- 1880 – Thomas Edison receives the patent on the incandescent lamp. Happy birthday, light bulb! All those years spent improving your efficiency and brightness only to have you make a retro comeback.
- 1888 – The National Geographic Society is founded in Washington, D.C. as a club for rich white men who liked to travel (and marvel at the heathen masses in undiscovered corners of the globe).
- 1909 – The Young Left is founded in Norway. Not so young any more, is it?
January 27, 2015
This day in history
Today was a busy day in history right around the turn of the 19th century.