In today’s blog post, we’re highlighting three events that we expect to make headlines in January.
- One year has passed since the worst assault on the United State Capitol building since the 1814 Burning of Washington by the British Army. The U.S. Capitol attack took place on Jan. 6 as supporters of former President Donald Trump sought to overturn his defeat in the 2020 presidential election. Five people were killed and about 140 police officers were injured as a result. Four police officers also died by suicide in the months following the attack. One week later on Jan. 13, the House of Representatives voted to impeach Trump for the second time in 13 months.
- Jan. 20 will mark the first anniversary of Joe Biden’s presidential inauguration. President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, the first female in United States history to hold the position, were sworn into office during an inaugural ceremony that looked much different than in previous years due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the attack on the U.S. Capitol weeks earlier. The ceremony featured a poem by 22-year-old Amanda Gorman, the youngest inaugural poet to date, and nearly 40 million people tuned in to watch the event.
- The first confirmed case of COVID-19 was found in the United States two years ago on Jan. 21, 2020. Following a rapid spread from its origin in Wuhan, China, the virus was detected in a man from Washington state who had returned from a trip to Wuhan six days prior. The first COVID-19 death in the U.S. was reported on Feb. 29. According to The New York Times, the U.S. has recorded over 55 million cases and more than 800,000 deaths to date.
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