United States Historical Events in January

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United States Historical Events in January

Day Year Event
1 1776 During the American Revolution, George Washington unveiled the first national flag in America, the Grand Union Flag.
2 1788 Georgia became the 4th State to be admitted to the Union.
3 1959 Alaska became the 49th State to be admitted to the Union.
4 1896 Utah became the 45th State to be admitted to the Union.
5 1929 Birthday: Martin Luther King Jr. was born in Atlanta, Georgia. He was the most visible spokesperson and leader of the n the American civil rights movement.
5 1933 Death: Calvin Coolidge, the 30th US president, died in Northampton, Massachusetts, U.S. at age 60.
6 1912 New Mexico became the 47th State to be admitted to the Union.
6 1919 Death: Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th US president, died in Oyster Bay, New York at age 60.
7 1800 Birthday: Millard Fillmore, the 13th US president, was born in Moravia, New York.
8 1815 Andrew Jackson leads American forces in victory over the British in the Battle of New Orleans during the War of 1812.
9 1913 Birthday: Richard Nixon, the 37th US president, was born in Yorba Linda, California.
10 1776 Thomas Paine publishes his pamphlet Common Sense which advocated independence from Great Britain using persuasive moral and political arguments.
11 1759 The first American life insurance company is incorporated in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was called the Corporation for Relief of Poor and Distressed Presbyterian Ministers and of the Poor and Distressed Widows and Children of the Presbyterian Ministers and it is now part of Unum Group.
12 1792 Thomas Pinckney is appointed first U.S. minister to Britain.
13 1847 The Mexican–American War in California formally ended with the signing of the Treaty of Cahuenga.
14 1784 US Congress ratifies the Treaty of Paris that officially ended the American Revolutionary War against Great Britain
15 1782 Superintendent of Finance Robert Morris addresses the U.S. Congress to recommend establishment of a national mint and decimal coinage.
16 1786 The State of Virginia enacts the Statute for Religious Freedom as authored by Thomas Jefferson.[
17 1893 Death: Rutherford Hayes, the 19th US president, died in Fremont, Ohio at age 70.
18 1862 Death: John Tyler, the 10th US president, died in Richmond, Virginia at age 71.
19 1883 The first electric lighting system employing overhead wires, built by Thomas Edison, begins service in Roselle, New Jersey.
20 1887 The United States Senate allows the Navy to lease Pearl Harbor as a naval base.
21 1861 Jefferson Davis resigns from the United States Senate. Later, he became president of the confederate states.
22 1973 Death: Lyndon Johnson, the 36th US president, died in Stonewall, Texas at age 64.
23 1789 Founding of Georgetown College, the first Catholic university in the United States, in Georgetown, Maryland (now a part of Washington, D.C.)
24 1848 James W. Marshall finds gold at Sutter’s Mill near Sacramento giving impetus to what is termed called Caifornia Gold Rush.
25 1819 Commonwealth of Virginia grants charter to University of Virginia with Thomas Jefferson one of its founders.
26 1837 Michigan became the 26th State to be admitted to the union.
27 1785 Founding of the University of Georgia, the first public university in the United States.
28 1851 Northwestern University becomes the first chartered university in Illinois.
29 1843 Birthday: William McKinley, the 25th US president, was born in Niles, Ohio.
29 1861 Kansas became the 34th State to be admitted to the union.
30 1882 Birthday: Franklin Roosevelt, the 32nd US president, was born in Hyde Park, New York.
31 1865 The United States Congress passes the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution to abolish slavery and submits it to the states for ratification.

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