BOOMER TIME-LINE FOR JANUARY
By Jeri Maier, Deryl D. Danner Sr. & Jack Ellis
Jan 27 Russians liberates Auschwitz Concentration Camp, where
Nazis had killed over 1.5 million people, including over 1
million Jews. An estimated 6 million people had died in
German concentration camps.
Jan 1 The official beginning of the Baby Boom generation.
Jan 10 First meeting of the United Nations General Assembly
opens in London.
Jan 1 Britain nationalizes coal mines.
Jan 4 Burma (Myanmar) gains independence from Great Britain.
Jan 26 Three years after gaining its independence from the UK, India formally
becomes a republic.
Jan 30 Mahatma Gandi is assassinated.
Most significant figure in India's history
Jan 7 Cease fire in Palastine.
Jan 20 Truman proposes Point Four Program to help world's backward areas.
Jan 25 First Emmy Awards.
Jan 31 Truman orders development of hydrogen bomb.
Jan 9 The United Nations headquarters opens in New York City.
Jan 19 Lucy Ricardo gives birth to Baby Ricky on
I Love Lucy. More people tune in to watch the show than
the inauguration of President Eisenhower.
Jan 20 Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower inaugurated as President of the U.S.
Jan 14 Marilyn Monroe marries baseball legend Joe DiMaggio
Jan 21 USS Nautilus, the first nuclear powered submarine, is launched.
Jan 5 Eisenhower Doctrine calls for aid to Mideast countries which resist
armed aggression from Communist-controlled nations.
Jan 31 Army's Jupiter-C rocket fires first U.S. earth satellite, Explorer 1,
Jan 1 European Economic Community (Common Market) established by
Rome Treaty became effective.
Jan 2 The first spacecraft to orbit the sun,
Mechta (Luna 1) is launched by the USSR.
Jan 3 Sir Edmund Hillary reaches the South Pole overland.
Jan 8 Bobby Fischer wins the US Chess Championship
for the first time at age 14.
Jan 1 Cuban President Batista resigns and flees - Castro takes over.
Jan 3 Alaska becomes the 49th state.
Jan 8 Charles de Gaulle becomes the first president
of France's Fifth Republic.
Jan 3 U.S. breaks diplomatic relations with Cuba.
Jan 20 John F. Kennedy inaugurated as President of the U.S.
Jan 11 The first discotheque, the Whiskey-A-Go-Go,
opens in Los Angeles.
Jan 20 The Beatles release their first album in the US, Meet the Beatles.
Jan 22 France and West Germany sign treaty of cooperation ending
four centuries of conflict.
Jan 11 The first government report regarding the
dangers of cigarette smoking is issued by the US Surgeon
General, Luther Terry.
Jan 12 One month after Zanzibar became independent,
the ruling Zanzibar Nationalist Party is overthrown
in a violent coup.
Jan 23 The 24th Amendment to the Constitution, barring poll taxes, is ratified.
Jan 12 Batman debuts on television.
Jan 27 Apollo 1 fire kills astronauts Grisson, White, and
Chaffee during a simulated launch at Cape Canaveral.
Jan 3 Jack Ruby dies before second trial can be held.
Jan 30 Viet Cong guerillas and North
Vietnamese soldiers launch the Tet (New Year)
Jan 20 Richard M. Nixon inaugurated as 37th President of U.S.
May 28 OPEC extends oil price freeze
Jan 12 Biafra surrenders after 32-month fight for independence
Jan 12 All in the Family debuts on television
Jan 14 Miami Dolphins become the first NFL team to go undefeated and have a
perfect season by beating the Wington Redskins in Super Bowl VII.
Jan 25 Charles Manson is found guilty of murdering
Sharon Tate and six others.
Jan 24 Japanese soldier Shoichi Yokoi is discovered in Guam, having spent 28
years hiding in the jungles thinking World War II was still going on.
Jan 15 Happy Days premiers on television.
Jan 22 The Supreme Court legalizes some abortions in Roe vs Wade.
Jan 1 John M. Mitchell, H.R. Halderman, John D. Ehrlichman,
and Robert C. Mardian are convicted of the Watergate crime.
Jan 18 The Jeffersons, the first sitcom about an African-American family,
debuts on television.
Jan 1 First Woman Episcopal priest ordained.
Jan 18 Scientists identify previously unknown bacterium as cause of mysterious
Jan 21 President Carter pardons Vietnam draft evaders.
Jan 17 Gary Gilmore becomes the first person executed in the US
since the death penalty was reintroduced.
Jan 1 Oil spills pollute ocean waters in Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico.
Jan 4 Ohio agrees to pay $675,000 to families of dead and injured in Kent
State University shooting.
Jan 7 Vietnamese forces captur the Cambodian capital
of Phnom Penh, overthrowing Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge
Jan 16 Shah leaves Iran after years of turmoil.
Jan 20 President Reagan becomes the oldest president to take office (69 years
and 349 days).
Jan 29 Six U.S. Embassy aides escape from Iran with Canadian help.
Jan 18 U.S. - Iran agreement frees 52 hostages held in Teheran since 4 Nov 79.
Jan 20 Ronald Reagan takes oath as 40th President of U.S.
Jan 1 Bell system broken up.
Jan 3 Syria frees captured U.S. Navy pilot,
Lieutenant Robert C. Goodman, Jr.
Jan 10 The US and the Vatican reestablish diplomatic relations
after a 117-year break.
Jan 11 Michael Jackson is nominated for 12 Grammy awards and Thriller
becomes the best-selling album ever.
Jan 20 Martin Luther King Jr. day is celebrated as a federal holiday for the
Jan 20 Ronald Reagan takes oath for second term as 40th President of U.S.
Jan 20 Britain and France plan Channel tunnel.
Jan 28 45 of the world's top recording artists get
together and record "We Are the World".
Jan 8 President Reagan freezes Libyan assets in U.S.
Jan 14 Supreme Court bars racial bias in trial jury selection.
Jan 26 Voyager 2 spacecraft reports secrets of Uranus.
Jan 28 US Shuttle Challenger explodes 72 seconds after
liftoff, killing all seven crew members aboard,
including school teacher Christa McCauliffe.
Jan 20 William Buckley, U.S. hostage in Lebanon, reported slain.
Jan 2 U.S. and Canada reach free trade agreement.
Jan 13 Supreme Court, 5-3, backs public school officials'
power to censor student activities.
Jan 4 U.S. planes shoot down two Libyan fighters over international
waters in Mediterranean
Jan 7 Emperor Hirohito of Japan dies at age 87.
Jan 20 George Herbert Walker Bush inaugurated as 41st President of U.S.
Jan 1 Romania disbands rebellious police force.
Jan 3 Gen. Manuel Noriega surrenders in Panama.
Jan 14 The Simpsons premieres on television.
Jan 14 Soviet Azerbaijan erupts in violence.
Jan 17 Operation Desert Storm is launched against Iraq.
Jan 22 Yugoslav communists end 45-year monopoly of power.
Jan 24 Richard V. Secord convicted in Iran-Contra affair.
Jan 1 Rhode Island governor closes 45 banks and credit unions lacking federal
Jan 2 Israelis open consulate in Moscow.
Jan 9 South Africa schools integrated.
Jan 8 Lithuania government resigns.
Jan 14 Two P.L.O. leaders slain in Tunis.
Jan 15 U.S. and Allies at war with Iraq.
Jan 15 Supreme Courts approve end of school busing.
Jan 6 Russians again observe Orthodox Christmas.
Jan 7 Russians again observe Orthodox Christmas.
Jan 10 U.S. jobless rate at 5-year high.
Jan 16 El Salvador Government and rebels sign peace treaty
Jan 6 Tonya Harding's bodyguard attacks figure
skater Nancy Kerrigan.
Jan 24 Criminal trial of O.J. Simpson begins
Jan 1 Eleven European nations launch the Euro, the European Union's (EU)
new single currency.
Jan 4 The University of Tennessee holds off Florida State University in
the Fiesta Bowl, 23-16, to finish undefeated and win the college
football Division I-A national title.
Jan 5 The United States Mint issues the first in a series of quarters
redesigned to honor each of the 50 U.S. states.
Jan 5 The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves the
first behavioral drugs ever designed specifically for dogs.
Jan 7 The impeachment trial of U.S. president Bill Clinton gets
underway in the United States Senate.
Jan 9 Oral contraceptives, also known as birth control pills,
pose no longterm health risks for women, according
to a major study published in the British Medical Journal.
Jan 13 Professional basketball star Michael Jordan, one
of the greatest players in the history of the National
Basketball Association (NBA), announces his retirement from
the game for the second time.
Jan 16 The bodies of 45 ethnic Albanians are found on a hillside
near the village of Racak in the Serbian province of Kosovo,
victims of a killing spree that international observers describe
as a massacre by Serbian forces. The attack adds new urgency
to international efforts to end the nearly year-long crackdown
on ethnic Albanian separatists in the troubled province.
Jan 17 United Nations (UN) secretary general Kofi Annan
Recommend that the UN pull its peacekeeping forces
out of Angola as a civil war renews.
Jan 21 Eating high-fiber foods does not appear to reduce a person's risk of
developing colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon or rectum),
according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Jan 27 Pope John Paul II concludes a six-day trip to Mexico
and the United States with a mass for more than 100,000
worshippers at the Trans World Dome in St. Louis, Missouri.
Jan 28 The 35,000-member American Geophysical Union
(AGU) announces that despite uncertainties, there
is sufficient evidence of human-induced global
warming (an increase in the earth's surface
temperature) to provide "a compelling basis for
legitimate public concern."
Jan 31 The Denver Broncos beat the Atlanta Falcons, 34-19, in Super Bowl
XXXIII, capturing their second straight Super Bowl victory.
BOOMER TIME-LINE FOR JANUARY