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Notable Historic Events
for the Month of January
The Grand Canyon
President Theodore Roosevelt puts
The Grand Canyon under protection of the public as a national
monument. In 1919 it would become a National Park.
1964...After reviewing thousands of scientific reports, and with
the aid of numerous consultants, the US Surgeon General issues the first
report that "Smoking May Be Dangerous."
League adopts the designated hitter rule. Pitchers
no longer have to enter the
sets a speed record of
over 91 mph with a 4-wheel vehicle which was dubbed the "999."
1932...Hattie Ophelia Caraway, from Arkansas,
becomes the first woman elected to the
1929...Wyatt Earp dies in LA at the age of 80.
1962...Comedian Ernie Kovacs is killed in a car crash while driving a Chevrolet
1982...A Boeing 727 plunges into the Potomac River in Washing D.C. killing 78
people and giving America two heroes. Arland Williams passes the lifeline
to others until it is too late for himself, and Lenny Skutnik jumps into the
water and swam to rescue one of the passengers.
Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio
1773...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
(FDR) travels to Morocco to meet with Winston Churchill and
becomes the first US president to travel by airplane.
Queen Elizabeth I
1559...Elizabeth Tudor, the daughter of Anne Boelyn 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, later to be called the Superbowl.
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 became
known as the "Miracle on the Hudson."
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 with the Volstead Act,
they could not stop the mass distribution of alcohol. An unintended
consequence of this Act was that it helped organized crime flourish. In
1933 The Prohibition Amendment was repealed with the 21st Amendment.
1942...Carole Lombard, the beautiful American
actress and wife of Clark Gable, is killed in a
She is returning home from raising
money for the war when her
crashes into a
mountain. Everyone dies instantly, including her mother and fifteen
1991...The Persian Gulf War begins when Saddam Hussein 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.
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 took part in the planning of the robbery,
and the thieves managed to steal 2 million
dollars. They came just short of getting away with the crime, falling just
short of the statue of limitations. The criminals turned on each other,
and one of them made a deal with the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) and
testified against the others. The bulk of the
money was never found, and it is rumored to be hidden in the hills north of
Grand Rapids, Minnesota.
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.
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 preceded him by one
month. Amundsen and Scott had 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 11 miles short of returning
to their base camp, and they all freeze to death in their tent.
1915...A German zeppelin drops bombs on Britain during WWI, resulting in the
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.
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 then
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...Arafat is elected leader of Palestine. He uses the Palestine Liberation
Organization (PLO) to try and destroy Israel. He attacks villages and
civilian infrastructure and becomes known as the father of modern day terrorism.
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