Anniversaries

To illustrate the depth one can access in our collections, we have compiled relevant archival imagery to frame a diverse cultural, political and chronological retrospective of noteworthy anniversaries. Be sure to bookmark this section as the calendar is a work in progress and will continue to expand.

JanuaryYearAnniversaryEvent
11892122ndEllis Island Immigrant Station Opens
21882132ndStandard Oil Trust Forms when John D. Rockefeller unites Standard Oil with its affiliates
31777237thGeorge Washington defeats British Gen. Cornwallis's forces at the Battle of Princeton.
41902112ndAndrew Carnegie establishes the Carnegie Institute to support scientific research.
5196747thThe U.S. begins amphibious operations in Vietnam's Mekong Delta, in Operation Deckhouse
61827187thConfederate Major General John Calvin Brown is born.
61412602ndJoan of Arc believed to be born on this date in Domremy, France.
7194272ndThe Japanese siege of Bataan, in the Philippines, forces General MacArthur to evacuate
81867147thCongress overrides Pres. Andrew Johnson's veto of a bill granting the vote to all adult male citizens of Washington DC
9198727th White House acknowledges Pres. Reagan knew of link between U.S. arms sales to Iran and release of U.S. hostages in Lebanon.
10195757thHarold Macmillan becomes prime minister of Great Britain.
111757257thBirth of Alexander Hamilton, U.S. statesman, first Secretary of the Treasury.
121872142ndThe murderer of "Pet" Oliver Spencer Halstead, Republican politician, was sentenced to be executed.
131807207thUnion General Napoleon Bonaparte Buford born.
14194272ndPres. Franklin Roosevelt ushers in Japanese-American internment.
151777237thVermont, known as the republic of "New Connecticut," declares its independence from the U.K.
161847167thJohn C. Fremont, the famed "Pathfinder" of Western exploration, is appointed governor of California.
171562452ndFrench Protestants, called Huguenots, are legally recognized in France by the Edict of St. Germain.
181862152ndPresident John Tyler dies.
181782232ndBirth of Daniel Webster, U.S. statesman.
191807207thRobert E. Lee, commander-in-chief of the Confederate armies, is born.
20193777thFranklin D. Roosevelt is the first U.S. president sworn into office in January, rather than March
21197737thPres. Jimmy Carter pardons nearly all Vietnam draft evaders.
221807207thPres. Thomas Jefferson exposes a plot by Aaron Burr to form a new republic
23193777thSeventeen Russians go on trial in Moscow during Josef Stalin's "Great Purge."
231737277thJohn Hancock, American revolutionary leader, is born.
23193282ndNew York Governor Franklin Roosevelt announces his candidacy for president.
241712302ndFrederick the Great, King of Prussia, born.
25197242ndPres. Nixon presents an 8-point peace plan for Vietnam, offering withdrawal for release of POWS.
261802212ndThe Library of Congress is established in Washington, DC.
271862152ndPres. Lincoln commands all land and sea forces to advance, in order to push Gen. McClellan into action
281547467thEngland's King Henry VIII dies.
291737277thThomas Paine, Anglo-American political theorist and pamphleteer, is born.
301882132ndFranklin Delano Roosevelt, 32nd U.S. President, is born.
301862152ndThe famous Civil War ironclad the USS Monitor is launched at Greenpoint, Long Island.
311752262ndGouverneur Morris, U.S. political leader and diplomat, born.
311882132ndBirth of Anna Pavlova, Russian ballerina and early film star.
31191797thGermany announces its renewal of U-boat warfare in the Atlantic