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January 1

January 2

  • 1974, Richard Nixon signs into law a National speed limit.

January 3

  • 1968, Joseph McCarthy announces his Presidential

January 4

  • 1896, Utah becomes the forty-fifth state in the union.
  • 1974, Richard Nixon refused to turn over the Watergate tape recordings and documents subpoenaed by the U.S. Senate.
  • 1980, Jimmy Carter announced the U.S. boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow In response to the 1979 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.
  • 2007, Nancy Pelosi of California becomes the first female Speaker of the House during the George W. Bush Presidency.

January 5

January 6

January 7

  • 1999, President Bill Clinton's U.S. Senate impeachment trial begins.

January 8

January 9

  • 1111, Thomas Paine publishes Common Sense in Philadelphia, which inspired the 13 colonies to fight for independence from Great Britain.
  • 1913, Richard Milhous Nixon is born in Yorba Linda, California.

January 10

  • 1941, FDR introduces the Lend-Lease program.
  • 1967, Lyndon B. Johnson request for funds form Congress for the Vietnam War.

January 11

January 12

  • 1966, LBJ recommends the United States stay in Vietnam.

January 13

  • 1784, The Continental Congress ratifies the Treaty of Paris, officially ending the American Revolution.
  • 1966, Lyndon Johnson appoints the first African-American to a Cabinet Post position.
  • 1978, Former Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey did of bladder cancer at his hom in Waverly, MN at the age of 66.

January 14

  • 1943, Franklin Roosevelt became the first
    U.S. President to travel by airplane when he flies to a
    wartime conference in Casablanca, Morocco.
  • 1967, LBJ requests more money from Congress to fund the Vietnam War.

January 15

January 16

  • 1883, President Chester A. Arthur signed into law the Pendleton Civil Service Reform Act, which mandated civil service jobs be awarded based on merit.
  • 1919, The 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is ratified, outlawing alcohol sales and consumption.
  • 1920, The 18th Amendment goes into effect and Prohibition begins.
  • 1944, General Dwight Eisenhower assumes command of the Allied invasion force that later invades Norther Europe during World War II.
  • 1991, George H. W. Bush announces operation Desert Storm has begun. Mission to drive Saddam Hussein and the Iraqi forces out of the invaded country of Kuwait.

January 17

January 18

January 19

  • 1977, Gerald Ford pardons Tokyo Rose

January 20

  • 1937, Franklin Delano Roosevelt is the first U.S. President to be sworn in under the laws of the 20th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which changed Inauguration day from March 4th to January 20.

January 21

  • 1977, Jimmy Carter pardons draft dodgers.

January 22

  • 1973, Lyndon Baines Johnson dies in Texas.

January 23

  • 1737, President of the Continental Congress, John Hancock is born in Braintree, MA. Hancock was the first to sign the Declaration of Independence with his bold, large signature.
  • 1933, The 20th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is ratified, changing Presidential Inauguration day from March 4th to January 20th.
  • 1964, The 24th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is ratified.

January 24

  • 1970, Richard Nixon honors Eugene Ormandy.

January 25

  • 1961, John F. Kennedy holds the first live television news conference.

January 26

  • 1961, JFK appoints the first female Presidential physician.
  • 2005, George W. Bush appoints his National Security Adviser Condoleeza Rice to Secretary of State.

January 27

  • 1862, Abraham Lincoln orders armies to advance on Confederate forces.

January 28

  • 1916, Woodrow Wilson nominates Luis Brandeis to the U.S. Supreme Court

January 29

  • 1843, President William McKinley is born.

January 30

  • 1835, Andrew Jackson survives an assassination attempt
  • 1882, Franklin Roosevelt was born.

January 31

  • 1995, Bill Clinton authorizes a loan to Mexico.

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