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Notable Historic Events

January 11th

The Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon

1908... President Theodore Roosevelt makes the Grand Canyon a National Monument. In 1919 it will  become a National Park.

1964...The Surgeon General of the United States issues the first report that  smoking may be dangerous.

1973 The American Baseball League adopts the designated hitter rule.  Pitchers no longer have to enter the Batter's Box.

January 12th

Henry Ford

1904...Henry Ford sets a speed record of over 91 mph with a 4-wheel vehicle dubbed the 999.

1932...Hattie Ophelia Caraway, from Arkansas, becomes the first woman elected to the US Senate.

January 13th

Wyatt Earp

Wyatt Earp

1929...Wyatt Earp dies in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 80.

1962...Comedian Ernie Kovacs is killed in a car crash while driving a Chevrolet Corvair. 

1982...A Boeing 727 plunges into the Potomac River in Washington D.C,  killing 78 people and giving America two new heroes.  Arland Williams passes the lifeline to others until it is too late for himself.  Lenny Skutnik jumps into the freezing water and swims to rescue one of the passengers.

January 14

Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio

Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio

1783...The revolutionary war ends with the signing of the Treaty of Paris. The colonies are now recognized as the United States of America.

1954...Marilyn Monroe marries Joe DiMaggio.

1943...President Roosevelt (FDR) travels to Morocco to meet with Winston Churchill and becomes the first United States President to travel by airplane.

January 15th

Queen Elizabeth Tudor

Queen Elizabeth I

1559...Elizabeth Tudor, the daughter of Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII is crowned Queen of England.

1967...The Green Bay Packers play the Kansas City Chiefs in the first world championship game of American football. It is later called the Super Bowl.

2009...Captain Sullenberger brings down his airplane on New York's Hudson river, sparing the lives of 250 passengers and 5 members of the crew.  This becomes known as the Miracle on the Hudson.


Carole Lombard

Carole Lombard

1919...The 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is ratified and Prohibition begins.  It is now illegal to manufacture, sell or transport alcohol. In spite of the best efforts of the Department of the Treasury to enforce this law, they cannot stop the mass distribution of alcohol.  In 1933 Prohibition is repealed with the 21st Amendment.

1942...Carole Lombard, the beautiful American actress and wife of Clark Gable, is killed in a plane crash.  She is returning home after raising money for the soldiers (WWII) when her plane crashes into a mountain. Everyone dies instantly, including her mother and fifteen servicemen.

1991...The Persian Gulf War begins when Saddam Hussein, the dictator of Iraq, invades Kuwait with his eye on Saudi Arabia.  The United Nations tells him to withdraw.  He refuses to leave.  The United Nations forms a coalition of 34 countries, led by the United States, to fight Saddam and the Iraq military.

January 17th

Golf Clubs

1916... The Professional Golf Association (PGA) is formed.

1950..."There is money in them there mountains!"  The largest bank robbery in modern times occurs in Boston, Massachusetts at the Brinks Armored Car depot.  Eleven men take part in the planning of the robbery, and the thieves managed to steal 2 million dollars. They come just short of getting away with the crime, falling just short of the statue of limitations.  The criminals turn on each other, and one of them makes a deal with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and testifies against the others. The bulk of the money is never found, and it is rumored to be hidden in the hills north of Grand Rapids, Minnesota.

January 18th

Captain James Cook

Captain James Cook

1778...The English explorer Captain James Hook sails by Oahu and discovers the Hawaiian Islands.  At first he and his crew are treated warmly by the Islanders. When one of his crew dies, the Islanders lose respect for him and become hostile.  They end up fighting.  A Hawaiian chief is shot to death, and an angry mob kills Captain Cook.

1803... President Jefferson asks Congress for money to fund the exploration of the West by Lewis and Clark.

1912...After an exhausting two-month trek, Robert Scott reaches the South Pole.  There he learns that the Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen beat him to the South Pole by one month.   Amundsen and Scott have an undeclared race to the South Pole.  Things go smoothly for Amundsen's group, but Scott's men run into problems from the start.  They stop to wait out a storm just eleven miles short of returning to their base camp.  They all freeze to death in their tents.

January 19th

German Zeppelin

The Zeppelin

1915...A German zeppelin drops bombs on Britain during WWI. England suffers its first casualties from an air attack.

1966...Indira Gandhi becomes prime minister of India.  She becomes the first woman ever elected Prime Minister of India.

January 20th

President Reagan

1841...After the British invasion of China in 1839, and the subsequent Opium War, China turns the rule of Hong Kong rule over to the British.  Hong Kong becomes a Crown Colony.  It remains a Crown Colony until 1997, when it reverts to Chinese sovereignty.

1981... Ronald Reagan becomes the 40th President of the United States.

1996...Yasser Arafat is elected leader of Palestine. He uses the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) to try and destroy Israel.  He attacks villages and civilian infrastructure.  He becomes known as the father of modern day terrorism.

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