January Celebrations PEN 2940

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This presentation highlights celebrations and people found in the month of January.

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Title: January Celebrations By C Bohannon-Brown PEN # 2940 Published by Peach e~Books Georgia www.peachebooks.com This is copyrighted material. All rights are reserved. This publication may be reproduced by educators, parents, and students for educational purposes only. Commercial duplication is prohibited. © Peach e~Books December 30, 2008

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January is the first month of the year and it has 31 days.

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There are some interesting celebrations and birthdays in the month of January.

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The first day of January is New Year’s Day in most places. Many people around the world celebrate the beginning of the new year with fireworks.

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Chinese New Year is celebrated on different days each year. It begins with the first new moon and ends with the first full moon. Chinese New Year lasts for about 15 days and ends with a Lantern Festival.

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On January 1, 1735 Paul Revere was born. He gained fame for his midnight ride in 1775 that warned American Revolutionaries that the British soldiers were coming.

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Elizabeth “Betsy” Ross was born on January 1, 1752. She is credited with making the first American flag for General George Washington.

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On January 4, 1809, Louis Braille was born. He created a system of raised dots that allows blind people to read letters with their fingers. This system is called the Braille Alphabet.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on January 15, 1929. He was a Baptist minister who believed that all people were created equal. Our nation celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, every third Monday in January.

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On January 17, 1706, Benjamin Franklin was born. He created the first free lending library in the United States. Ben Franklin was an inventor, a printer, and an American statesman.

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These events and people are special in American history. They are honored each year in the month of January.

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Online Resources Thank you to the following on-line resources: January Calendar Tapestry (cover) http://www.marycalarco.com/blog/uploaded_images/January%202007-754441.JPG January Calendar with children skating http://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/calendar/images/january_03.gif January fireworks http://www.newyearsevesydney.net.au/images/nye/nye_large1.jpg Paul Revere http://www.patriotresource.com/events/revere/index.html Betsy Ross and Friends http://www.ushistory.org/betsy/more/weisgerber.htm http://www.ushistory.org/betsy/flaglife.html Louis Braille http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/3/35/Louis_braille.svg/600px-Louis_braille.svg.png http://www.nbp.org/nbp/images/book_photos/LB.jpg http://www.braille200.ca/images/braille_louis_1.jpg

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Online Resources Thank you to the following on-line resources: Martin Luther King Jr. http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn217/billyspnyc/martin_luther_king_jr.jpg Benjamin Franklin http://www.earlyamerica.com/portraits/franklin.html Chinese New Year http://www.educ.uvic.ca/faculty/mroth/438/CHINA/chinese_new_year.html http://www.holidayinsights.com/other/cnewyr.htm

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