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January 16th - Space Shuttle, Fremont and Roller Skates
January 16th - Space Shuttle, Fremont and Roller Skates

January 16th - Space Shuttle, Fremont and Roller Skates

Beverly Hernandez
Here's a more detailed list of January Holidays and Events with worksheets, coloring pages and activities to provide teachable moments for January 16th.

Martin Luther King Jr.'s Day
Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on January 15, 1929. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a charismatic civil rights leader and Baptist minister who campaigned against the segregation of African Americans. He led the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott. He delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech at the 1963 March on Washington. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee. Because King's birthday is so close to the holiday season, we celebrate Martin Luther King Day on the 3rd Monday in January. This move was made to help the holiday get approved.

Space Shuttle Columbia Launched
Space Shuttle Columbia blasted off from Cape Canaveral with a crew of seven on board. But, disaster struck on February 1, 2003, when Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated during re-entry into earth’s atmosphere after a 16 day mission into space. All 7 crew members were lost.

John C. Fremont Governor of California
On January 16, 1847, John C. Fremont becomes governor of the newly won California Territory. His position was short-lived as a dispute broke out over the legitimacy of his appointment. He was found guilty of mutiny, disobedience and conduct prejudicial to military discipline and his position was revoked. He would later be pardoned by President Polk. John C. Fremont is most remembered as an explorer who mapped much of the American West and Northwest.

Clamp-on Roller Skates Patented
As a young girl, I had clamp-on roller skates like these. I wore my skate key on a chain around my neck. The skates were metal and the wheels were metal. The skates pulled out to adjust the length, so one pair of skates could grow with you. The skates were held on with a leather strap at the ankle and by clamps on the toe. The clamps were loosened with a “skate key” and then tightened on the shoe.

Everett Hosmer Barney, of Springfield, MA, received a patent for the clamp-on roller skate on January 16, 1866.

For January 1-15, go to January Events 1st - 15th
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For an overview, go to January Fundays Calendar

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