This Week in History 1/16 – 1/22

HistoryThis Week in History

April 16:

  • The Virginia Statute of Religious Liberty passed allowing religious freedom in Virginia and paving the way for the First Amendment (1786)
  • The UN Security Council unanimously establishes an arms embargo and the freezing of assets of Osama bin Laden, Al-Qaida, and the remaining members of the Taliba (2002)
  • The 18th Amendment is ratified prohibiting the sale and distribution of alcoholic beverages (1920)
  • Prohibition ratified by 3/4 of US states (1919)
  • WW2: General Eisenhower took command of Allied Invasion Force in London (1944)
  • US Revolutionary War: Continental Congress approves enlistment of free blacks (1776)
  • Vermont declares independence from New York (1777)
  • US Civil War: Virginia becomes 8th state readmitted to US after Civil War (1870)
  • French Revolution: French King Louis XVI sentenced to death by the National Convention (1793)
  • Ivan IV the Terrible crowns himself first tsar of Moscow (1547)
  • In the aftermath of Lenin’s death, Stalin and Trotsky battle for leadership until on this day, Trotsky resigns as chairman of the Russian Revolutionary Military Council (1925)
  • Great Britain established full diplomatic relations with the Vatican (1982)
  • First assembly of the League of Nations in Paris (1920)
  • US Revolutionary War: Continental Congress approves enlistment of free blacks (1776)
  • US Revolutionary War: Vermont declares independence from New York (1777)
  • Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, sworn in as Liberia’s new president, becomes Africa’s first female elected head of state (2006)
  • The first grammar of a modern language, Spanish, is presented to Queen Isabella (1492)
  • First ever flower grown in space – a zinnia aboard the International Space Station using NASA Veggie system (2016)

January 17:

  • King James Bible was commissioned to be written (1604)
  • Doomsday Clock set to five minutes to midnight in response to North Korea’s first nuclear test (2007)
  • WW2: Auschwitz concentration camp begins evacuation (1945)
  • Mexico permits Moses Austin & 300 US families to settle in Texas (1821)
  • Operation Desert Storm begins against Saddam Hussein (1991)
  • Roman Emperor Theodosius divided the empire into western and eastern portions (395 AD)
  • US President Bill Clinton faces sexual harassment charges from Paula Jones (1998)
  • 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)
  • Plans for World Trade Center announced (1964)
  • 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)
  • US Civil War: Confederate Territory of Arizona forms (1862)
  • Taylor University was established in Fort Wayne, Indiana, under Methodist sponsorship (1846)
  • Pilgrims in Boston reported America’s first UFO sighting (1644)

January 19:

  • US 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)
  • The first electric lighting system employing overhead wires, built by Thomas Edison, begins service at Roselle, New Jersey (1883)
  • First presidential news conference filmed for TV with US President Eisenhower (1955)
  • Millionaire Howard Hughes sets transcontinental air record at 7h28m25s (1937)
  • General Motors begins mass production of diesel engines (1938)
  • Coopers Inc. sells the world’s first men’s briefs in Chicago, calls it the “Jockey” (1935)

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)
  • Barack Obama is inaugurated as the 44th US President and the first African-American president (2009)
  • John Marshall appointed first US chief justice (1801)
  • 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, the only US president to have 4 terms (1945)
  • First US Presidential Inauguration day held on Jan 20th (1937)
  • In Russia, following the Bolshevik Revolution, all church property was confiscated and all religious instruction in the schools was abolished (1918)
  • Women’s activist Elizabeth Cady Stanton becomes first woman to testify before US Congress (1869)
  • The first Parliament of England summoned other than by royal command, in this instance by Simon de Montfort, Earl of Leicester, met in Westminster Hall (1265)
  • First live US coast-to-coast inauguration address by US President Eisenhower (1953)
  • 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 as Robert Frost recites Gift Outright (1961)
  • Edward VIII succeeds British king George V after George V abdicates his thrown to marry a divorcee (1935)
  • 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)
  • US Civil War: Jefferson Davis of Mississippi and 4 other southern senators resign (1861)
  • French Revolution: King Louis XVI is executed by guillotine in the Place de la Revolution in Paris (1793)
  • Vietnam War: Battle of Khe Sanh – One of the most publicized and controversial battles of the war begins (1968)
  • Charismatic Bible Ministries was founded in Oklahoma (1986)
  • First American novel, WH Brown’s “Power of Sympathy” is published (1789)
  • First medical publication in America, pamphlet on smallpox (1677)

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)
  • Prince William of Orange, future King William III of Britain, summons Convention Parliament to discuss ruling jointly with his wife Mary, daughter of exiled King James II (1689)
  • 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)
  • US president sets up CIA, Central Intelligence Agency (1946)
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About Tamera Kraft

Tamera Kraft has been a children’s pastor for over 20 years. She is the leader of a ministry called Revival Fire For Kids where she mentors other children’s leaders, teaches workshops, and is a children’s ministry consultant and children’s evangelist. She is also a writer and has curriculum published including Kid Konnection 5: Kids Entering the Presence of God published by Pathway Press. She is a recipient of the 2007 National Children’s Leaders Association Shepherd’s Cup for lifetime achievement in children’s ministry.

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