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Events of Late January
So what happened in the last half of the first month?
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October 29, 2012
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Jan. 17, 1706
This printer, writer, scientist, inventor, and diplomat is born in Boston.
Jan. 17, 1929
This comic-strip sailor makes his first appearance.
Jan. 17, 1964
This first lady is born in Chicago.
Jan. 18, 1813
Birthday of Joseph Glidden, inventor of this type of fencing which transformed the western U.S.
Jan. 18, 1882
Birthday of A.A. Milne, who wrote Pooh stories for (and including) his son, ___________ _____.
Jan. 19, 1736
This man, creator of the first practical steam engine, is born in Scotland.
Jan. 19, 1955
This classic crossword board game is put on the market.
Jan. 19, 2006
Launch of “New Horizons,” a robotic spacecraft which will study this dwarf planet in 2015.
Jan. 20, 1930
Birthday of this man, the second to walk on the Moon.
Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin
Jan. 20, 1953
This man becomes U.S. President.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Jan. 21, 1824
Birthday of this important Confederate general, second only to Lee.
Jan. 22, 1949
Communists led by this man take over Beijing.
Jan. 23, 1737
Birthday of this man, who put his large signature on the Declaration of Independence.
Jan. 24, 1848
Gold is discovered in this state.
Jan. 24, 1865
The U.S. Congress passes the 13th Amendment, outlawing this institution.
Jan. 24, 1968
This Olympic gymnastic champion is born in West Virginia.
Mary Lou Retton
Jan. 25, 1579
This low-lying European country becomes independent of Spain.
Jan. 26, 1500
Spanish captain Vicente Pinzon becomes the first European to discover what would become this large South American country.
Jan. 26, 1837
This two-part state joins the Union.
Jan. 27, 1756
This great classical composer is born in Salzburg, Austria.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Jan. 27, 1832
Birthday of this creator of the “Jabberwock.”
Jan. 27, 1955
This U.S. Chief Justice is born in Indiana.
John Roberts, Jr.
Jan. 28, 1915
This branch of the U.S. armed forces is established.
Jan. 29, 1861
After much bloody confict, this plains state joins the Union.
Jan. 30, 1862
This Union ironclad ship is launched.
Jan. 30, 1882
Birthday of this man, whose portrait is on the dime.
Jan. 30, 1941
Birthday of this Vice President under George W. Bush.
Jan. 31, 1919
Birthday of this man, the first African-American baseball player in the major leagues.
Jan. 31, 1958
The U.S. launches Explorer 1, its first _________.
Oct 29, 2012
I have to be that stick in the mud. The baseball question is not quite right. Look up Moses Fleetwood Walker. Better wording might be "broke baseball's color barrier" or something.
Oct 29, 2012
Jun 2, 2014
"Carroll" doesn't work.
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