This Day in History - January

Can you guess these things that happened in the month of January?
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Last updated: August 13, 2020
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Date
Year
Clue
Answer
Jan 1
2002
This currency enters circulation for the first time
Euro
Jan 2
1492
Christians capture Granada, completing the reconquest of this country
Spain
Jan 3
1959
This state becomes part of the U.S.
Alaska
Jan 4
2010
Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, opens in this city
Dubai
Jan 5
1914
This manufacturing company doubles pay to $5 a day
Ford
Jan 6
1066
This last Anglo-Saxon king of England is crowned. He would be
killed at the Battle of Hastings just 10 months later.
Harold Godwinson
Jan 7
1610
This scientist discovers the four largest moons of Jupiter
Galileo Galilei
Jan 8
1964
Lyndon B. Johnson declares "war" on this concept
Poverty
Jan 9
1349
Jewish residents in Basel, Switzerland are slaughtered after being
blamed for this pandemic
Black Death
Jan 10
49 BC
This general crosses the Rubicon
Julius Caesar 
Jan 11
1964
The American surgeon general warns that this activity may be
hazardous to one's health
Smoking
Jan 12
2010
100,000 people are killed by an earthquake in this country
Haiti
Jan 13
1968
This singer performs at Folsom State Prison
Johnny Cash
Jan 14
1953
Josip Broz Tito is inaugurated as President of this country
Yugoslavia
Jan 15
1892
James Naismith publishes the rules to this game
Basketball
Jan 16
27 BC
This man becomes the first Roman emperor
Augustus
Jan 17
1929
This spinach-guzzling cartoon character appears for the first time
Popeye
Jan 18
1778
This British sea captain discovers Hawaii
James Cook
Jan 19
1981
The U.S. secures the release of hostages held by this country
Iran
Jan 20
2009
This man becomes the first black President of the U.S.
Barack Obama
Jan 21
1793
This device is used to execute Louis XVI of France
Guillotine
Jan 22
1901
This queen dies after reigning for 63 years
Queen Victoria
Jan 23
1368
This dynasty comes to power in China
Ming
Jan 24
41
This depraved Roman emperor is assassinated
Caligula
Jan 25
1533
This woman becomes the second wife of Henry VIII
Anne Boleyn
Jan 26
1924
This city is renamed Leningrad
Petrograd
Jan 27
1984
This pop singer's hair catches fire while filming a Pepsi commercial
Michael Jackson
Jan 28
1986
This space shuttle explodes
Challenger
Jan 29
1820
This "mad king" dies
George III
Jan 30
1969
This band performs for the last time, on the roof of Apple Records
The Beatles
Jan 31
2010
This film becomes the first to gross $2 billion worldwide
Avatar
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Level 28
Sep 29, 2012
add another min please
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Level 82
Jan 1, 2018
How slow can you be man
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Level 73
Dec 21, 2020
I got 30/31 with 3 minutes remaining!
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Level 11
Oct 16, 2012
Australia Day????? Why isnt it there on the 26th of Jan
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Level 18
May 28, 2013
Apparently my birthdays on Australia day.
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Level 48
Jan 1, 2021
What would you put as the clue?
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Level 87
Aug 14, 2013
Kings, Queens, and emperors have been very busy in January, haven't they?
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Level 20
Feb 10, 2014
By dying, yes
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Level 83
Sep 2, 2018
I guess they didn't get busy trying.
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Level 68
Jan 2, 2018
It's all these Presidents who do stuff in January. Anyone would think they had nothing to do the rest of the year!
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Level 77
May 8, 2014
Love the quiz. The date thing isn't that critical; it's really just a general knowledge quiz. But a darn good one.
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Level 67
Jun 8, 2019
yea, never once looked at the month and day, but the years do matter
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Level 48
Jul 10, 2014
For Jan 2, 1492: it should be "Granada" (with all As). Grenada is the Caribbean nation; Granada is the Spanish city.
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Level 71
Jul 20, 2014
Came here for this ;)
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Level ∞
Sep 1, 2014
Fixed
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Level 53
Jan 1, 2015
First European to discover Hawaii I think would be better.
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Level 79
Nov 28, 2015
Why?
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Level 76
Aug 24, 2016
Because presumably the people living there had discovered it previously...
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Level 79
Sep 2, 2016
^ But the clue doesn't currently say "first person to discover Hawai'i".
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Level 81
Aug 13, 2020
Oxford Dictionary (emphasis added): "Discover: Be the *first* to find or observe (a place, substance, or scientific phenomenon)"
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Level 79
Nov 19, 2020
Cambridge Dictionary: "to find information, a place or an object, especially for the first time" - i.e. not necessarily for the first time. If I were to find a nice picnic spot, I might say I discovered it, but that doesn't mean I was the first
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Level 70
Jan 1, 2021
@brandybuck - Sure, you could say that, but it doesn't mean you should get credit for it from the rest of the world.
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Level 81
Jan 1, 2015
No mention of the birth of the King on Jan. 8?
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Level 37
Jul 16, 2018
BobSagat: AGREE! How dare they not have the king's b'day (1/8/35) as an answer.
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Level 66
Jan 3, 2021
Are you speaking of Aragorn, son of Arathorn?
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Level 78
Jan 1, 2015
Got 'em all. What about Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday, Epiphany, or Robert Burns Day? (I always wanted to try a haggis.)
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Level 74
Feb 13, 2017
It's one of my favourite meals. If you ever get the chance, do try it.
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Level 60
Feb 27, 2017
Don't do it! It's a trap!
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Level 83
Sep 2, 2018
Imagine hummus (or even humus) with Crisco.
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Level 59
Jan 2, 2018
What about lots of other things that happened in January? You can't have everything to make every needy person happy.
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Level 61
Jan 1, 2015
This was a fun quiz. A nice idea, well executed. Thank you.
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Level 58
Jan 1, 2015
Winston Churchill died 24 January 1965 - 50 years ago this month in fact.
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Level 80
Jan 3, 2015
Sorry to be a pedant but it was Petrograd at the time (1924) not St Petersburg.
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Level ∞
Jan 4, 2015
Fixed
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Level 82
Feb 13, 2017
I can always remember Tonya Harding, but very rarely her victim.
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Level 60
Feb 27, 2017
Tonya Harding is innocent until proven guilty! If the iron bar don't fit, you must acquit!
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Level 85
Jan 1, 2018
Now that there's been a movie about it, you may have an easier time.
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Level 83
Sep 2, 2018
Tonya had a homemade "movie" that brought her a lot of Google hits.
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Level 84
Feb 13, 2017
Too Roman-Emperor-y. :-)
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Level 81
May 24, 2017
LOL!!
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Level 74
Feb 14, 2017
easy
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Level 73
Feb 14, 2017
I'm sure the Canadians aren't happy about only saying the US was responsible for the Iranian hostage release.
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Level 37
Jul 16, 2018
So true. Canada not only sheltered (was it 8 or 12) Americans, but was fully involved in the negotiations for the release of the 44 others, as the Khomeini government would not negotiate directly with the US. How quickly we forget! - A belated Thank You, Canada particularly your brave Ambassador, who endangered his own life by doing so!
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Level 59
Jan 1, 2018
Obama isn't fully (or by a large genetic/genealogical margin) black, as the question suggests. Obama was born to an English-American mother and Kenyan (Luo to be precise) father. That makes Barack Obama mixed - half-white, half-black.
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Level 66
Jan 1, 2018
You're right. But racist idiots insist on denigrating him for being black, so I'm all for letting the black community claim him as their own. He will always be remembered as the first black president of the US. Americans (however wrongly) usually assign race by perception -- what someone's name is, the culture that surrounds him, and what he looks like. Obama looks black, has a black family, and has a Nigerian name. So he is definitely black in the American sense, if not in the scientific sense (to the extent one thinks there is a scientific basis for "race"...but you get what I mean).
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Level 69
Sep 1, 2020
Um I don't think it's Nigerian
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Level 51
Jan 1, 2021
He isn't. Name doesn't define nationality.
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Level 66
Jan 2, 2021
I didn't say it does. I said Americans often define race by perception, so having the name "Barack Obama" makes it more likely Americans will *think* he's black. Race has no objective measure anyway. He may only be half-black, but he looks black, his name sounds black, and he is a champion of black culture. Americans see him as black, and as the first black president. I wasn't saying what he is. I was saying what Americans see him as.
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Level 59
Jan 2, 2018
I know the topic of race can divide some people into camps, so whatever your opinion, remember to keep it civil!
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Level 82
Jan 3, 2018
Race is a lie. "Black" is a social construct. "Black," as socially constructed, is a label that applies to Barack Obama. These labels are all somewhat meaningless when examined closely but there is no reason why being "half 'White'" precludes someone from being "Black."
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Level 70
Jan 1, 2021
Yeah, if a person would have had a very high chance of being a slave in the antebellum southern US, would have been made to sit in the back of the bus in 1950's Alabama, and would have been legally prevented from marrying a white person in over twenty states in 1960 because of the color of their skin and who one of their parents was, I think that person has an excellent claim on calling themself "Black."
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Level 82
Jan 2, 2021
So the definition of "Black" now is the race of people who rode in the back of Alabama buses when they were 100 years old? Yeah that makes sense. But whatever those people would all be dead now. You can call yourself whatever you want to, that doesn't make the concept of race in homo sapiens any less stupid, bogus, problematic, and inherently fallacious. "Race" in humans will never truly be a real thing, but the more that people ignorantly subscribe to this concept and act as if it is real, and that it has some significant value for how to run societies (such as determining who can marry who), the closer to real it becomes. And that's not something to be wished for.
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Level 37
Apr 13, 2018
Given the current trend, in a generation or so, it will be impossible to determine anyone's racial/ethnic background without a DNA test.
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Level 73
Jan 3, 2018
The January 2 question is historical misleading, since Spain didn't exist as a country by the time year Granada was conquered. It was a join effort by the kingdoms of Aragon and Castile that did the conquest.
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Level 82
Jan 4, 2018
People tend to oversimplify history and just assume that all present-day nation states, races, and ethnicities existed for all time even though they obviously did not. So... "Spain" is just shorthand for any country or kingdom or people that existed in roughly the same area as the contemporary nation-state of Spain.
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Level 54
Oct 1, 2018
This quiz format is directly copied from mine which I made before this one...not sure how that happened
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Level ∞
Aug 13, 2020
This quiz was made in 2012. Your quiz was made in 2017.
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Level 81
Aug 13, 2020
Are you sure about the year for Tito? When I Google "January 14 Tito", the first 5 hits are all about his first inaugural in 1953.
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Level ∞
Aug 14, 2020
Fixed. We had a different question there but replaced it.
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Level 74
Aug 14, 2020
Looks QM is determined to continue his ardent anti-Caligula stance.
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Level 75
Aug 14, 2020
Is the thing LBJ declared war on a concept, and not a material reality?
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Level 69
Sep 1, 2020
Yes.
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Level 81
Jan 1, 2021
It's a concept in the sense that the US will never do anything to alleviate the real material and bio-socio-cognitive suffering that living in poverty produces. But to agree with you, it's obviously so much more than a concept. What people living in poverty need is money, not war on a concept.
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Level 69
Sep 1, 2020
I think that Alaska was already part of the U.S. before 1959...
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Level 83
Sep 10, 2020
Wasn't a state, though.
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Level 55
Nov 20, 2020
Can you give Toowise Credit?
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Level 51
Jan 1, 2021
No. This was made in 2012, years before he even joined the site.

"Last updated" ≠ "First submitted"

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Level 55
Jan 3, 2021
Never heard of Popeye before, but nice quiz!