This Week in History 1/30


A photo of Mahatma Gandhi (courtesy of Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Ryan Rose, Co-Editor

January 30th, 1948

Mahatma Gandhi, the Indian lawyer and leader made most famous for his ideas of peaceful protest, was assassinated in a large mansion in central New Delhi. 

January 31st, 1919

Jackie Robinson, the first African American to play Major League Baseball, was born in Cairo, Georgia. 

February 1st, 1884

The Oxford English Dictionary’s first 10 volumes were published in London. The complete set would not be fully published until April 19th, 1928.

February 2nd, 1887

The very first Groundhog Day (within the United States) took place in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. The idea was brought to America by German immigrants.

February 3rd, 1690

The very first paper money used in the American colonies was issued by the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

February 4th, 2004

Facebook was officially launched and would go on to become one of the most popular social networking sites. The platform was originally created to be used by Harvard students, but was opened to the general public in 2006.

February 5th, 1917

Mexico implemented its most recent constitution, referred to as the Political Constitution of the United Mexican States.