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Events of Early January
How much do you know about the first days of the year?
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Jan. 1, 1801 – Ceres, the first-identified heavenly body of this type, is discovered by Italian astronomer Giuseppe Piazzi.
Jan. 2, 1971 – TV and radio ads for this product become illegal in the U.S.
Jan. 3, 1924 – British archaeologist Howard Carter discovers the sarcophagus of this king.
Jan. 4, 1896 – This territory, inhabited by many members of the Mormon Church, becomes the 45th state to enter the Union.
Jan. 4, 1785 – Birthday of this man, one of two brothers who collected old German folktales.
Jan. 5, 1779 – Birthday of Stephen Decatur, U.S. naval officer who fought the Barbary Pirates in what is now this country.
Jan 5, 1925 – Nellie Tayloe Ross is elected the first female governor in U.S. history, in this western state.
Jan. 6, 1912 – This territory, acquired in the Mexican War and the Gadsden Purchase, becomes the 47th U.S. state.
Jan. 6, 1412 – Celebrated as the birthday of this French peasant girl who would become a military leader and saint.
Joan of Arc
Jan. 7, 1785 – A Frenchman and an American make the first successful crossing of the English Channel in this type of conveyance.
Jan. 7, 1800 – Birthday of this man, who became U.S. President on the sudden death of Zachary Taylor.
Jan. 8, 1935 – This singer is born in Tupelo, Mississippi.
Jan. 9, 1913 – Birthday of this senator from California, U.S. Vice President, and disgraced President.
Richard M. Nixon
Jan. 9, 1788 – This very small state becomes the fifth to enter the Union.
Jan. 10, 1946 – The U.N. General Assembly meets for the first time, in this city. Later it would move to New York City.
Jan. 10, 1928 – Minnie Buckingham Harper becomes the first African-American woman to serve in a legislative body in the U.S., in this mid-Atlantic state.
Jan. 11, 1922 – A Canadian boy becomes the first person to receive an insulin injection as treatment for this disease.
Jan. 12, 1876 – This adventurous author of “The Call of the Wild" and "White Fang" is born in San Francisco.
Jan. 12, 1899 – Birthday of Paul Hermann Müller, Swiss chemist who discovered this effective but problematic insecticide.
Jan. 13, 1733 – James Oglethorpe arrives in America with about 115 colonists to found a colony named for this British king.
Jan. 13, 1957 – The Wham-O company begins producing this throwing toy.
Jan. 14, 1741 – This Revolutionary War general and traitor is born in Connecticut.
Jan. 14, 1943 – This man becomes the first U.S. President to fly in an airplane while in office.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Jan. 15, 1919 – A disaster occurs in Boston, as a storage tank bursts and this sweet substance rushes through the streets, killing 21.
Jan. 15, 1929 – This civil rights leader is born in Atlanta.
Martin Luther King Jr.
Jan. 15, 1943 – This building, the largest office building in the world, is completed near Washington, D.C.
Oct 7, 2012
Lots of reading, needs more time! Also, last names seem to work except for King. Otherwise, nice.
Jan 5, 2014
yeah definitely needs more time
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