This Week in History 1/17 – 1/23

HistoryThis Week in History

January 17:

  • King James Bible was commissioned to be written (1604)
  • WW2: Auschwitz concentration camp begins evacuation (1945)
  • Mexico permits Moses Austin & 300 US families to settle in Texas (1821)
  • Roman Emperor Theodosius divided the empire into western and eastern portions (395 AD)
  • First day Prohibition comes into effect in the US as a result of the 18th amendment (1920)
  • First fully automatic photographic film developing machine patented (1928)
  • Captain James Cook becomes first to cross Antarctic Circle 66° 33′ S (1773)
  • Beginning of Giovanni da Verrazzano’s voyage to find a passage to China (1524)
  • Popeye makes first appearance in comic strip Thimble Theater (1929)
  • Avalanche destroys every building in Leukerbad, Switzerland, killing 53 (1718)
  • Nine old women burnt as witches for causing bad harvests in Kalisk, Poland (1775)
  • Antony of Egypt, known as the first monk, died at 105 (356 AD)
  • The Edict of St. Germain officially recognized French Protestantism (1562)
  • The Baptist World Mission was incorporated in Chicago (1963)

January 18:


  • WW1: Peace Conference begins in Paris (1919)
  • Peter Deyneka, known as Peter Dynamite for his bold sermons and who preached the Gospel to Communist Russia through radio messages, was saved (1920)
  • Captain James Cook stumbles over Sandwich Islands now known as Hawaiian Islands (1778)
  • Martin Luther King Jr. holiday observed in all 50 states for first time (1993)
  • San Jose California, founded (1777)
  • The first Armenian church was consecrated in the United States at Worcester, Massachusetts after Armenian Turks came to America to escape persecution (1891)
  • Edgar Allen Poe is born (1809)
  • The first elements of the First Fleet carrying 736 convicts from England to Australia arrives at Botany Bay to set up a penal colony (1788)
  • Civil War: Confederate Territory of Arizona forms (1862)
  • Taylor University was established in Fort Wayne, Indiana, under Methodist sponsorship (1846)

January 19:

  • Civil War: Robert E. Lee is born (1807)
  • Mel Trotter, who founded a series of missions for alcoholics, was saved and delivered from alcoholism (1897)
  • Millionaire Howard Hughes sets transcontinental air record at 7h28m25s (1937)
  • General Motors begins mass production of diesel engines (1938)

January 20:

  • WW2: At the notorious Wannsee Conference in Berlin, German Nazi officials decided on their “final solution,” which called for a mass extermination of all the Jews in Europe (1942)
  • Iran Hostage Crisis ends when Iran releases prisoners as President Reagan is inaugurated (1981)
  • Susanna Annesley Wesley, mother of John and Charles Wesley, was born (1669)
  • Fabian, Bishop of Rome for fourteen years, was the first martyr by Emperor Decius who determined to smash Christianity (250 AD)
  • FDR inaugurated for fourth time (1945)
  • In Russia, following the Bolshevik Revolution, all church property was confiscated and all religious instruction in the schools was abolished (1918)
  • Actress Audrey Hepburn dies (1993)
  • Pineapple introduced to Hawaii (1813)
  • Clara Swain, first medical female missionary, arrived in Bareilly in Asia (1870)
  • John F. Kennedy is inaugurated (1961)
  • Harry Houdini escapes from Halvemaansteeg police station in Amsterdam (1903)
  • NYC regulation makes it illegal for a woman to smoke in public (1908)
  • Alias Smith & Jones premieres on ABC TV (1971)

January 21:

  • Agnes, a thirteen year old girl was tortured and beheaded for refusing to renounce Christ (304 AD)
  • US President Jimmy Carter pardons almost all Vietnam War draft evaders (1977)
  • History’s first Anabaptist baptismal service took place in Zurich, Switzerland (1525)
  • French Revolution: King Louis XVI is executed by guillotine in the Place de la Revolution in Paris (1793)
  • Charismatic Bible Ministries was founded in Oklahoma (1986)

January 22:

  • Postal service between New York & Boston inaugurated (1673)
  • The Fifth Street Presbyterian Church of Troy, New York, became the first church in America to be illuminated by electric lighting (1882)
  • 75% of North America is covered by snow (1982)
  • Queen Victoria dies (1901)
  • Our Town, Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer-winner of small-town life in Grover’s Corners, NH, premieres (1938)
  • In St Petersburg, Russia, a large demonstration of workers led by Father Gapon, march to the Winter Palace with a petition to the Tsar; troops fire on protesters in what becomes known as ‘Bloody Sunday’ (1905)
  • US Supreme Court legalizes most abortions in Roe vs Wade decision (1973)

January 23:

  • Mrs Elizabeth Blackwell becomes first woman physician in US (1844)
  • 24th Amendment to the United States Constitution ratified, barring poll tax  in federal elections (1964)
  • Supreme Court rules cities & states have right to censor films (1961)
  • 20th amendment ratified changed date of US presidential inaugurations to 20th January (1933)
  • Uniform US election day for president & VP authorized (1845)
  • Miniseries “Roots” premieres on ABC (1977)
  • French scientist and mathematician Blaise Pascal published the first of his 18 Provincial Lettres criticizing the morality of the Jesuits (1656)
  • Patent granted for an envelope-making machine (1849)
  • Clyde Tombaugh photographs planet Pluto (1930)
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About Tamera Lynn Kraft

Tamera Lynn Kraft has always loved adventures and writes Christian historical fiction set in America because there are so many adventures in American history. She is married to the love of her life, has two grown children, and lives in Akron, Ohio. Soldier’s Heart and A Christmas Promise are two of her historical novellas that have been published. She has received 2nd place in the NOCW contest, 3rd place TARA writer’s contest, and is a finalist in the Frasier Writing Contest.

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