January 6 1929 – Mother Teresa Arrives in India

January 6 1929 – Mother Teresa Arrives in India3.9 (78.57%) 14 votes Just 18 years old and far from her Albanian home, a young novitiate named Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu arrived in Kolkata, India to fulfill a long-held dream on January 6, 1929. By the time she died in 1997, she came to fame for her work with the poor on the streets of Kolkata as Mother Teresa. Growing up in modern Macedonia, Mother Teresa found herself absorbed with stories of Roman Catholics traveling to the Far East in service of Jesus Christ. At the age of 12, her enchantment with the lives of those working in Bengal grew to the […]

January 6 1852 – Louis Braille, Inventor Of The Touch-based Alphabet For the Blind, Died

January 6 1852 – Louis Braille, Inventor Of The Touch-based Alphabet For the Blind, Died5 (100%) 1 vote Louis Braille, French teacher and educationist, best known for the invention of Braille, the system of reading and writing that facilitates learning by blind individuals, died on January 6, 1852. He was 43 years old and had dedicated a lifetime to developing, perfecting, and teaching the Braille system. Braille is now an international standard and has been adopted in over 43 languages of the world. Louis Braille was born on January 4, 1809, at Coupvray, near Paris, in the east of France. Simon-Rene, his father was a successful leather craftsman. At the […]

January 7 1943 – Inventor Nikola Tesla Dies in New York

January 7 1943 – Inventor Nikola Tesla Dies in New YorkRate this post Of all the products to make their way through the labs of Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla might be the most important to modern life. Born in modern Croatia, the brilliant inventor and scientist died at a hotel in New York City on January 7, 1943. Raised in the small village of Smiljan in the Austrian Empire, Tesla’s Serbian parents were deeply involved in the local Orthodox Church — his father and maternal grandfather were both priests. By his mid-teens, the boy demonstrated a talent for mathematics, such that his instructors often believed he received the answers from […]

January 7 1999 – US President Bill Clinton’s Trial For Impeachment Began In The Senate

January 7 1999 – US President Bill Clinton’s Trial For Impeachment Began In The Senate5 (100%) 1 vote On January 7, 1999, the impeachment trial of President William Jefferson Clinton began in the US Senate. William (Bill) Clinton was only the second US President to face such a congressional procedure. Earlier in 1868, the trial of President Andrew Johnson had been the first instance of a Senate trial in the history of the US. Following the edicts of Article 1 of the US Constitution, Justice William Rehnquist, the then Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court presided over the proceedings while thirteen House Republicans from the Judiciary Committee acted as […]

January 8 1790 – George Washington Delivers the First State of the Union Address

January 8 1790 – George Washington Delivers the First State of the Union AddressRate this post Submitting to the requirements of Article II, Section 3 of the United States Constitution, President George Washington stepped in front of the combined membership of the Senate and House of Representatives for his first stand-alone Annual Message — the speech today known as the State of the Union — on January 8, 1790. Addressing Congress in the US’ then-capital of New York City, the former general laid the groundwork for one of the nation’s most anticipated political events each year. Sworn in to the highest office in the land on April 30, 1789, Washington […]

January 8 1912 – The African National Congress Is founded In South Africa

January 8 1912 – The African National Congress Is founded In South Africa4.5 (90%) 2 votes On January 8, 1912, South African Native National Congress (SANNC), an organization meant to advance the interests of the black natives in the country came into being. The South African Native National Congress came to be known as the African National Congress (ANC) in 1923. The primary objective of the ANC was to secure and maintain voting rights for the black Africans and also for those of a mixed descent in Cape Province. Going from its earliest challenge of protecting black rights, the ANC has a long history which includes being the ideological base […]

January 9 1909 – Ernest Shackleton Plants the British Flag 112 miles from the South Pole

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January 9 1909 – Ernest Shackleton Plants the British Flag 112 miles from the South PoleRate this post Braving some of the fiercest weather conditions on the planet, explorer Ernest Shackleton finally decided to call it quits on January 9, 1909. After months leading the Nimrod Expedition across the frozen landscape of Antarctica, he planted the Union Jack in the ice just 112 miles from the South Pole, closer to the bottom of Earth than any man had come up to that point. Almost a decade before, Shackleton left Cardiff, Wales bound for Antarctica aboard the Discovery. Working as third mate to Captain Robert Falcon Scott, he gained an appreciation […]

January 9 1960 – Construction Of The Aswan Dam in Egypt Begins

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January 9 1960 – Construction Of The Aswan Dam in Egypt Begins4 (80%) 1 vote The construction of the Aswan High Dam across the River Nile in Egypt began on January 9, 1960, with the removal of about 20 tons of granite by the detonation of dynamite. The dam came to play an important role in curbing the flood and drought cycles of the River Nile that have been a feature of Egyptian life for many centuries. The Aswan High Dam is located on the Nile just about north of the international border between Egypt and Sudan. Prior to the construction of the High Dam, the dam at Aswan was […]

January 10 49 BCE – Julius Caesar Crosses the Rubicon

January 10 49 BCE – Julius Caesar Crosses the RubiconRate this post A decade after first being declared governor of what is now northern Italy and southeastern Europe in a bid to keep him at arm’s length, Julius Caesar announced his intentions to the Roman Senate with a simple act on January 10, 49 BCE. Leading a legion across the Rubicon River a few miles south of Ravenna, the popular general would create a shift in the future of Western Civilization by marching on the capital. Politically ambitious since his youth in Rome, Caesar survived decades of political intrigue in the heart of the Empire by 60 BCE. Then at […]

January 10 1920 – World War I Officially Ends As The Treaty Of Versailles Takes Effect

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January 10 1920 – World War I Officially Ends As The Treaty Of Versailles Takes EffectRate this post On January 10, 1920, the Treaty of Versailles came into effect, thus officially ending the First World War or the Great War. The treaty had been signed between the Allied Powers (Great Britain, France, and Russia) and Germany earlier in June 1919 – five years after the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. Although fighting had ended with the signing of the Armistice on November 11, 1918, peace negotiations went on for over six months and the peace treaties including the Treaty of Versailles were an outcome of the Paris Peace Conference of […]