17th January 1943
Jane Avril, French model and dancer, died. 75 years.
17th January 1863
David Lloyd George, the Prime Minister who led Britain through WWI was born. 155 years.
18th January 1943
Warsaw Ghetto Uprising: The first uprising of Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto. 75 years.
18th January 1993
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is officially observed for the first time in all 50 United States of America. 25 years.
19th January 1893
Henrik Ibsen's play The Master Builder receives its premiere performance in Berlin. 125 years.
19th January 1943
Janis Lyn Joplin, influential American singer of the 1960s, was born. 75 years.
19th January 1978
The last Volkswagen Beetle made in Germany leaves VW's plant in Emden. Beetle production in Latin America continues until 2003. 40 years.
20th January 1993
Audrey Hepburn, British actress, film and fashion icon and humanitarian, died. 25 years
21st January 1793
After being found guilty of treason by the French National Convention, Louis XVI of France is executed by guillotine. 225 years.
23rd January 1349
Zhu Yuanzhang ascends the throne of China as the Hongwu Emperor, initiating Ming dynasty rule over China that would last for three centuries. 650 years.
23rd January 1928
Jeanne Moreau, French actress, singer, director, and screenwriter, was born. 90 years.
26th January 1838
Tennessee enacted the first prohibition laws in the United States. 180 years.
27th January 1343
Pope Clement VI issues the papal bull Unigenitus to justify the power of the pope and the use of indulgences. Nearly 200 years later, Martin Luther would protest this. 675 years.
27th January 1593
The Vatican opens the seven-year trial of scholar Giordano Bruno. 425 years.
28th January 1958
The Lego company patents the design of its Lego bricks, still compatible with bricks produced today. 60 years.
29th January 1393
Bal des Ardents (the "Ball of the Burning Men"): Charles VI of France almost died when costumes caught fire at a masquerade ball. 625 years.
29th January 1843
William McKinley, American soldier, lawyer, and politician, 25th President of the United States, was born. 175 years.
29th January 1888
Edward Lear, poet and author, died. 130 years.
30th January 1948
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was the pre-eminent leader of the Indian independence movement in British-ruled India was assassinated in New Delhi. 70 years.
30th January 1968
The Tet Offensive, one of the largest military campaigns of the Vietnam War, launched. 50 years.

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