The People History Home

January 1st to 31st Major and Important news items from each day click link to find more news for that day

January 1

1892 Ellis Island Begins As Immigration gateway

1901 The Commonwealth of Australia was proclaimed

1912 The Republic of China ( Taiwan ) created

1935 First Orange Bowl Game

1937 Federal Old Age Pensions Started

1942 United Nations Established

1947 Great Britain nationalises Coal mines

1947 Great Britain nationalises Railways

1962 The Beatles turned down by Decca Records

1966 Subway Strike Starts In New York

1973 UK Joins The EEC

1984 AT&T Broken Up

1991Canada introduces the national sales tax

1998 European Central Bank Created

January 2

1929 Influenza Epidemic death toll over 200,000

1971 Ibrox Park stadium Disaster in Glasgow, Scotland

1974 New 55 MPH Speed Limit U.S Wide

2006 Sago Mine Disaster West Virginia

January 3

1926 Pontiac Introduced

1938 March of Dimes Foundation Created

1959 Alaska became the 49th state of the United States of America

1977 Apple Computer is incorporated

January 4

1923 Rosewood Massacre By KKK

1954 Elvis Presley Records First Demo Record

1981 Truck driver Peter Sutcliffe admitted to being the "Yorkshire Ripper,"

2007 Nancy Pelosi is elected as the first female Speaker of the United States Congress

2010 The worlds tallest building Burj Khalifa 2,716ft high with 160 floors opens in Duba

January 5

1914 Henry Ford introduces $5.00 per day wages for all his Ford workers.

1933 Work is started on The Golden Gate Bridge across the San Francisco Bay.

2009 Europe Gas Supplies Affected By Russia - Ukraine Dispute

January 6

1920 The Yankees bought Babe Ruth from the Boston Red Sox

1994 Skater Nancy Kerrigan was about to speak to reporters in Detroit, Michigan when she was suddenly attacked.

January 7

1953 President Harry Truman announced the U.S. has developed a hydrogen bomb (H-Bomb)

Born in January

J. R. R. Tolkien
Born: 3rd January 1892 Bloemfontein, Orange Free State
Charlie Rose
Born: 5th January 1942 Henderson, North Carolina, U.S.
Nicolas Cage
Born: 7th January 1964 Long Beach, California, U.S.
Rod Stewart
Born: 10th January 1945 London, England
Faye Dunaway
Born: 14th January 1941 Bascom, Florida, U.S.
Dolly Parton
Born: Dolly Rebecca Parton 19th January 1946 Sevierville, Tennessee
Neil Diamond
Born: 24th January 1941 New York U.S.
Wayne Gretzky
Born: 26th January 1961 Brantford, Ontario, CAN
Alan Alda
Born: Alphonso Joseph D'Abruzzo 28th January 1942 Bronx, New York, USA
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Born: January 30, 1882, Hyde Park, New York
January 8

1941 Great Britain introduces Food Rationing using ration books

1945 West Germany Handover by Soviet Union

1961 Algeria Gains Independence From France

1964 President Lyndon Johnson Declares "War On Poverty"

2002 President George W. Bush signs into law the No Child Left Behind Act

January 9

1958 Toyota and Datsun first appearances in the United States

1972 British miners first national strike for almost 50 years.

2007 Apple introduces the 4.5 inch X 2.4 inch Apple iPhone

January 10

1944 GI Bill Signed Into Law

1946 The first General Assembly of the United Nations Meeting

1964 "Introducing the Beatles," the first Beatles Album is released in the US

1985 Sinclair C5 electric tricycle Goes On Sale in Britain

January 11 January 12

2010 Haiti hit by massive magnitude 7.0 earthquake

January 13

1957 P Wham-O Company Begins Making the Pluto Platter / Frisbee

1968 Johnny Cash performs live for the second time at Folsom Prison "Johnny Cash at At Folsom Prison Album"

January 14

1934 Loch Ness Monster Spotted

1942 President Roosevelt signed the War Department's blanket Executive Order 9066

1952 "Today" Program Begins on NBC

1954 Marilyn Monroe marries Joe DeMaggio

1981 IRAN / U.S. Hostage Crisis Ends

January 15

1909 Automobile hearse was used first time in a funeral procession

1936 Henry Ford established the Ford Foundation

1943 The Pentagon headquarters of the Department of Defense Completed

1967 In the first Super Bowl The Green Bay packers defeat the Kansas City Chiefs in Los Angeles

1997 Princess Diana angers defense ministers around the world after calling for an immediate international ban on land mines

2009 Flight 1549 Crashes In Hudson River

100 years of price Change

100 Years Of Price Changes

We spent many hours researching cost of living information for each year and I created this page after being asked a number of times about why I did not include current prices alongside our cost of living information for each year and thought this was the easiest way to make the information available. Includes Average Cost of New Home, Average Wages, New Car cost, Gallon of Gas, and a 1 lb Hamburger Meat, 1920 to 2023.

From our 1955 Toys

Farm Stake Tonka Truck From The 1950s Farm Stake Tonka Truck
Manufacturer: Tonka
Price: $3.98
Realistic in every detail... right down to its rear wheels with mud flaps! Small-fry farmers find it ideal to haul any load. The stake panels come out for the big jobs. Made of tough, heavy gauge metal.
January 16

1991 Operation Desert Storm Begins Against Iraq Occupation of Kuwait

2003 Space Shuttle Columbia was launched on its final mission

2009 Bank Of America Bail Out BY US Government

January 17

1949 First Volkswagen Beetle in the U.S. arrived from Germany

1950 The Great Brinks Robbery

1983 Breakfast TV Launched IN UK

January 18

1967 The Boston Strangler, Albert DeSalvo was sentenced to life in prison

1991 Iraq attacks Tel Aviv, and Haifa, with Scud missiles

2010 Death Toll Raised to 200,000 Following Haiti Earthquake

January 19

1920 Palmer Raids Round Up 4,000 Radical Leftists in United States

1966 Indira Gandhi becomes head of the Congress Party and prime minister of India

1983 Klaus Barbie ( the Butcher of Lyon ) is arrested in Bolivia and extradited to France

1983 Apple announces "The Apple Lisa" the first commercial personal computer to have a graphical user interface GUI and a computer mouse.

January 20

1920 Prohibition takes effect stopping the sale and consumption of alcohol when the 18th Amendment went into effect

1961 John F. Kennedy, took the oath of office .

1981 Iran released 52 weary American hostages, who were held for 444 days

January 21

1954 US launched the world's first atomic submarine, Nautilus

1976 The First Concordes with commercial passengers take off From London's Heathrow Airport and Paris Orly Airport

2008 Black Monday in worldwide stock markets

2010 Toyota recalls 2.3 million cars in U.S.

January 22

1901 Queen Victoria passed away in the Osborne House on the Isle of Wight

1920 New "Dry Bill" (Alcohol Prohibition) being Introduced to Congress

1970 The Boeing 747 makes its first commercial passenger trip to London

1984 New Apple Macintosh computer was first displayed during the Super Bowl.

2002 Kmart Corp files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

2010 The stock market lost nearly 3.0% in 2 days and banking sector drops up to 5.0%

January 23

1922 Insulin First Used

1933 The 20th Amendment to the US Constitution Is Ratified

1961 Luxury Portuguese cruise liner Santa Maria is hijacked by terrorists

1964 The 24th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States is Ratified

1973 US president, Richard Nixon, appears on national television to announce "peace with honour" in Vietnam.

1977 The Alex Haley book "Roots" is turned into a TV Mini Series

January 24

1935 First Canned Beer Sold

1989 The serial killer Ted Bundy was electrocuted

2003 United States Department of Homeland Security officially began operating

From 1959 Toys

New Exiting Barbie Fashion Dolls Launched in March 1959 From The 1950s Barbie Fashion Dolls
Manufacturer: Mattel
Price: $1.29
These Images are from 1960 sorry could not find any from 1959 the year Barbie Came out but thought I must include Barbie for 1959.

From 1920s AppliancesPage

Gyrator Electric Washing Machine 1920s

Late Decade Electric Washing Machine

Price: $81.50

For the latest and best in washing machine design, this easy to move washing machine features the latest gyrator technology with no center post where clothes can be damaged, the attached wringer is made from the finest semi soft rubber.

1925 Frigidaire Electric Refrigerator

1925 Frigidaire

Price: $285.00

I included this Frigidaire Electric as the final Electric Item from the Twenties as it was significant in many ways 1. It was made by General Motors not General Electric. 2. The cost was pretty high and I suspect out of most people's reach and 3. It was sold by a dedicated salesman who visited your home rather than through a shop etc.

January 25

1924 first Winter Olympics games took place in the French Alps

1933 New Hourly Wage Rate set at 35 cents per hour

1960 Payola Scandal Comes To Light

1964 The Beatles get their first number one with "I Want To Hold Your Hand" on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

2005 Mandher Devi Temple Stampede

January 26

1939 Nationalists enters Barcelona Spanish Civil War

1945 Soviet troops enter Auschwitz, Poland,

1950 India Formally becomes a republic

1998 President Bill Clinton appears on American Television and denies having "sexual relations" with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky

2005 Condoleezza Rice appointed to the post of secretary of state

2009 Iceland Banking System Collapses

January 27

1926 John Logie Baird, gives the first public demonstration of a television system in London.

1938 Honeymoon Bridge across Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada collapses

1944 Siege of Leningrad Broken after 872 days

1974 The Brisbane River Floods causing much of the city to flood

January 28

1978 First Episode of Fantasy Island Aired on Television

1986 The space shuttle Challenger explodes just after liftoff

January 29

1886 patent was given to Karl Benz for motorized wagon with and internal combustion engine

1959 Disney releases the animated film Sleeping Beauty to theatres

January 30

1931 Banks Go Bust by the thousands following losses during the Wall Street Crash

1948 Mahatma Gandhi assassinated in New Delhi

1968 The Viet Cong launched begin the Tet Offensive.

1969 The Beatles make their last public performance giving an impromptu concert on the roof of the London recording studio.

1977 The Roots Part VIII finale episode is aired on ABC

January 31

1953 The Great Storm Strikes Netherlands England and Belgium