Sunday, January 2, 2011

This Week in US History

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January 2

1777  George Washington's army fights the Second Battle of Trenton, New Jersey.

1942  During World War II, Japanese forces capture Manila, the capital of the Philippines.

January 3

1870  Construction on the Brooklyn Bridge begins.


1959  Alaska becomes the 49th state (with 663,267 sq. miles!)

January 4
1896  Utah becomes the 45th state.

2004  Spirit, a robotic rover, lands on Mars to explore the planet.


January 5

1892  US immigration station on Ellis Island in New York Harbor opens.  Annie Moore, 15-year old lass from Ireland, entered the United States and history when she passed through its doors, becoming the first immigrant to be processed there.



1914  Henry Ford, head of the Ford Motor Co., introduces a wage of $5 a day in his automotive factories.

January 6

1838  Samuel Morse conducts a successful demonstration of his telegraph near Morristown, NJ.

1942  The Pan American Airways Pacific Clipper arrives in New York City to complete the first round-the-world trip by a commercial airplane.

January 7

1782  The Bank of North America, the first U.S. commercial bank, opens in Philadelphia, PA.

1789  The first presidential election is held as Americans vote for electors who, a month later, choose George Washington as the nation's first president.

January 8

1790  President George Washington delivers the first State of the Union address in New York City.

1935  Rock 'n' Roll king Elvis Presley is born in Tupelo, Mississippi.

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