Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday

This Week in Political History: January 15-21

What do Benjamin Franklin and Michelle Obama have in common? They were born on the same day (January 17) 258 years apart. These are just a few moments that are happening this week in political history. Read on to find out what else happened, including the eight-year anniversary of Hillary Clinton starting her term as Secretary of State.

January 15:
1929: Civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is born.

January 16:
1991: The Persian Gulf War begins.
1821: John C. Breckinridge, James Buchanan’s Vice President, is born.

January 17:
1706: Founding Father Benjamin Franklin is born.
1964: First Lady Michelle Obama is born.

January 18:
1782: Statesman Daniel Webster is born.

January 19:
1861: Georgia secedes from the Union.

January 20:
Inauguration Day for U.S. presidents, including Franklin D. Roosevelt being sworn in for his fourth term in 1945 and Barack Obama becoming the first African American president in 2009.

January 21:
2009: U.S. Senate confirms Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State.

If there are any moments in political history coming up that you think we should mention in a future article, let us know!

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