Historic World Events / January (page 3)

January

List historic world events in January

January, 2016

  • 7 January

    Caleb Blood Smith dies

    Caleb Blood Smith dies

    Upon this day in 1864, former U.S. Secretary of the Interior Caleb Blood Smith, who served from 1861 to 1862, dies in Indianapolis.Smith played a major role in managing relations with Native Americans during the Civil War. Smith was born in Boston in 1808 and raised in Cincinnati. Educated at …

  • 7 January

    First US presidential election

    First U.S. presidential election

    Upon this day in 1789, America’s first presidential election is held. Voters cast ballots to choose state electors; only white men who owned property were allowed to vote. As expected, George Washington won the election and was sworn into office on April 30, 1789. As it did in 1789, the …

  • 6 January

    Mountain man Jedediah Smith is born

    Mountain man Jedediah Smith is born

    Jedediah Strong Smith, one of America’s greatest trapper-explorers, exists in Bainbridge, NY. Smith explored a huge area of the Far West during his short life stunningly. He started his traditional western voyages in 1822, when the pioneering was joined by him fur trader William Ashley on a journey in the …

  • 6 January

    Harold Godwinson crowned King of England

    Harold Godwinson crowned King of England

    On Edward’s death, the King’s Council (the Witenagemot) confirmed Edward’s brother-in-law Harold, Earl of Wessex, as King. With no royal bloodstream, and fearing rival promises from William Duke of Normandy and the Ruler of Norway, January 1066 harold acquired himself crowned in Westminster Abbey on 6, your day after Edward’s …

  • 6 January

    Samuel Morse demonstrates the telegraph

    Samuel Morse Demonstrates Telegraph Machine

    On this day in 1838, Samuel Morse’s telegraph system is demonstrated for the first time at the Speedwell Iron Works in Morristown, New Jersey. The telegraph, a device which used electric impulses to transmit encoded messages over a wire, would eventually revolutionize long-distance communication, reaching the height of its popularity …

  • 5 January

    Salvatore Phillip “Sonny” Bono died in a skiing accident

    Salvatore Phillip "Sonny" Bono died in a skiing accident

    In his blunt and self-deprecating manner characteristically, Sonny Bono transformed himself relatively late in his life, morphing from the shorter, homelier, masculine half of a 1960s husband-and-wife singing and acting sensation (alongside his glamorous other wife, Cher) into a well known California lawmaker and U.S. congressman. On January 5, 1998, …

  • 5 January

    Construction begins on the Golden Gate Bridge

    construction begins on the Golden Gate Bridg

    On 5 January, 1933, construction starts on the Golden Gate Bridge, as employees started excavating 3.25 million cubic feet of dirt for the structure’s huge anchorages. Following the Gold Rush boom that began in 1849, speculators realized the land north of San Francisco Bay would increase in value in direct …

  • 4 January

    Jacob Grimm is born

    Jacob Grimm is born

    On this day, in 1785 the older of both Grimm brothers, Jacob, exists in Hanau, Germany. His brother Wilhelm exists the following calendar year. As teenagers, both brothers assisted some good friends with research for an important assortment of folk lyrics. Among the authors, impressed by the brothers’ work, recommended …

  • 4 January

    Congress accepts Colors of the French Republic

    Congress accepts Colors of the French Republic

    Upon this full day in 1796, the homely house of Representatives accepts the Colors, or flag, of the French Revolutionary Republic, proclaiming it the most honorable testimonial of the prevailing affections and sympathies of both Republics. Within an accompanying note, the French Committee of Public Protection lauded america as the …

  • 4 January

    The EURO debuts

    The EURO debuts

    On this day in 1999, for the first time since Charlemagne’s reign in the ninth century, Europe is united with a common currency when the “euro” debuts as a financial unit in corporate and investment markets. Eleven European Union (EU) nations (Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the …