On this Day in January: 31 of the Month’s Biggest Moments In History

2018 was a wild year, and most of us are pretty excited to be moving into 2019. Starting a new year always feels so exciting and eventful. Now that we’re well into January, I thought I’d take a look back through the Januarys of other years and reflect on some of the most impactful events which have kickstarted years in our history.

And, of course, there’s no better way to reflect on our history than through photos.

Photography has provided us a wealthy visual archive of the world, from tragedies to the pinnacles of human achievement. Photos may bring us to a horrific event that broke our collective hearts, a cultural moment that people rejoiced over, or perhaps a scientific breakthrough that made us begin to see the world differently.

So, without much further ado, let’s take a look at photos which capture events in January that impacted the world…

January 1st, 1959: Fidel Castro’s forces overthrew Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista.

January 2nd, 1981: The Yorkshire Ripper is arrested following a 5 year manhunt.

January 3rd, 1987: Aretha Franklin becomes the very first lady elected towards the Rock ‘N Roll Hall of Fame.

January 4th, 2010: The tallest building on Earth, Burj Khalifa in Dubai opens.

January 5th, 1980: “Rapper’s Delight” by the Sugarhill Gang becomes the very first hip-hop song to chart within the Top 40.

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January 6th, 1925: Benito Mussolini reshuffled the Italian cabinet to be comprised entirely of fascists.

January 7th, 2015: Terrorists kill 12 people in the office of satirical French publication Charlie Hebdo.

January 8th, 1959: Charles de Gaulle, the statesman who led the French Resistance against Nazi Germany in World War Two, is inaugurated as President of France’s Fifth Republic.

January 9th, 2007: Apple Chief executive officer Steve Jobs announces the very first iPhone.

January 10, 1927: Director Fritz Lang’s groundbreaking sci-fi film Metropolis premieres in Berlin.

January 11th, 1903: President Theodore Roosevelt declares the Grand Gorge a nationwide monument.

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January 12th, 1971: All in the household featuring the legendary Archie Bunker character debuts on CBS.

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January 13th, 1968: Johnny Cash performs live at Folsom Condition Prison, later re-produced within the biopic Walk the road.

January 14th, 1978: Iconic punk band the Sex Pistols play their final show ever, in Winterland, San Francisco. 

January 15th, 1967: The Green Bay Packers defeat the Might Leaders in the first Super Bowl.

January 16th, 1919: Prohibition becomes effective within the U.S. States, banning the manufacture and purchase of alcohol.

January 17th, 1994: The Northridge earthquake kills 54 individuals the higher LA area.

January 18th, 1985: The Coen Brothers release their debut film, Blood Simple. The brothers would go on to make beloved, award-winning films such as The Big Lebowski, Fargo, and No Country For Old Men.

January 19th, 1966: Indira Gandhi becomes the very first female PM of India. 

January 20th, 2009: Obama is sworn in, becoming the very first Black President from the United States.

January 21st, 2017: The very first Women’s March happens in Washington DC to protest the Trump administration.

January 22nd, 1973: The Final Court delivers its decision in Roe v. Wade, legalizing abortion within the United States.

January 23rd, 1983: The A-Team debuts on ABC, introducing the world to Mr. T.

January 24th, 2017: The United States withdraws from the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement.

January 25th, 1961: Disney’s 101 Dalmatians premieres.

January 26th, 1979: The Dukes of Hazzard premieres on CBS.

January 27th, 1973: The Paris Peace Accords formally end the Vietnam War. Finally!

January 28th, 1986: The Space Shuttle Challenger explodes, killing all 7 astronauts aboard, including teacher Christa McAuliffe.

January 29th, 1964: Stanley Kubrick’s film Dr. Strangelove premieres.

January 30th, 1948: Mahatma Gandhi assassinated in India.

January 31st, 1961: Ham the Chimp becomes the very first non-human hominid in space.

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