January Historic Events QuizHistory Trivia Questions - Printable Trivia
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What ill-famed disaster occurred off the coast of central Florida killing seven people on January 28, 1986?
a. Ocean Oil Operation exploded
b. American Airlines DC-10 crashed
c. French freighter Grandcamp exploded
d. Space Shuttle Challenger exploded
Space Shuttle Challenger exploded - It is believed that many of the crewmembers survived the initial breakup of the spacecraft, but died when the crew compartment hit the ocean's surface.
The popular narrative poem "The Raven" was first published in January of 1845. Who is its author?
a. Thomas Godfrey
b. Edgar Allan Poe
c. William Wordsworth
d. Ann Taylor
Edgar Allan Poe - According to Poe, the poem was inspired by the talking raven in the Charles Dickens' novel 'Barnaby Rudge - A Tale of the Riots of Eighty'.
After failing to take Germany by a coup in 1923, who became chancellor of Germany on January 30th, 1933?
a. Rudolf Hess
b. Kurt von Schleicher
c. Adolf Hitler
d. Joseph Goebbels
Adolf Hitler - Immediately after his appointment, Hitler organized a rapid expansion of the state police and a new security force consisting entirely of Nazis devoted to crushing out whatever opposition to his party might face.
The first Emmy Awards were presented on January 25th at the Hollywood Athletic Club. In what year?
1949 - Designed by Louis McManus, the Emmy statuette renders a winged woman holding an atom.
In January of 1848, what was discovered by James W. Marshall in California?
b. Black Beard's Buried Treasure
Gold - Just a small settlement of approximately 200 inhabitants, San Francisco became a boomtown of about 36,000 by 1852.
Observed on the third Monday of January each year, in what year did the very first Martin Luther King Jr. Day take place?
1986 - It was officially honored in all 50 states for the first time in the year 2000.
On January 15th 1559, the daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn was crowned at Westminster Abbey in London. What was her name?
a. Queen Mary I
b. Queen Elizabeth II
c. Queen Elizabeth I
d. Queen Victoria I
Queen Elizabeth I - She was twenty-five years old at the time.
Which annual sports championship game or series was first played on January 15, 1967?
a. World Series - Baseball
b. U.S. Open - Golf
c. Super Bowl Game - Football
d. Stanley Cup Finals - Hockey
Super Bowl Game - Football - The Dallas Cowboys and the Pittsburgh Steelers share the record for the most Superbowl appearances at eight (2013).
The forty-seventh state to enter the union did so on January 6th of 1912. Which one?
c. New Mexico
New Mexico - Hawaii was the last state to enter statehood in 1959.
U.S. forces defeated the British in the Battle of New Orleans effectively ending the War of 1812 on January 8th, 1814. What soon-to-be US president led these forces?
a. James Monroe
b. Martin Van Buren
c. John Quincy Adams
d. Andrew Jackson
Andrew Jackson - General Jackson also led the battle that defeated the Creek Indians at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend.
The first US presidential election ended on January 10th, 1789 resulting in George Washington being the first president of the United States. Who was his vice-president?
a. James Wilkinson
b. Thomas Jefferson
c. John Adams
d. Alexander Hamilton
John Adams - John went on to become the second president of the United States in 1797.
The largest heist in the history of the United States at the time, what company's building was successfully robbed of $1.2 million in cash and about $1.5 million in other securities (checks, bonds, money orders, etc.) in January of 1950?
a. Dunbar Inc.
b. Brink's Inc.
c. Loomis Fargo
d. Bank of America
Brink's Inc. - All eleven members of the gang responsible for the robbery were eventually caught. About $58,000 of the $2.7 million was recovered.
The first Boy Scout troop was organized in England in January of 1908. Who was responsible for their formation?
a. Ernest Thompson Seton
b. Robert Baden-Powell
c. Rudyard Kipling
d. Frederick Russell Burnham
Robert Baden-Powell - Baden-Powell was a lieutenant general in the British Army.
Thomas Edison received a patent for which of his "inventions" on January 27, 1880?
b. Electric Incandescent Lamp
c. Motion Picture Camera
Electric Incandescent Lamp - Despite popular belief, Thomas Edison did not invent the light bulb. Rather, he simply improved upon an existing 50-year-old idea.
On January 1st 1959, who appropriated power in Cuba after leading a revolution that drove out Dictator Fulgencio Batista?
a. Fidel Castro
b. Che Guevara
c. Nelson Mandela
d. Hugo Chavez
Fidel Castro - Castro then installed a Communist dictatorship.
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