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Events of Late January

So what happened in the last half of the first month?
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Jan. 17, 1706
This printer, writer, scientist, inventor, and diplomat is born in Boston.
Benjamin Franklin
Jan. 17, 1929
This comic-strip sailor makes his first appearance.
Popeye
Jan. 17, 1964
This first lady is born in Chicago.
Michelle Obama
Jan. 18, 1813
Birthday of Joseph Glidden, inventor of this type of fencing which transformed the western U.S.
barbed wire
Jan. 18, 1882
Birthday of A.A. Milne, who wrote Pooh stories for (and including) his son, ___________ _____.
Christopher Robin
Jan. 19, 1736
This man, creator of the first practical steam engine, is born in Scotland.
James Watt
Jan. 19, 1955
This classic crossword board game is put on the market.
Scrabble
Jan. 19, 2006
Launch of “New Horizons,” a robotic spacecraft which will study this dwarf planet in 2015.
Pluto
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.
“Stonewall” Jackson
Jan. 22, 1949
Communists led by this man take over Beijing.
Mao Tse-Tung
Jan. 23, 1737
Birthday of this man, who put his large signature on the Declaration of Independence.
John Hancock
Jan. 24, 1848
Gold is discovered in this state.
California
Jan. 24, 1865
The U.S. Congress passes the 13th Amendment, outlawing this institution.
Slavery
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.
Netherlands
Jan. 26, 1500
Spanish captain Vicente Pinzon becomes the first European to discover what would become this large South American country.
Brazil
Jan. 26, 1837
This two-part state joins the Union.
Michigan
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.”
Lewis Carroll
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.
Coast Guard
Jan. 29, 1861
After much bloody confict, this plains state joins the Union.
Kansas
Jan. 30, 1862
This Union ironclad ship is launched.
USS Monitor
Jan. 30, 1882
Birthday of this man, whose portrait is on the dime.
Franklin Roosevelt
Jan. 30, 1941
Birthday of this Vice President under George W. Bush.
Dick Cheney
Jan. 31, 1919
Birthday of this man, the first African-American baseball player in the major leagues.
Jackie Robinson
Jan. 31, 1958
The U.S. launches Explorer 1, its first _________.
satellite
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level 32
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.
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level 34
Oct 29, 2012
Agreed.
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level 55
Jun 2, 2014
"Carroll" doesn't work.
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