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This Day in History: January 19th

This Day in History: January 19th

Welcome to Monday, folks! Today, we're taking a look back at this day - January 19th - in history. There were social accomplishments, technological achievements and days of cultural note on this day; however, none as important as the reason we celebrate a national holiday today, as you'll see later in this post. What happened throughout history on this day though? Well...


The first electric lighting system employing overhead wires, built by Thomas Edison, begins service at Roselle, New Jersey.


The first regular transatlantic radio broadcast is made between US & England.


The PGA approves allowing black participants.


Famed MLB shortstop, Ernie Banks, is elected to the Hall of Fame.


The song "Born In The USA" by Bruce Springsteen peaked at #9 on the BIllboard charts.


The New Horizons probe is launched by NASA on the first mission to Pluto.


January 19th also happens to be of specific importance this year, as it is the third Monday of January, a day on which as a nation we celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. As we observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day today, we remember the leader of the civil rights movement and his nonviolent civil disobedience approach to racial segregation.

One of the greatest parts of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's legacy is the ever impactful words in his speeches that resonate as much today as they did when they were first spoken. Here are just a few of the memorable ones which I cherish:

    • "I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: 'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."
  • "Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase."
  • "I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear."
  • "In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends."
  • "We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies."

Be sure to check out these past blog posts as well if you're looking for more information on Martin Luther King Jr's impact in our nation's history:

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