This Week in History: January 10th – 16th

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!

 

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This Week in History

  • January 10th
    • 1776- Common Sense is published in the American Colonies. (United States)
    • 1941- FDR introduces the lend-lease program, intending to help Britain beat Hitler’s advances while keeping America only indirectly involved in World War II. (United States/World)
    • 1946- The first meeting of the United Nations is held in London, England. (World)
  • January 11th
    • 1908- US President Theodore Roosevelt makes the Grand Canyon a national monument. (United States)
    • 1964- US Surgeon General Luther L. Terry announces that cigarette smoking is linked to lung cancer. (United States/World)
    • 1978- Song of Solomon wins the National Book Critics Circle Award. (United States)
  • January 12th
    • 1838- Mormon leader Joseph Smith abandons his settlement in Ohio after his bank fails and flees to Missouri to avoid arrest and create a new religious community. (United States)
    • 1966- The live-action Batman TV series premieres on ABC, instantly becoming a huge hit. (United States)
    • 2010- A massive earthquake strikes Haiti, leading to one of the worst humanitarian disasters in one hundred years. (World)
  • January 13th
    • 1968- Johnny Cash performs at Folsom Prison, reinvigorating his musical career, which had been on a sharp downturn in the months and years prior to the concert. (United States)
    • 1999- Michael Jordan retires for a second time. (United States)
    • 2012- The Costa Concordia, a cruise ship carrying about 4,200 people, runs aground and capsizes off Giglio Island, Italy, killing 32 passengers in the process.(World)
  • January 14th
    • 1639- The first colonial constitution is adopted in Hartford, CT by representatives of Wethersfield, Windsor, and Hartford. (United States)
    • 1784- The Continental Congress ratifies the Treaty of Paris with Great Britain, recognizing the independence of the United States of America. (United States/World)
    • 2005- The Huygens entry probe lands on Saturn’s largest moon Titan. It is the first time a spacecraft has landed on a planetary surface in the outer solar system. (World)
  • January 15th
    • 1929- Martin Luther King, Jr. is born in Atlanta, GA. (United States)
    • 1967- Green Bay Packers win their first Super Bowl (and the first Super Bowl overall). (Wisconsin/United States)
    • 2009- Pilot ‘Sully’ Sullenberger performs the ‘Miracle on the Hudson.’ (United States)
  • January 16th
    • 1919- Prohibition, via the 18th Amendment, is ratified by the states, but it did not go into effect until January 17, 1920. (United States)
    • 1945- Adolf Hitler descends into his bunker in Berlin, where he remained for 105 days before he died by suicide. (World)
    • 1979- The Shah flees Iran. (World)

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This Week in History: January 3rd – 9th

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!

 

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This Week in History

  • January 3rd
    • 1959- Alaska becomes the 49th U.S. state. (United States)
    • 1977- Apple is incorporated by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak. (United States/World)
    • 1994- State Senator Gary George proposes building a downtown retractable roof stadium for the Milwaukee Brewers, financed primarily with proceeds from a sports lottery. This stadium would eventually become Miller Park (and never will it be known as American Family [Insurance] Field, I don’t care what the Brewers and their corporate sponsors say!). (Wisconsin)
  • January 4th
    • 1965- U.S. President Lyndon Baines Johnson envisions a ‘Great Society’ in his State of the Union address. (United States)
    • 1974- U.S. President Richard Nixon refuses to hand over tape recordings and documents that had been subpoenaed by the Senate Watergate Committee. (United States)
    • 2007- Nancy Pelosi becomes the first woman Speaker of the House in the U.S. House of Representatives. (United States)
  • January 5th
    • 1855- King Camp Gillette is born in Fond du Lac. Working first as a traveling salesman, he eventually developed a disposable steel blade and razor before founding the Gillette Safety Razor Company, known today simply as Gillette. (Wisconsin/United States/World)
    • 1920- The New York Yankees acquire Babe Ruth from the Red Sox in exchange for $125,000. (United States)
    • 1933- Construction on the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco Bay begins. (United States)
  • January 6th
    • 1975- Wheel of Fortune premieres on NBC. (United States)
    • 1994- Nancy Kerrigan is attacked at a Detroit ice rink following a practice session two days before the Olympic trials. (United States)
    • 2008- Disney-MGM Studios at Walt Disney World becomes Disney’s Hollywood Studios. (United States)
  • January 7th
    • 1789- The first U.S. presidential election is held. (United States)
    • 1953- U.S. President Harry Truman announces the U.S. has developed the hydrogen bomb. (United States/World)
    • 1979- Pol Pot, the dictator and leader of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, is overthrown by Vietnamese forces. (World)
  • January 8th
    • 1790- U.S. President George Washington delivers the first State of the Union address to Congress. (United States)
    • 1815- U.S. General (and future President) Andrew Jackson defeats Great Britain in the Battle of New Orleans, the final engagement in the War of 1812. (United States)
    • 2011- U.S. representative Gabby Giffords is shot during an assassination attempt; she survives, but six others are killed. (United States)
  • January 9th
    • 1861- Mississippi becomes the second U.S. state to secede from the Union in the run-up to the American Civil War. (United States)
    • 2001- Apple introduces iTunes, a digital media player application that, with the year’s later debut of the iPod, revolutionizes digital music and the music industry at large. (World)
    • 2007- Steve Jobs debuts the iPhone for the very first time. (World)

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This Week in History: December 27th – January 2nd

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!

 

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This Week in History

  • December 27th
    • 1831- Charles Darwin sets sail on the HMS Beagle, beginning the voyage on which he would formulate his theory of evolution. (World)
    • 1932- Radio City Music Hall opens in New York City. (United States)
    • 2007- Pakistani politician Benazir Bhutto is assassinated. (World)
  • December 28th
    • 1065- Westminster Abbey opens for the first time in London. (World)
    • 1832- Citing political differences with President Andrew Jackson and a desire to fill a vacant Senate seat in South Carolina, John C. Calhoun becomes the first vice president in U.S. history to resign from office. (United States)
    • 1973- The Endangered Species Act is signed into law by President Richard Nixon. (United States)
  • December 29th
    • 1170- Archbishop Thomas Becket is murdered by knights of King Henry II of England, leading to a cessation of attempts by the king to separate the church and state in England. (World)
    • 1845- The Republic of Texas is annexed by the United States, triggering the start of the Mexican-American War. (United States/World)
    • 1890- More than 200 Sioux Indians are massacred in the area of Wounded Knee Creek in southwestern South Dakota by U.S. troops commanded by Colonel James W. Forsyth. (United States)
  • December 30th
    • 1853- The U.S. acquired nearly 30,000 square miles of additional northern Mexican territory with the signing of the Gadsden Purchase. The land would come to be a part of Arizona and New Mexico when they became states. (United States)
    • 1922- The USSR is established. (World)
    • 2006- Former dictator Saddam Hussein is executed in Iraq. (World)
  • December 31st
    • 1967- Green Bay Packers triumph over the Dallas Cowboys in the ‘Ice Bowl.’ (Wisconsin/United States)
    • 1972- Roberto Clemente, a famous Pittsburgh Pirate, dies in a plane crash en route to Nicaragua with relief supplies collected for earthquake survivors. (United States/World)
    • 1991- The Soviet Union legally ceases to exist. (World)
  • January 1st
    • 1818- Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is published for the first time. (World)
    • 1863- The Emancipation Proclamation, which freed enslaved people in the Confederacy, is issued by Abraham Lincoln. (United States)
    • 1959- Dictator Fulgencio Batista flees Cuba after his regime is toppled by rebel forces led by Fidel Castro. (World)
    • 2002- The Euro is formally introduced as the new type of currency in Europe. (World)
  • January 2nd
    • 1788- Georgia becomes the fourth state and officially enters the Union. (United States)
    • 1974- President Richard Nixon signs a national speed limit into law. (United States)
    • 1980- Détente between the U.S. and the USSR ends as President Jimmy Carter speaks out against Soviet intervention in Afghanistan. (United States/World)

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