January’s trip back in time…

Tara Meany, Academic Life Editor

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  • Birthstone – Garnet
  • Flower – Carnation
  • January 1, 1818 – Mary Shelley’s classic novel “Frankenstein” is published.
  • January 1, 1892 – Ellis Island opened in the New York Harbor. Over 20 million new arrivals to America were processed there until its closing in 1954.
  • January 4, 1809 – Louis Braille (1809-1852) was born in France. Blinded as a boy, he later invented a reading system for the blind using punch marks in paper.
  • January 13 – Rubber Duckie Day
  • 3rd Saturday in January – Hot and Spicy Food Day
  • January 15, 1929 – Martin Luther King (1929-1968) was born in Atlanta, Georgia. As an African American civil rights leader he spoke eloquently and stressed nonviolent methods to achieve equality. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. He was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 4, 1968. In 1983, the third Monday in January was designated a legal holiday in the U.S. to celebrate his birthday.
  • January 18 – Winnie the Pooh Day pooh
  • January 20 – Penguin Awareness Day
  • January 22, 1901 – Queen Victoria of England died after reigning for 64 years, the longest reign in British history, during which England had become the most powerful empire in the world.
  • January 27, 1756 – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) was born in Salzburg, Austria. From the age of five, through his untimely death at age 35, this musical genius created over 600 compositions including 16 operas, 41 symphonies, 27 piano and five violin concerti, 25 string quartets, 19 masses, and many other works
  • January 28, 1986 – The U.S. Space Shuttle Challenger exploded 74 seconds into its flight, killing seven persons, including Christa McAuliffe, a teacher who was to be the first ordinary citizen in space.challenger
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