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When his eight years as President of the United States ended on January 20, 1953, private citizen Harry Truman took the train home to Independence, Missouri, mingling with other passengers along the way. He had no secret service protection. His only income was an Army pension.

"on January 13, 1958, Klansmen burned a cross on the lawn of a Lumbee American Indian woman in the town of St. Pauls, North Carolina as "a warning" because she was dating a white man." At their next rally, a group of 500 armed Lumbee encircled the klansmen and opened fire.

In my opinion, it is useful to put together a list of the most interesting details from trusted sources that I've come across. Here are 50 of the best facts about January I managed to collect.

  1. Reggie Miller, NBA Hall of Famer, couldn't escape his older sister Cheryl's shadow while in high school. On January 26, 1982, he scored a career high 40 points. He tried bragging about it on the car ride home, only to find out Cheryl scored 105 points and broken 8 national records!

  2. In its January 1988 issue, Cosmopolitan ran a feature claiming that women had almost no reason to worry about contracting HIV. The piece claimed that unprotected sex with an HIV-positive man did not put women at risk of infection and went on to state that "most heterosexuals are not at risk".

  3. Sam LLoyd, or Ted from Scrubs, was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor in january which had metastasized from his lungs. Further scans showed that the cancer was also in his liver, spine, and jaw. The news just came weeks after he and his wife received their first child.

  4. As a result of World War II the population of London fell so dramatically that the city didn't return to its pre-war population level until January 2015.

  5. The Hollywood sign was modified to read 'Hollyweed' after some pranksters added $50 of fabric to it. On January the 1st, 1976

  6. When the French Navy officially ceased using Morse Code on January 31st, 1997, the final message they transmitted was "Calling all. This is our last cry before our eternal silence."

  7. René Carmille, a punched-card computer expert and French double agent who is believed to have saved thousands of lives by sabotaging Nazi efforts to identify Jewish citizens. He eventually was found out, withstood torture, and sent to a concentration camp where he died in January of 1945.

  8. London only reached its pre-WW2 population level in January, 2015.

  9. There are 1,311 people who live in Verkhoyansk, Russia, a town with an average temperature of -45C (-50F) in January. In 2012, the town was attacked by a pack of 400 wolves.

  10. In 2038, we will have another Y2K-style software issue with dates, as 32 bit software can't represent time past Tuesday, 19 January 2038. Times beyond that will be stored internally as a negative number, which these systems will interpret as Friday, 13 December 1901

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One in every 66 comments on Reddit in January mentioned Trump

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Subreddit Growth Since January 1st 2019, updated weekly

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In January 2018, Belgium and the Netherlands swapped land to change their national borders. Belgium's foreign minister noted that "the agreement shows that borders can also be exchanged peacefully."

London only reached its pre-WW2 population level in January, 2015. - source

Martin Luther King Jr's assassin, James Earl Ray was once erroneously honoured during a parade which intended to praise the actor James Earl Jones. Lauderdale, Florida accidentally created a plaque in January 2002 which read 'Thanks James Earl Ray for keeping the dream alive'. - source

John Joe Gray, who has been wanted by Texas police since January 2000, but they're not willing to fight his religious separatist group in order to arrest him

On January 22, 1943, the temperature in Spearfish, South Dakota, changed from -4°F to 45°F in just two minutes, setting a world record. This was caused by a Chinook wind, which increased the temperature eventually up to 54°F before dying down, dropping the temperature back to -4°F. - source

David Bowie holds the world record for number of music video plays over a 24-hour period with 51 million plays, occurring January 11th, 2016, the day after his death.

Someone took all the details from the Ice Cube song Today Was a Good Day to figure out which day it took place on and the song took place on January 20th, 1992.

Abraham Lee Shakespeare was an American casual laborer who won a $30 million lottery jackpot, receiving $17 million in 2006. In 2009, his family declared him missing, and in January 2010 his body was found buried under a concrete slab in the backyard of an acquaintance.

Jay-Z released "Glory" on January 9, 2012, a song dedicated to his first child, Blue Ivy Carter. Because Blue's cries were included at the end of the song and she was officially credited on the song as "B.I.C", at two days old she became the youngest person ever to appear on a Billboard chart.

In January 1997, the capitol of Ghana rioted over accusations of penis snatching wizards. Several people were killed by mobs who accused them of using magic handshakes to kidnap penises and hold them for ransom.

Mickey Mouse is set to become public domain on January 1, 2024

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Seasonality in Chicago Homicides, January 2001 - February 2018.

Interesting facts about january

On a mission to the International Space Station in January 2015, scientists tested the regenerative properties of planarian worms in zero gravity. One specimen actually grew a second head through spontaneous regeneration and when researchers tried amputating it, both heads grew back.

Kobe beef was not legally exported out of Japan until January of 2012. If you ate Japanese Kobe Beef outside of Japan before this date, you were duped.

In 1915, San Diego hired a "rain maker" who used a secret mix of chemicals to "attract rain" for $10,000, payable if he filled their reservoir. It rained for most of January, destroying bridges, dams, and causing 20 deaths.

Mickey Mouse becomes public domain on January 1, 2024.

In 1946 Ian Fleming built his estate in Jamaica on a beach clifftop and named it Goldeneye. He wrote all his James Bond novels there in January and February each year. A number of Bond films were filmed nearby. After his death, it was sold to Bob Marley.

On January 3, 2005 FOX made a reality show named "Who's Your Daddy?". It starts with an orphan that is introduced to eight men and tries to figure out which one really is her father. If she’s right, she wins the cash prize. If she’s wrong, the “dad” who’s conned her takes the money.

There is a three-digit-code on every egg carton that indicates the date of packaging, starting with January 1 as 001 and ending with December 31 as 365

Thousands of afghans share January 1st as their birthday because they don't know when their real birthday is.

Stephen Hawking's birthday (January 8, 1942) is the 300th anniversary of the death of astronomer and physicist Galileo Galilei.

From January 1 to Nov 29, 2014 the CDC confirmed 610 measles cases in the US. This is the highest number of cases since measles was considered eliminated in 2000. The infection rate in 2013 was less than 200.

On January 1 2019, all works published in 1923 enter the public domain. This is the first public domain entrance of copyrighted material in 20 years.

In January 2015, Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, and dozens of artificial intelligence experts signed an open letter on AI, calling for research on the societal impacts and urging researchers not to create something which cannot be controlled.

On January 31st the U.S. will see the first supermoon, blue moon, and lunar eclipse sync up since 1866.

The first ever speeding fine was given to Walter Arnold of Kent, UK, in January 1896. His speed: 8mph in a 2mph zone. He was caught by a policeman on a bicycle.

In 1720, stock speculation caused the value of shares for the South Sea Company to jump from£128 in January to £1000 in August. When the bubble burst, it financially ruined their investors. One investor, Sir Isaac Newton lost £20,000, equivalent to about £268 million in present day value.

The record for the greatest 24-hour temperature change ever recorded on earth occurred in 1972 in Loma, Montana when the temperature rose from -54°F (-47°C) on January 14th to 49°F (9°C) on January 15th: an astonishing 103°F (56°C) rise

The Asian brown cloud, a layer of air pollution that appears over South Asia and the Indian Ocean every year between January and March when there is no rain to wash pollutants from the air. Nearly two million people die each year, in India alone, from conditions related to the brown cloud.

The first can opener was patented 160 years ago, on January 5, 1858, fifty years after the can was invented. Prior to its invention, people used hammers and chisels to open cans.

One of the largest earthquakes in North American history occurred on January 26, 1700. It was only documented by oral history in the First Nations populations, and collaborated by a Japanese record of a tsunami around the same time.

NYC Police Officers were formally accused of using an illegal chokehold during an arrest 1,048 times from January 1, 2009 to June 30, 2014 ... that's two complaints filed every three days

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