This Week in History: January 24th – 30th

Welcome to this week’s edition of the staff blog’s ‘This Week in History!’ You will find historical facts, happenings, and associated books; #1 box office movies; and #1 NY Times best sellers from years gone by, all with book recommendations included based on each topic. This will be a weekly feature, so make sure to check out each week’s posting! NOTE: Click on any of the below book/movie titles to be taken to them in our online Café catalog!


NY Times Fiction Bestsellers


#1 Box Office Movies


This Week in History

  • January 24th
    • 1935- The first canned beer goes on sale. (United States)
    • 1956- Look magazine publishes the confessions of J.W. Milam and Roy Bryant, two white men from Mississippi who were acquitted in the 1955 kidnapping and murder of Emmett Till.
    • 1989- Serial killer Ted Bundy is executed at age 42 in Florida. (United States)
    • 2006- Disney announces $7.4 billion purchase of Pixar. (United States/World)
  • January 25th
    • 1924- The world’s first Winter Olympics begins in Chamonix, France. (World)
    • 1971- Charles Manson and three of his followers are convicted of a series of notorious murders, later detailed in the true crime book Helter Skelter. (United States)
    • 1995- Russia activates its nuclear command systems for the first time due to Norway scientific missile launch. (World)
  • January 26th
    • 1788- British settlement/colonization begins in Australia.
    • 1935- Bob Uecker is born. (Wisconsin)
    • 2020- NBA legend Kobe Bryant dies in a helicopter crash outside of Los Angeles. (United States)
  • January 27th
    • 1945- Auschwitz is liberated by Soviet troops. (World)
    • 1967- During a simulation of a launch, astronauts Virgil Grissom, Edward White, and Roger Chaffee perish in a fire aboard Apollo I at Cape Kennedy, Florida. (United States)
    • 1973- The Paris peace accord ending the Vietnam War (or, at least America’s explicit involvement in it) is signed.
  • January 28th
    • 1932- Governor Philip F. La Follette signs into law a groundbreaking unemployment insurance bill. Wisconsin is the first state to approve unemployment compensation, and the action becomes a model for other states developing similar legislation. (Wisconsin)
    • 1959- Vince Lombardi is named the Green Bay Packers head coach. (Wisconsin)
    • 1986- The space shuttle Challenger explodes after liftoff over Florida. (United States/World)
  • January 29th
    • 1845- Edgar Allan Poe’s famous poem ‘The Raven’ is published for the first time in the New York Evening Mirror. (United States)
    • 1936- The Baseball Hall of Fame opens for the first time and elects players in Cooperstown, New York. (United States)
    • 2002- US President George W. Bush gives his ‘Axis of Evil’ speech during his State of the Union. (United States)
  • January 30th
    • 1933- Adolf Hitler is named chancellor of Germany by President Paul von Hindenburg. (World)
    • 1948- Mahatma Gandhi is assassinated in New Delhi, India. (World)
    • 1972- ‘Bloody Sunday’ occurs in Northern Ireland, when 13 unarmed civil rights demonstrators are shot dead by British Army paratroopers. The rise of IRA followed short. (World)

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