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Writers' Post Network Blog - Today in History: Quick Facks
|Posted on June 14, 2013 at 12:29 PM||comments (206)|
QUICK AND STRAIGHTFORWARD MINUTE FACTS
As we build this page, you will get a complete recount of historical facts
in all categories of world history and religion ~
Today is January 1: The Emancipation Proclamation - On this day in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued an Executive Order to the Executive Branches of the U.S. government, including the Army and the Navy, as a war measure affecting the 10 States that were still in rebellion in the American Civil War. The Order proclaimed the freedom of 3.1 million slaves among the 4 millions in the United States at the time.
Today is January 2: On this day in 1788: Georgia was the first State to join the Union.
Also on this day in 1893: The U.S. Post Office issued the first commemorative postage stamp to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Europeans in the New World.
Today is January 3: On this day in 1959, Alaska became the 49th State. In 1867, Secretary of State William Seward purchased Alaska from the financially-strapped czar of Russia. At the time, Alaska was called "Seward's icebox." It turned out that for decades, Alaska produced much of the nation's oil and has had more mountain wildlife areas than all other states combined.
Today is January 4:On this day in 1809, Louis Braille was born.When he was three years old, he was blinded in an accident. By the time he was 20, he had developed a printing system, consisting of raised dots on a page, for people who have lost the eyesight. The Braille system is still in use today.
Also on this day in 1896, Utah joined the Union.
Today is January 5: Today is the birthday of George Washington Carver. Carver was born in 1864 to parents who were slaves. He became one of America's most famous scientists, discovering hundreds of uses for peanuts and soybeans, as well as other farm products of the Southern United States.
Today is January January 6: On this day in 1878, Carl Sandburg was born. Carl was a famous American poet and writer who expressed great feelings for the poor. He spoke often of the dignity of the family in his poetry. He also wrote about the need for peace between people and nations.
Also on this day in 1912, New Mexico joined the Union.
Today is January 7: On this day, Millard Fillmore, the 13th President of the United States, was born. He created the first White House library. President Fillmore grew up poor. When he became president, he enacted a law against jail time for those who owed money.
Today is January 8:The United Nations World Literacy Day.
Today is January 9: In 1793, French aviator and pioneer, Jean Pierre Blanchard, made the first successful balloon flight in the United States, accompanied by his dog. During the historic 46 minute flight, he performed several scientific experiments at the request of American scientists.
Also on this day in 1788, Connecticut joined the Union
Also on this day in 1913, President Richard Nixon was born.
Today is January 10: In 1920,following World War I, the League of Nations was established to help prevent future wars, but Germany's aggression could not be controlled by the League, and 20 years later, in 1940, the world ended up in World War II. Nonetheless, today, we have the United Nations.
Today is January 11: On this day in 1878, in Brooklyn, New York, milk was delivered in bottles for the first time.
Today is January 12: Today is the birthday of Charles Perrault. He was born in 1628, and he is credited with the preservation of fairy tales, such as "Cinderella," "Little Red Riding Hood," "Puss in Boots," and "Sleeping Beauty."
Today is January 13: On this day in 1910, the world's first radio broadcasting communication took place in New York City.
Today is January 14:On this day in 1875, Albert Schweitzer was born. He was a theologian, philosopher, writer, a medical doctor, and an acclaimed organist. A mission director in Africa, in 1952, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work on behalf of The Brotherhood of Nations.
Today is January 15: On this day in 1929, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was born. He lead the non-violent Civil Rights movement for all Americans. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, and was assassinated in 1968 not long after he gave his famous "I have a dream" speech on the Washington Mall.
Today is January 16: On this day in 1978, NASA accepted its first women candidates to become astronauts.Sally Ride became the first American woman to travel to space in the shuttle Challenger in 1983.
Today is January 17:The birthday of Tom Dooley. He was born in 1927. He used his medical skills and experience to treat thousands of people in South Asia. He founded an organization called MEDICO and was the inspiration for the Peace Corps created by President John F. Kennedy years later. Dooley died young at the age of 34.
Today is January 18: On this day in 1882, A.A. Milne was born. He published many plays, novels, and detective stories, but he is most famously known for his "Winnie the Pooh" series, which he wrote for his son, Christopher Robin.
Today is January 19:the birth date of Robert E. Lee. He was loved by many and was offered command of the Union Army by President Lincoln.
Today is January 20:This date is Inauguration Day - Every four years on this date, the President of the United States is inaugurated.
Also on this day in 2009, President Barack Obama became the 44th President of the United and the first Black President in the history of the Union in the 56th inaugural ceremony.
Today is January 21:Today, in 1824 in Clarksburg, Virginia, Thoma J. "Stonewall" Jackson was born. He was one of the most famous Confederate soldiers of the Civil War.
Today is January 22:In 1842, American John Charles Frémont began his trips into the Oregon Territory. In his search for good trails, he ended up mapping the Oregon Trail and reached the Pacific Coast.
Today is January 23: On this date in 1737,John Hancock was born. He became the first person to sign the Declaration of Independence in 1776. His signature was clear and bold, and to this day people ask others to sign document by asking for their "John Hancock."
Today is January 24:On this day, Maria Tallchief, of the Osage Native American tribe was born. She became a world renowned ballerina, and danced with the New York City Ballet company from its opening day in 1942.
Today is January 25: The beloved Scottish poet, Robert Burns,was born on this day in 1759. His birthday is widely celebrated in England, Scotland, and Newfoundland.
Today is January 26:On this day in 1837,Michigan became a State by joining the Union. The State of Michigan borders four of the five Great Lakes in the United States.
Today is January 27:On this day in 1756,Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born. He began playing the harpsichord at the age of three. By the age of five, he was composing music on his own. During his lifetime, Mozart created more than 600 pieces of music.
Today is January 28:On this day in 1986, the shuttle Challenger exploded after launch with seven astronauts on board. Among those who died in the tragic accident was New Hampshire school teacher Christa McAuliffe.
Today is January 29: Born on this day in 1843,William McKinley was the 25th President of the United States. McKinley served in the Civil War and was assassinated in 1901.
Also on this day in 1861, Kansas joined the Union.
Today is January 30: The birthday of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.The 32nd President led the country through the Great Depression and deployed the "New Deal" [1933-1937], a series of programs aimed at stimulating the economy and lifting people out of poverty by creating a safety to support vulnerable Americans, including children, the poor, and the elderly. Roosevelt's responded to the Great Depression with what is known as the 3 Rs=Relief+Recovery+Reform. President Roosevelt spent four terms or 12 years in office beginning with his first election in 1932 and died in office on April 12, 1945 of a cerebral hemorrhage. His Vice President, Harry Truman took over as the President
Today is January 31:On this day, Franz Peter Schubert was born and became famous for his music. He wrote music for orchestra, chorus, chamber groups, and played the piano.
Is Black History Month - But Essentially Black History Is
The History of America
Today is February 1:The country begins a month-long celebration of the experience in America through Black history,by looking back and learning about the ancestral and historical perspective and culture of Black Americans in the context of an ugly history, as well as the contributions by Blacks to the growth, the development, and the stability of the Union.
Today is February 2:Today is Groundhog Day.This legend has been passed on from the middle ages; It suggests that the groundhog comes out of hibernation on this and if it sees its shadow because the day is sunny, it will be frightened and run back inside, in which case, winter will last for six more weeks. The people of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, claim that their resident groundhog has never been wrong, which has turned this into an annual tradition.
Today is February 3: Today is the birthday of Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman doctor in the United States. When she was refused admission to medical school because of her gender, Elizabeth studied in private until she was finally admitted to Geneva Medical College in New York. She earned her degree in medicine in 1849.
Today is February 4: Born on this day in 1913, Rosa Parks was arrested in Montgomery, Alabama, on December 1, 1955, when she refused to give up her seat to a White man, thus sparking the Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s in the U.S. Her arrest led to a year-long boycott of all city buses by African Americans.
Today is February 5:Today is weathermen and weather-women's Day. American's first weatherman and physicist, John Jeffries, was born on this day in 1744.
Also on this day:George Herman "Babe" Ruth was born in 1895 in Baltimore, Maryland. He played for the New York Yankee and held the title of "Home Run King" for many years. He became one of the five charter members of the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Also on this date in 1911, President Ronald Reagan was born.Reagan played in many movies and was the governor of California before he was elected president of the United States in 1980. He served two terms in office and won 49 States in the general elections in 1984. Reagan was the 40th President of the US.
Today is February 7: On this day in 1812,Charles Dickens was born in England. He later wrote the most celebrated play, "A Christmas Carol."
Also on this day: Laura Ingalls Wilder was born in 1867. She later wrote "Little House on the Prairies," whi