonstrate in Sana’a (2011); Nuclear testing at the Nevada Test Site begins with a one-kiloton bomb dropped on Frenchman Flat (1951); The trial of Guy Fawkes and his fellow conspirators began. They were executed on January 31 (1606)

January 28: United States troops leave Cuba with the exception of Guantanamo Bay Naval Base after being there since the Spanish-American War (1909)

January 29: In his State of the Union Address, President George W. Bush describes “regimes that sponsor terror” as an Axis of Evil, in which he includes Iraq, Iran and North Korea (2002)

January 30: Mahatma Gandhi is released from prison by Jan C. Smuts after been tried and sentenced to 2 months in jail earlier in the month. On the same day 40 years later in 1948 Gandhiji is assassinated (1908)

January 31: The Soviet Union exiles Leon Trotsky (1929)