Here’s a couple of events you should know about that occurred this week in history. Follow the links to expand your knowledge even more!
January 19 – On this day in 1915, four people were killed and 16 injured in the first air raid on Britain during World War I. The bombs were dropped on Great Yarmouth and King’s Lynn on the eastern coast of England by two German zeppelins. The zeppelin was invented in 1900, and was a motor-driven rigid airship that looks similar to our modern day blimps.
January 20 – On this day in 1981, Ronald Reagan was inaugurated as America’s 40th president. Read what the New York Times had to say about the event here.
January 21 – On this day in 2009, Toyota snagged the title of “world’s largest automaker” from General Motors. General Motors announced worldwide sales of 8.36 million cars and trucks in 2008, compared with Toyota’s 8.97 million vehicle sales that year.
January 22 – On this day in 1973, former President Lyndon Baines Johnson died from a heart attack at his home in Stonewall, just outside of Johnson City, Texas. He was 64. See Walter Cronkite announce LBJ’s death during a CBS news broadcast below.
January 24 – On this day in 1935, the first canned beer went on sale. According to History.com, today “canned beer accounts for approximately half of the $20 billion U.S. beer industry.”
January 25 – On this day in 1971, cult leader Charles Manson and several of his female followers were convicted for the 1969 California murders of actress Sharon Tate and six others.