Born in January

January marks the start of a new year for most of us, but for these famous people it also marked the beginning of an eventful and impactful life! Click on any name below to discover a list of nonfiction books that explore the lives and works of some of the world’s more influential January babies.

Richard Nixon: Born January 9, 1913. 37th President of the United States. Oversaw end to Vietnam war, established trade relations with China, unsuccessfully promoted “guaranteed income” for poor families. Resigned after Watergate scandal.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: Born January 15, 1929. American religious leader, civil rights and labor activist. Delivered influential “I have a dream” speech, led March on Washington. Assassinated in 1968 during labor rally.

Muhammad Ali: Born January 17, 1942. American boxer, activist, and humanitarian. Famous for expression “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.” Medaled at the Olympics and won numerous titles. Lived with Parkinson’s disease.

Edgar Allen Poe: Born January 19, 1809. American author of The Raven and many other works. Expelled from West Point.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: January 27, 1756. Child genius, prolific Austrian composer and master of many musical styles. Died at the age of 35.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Born January 30, 1882. 32nd president of the United States. Was elected to office four times, serving a total of twelve years spanning the Great Depression and WWII. Responsible for the Social Security Act and the New Deal.

Jackie Robinson: Born January 31, 1919. First African American to play baseball in the Major Leagues. Veteran of the US Army. Became a businessman and civil rights activist following retirement from baseball.

~posted by Anne C. 

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