This Month In History January

Have you ever wondered what happened in History In January?

We are sharing a huge list of events that happened in January.

January In History

January In History

This month in history includes facts about Ellis Island, the Brooklyn Bridge, an author, several U.S. states, and more.

January 1st

  • 1818 The book Frankenstein was published.
  • 1863 President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.
  • 1892 Ellis Island opened and began accepting immigrants in New York.

January 2nd

  • 1870 Construction on the Brooklyn Bridge began.
  • 1974 President Nixon signed a law setting a national speed limit of 55 miles an hour.

January 3rd

  • 1521 Martin Luther was excommunicated from the Catholic Church.
  • 1892 J.R.R. Tolkien, author of the Lord of the Rings, was born.
  • 1959 Alaska became the 49th U.S. state.

January 4th

  • 1642 Isaac Newton was born.
  • 1896 Utah became the 45th U.S. state.
  • 2007 Nancy Pelosi became the first woman to be elected the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.

January 5th

  • 1933 Construction on the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco Bay began.

January 6th

  • 1838 Samuel Morse demonstrates the telegraph for the first time.
  • 1912 New Mexico became the 47th U.S. state.
  • 1919 Former U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt died.
  • 1975 The T.V. game show The Wheel of Fortune premiered on NBC.

January 7th

  • 1999 U.S. President Bill Clintons impeachment trial began.

January 8th

  • 1877 Crazy Horse and his warriors fought their last battle against the U.S. in Montana.
  • 1962 The Mona Lisa was exhibited in the U.S. for the first time.

January 9th

  • 1788 Connecticut became the 5th U.S. State.

January 10th

  • 1923 Four Years after the end of WWI, President Warren G. Harding ordered U.S. troops home.

January 11th

  • 1908 U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt makes the Grand Canyon a national monument.
  • 1935 Ameilia Earhart flew from Hawaii to California.

January 12th

  • 1888 The blizzard known as the School Children’s Blizzard hit the plains region of the U.S. killing 235 people. Most of those killed were children headed home from school. The book Children’s Blizzard is about this storm.
  • 1981 The t.v. show Dynasty debuted on ABC.

January 13th

  • 1926 Michael Bond, English author of Paddington Bear, was born.
  • 1929 Wyatt Earp died almost fifty years after the famous gunfight at the O.K. Corral.

January 14th

  • 1886 Hugh Lofting, the English author of Dr. Dolittle is born.
  • 1952 NBC’s Today show debuted

January 15th

  • 1929 Martin Luther King Jr., American civil rights leader, was born.
  • 2009 Pilot Sully Sullenberger, landed U.S. Airways flight 1549 in the Hudson River when the plane lost engine power after hitting a flock of geese.

January 16th

  • 1919 Prohibition prohibiting the manufacture, sale, or transportation of liquor became law.

January 17th

  • 1893 A group of Americans overthrew Hawaiian Queen Liliuokalani and established a new government.
  • 1994 A 6.7 magnitude earthquake struck California causing widespread damage to the Los Angeles area.

January 18th

  • 1882 A.A. Milne, author of Winnie the Pooh, was born.
  • 1919 Peace Conference to end WWI began in France.

January 19th

  • 1809 Edgar Allen Poe, an American author, and poet, was born.
  • 1993 Production began on the movie Toy Story, which was the first full length feature film created by Pixar.

January 20th

  • 1961 John F. Kennedy was inaugurated as the 35th U.S. President.
  • 1981 Fifty-two American hostages who were held hostage by Iran were released. They were released the same day Ronald Reagan was inaugurated as the 40th U.S. President.

January 21st

  • 1954 The first nuclear powered submarine, the USS Nautilus, was launched.

January 22nd                                                                                         

  • 1901 Queen Victoria died after reigning for sixty-three years.

January 23rd

  • 1849 Elizabeth Blackwell became the first women in the U.S. to earn a medical degree.
  • 1899 American actor Humphrey Bogart, who starred in Treasure of the Sierra Madre, Casablanca, and other many other movies, was born.
  • 1971  A -80 degrees F was recorded in Prospect Creek, Alaska. It is the lowest temperature ever recorded for the U.S.

January 24th

  • 1848 Gold was discovered in northern California which resulted in the beginning of the gold rush.
  • 1965 British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, who led Great Britain through WWII, died.

January 25th

  • 1924 The first Winter Olympics was held in France.

January 26th

  • 1837 Michigan became the 26th U.S. State.
  • 1979 The T.V. show Dukes of Hazzard, aired for the first time.
  • 2005 President George W. Bush appoints Condoleezza Rice as Secretary of State. She became the first African-American woman to be Secretary of State.

January 27th

  • 1756 Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born.
  • 1832 Author of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll, was born.
  • 1888 The National Geographical Society was founded in Washington D.C.

January 28th

  • 1813 Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen was first published.
  • 1986 The space shuttle Challenger exploded shortly after taking off, killing the crew, including teacher Christa McAuliffe.

January 29th

  • 1843 William McKinley, the twenty-fifth U.S. President, was born.
  • 1861 Kansas became the thirty-fourth U.S. state.

January 30th

  • 1882 Franklin D. Roosevelt, the thirty-second U.S President, was born.
  • 1933 The show Lone Ranger debuted on a Detroit, MI radio station.

January 31st

  • 1915 Germany used poison gas for the first time.
  • 1917 During WWI Germany announced the renewal of submarine warfare.

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