Today in Business History
Events 1 - 46 of 46
1594-03-12 - Company of Distant established for business on East-Indies
1619-06-02 - England & Netherlands sign treaty about business in the Indies
1784-01-07 - 1st US seed business established by David Landreth, Philadelphia
1824-11-16 - NY City's Fifth Avenue opens for business
1826-11-15 - Dutch Business Me gets monopoly on opium trade in Java/Madura
1844-12-21 - The Rochdale Pioneers commence business at their cooperative in Rochdale, England, starting the Cooperative movement.
1861-04-16 - US president Lincoln outlaws business with confederate states
1872-10-09 - Aaron Montgomery started his mail-order business
1882-10-16 - The Nickel Plate Railroad opens for business.
1885-11-03 - Tacoma vigilantes drive out Chinese, burn their homes & businesses
1898-10-01 - The Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration is founded under the name k.u.k. Exportakademie.
1899-04-01 - NC Mutual opens doors for business
1900-08-23 - National Negro Business League organizes (Boston)
1904-10-19 - Polytechnic University of the Philippines founded as Manila Business School through the superintendence of the American C.A. O'Reilley.
1905-12-16 - "Variety" covering all phases of show business, 1st published
1906-04-07 - Act of Algeciras drawn between Moroccan police & banking business
Financier and Philanthropist John D. Rockefeller Jr 1910-03-03 - Rockefeller Foundation: John D. Rockefeller Jr. announces his retirement from managing his businesses so that he can be devoted full time to being a philanthropist
1919-11-11 - Pope Benedictus XV states Roman Catholics political/business views
1922-05-29 - US Supreme Court rules organized baseball is a sport & not a business & thus not subject to antitrust laws
1923-07-11 - Harry Frazee, sells Red Sox to Ohio businessmen for $1M
1924-12-26 - Judy Garland, 2½, billed as Baby Frances, makes her show business debut
1928-06-24 - With declining business, the Great Gorge and International Railway begins using one-person crews on trolley operations in Canada.
Actress Judy Garland 1929-06-15 - 1st time NY curb stock exchange transacts more business than NY Exch
1933-04-01 - Nazi Germany begins persecution of Jews by boycotting Jewish businesses
1942-06-04 - Capitol Record Co opens for business
1953-02-20 - US Court of Appeals rules that Organized Baseball is a sport & not a business, affirming the 25-year-old Supreme Court ruling
1953-11-19 - US Supreme Court rules (7-2) baseball is a sport not a business
1958-12-03 - Indonesian parliament accepts nationalisation of Dutch businesses
1960-10-25 - Cuba nationalizes all remaining US businesses
1961-10-14 - "How to Succeed in Business" opens at 46th St NYC for 1415 perfs
1962-04-16 - Brazil nationalizes US businesses
1962-09-09 - Soviet economist Liberman plead for autonomous businesses
1965-03-06 - "How to Succeed in Business" closes at 46th St NYC after 1415 perfs
1971-09-02 - NY's Electric Circus Club goes out of business
1972-05-26 - The British state-owned travel firm Thomas Cook & Son is sold to a consortium of private businesses headed by the Midland Bank.
1981-06-25 - Microsoft is restructured to become an incorporated business in its home state of Washington.
1981-08-10 - Coca-Cola Bottling Co agrees to pump $34 million into black business
1986-01-09 - After losing a patent battle with Polaroid, Kodak must give up its instant camera business.
1990-01-09 - Supreme Court strikes down Dallas' ordinance imposing strict zoning on sexually oriented businesses
1991-01-18 - Eastern Air Lines goes out of business after 62 years, citing financial problems.
1992-07-02 - Braniff Airlines goes out of business
1993-05-13 - 6th annual business person run held in Wall Street
42nd US President Bill Clinton 1996-05-28 - U.S. President Bill Clinton's former business partners in the Whitewater land deal, James McDougal and Susan McDougal, and Arkansas Governor Jim Guy Tucker, are convicted of fraud.
1998-09-15 - With the landmark merger of WorldCom and MCI Communications completed the day prior, the new MCI WorldCom opens its doors for business.
2000-12-28 - U.S. retail giant Montgomery Ward announces it is going out of business after 128 years.
2007-09-17 - AOL, once the largest ISP in the U.S., officially announces plans to refocus the company as an advertising business and to relocate its corporate headquarters from Dulles, Virginia to New York, New York.
Birthdays 1 - 39 of 39
1829-05-30 - Levin Goldschmidt, German business law expert
1844-02-17 - A Montgomery Ward, found mail-order business (Montgomery Ward)
1851-03-19 - William Henry Stark, American business leader (d. 1936)
1867-09-26 - Maggie L Walker, black business & civic leader
1879-12-21 - Theodore Limperg, business economist (substitute value)
1885-11-10 - Esther Dale, Beaufort SC, actress (Unfinished Business)
1889-03-08 - Oscar Ewing, US government official (Everybody's Business)
1889-11-16 - George S Kaufman, Pittsburgh Pa, playwright (This is Show Business)
1892-07-29 - Charles L Bass, actor (Business in White Slavery)
1896-12-21 - Carl Romme, Dutch catholic foreman/KVP-min Socialist Business
1907-02-05 - Norton Simon, business executive (Simon & Schuster)
1908-12-03 - Nigel M Balchin, [Mark Spade], English author (Business for Pleasure)
1910-02-12 - Lee Byung Chull, Korean industrialist/founder (Samsung Business)
1912-08-01 - Masaya Hanai, businessamn
1912-09-18 - Kurt Lotz, German business executive, second postwar CEO of Volkswagen (d. 2005)
Jazz Musician Billie Holiday (1915-04-07) 1915-04-07 - Billie Holiday, [Eleanora Fagan], Philadelphia Pennsylvania, jazz singer (Lady Sings the Blues)
1915-09-08 - Frank Pullen, English business person and racehorse owner (d.1992)
1922-03-12 - Helen Parrish, Columbus Ga, actress (Hour Glass, Show Business)
1925-06-25 - Ted Stepien, American business (d. 2007)
1926-08-31 - Jan de Koning, minister of Agriculture/Social Businesses (CDA)
1928-04-05 - Peter Moore, Principal (London Business School)
1928-10-14 - Frank E. Resnik, American business executive (d. 1995)
1930-09-17 - Jim Rohn, American business philosopher
1931-03-07 - Cornelis T "Cor" van de Molen, director Social Businesses of Press
1931-12-18 - Allen Klein, American rock and roll business manager
1932-01-30 - Kazuo Inamori, Japanese business executive (Kyocera Ceramics Co)
1934-12-28 - John Akers, business executive
1939-02-24 - George Bain, principal (London Business School)
1940-01-04 - Anthony Skooter Teague, Texas, actor (How to Succeed in Business)
1943-02-24 - Terry Semel, American business executive
1951-10-16 - Daniel Gerroll, London, actor (Big Business)
1960-04-22 - Randall L. Stephenson, American business executive
Actor Tom Cruise (1962-07-03) 1962-07-03 - Tom Cruise, Syracuse, actor (Risky Business, Jerry MaGuire, Rainman)
1964-02-12 - Raphael Sbarge, actor (Risky Business, My Science Project, Werewolf)
1964-09-08 - Michael Johns, American business executive
1968-06-10 - Susan Haskell, actress (Marty-One Life to Live, Strictly Business)
1973-06-17 - Christian Claudio, Puerto Rican Business Consultant
1973-11-19 - Takashi Matsumoto, Japanese photographer and business person
1985-05-11 - Sifow (Shiho Fujita), Japanese pop star and business woman
Deaths 1 - 14 of 14
1893-06-21 - Leland Stanford, American business tycoon and founder of Stanford University
1897-07-16 - Levin Goldschmidt, German business law expert, dies
1932-06-14 - Dorimène Roy Desjardins, Canadian business pioneer
1936-10-08 - William Henry Stark, American business leader (b. 1851)
1939-10-25 - Cornelis JK van Aalst, president Dutch Business Society, dies at 73
1946-01-29 - Harry L Hopkins, US min of Business (Loan & Lease law), dies at 55
1958-07-18 - John Gobau, Flem/Dutch actor (Death of Business Traveller), dies at 67
1980-01-08 - Oscar Ewing, US government official (Everybody's Business), dies at 90
1991-08-07 - Billy James, comedian/singer (Women at Play, Lusty Business), dies
1994-10-08 - John the King, CDA-minister of Social Businesses, dies at 68
1995-06-10 - Masaya Hanai, businessamn, dies at 82
2002-01-22 - Stanley Marcus, American business executive (b. 1905)
2002-07-07 - Dhirubhai Ambani, Indian business tycoon (b. 1933)
2005-03-09 - Kurt Lotz, German business executive, second postwar CEO of Volkswagen (b. 1912)