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.
Lesson Plan: Black History Month
Author: Sarah White
Grade Level: K - 5
Subject/Content: Social Studies
Summary of Lesson: Students will learn about African American leaders in United States history.
Focus Question: How have African Americans impacted our society?