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Explorer I

31 January 1958

On this date in 1958... 

Explorer I was the first satellite launched by the United States was launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida by the Jupiter C rocket and was designed, built,


30 January 1838 

On this date in 1838... 

Seminole Chief Osceola died in prison at Fort Moultrie, on Charleston Harbor, South Carolina from what many say was a broken heart.

Other Years:

  • 1712 – During

The Raven

29 January 1845 

On this date in 1845... 

Edgar Allan Poe’s "The Raven" was first published in the New York Evening Mirror. American literature has never been the same since.

Other Years:

The Challenger Disaster

28 January 1986 

On this date in 1986... 

The space shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after liftoff from Cape Canaveral, Florida.  The blast killed all seven crew members, including flight commander Francis R. “Dick” Scobee;

Indian Territory

27 January 1825 

On this date in 1825...

The U.S. Congress approved Indian Territory in present-day Oklahoma clearing the way for forced relocation of the Eastern Indians down the "Trail of Tears."

Other Years:

  • 1785

Audie Murphy

26 January 1945 

On this date in 1945... 

While covering the men of his company near Holtzwihr, France, Texan 2nd Lt. Audie Murphy killed more than 240 German soldiers and destroyed 6 tanks. For this

CIA Employees Attacked

25 January 1993 

On this date in 1993... 

Muslim extremist Mir Aimal Qazi fired on CIA employees as they waited in their cars at a stoplight near the entrance of Central Intelligence Agency headquarters in

Enitachopco Creek

24 January 1814 

On this date in 1814...

An attack by Andrew Jackson's force of American soldiers and Indian allies caused considerable losses on the Red Stick Creeks led by William Weatherford at Enitachopco Creek

New Madrid Quake Starts a War

23 January 1812 

On this date in 1812...

An estimated magnitude 7.8 earthquake hit the Missouri boot-heel during the New Madrid earthquake swarm and was felt all across the South. When Shawnee chief Tecumseh had


22 January 1973 

On this date in 1973...

The US Supreme Court issued its Roe v. Wade opinion legalizing abortion-on-demand and over-ruling laws against infanticide in all Southern states.

Other Years:

  • 1599 – In retaliation

Jackson’s Birthday

21 January 1824 

On this date in 1824...

Confederate General Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson was born in Clarksburg, Virginia.

Other Years:

  • 1698 - French missionary Father de Montigny reached the Tensas Indian village on the

Iran Hostages Released

20 January 1981  

On this date in 1981...

Iran released 52 Americans held hostage for 444 days, just minutes after the U.S. presidency passed from Jimmy Carter to Ronald Reagan.

Other Years:

  • 1801 -

Lee’s Birthday

19 January 1807 

On this date in 1807...

Confederate General Robert E. Lee was born in Stratford, Virginia.

Other Years:

  • 1847 - Governor George Bent was attacked, killed, and scalped along with eight other Americans

Thorpe’s Medals Returned

18 January 1983 

On this date in 1983...

Jim Thorpe's two confiscated Olympic gold medals from the 1912 Stockholm pentathlon and decathlon were returned to his heirs.

Other Years:

  • 1803 - Thomas Jefferson


17 January 1781

On this date in 1781...

Continental Army forces and militia commanded by Daniel Morgan of Virginia won a decisive victory over the British Army led by Colonel Banastre Tarleton  at the Battle

Ma Barker

16 January 1935 

On this date in 1935...

FBI agents killed Missouri gangsters Fred and Ma Barker at their hideout in Lake Weir, Florida.

Other Years:

  • 1825 - Confederate General George Pickett was born in

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