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By Jeri Maier, Deryl D. Danner Sr. & Jack Ellis

    1945: 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. 1946: Jan 1 The official beginning of the Baby Boom generation. Jan 10 First meeting of the United Nations General Assembly opens in London. 1947: Jan 1 Britain nationalizes coal mines. 1948: 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 1949: Jan 7 Cease fire in Palastine. Jan 20 Truman proposes Point Four Program to help world's backward areas. Jan 25 First Emmy Awards. 1950: Jan 31 Truman orders development of hydrogen bomb. 1951: Jan 9 The United Nations headquarters opens in New York City. 1953: 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. 1954: Jan 14 Marilyn Monroe marries baseball legend Joe DiMaggio Jan 21 USS Nautilus, the first nuclear powered submarine, is launched. 1957: 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, into orbit. 1958: 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. 1959: 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. 1960: Jan 3 U.S. breaks diplomatic relations with Cuba. 1961: Jan 20 John F. Kennedy inaugurated as President of the U.S. 1963: 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. 1964: 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. 1966: Jan 12 Batman debuts on television. Jan 27 Apollo 1 fire kills astronauts Grisson, White, and Chaffee during a simulated launch at Cape Canaveral. 1967: Jan 3 Jack Ruby dies before second trial can be held. 1968: Jan 30 Viet Cong guerillas and North Vietnamese soldiers launch the Tet (New Year) Offensive 1969: Jan 20 Richard M. Nixon inaugurated as 37th President of U.S. 1976: May 28 OPEC extends oil price freeze 1970: Jan 12 Biafra surrenders after 32-month fight for independence from Nigeria. 1971: 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. 1972: 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. 1973: Jan 15 Happy Days premiers on television. Jan 22 The Supreme Court legalizes some abortions in Roe vs Wade. 1975: 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. 1977: Jan 1 First Woman Episcopal priest ordained. Jan 18 Scientists identify previously unknown bacterium as cause of mysterious Legionnaire's Disease. 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. 1979: 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 government. 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). 1980: Jan 29 Six U.S. Embassy aides escape from Iran with Canadian help. 1981: 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. 1984: 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 first time. Jan 20 Ronald Reagan takes oath for second term as 40th President of U.S. 1985: 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". 1986: 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. 1987: Jan 20 William Buckley, U.S. hostage in Lebanon, reported slain. 1988: 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. 1989: 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. 1990: 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. 1991: Jan 1 Rhode Island governor closes 45 banks and credit unions lacking federal insurance. 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. 1992: 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 1994: Jan 6 Tonya Harding's bodyguard attacks figure skater Nancy Kerrigan. 1995: Jan 24 Criminal trial of O.J. Simpson begins 1999: 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.


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