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January 1, 2023!!! HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!! It may surprise you to learn that New Year’s Day is the MOST celebrated holiday around the world. January 1st is the day in 1776 that George Washington unveiled the Grand Union Flag, the first national flag in America. In 1863, it was the day the Emancipation Proclamation was issued by President Abraham Lincoln. It was also the day in 1892 when Ellis Island in New York Harbor opened.
On January 2nd, 1960, Senator John F. Kennedy announced his intention to seek the Democratic presidential nomination.
On the 4th of January, 1790, President George Washington gave the first State of the union address.
January 5th, 1972 was the day President Richard Nixon signed a bill approving 5.5 billion dollars over six years to build and test the NASA space shuttle.
January 7, 1782 was the opening of the first U.S. commercial bank in Philadelphia.
January 11, 1968 was the day the U.S. Surgeon General declared that cigarettes may be hazardous. January 13, 1990 was the day Douglas Wilder of Virginia became the first African American governor.
January 17, 1773 the ship Resolution sailing under Captain James Cook became the first vessel to cross the Antarctic Circle.
January 18, 1830 was the day American orator and politician Daniel Webster gave his “Liberty and Union” speech in the U.S. Senate.
January 20, 1945 was the date Franklin Delano Roosevelt was inaugurated to an unprecedented fourth term as President.
January 22, 1973 was the day the Supreme Court announced its decision on Roe vs. Wade.
January 23, 1907 was the date Charles Curtis of Kansas became the first Native American senator. January 25, 1959 an American Airlines Boeing 707 made the first scheduled transcontinental U.S. flight.
January 27, 1973, U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War ended.
January 28, 1915 was the date the U.S. Coast Guard was created by an Act of Congress. The 28th in 1986 was also the date the U.S. Space Shuttle Challenger exploded 74 seconds into its’ flight.
January birthdays of note include: Paul Revere and Betsy Ross on January 1st, in years 1735 and 1752 respectively. President Millard Fillmore on January 7, 1800. Elvis Pressley on January 8, 1935. President Richard M. Nixon on January 9, 1913. Alexander Hamilton on January 11, 1755. American Patriot John Hancock on January 12, 1737. Author Horatio Alger on January 13, 1834. Martin Luther King on January 15, 1929. Muhammad Ali on January 17, 1942. General Robert E. Lee, January 19, 1807. Thomas Jonathan “Stonewall” Jackson on January 21, 1824. Douglas MacArthur on January 26, 1880. President William McKinley on January 29, 1843.