January 1 1863 – The Emancipation Proclamation Takes Effect

January 1 1863 – The Emancipation Proclamation Takes EffectRate this post Halfway through the war that literally divided the United States of America, President Abraham Lincoln issued an executive order on January 1, 1863 that would come to define his legacy. The Emancipation Proclamation, first threatened against the Confederacy in late September 1862, outlawed slavery in those states still fighting against the Union. When the country knitted itself back together after the American Civil War, it would be a nation built upon freedom — if not justice — for all. The question of slavery haunted the US from its inception. When the Constitutional Convention gathered in Philadelphia during the spring […]

January 1 1808 – Importing Slaves To The US Is Banned

January 1 1808 – Importing Slaves To The US Is BannedRate this post In March 1807, the American Congress passed an act prohibiting the importation of slaves into any American port or to any place within the jurisdiction of the United States…”from any foreign kingdom, place, or country.” No new slaves were to be allowed into the country from the following year. The law went into effect on January 1, 1808, and though loosely enforced, it marked a turning point in the demand for human rights and establishment of a modern social order based on multiracial values. Slavery itself, however, continued in the US till about the end of the […]

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 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 […]

January 12 1998 – Human Cloning Is Forbidden In 19 European Nations

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January 12 1998 – Human Cloning Is Forbidden In 19 European NationsRate this post On January 12, 1998, a few hours after the President of France, Jacques Chirac, called for a global prohibition of human cloning, some 19 European nations signed an agreement banning any research and work involving genetic replication of human beings. The countries that signed the treaty banning human cloning were Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Moldova, Norway, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Macedonia, and Turkey. Preceding the ban, French President Chirac had addressed a conference of national ethics committees from a number of European nations and had insisted that the […]

January 14 1784 – The Treaty of Paris, Bringing An End To The American War For Independence, Is Ratified By The United States Congress

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January 14 1784 – The Treaty of Paris, Bringing An End To The American War For Independence, Is Ratified By The United States CongressRate this post The Revolutionary War officially drew to a close almost a year and quarter after the last shots were fired when the Continental Congress of the United States of America ratified the Peace Treaty of Paris on January 14, 1784. With this momentous decision the Congress which had gathered at the Senate Chamber of the Maryland State House established the United States as a sovereign nation with all the territory extending west up to the Mississippi River now being called American soil. The preliminary articles […]

January 16 1979 – Shah Of Iran Flees To Egypt, Opening The Door For The Islamic Revolution

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January 16 1979 – Shah Of Iran Flees To Egypt, Opening The Door For The Islamic RevolutionRate this post On January 16, 1979, the last Shah of Iran, Muhammad Reza Shah Pahlavi fled the country, after being faced with country-wide protests and demonstrations. The Shah’s departure to Egypt threw the doors open to the Iranian Revolution, more popularly known as the Islamic Revolution, and for much political unrest. In 1941, when Iran was taken over by British and Soviet authorities and the troops swarmed through the Shi’a nation, the first Pahlavi shah was forced to abdicate and his son Mohammad Reza took over the reins of administration. To start with, […]

January 20 2009 – Barack Obama Takes the Oath of Office

January 20 2009 – Barack Obama Takes the Oath of Office5 (100%) 1 vote Just shy of 200 years after the birth of Abraham Lincoln, the “unfinished work” he mentioned in the Gettysburg Address came a little closer to being fulfilled with the inauguration of Barack Obama as the first African-American President of the United States on January 20, 2009. Set against the backdrop of the US Capitol Building on a cold Tuesday afternoon in Washington, DC, the former Senator from Illinois accepted his historic position. Obama’s rise to the Oval Office began, by most accounts, at the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston, Massachusetts. With a stirring speech appealing […]

January 23 1973 – US President Richard Nixon announces a peace accord with Vietnam

Richard Nixon Announces a Peace Accord with Vietnam

January 23 1973 – US President Richard Nixon announces a peace accord with Vietnam4 (80%) 1 vote On January 23, 1973, US President Richard Nixon went on air to announce a peace accord with Vietnam ending about two decades of America’s longest military engagement in the Asian countries of Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. The United States, South Vietnam, North Vietnam, and Việt Nam Cộng-sản formally signed “An Agreement Ending the War and Restoring Peace in Vietnam”, also known as the Paris Peace Accords thus acquiescing to the growing demand to end action in Vietnam. The peace agreement was effective from January 27, 1973. The US involvement in the region came […]