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January: Today in History
1788 - Georgia became a U.S. state.
1905 - The Russo-Japanese War ended.
1914 - Henry Ford started the $5-per-day wage.
1540 - Anne of Cleves and England's King Henry VIII were married.
1759 - Martha Custis and George Washington were married.
1912 - New Mexico became a U.S. state.
1989 - Japan's Emperor Hirohito died.
1964 - U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson announced his War on Poverty.
1788 - Connecticut became a U.S. state.
1776 - Thomas Paine's Common Sense was published.
1917 - Zimmermann Note dispatched
1964 - The U.S. Surgeon General issued the first government report on the dangers of smoking.
1998 - The cloning of humans was banned in 19 European nations.
1941 - Irish writer James Joyce (Finnegan's Wake; Ulysses) died in Zurich, Switzerland.
2008 - Bobby Jindal of Louisiana became the first Indian-American governor in the United States.
1559 - Coronation of England's Queen Elizabeth I.
1759 - The British Museum opened.
1967 - The first Super Bowl was held. In it, the Green Bay Packers beat the Kansas City Chiefs, 35 to 10.
1547 - Coronation of Russia's Ivan the Terrible.
1883 - The United States Civil Service Commission was established.
1893 - Queen Liliuokalani of Hawaii was forced to abdicate.
1916 - Thrift Week was inaugurated in the United States as part of the World War I effort on the home front. The annual event, begun each year on the anniversary of Benjamin Franklin's birth, was celebrated widely throughout the United States until the mid-1960s. Americans were educated on being thrifty, saving for the future, and maintaining fiscal responsibility.
1991 - Operation Desert Storm was launched, following the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait.
1778 - Captain James Cook reached the Sandwich Islands (now known as Hawaii).
1953 - Baby Ricky was born on the popular television program I Love Lucy.
1841 - The British gained control of Hong Kong.
1942 - The Wannsee Conference established Nazi Germany's "Final Solution" for eradicating Jews.
1793 - France's King Louis XVI died on the guillotine in Paris, France.
1905 - Bloody Sunday occurred in St. Petersburg, Russia.
1556 - The world's deadliest recorded earthquake struck Shansi, China, killing over 800,000 people.
1789 - Georgetown University was established.
1964 - The 24th Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified.
1890 - The United Mine Workers of America was founded.
1924 - The first ever Winter Olympics opened in Chamonix, France.
1880 - A patent was granted for Thomas Alva Edison's electric incandescent light bulb.
1945 - The Auschwitz concentration camp was liberated by Russian forces (World War II).
1915 - Congress established the United States Coast Guard.
1845 - The Raven, by Edgar Allan Poe, was published.
1861 - Kansas became a U.S. state.
1649 - England's King Charles I was beheaded.
1948 - Mohandas Gandhi, the leading figure of India's independence movement, was assassinated.
1606 - Guy Fawkes was executed in England.