With the downhill disaster that 2020 was, many of us students are hoping for a more positive 2021. New political developments in our country have stressed our future, and these events will go down in history to be remembered for centuries forward. As we think of our future and what it will break, with new resolutions and hopes, it’s important to look at our past as well. This week — January 10th to the 16th — has had many events throughout the span of history. From mundane occurrences to major historical events, every day has its own significance and importance to our lives.


January 10th 

1776: The famous pamphlet ‘Common Sense’ by Thomas Paine with first published. This pamphlet is today known as a catalyst for the American Revolution.

1854: George Washington Carver was born into slavery. Slavery ended a year after his birth, and he became a scientist and inventor. He made many important agricultural developments that we still utilize today.

1917: The ‘Silent Sentinels’, a women’s suffrage group, held their first protest outside the White House.


January 11th

1861: Alabama secedes from the continental US during the American Civil War.

1935: Amelia Earhart begins her solo trip across the Pacific.

Interesting Holiday: Every year, January 11 is Milk Day in the United States.


January 12th

1816: The French throw the Bonaparte family out of the country permanently.

1908: A long-distance radio message is sent from the Eiffel Tower for the first time.

1915: The US House of Representatives rejects the idea that women should have the right to vote.


January 13th

532: The Nika Riots begin in Constantinople (some of the most violent riots the city has seen), which were mainly caused by the high price of festivities and chariot racing.

1930: The first Mickey Mouse comic strip was published.

1943: Hitler officially declares war on the allies.


January 14th

1784: The US Congress of the Confederation ratifies the Treaty of Paris, ending the Revolutionary War.

1943: President Franklin D. Roosevelt becomes the first American president to go overseas by plane.

1952: The “Today Show” airs for the first time on NBC.


January 15th

588: Babylon lays siege to Jerusalem, ending in its destruction. Jerusalem’s main temple was also destroyed as a cause.

1895: “Swan Lake”, the famous ballet by Tchaikovsky, is seen on stage for the first time.

1929: The impactful civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. is born.


January 16th

1605: The first edition of Don Quixote is published and distributed.

1777: Vermont declares its independence from New York as a separate state.

1793: King Louis XVI is sentenced to death in the French Revolution.

Through the creation of this article, it has become clear how diverse our history truly is. Despite that, it still resonates strongly with us today.

In 2020, we’ve had a major focus on civil rights, a movement to which Martin Luther King Jr. was so crucial.

I hope this look back in history can bring you some interesting perspective in such difficult and unusual times.

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