January 1: In 1776, George Washington unveils America’s first national flag, the Grand Union Flag.
In 1863, the Emancipation Proclamation frees slaves in the Confederate states.
In 1892, Ellis Island in New York Harbor opens. More than 20 million new citizens pass through on their way to a life in America.
January 3, 1959: Alaska becomes the 49th state.
January 4, 1790: President George Washington delivers the first State of the Union address.
January 5, 1925: Wyoming’s Nellie Tayloe Ross becomes the first woman U.S. governor.
January 9, 1960: Work begins on the Aswan High Dam across the Nile River in Egypt. The dam creates Lake Nasser, one of the world’s largest reservoirs, and irrigates over 100,000 acres of desert. It opens in 1971.
January 10, 1776: Thomas Paine publishes Common Sense. It sells more than 500,000 copies in America and
1870: The first use of a donkey to symbolize the Democratic Party appears in a cartoon.
January 21: Martin Luther King Jr.
January 23, 1849: Elizabeth Blackwell becomes America’s first woman doctor.
1907: Charles Curtis, of Kansas, is the first person of Native American ancestry elected to the Senate. He becomes Herbert Hoover’s vice president in 1929.
January 24, 1848: There’s gold in them thar hills! The California Gold Rush begins with an accidental discovery at John Sutter’s sawmill.
January 27, 1945: The Russian Army liberates Auschwitz, a Polish concentration camp where Nazis murdered an estimated 2,000,000 people.
In 1973, the Paris Peace Accord ends U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War.
January 28, 1986: Space shuttle Challenger explodes, killing seven, including Teacher in Space Christa McAuliffe.
Fun Historical Date of January:
January 28 is Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day.
Invented in 1957, bubble wrap wasn’t a “eureka” moment. The creators sealed two shower curtains together, creating air bubbles, which they originally tried to sell as wallpaper. It turned out to be—surprise!—unsuccessful. But by 1960, its use as a packing material was discovered and stress relief is now delivered to your door.
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