This Month in History: January

Do you know what happened during the current month in the past? Here are a few events for you to explore. Also, test your knowledge of famous people born in during the month.

January History Events

This month in history

Haiti became independent on Jan 1, 1804.
• The Commonwealth of Australia was formed on Jan 1, 1901.
Alaska became the 49th U.S. state on Jan 3, 1959.
Louis Braille, French inventor of the alphabet used by the blind born on Jan 4, 1809
• Dia de los Reyes Magos (Three Kings' Day), Latin America on Jan 6.
Thomas Paine published his Common Sense on Jan 10, 1776.
League of Nations established on Jan 10, 1920.
Sir John Macdonald, first prime minister of Canada after the Confederation, was born on Jan 11, 1815.
Abel Tasman, Dutch navigator, began second voyage of exploration in Southern Hemisphere on Jan 13, 1644.
Aswan Dam in the Nile River, Egypt, dedicated on Jan 15, 1971.
• Coronation of Russian czar Ivan the Terrible, on Jan 16, 1547.
King Louis XVI of France execute on Jan 21, 1793.
Sydney founded on Jan 26, 1788; celebrated as Australia Day.
• U.S. space shuttle Challenger broke apart, killing all seven crew members aboard, including schoolteacher Christa McAuliffe, on Jan 28, 1986.
Mohandas K. Gandhi, spiritual and political leader of India, assassinated on Jan 30, 1948.

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Famous People Born in January

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