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 26 – On this day in 1788, the “Land Down Under” was founded. According to History.com, “Captain Arthur Phillip guided a fleet of 11 British ships carrying convicts to the colony of New South Wales,” which we now know as Australia.
January 27 – On this day in 1967, Virgil “Gus” Grissom, Edward H. White II, and Roger B. Chafee unfortunately became the first Americans to die in a spacecraft after a launch pad fire during Apollo program tests.
Sadly, McAuliffe’s family and millions more via live television watched helplessly as the shuttle burst into flames 73 seconds after lift off.
January 30 – On this day in 1933, Adolf Hitler became the leader of the Nazi Party when he was named chancellor of Germany. We all know what happens next in this story.
January 31 – On this day in 1865, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, abolishing slavery.
February 1 – On this day in 1884, the first portion of the Oxford English Dictionary was published. “Today, the OED is the definitive authority on the meaning, pronunciation and history of over half a million words, past and present,” History.com notes. Go here to learn more about the dictionary.