This Week in History (1/23)


Production shots of the original Broadway cast of The Phantom of the Opera. (Image courtesy of Playbill)

Ryan Rose, Co-Editor

January 23rd, 1789

Georgetown College (now Georgetown University) was first founded in Maryland (modern day Washington, D.C.). 

January 24th, 1989

Ted Bundy, the infamous American serial killer who admitted to killing 30 women (but likely killed many more), was executed. He refused to eat a single bite of his last meal.

January 25th, 1949

The very first Emmy Awards were given out. Nominations only went to shows that aired in Los Angeles and only six awards were given out, including “Most Popular Television Program” and “Best Film Made for Television.”

January 26th, 1988

Phantom of the Opera opened in New York City and would go on to become the longest running Broadway show. The show has recently announced its closing in April of this year.

January 27th, 1973

The Vietnam War officially ended after the signing of the Paris Peace Accords. The war, which spanned 10 years, was the longest war in American history at the time.

January 28th, 1813

Jane Austen anonymously published Pride and Prejudice and saw immediate success. 

January 29th, 1919

The 18th Amendment was ratified in Congress and went into effect in 1920. The amendment prohibited alcohol throughout the nation and was later undone by the passing of the 21st Amendment in 1933.