January 3, 1892: Happy birthday, J.R.R. Tolkien!
January 3, 1893: Miss Louise Austin of WA state files a patent for pinking shears. To read the text of Ms. Austin's original patent, visit: <http://www.google.com/patents/US489406>
January 4, 1838: Happy birthday Charles Sherwood Stratton, a.k.a. General Tom Thumb, performer with P.T. Barnum's show.
January 4, 1896: Utah becomes a state.
January 6, 1889: The University of Minnesota Law School graduates its first class, a total of three men. The next year, forty-five students would graduate. <https://www.mnopedia.org/event/january-6-1889-0>
January 8, 1824: Happy birthday, Wilkie Collins!
January 8, 1889: Herman Hollerith patents an electric tabulating system, an early computer used for tabulating the U.S. Census. He would later found the Tabulating Machine Company, which merged into the Calculating-Tabulating-Recording Company, later renamed IBM. <https://www.edn.com/electronics-blogs/edn-moments/4426861/Hollerith-patents-the-electric-tabulating-system--January-8--1889>