January 30, 2019
January Milestones in American History
Winter isn't typically known for American history milestones. Between Washington crossing the Delaware and Presidents' Day, most people may not be able to easily recall any other events. As January comes to a close, it may be interesting to point out how important this month was to America's founding.
January 1, 1776 – George Washington unveiled the Grand Union Flag, which is known today as America's first national flag.
January 10, 1776 – Thomas Paine published Common Sense, a pamphlet that advocated independence and helped unify American citizens. Selling over 500,000 copies in America and Europe, the pamphlet directly influenced Revolutionary leaders and the authors of the Declaration of Independence.
January 4, 1790 – President George Washington delivered the first State of the Union address. This speech set a precedent that all Presidents have continued to this day.
January 1, 1752 – Betsy Ross was the seamstress credited with helping to originate and sew the Stars and Stripes flag of America in 1776.
January 12, 1737 – John Hancock is best known for his prominent signature as the first signer of the Declaration of Independence. He was also president of the Second Continental Congress in 1775 and the first elected governor of Massachusetts.
January 17, 1706 – Benjamin Franklin was a printer, author, publisher, philosopher, scientist, diplomat, and philanthropist. And as a Founding Father, he happened to sign both the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution.
January 21, 1738 – Ethan Allen was a Revolutionary hero who led the capture of Fort Ticonderoga in New York without bloodshed in 1775, securing much needed supplies and ammunition.
January 29, 1737 – Thomas Paine served in the Continental Army, but is better known as the inspirational author of Common Sense and other influential pamphlets. He wrote the immortal words "These are the times that try men's souls" in The Crisis series.