Jan. 19, 1809 - Edgar Allan Poe was born. Although Edgar Allan Poe was more noted as a poet and writer, he served in the U.S. Army. Poe attained the rank of sergeant major of artillery and served as an artificer (the soldier who prepared shells for firing).
1902 - Hon. J. Elmer Thomas of the law firm Thomas & Bridges, gave a speech praising Gen. Henry W. Lawton for whom Lawton, Okla. was named (Guthrie Daily Leader, Guthrie, Okla.).
1955 - The first presidential news conference was filmed for TV and featured President Dwight D. Eisenhower.