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January 1-31

Visit the Knowitall blog for helpful information on using Knowitall all through the month! 

Martin Luther Kind Day is celebrated on the third Monday in January. Visit the Martin Luther King Collection on Knowitall.org! 



 Amateur archaeologist Mike Bramlett discovered several of the "stick figure" petroglyphs on a rainy winter day January 1, 2003. (A Natural State)

In January, 1918, a deadly strain of Influenza known as the "Spanish Flu", or H1N1 began sweeping the globe. The Spanish Flu Pandemic took its toll worldwide; infecting mainly young adults. South Carolina, like the rest of the world, was affected. Learn more about the 1918 Flu Pandemic in South Carolina Here. (History In A Nutshell)



January is Mentor Month. Benjamin Elijah Mays was Martin Luther King, Jr's mentor.  (SC Hall of Fame) 

National Science Fiction Day. Listen to Orson Welles’ broadcast of The War of the Worlds (Artopia)



National Trivia Day - Visit our Knowitall Factoids by Month and learn from a wide assormtment of topics. Visit each day to learn something new!



On January 5, 1972, President Richard Nixon signs a bill approving $6.6 billion for NASA to design, build, and test the space shuttle. The space shuttle would be in operation for over thirty years, beginning in 1981. Take a tour of the space shuttle! (Project Discovery)

National Bird Day - View Subject Area > Science > Life Science > The Animal Kingdom > Birds

                                      Or select Series (SC Life) > Cove Forest > 9) Animals of the Forest > Birds



National Screenwriters Day - View Pauline Kael from Writer's Circle of South Carolina



Future President Andrew Jackson led American forces to victory at the Battle of New Orleans, on January 8, 1815. Both American and British combatants were not aware of the declaration of peace with the Treaty of Ghent, signed just two weeks earlier. (History of SC Slide Collection)



Every year, the S.C. House and Senate convene on the second Tuesday of January (Let's Go!)

Law Enforcement Appreciation Day - View Community Based Policing

                                                                        Police Officer | Meet the Helpers

                                                                        Policemen & Federal Marshals | Periscope 



Human Trafficking Awareness Day - View the videos - Family Acriss the Sea, Part 3

                                                                                                      What is Human Trafficking? (Palmetto Scene)



National Pharmacist Day. Meet Pharmacist Jennifer Blair for Palmetto Health Richland or play the Pharmacist Job Play. (Kids Work)



Harvey Gantt was born on January 14, 1943 and was the first African-American student to be admitted to Clemson University. (Road Trip)

Mary Boykin Chesnut's diary entry from January 14, 1865. She describes the terror of Sherman’s March through the South. (Idella Bodie's SC Women)



On January 16, 1963, the U.S. Court of Appeals ordered Clemson University to admit Harvey Ganttwho became its first African American student. (Road Trip)



On January 17, 1781, during the American Revolution, General Daniel Morgan's patriots faced off against Lt. Col. Banastre Tarleton's loyalist forces at the Battle of Cowpens. This battle resulted in the turning of the tide for the patriots in the South. To this day, Gen. Morgan's tactics at this battle are regarded as military genius, and are still studied by cadets at Westpoint.  Battle of Cowpens   (Southern Campaign)



​Filmmaker Cindy Sherman was born on January 19, 1954 in Glen Ridge, New Jersey (Artopia)

Author Edgar Allan Poe was born on January 19, 1809, in Boston, Massachusetts. Poe is most well known for his short stories and poems, featuring dark, macabre, and suspenseful themes. (Poetry All-Stars)
Poe also spent time in Charleston, S.C., where he served as an artillery-man at Fort Moultrie, under the pseudo-nym Edgar Allan "Perry." (South Carolina Focus)



Martin Luther King Day - View the Collection

Penguin Awareness Day. Learn about African Penguins (Zoo Minutes) or join D.V. from Eye Wonder for this episode on penguins.



Australia Day.

Author Janette Turner Hospital grew up on the steamy sub-tropical coast of Australia in the northeastern state of Queensland.

Lon Redman tells us that inhabitants of the Glossenberg concentration camp were fed, clothed and evacuated to Austrailia, the U.S., and Israel. 

In Periscope's A World of Poetry, we explore Modern Aboriginal Poetry of Australia.

Find additional content pertaining to Australia by entering the search term "Australia" in the Knowitall search engine.


General Douglas MacArthur was born on January 26, 1880, on a military base in Little Rock, Arkansas. MacArthur commanded Allied forces, and played a crucial role in the victory of the Pacific theater of World War Two. Several South Carolina veterans recall their memories of General MacArthur. (SCETV Series and Specials: South Carolinians In WWII)



International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust  

Holocaust Overview

Seared Souls: South Carolina Voices of the Holocaust

South Carolina Voices: Lessons from the Holocaust


On January 27, 1967, tragedy struck when astronauts Gus Grissom, Ed White, and Roger Chaffee lost their lives during the Apollo 1 "Plugs Out" test. The "Plugs Out" test was a simulation to check whether or not the Apollo spacecraft could operate under its own power. Frayed wiring caused a spark to ignite the 100% pure oxygen environment inside the spacecraft, and the three astronauts died by asphyxiation. The lessons learned from Apollo 1 during the "Space Race" enabled the U.S. to learn lessons, and finish first to the moon. (History In A Nutshell)



Ronald McNair was one of the shuttle astronauts killed in the Challenger explosion on January 28, 1986.(SC Hall of Fame). View a segment  from the Shuttle Challenger Special that aired that night on South Carolina ETV's Carolina Journal, including an interview with Ethel Bolden and a brief history of NASA space exploration and reflections on Ron McNair

Painter Alice Neel was born on January 28, 1900 in Merion Square, Pennsylvania. (Artopia)

Painter Jackson Pollock was born on January 28, 1912 in Cody, Wyoming. (Artopia)

National Kazoo Day.  Kazoobie Kazoos, located in Beaufort, South Carolina, is America's only full-time kazoo factory. (ETV Shorts)



Playwright Anton Chekhov was born in a Russian seaport town on January 29, 1860.  (Artopia)

National Puzzle Day. Try exercising your brain with a brain teaser or puzzle. (NASA)



National Inspire Your Heart with Art Day. Explore the Visual & Performing Arts Subject on Knowitall