January Curriculum Calendar - Lesson Plan Ideas by Date

Enhance your current curriculum with this fun reference calendar. Whether you want to highlight historic events, honor birthdays of significant people, or celebrate holidays, this is a valuable tool for every teacher. Click on any event to find a breadth of related teaching resources that will spark new ideas to spice up your daily lessons. There's something worth celebrating every day!

Curriculum Calendar

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thur Fri Sat
28
Endangered Species Act passed (1973)
Also try: extinction
29
Massacre of Wounded Knee takes place (1890)
Mongolia gains independence from the Qing Dynasty (1911)
Also try: Qing Dynasty
30
31
Henri Matisse born (1869)
Also try: modern art
1
National Thank You Month Begins
Also try: gratitude
President Abraham Lincoln signs Emancipation Proclamation (1863)
Ellis Island opens for immigration (1892)
Also try: immigration
2
USSR launches Mechta for first solar orbit (1959)
Also try: USSR
Euro debuts (2002)
Also try: currency
Mahatma Gandhi begins march for peace in East Bengali (1947)
Also try: Bengali
3
Alaska named 49th state (1959)
Israeli ground forces invade Gaza (2009)
J.R.R. Tolkien born (1892)
4
Spirit, a NASA Mars Rover, lands successfully on Mars (2004)
Also try: Mars
Scientist Isaac Newton born (1642)
Louis Braille born (1809)
Also try: disabilities
5
X-Ray discovered (1896)
Also try: medical inventions
6
Joan of Arc born (1412)
Also try: Hundred Years' War
7
Jupiter's moons discovered (1610)
Also try: Galileo Galilei
President Millard Fillmore born (1800)
Also try: Whig Party
Zora Neale Hurston born (1891)
Also try: Harlem Renaissance
8
Elvis Presley born (1935)
Also try: Rock 'n Roll
George Washington delivers first State of the Union Address (1790)
Also try: George Washington
9
President Richard M. Nixon born (1913)
Also try: Watergate Scandal
Jean-Pierre Blanchard takes first US hot air balloon flight (1793)
10
League of Nations is formed (1920)
Common Sense by Thomas Paine published (1776)
Also try: Thomas Paine
11
Alexander Hamilton born (1755)
Also try: Founding Fathers
Amelia Earhart flies solo from Honolulu to California (1935)
Also try: aviation
12
Charles Perrault born (1629)
Also try: Fairy Tales
Earthquake in Haiti kills 230,000 (2010)
Also try: natural disasters
13
First public radio broadcast (1910)
Also try: mass communication
Elizabeth I crowned Queen of England (1559)
Also try: Queen of England
14
Clarinet invented (1690)
Also try: instruments
Henry Ford introduces the assembly line for Model T Fords (1914)
Also try: assembly line
15
First Super Bowl (1967)
Also try: football
National Humanitarian Day
Also try: human rights
16
Prohibition begins (1920)
Also try: Volstead Act
National Appreciate a Dragon Day
Also try: mythical creatures
Operation Desert Storm announced (1991)
Also try: Gulf War
17
First publication of Don Quixote (1605)
Also try: Spain, Cervantes
18
Robert Scott reaches the South Pole (1912)
Also try: polar expeditions
A.A. Milne born (1882)
Also try: Winnie-The-Pooh
National Thesaurus Day
Also try: visual thesaurus
19
Edgar Allen Poe born (1809)
Also try: macabre
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Paul Cezanne born (1839)
Also try: post-impressionism
20
Penguin Awareness Day
Also try: Arctic animals
Ronald Reagan becomes oldest president (1981)
Also try: Reaganomics
21
Smallpox vaccination introduced (1799)
Also try: immunization
Neptune becomes outermost planet (1979)
Also try: solar system, planets
22
The uranium atom split at Columbia University (1939)
World's largest cheese (15,723 kg) manufactured, Wisconsin (1964)
Also try: cheese
23
National Handwriting Day
Also try: cursive
Paris Peace Accords end the Vietnam War (1973)
Also try: Vietnam War
24
Gold is discovered at Sutter's Mill (1848)
Also try: Gold Rush
25
Alexander Graham Bell inaugurates US transcontinental telephone service (1915)
The first Winter Olympics (1924)
26
Condoleezza Rice becomes first African American woman US Secretary of State (2005)
Also try: Secretary of State
27
Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart born (1756)
Also try: Classical Period
Lewis Caroll born (1832)
28
Space shuttle Challenger explodes (1986)
Also try: NASA, space exploration
Jackson Pollock born (1912)
Pride and Prejudice published in United Kingdom (1813)
Also try: Jane Austen
29
Thomas Paine born (1737)
Also try: Common Sense
National Puzzle Day
Also try: brain teaser
Hitler becomes Chancellor of Germany (1933)
30
President Franklin D. Roosevelt born (1882)
Also try: New Deal, FDR
Vietnam War: Tet Offensive launched (1968)
Also try: Vietnam War
31
Jackie Robinson born (1919)
Also try: color barrier
13th Amendment, slavery abolished (1865)
Also try: Abolition
Franz Schubert born (1797)
Also try: Romantic Era