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T.W.I.H.: Jan. 12-18

January 12, 2010: Massive earthquake strikes Haiti

“Haiti was devastated by a massive earthquake. It drew an outpouring of support from around the globe but the small nation has yet to fully recover.”

January 13, 1128: Pope recognizes Knights Templar

“Pope Honorius II grants a papal sanction to the military order known as the Knights Templar, declaring it to be an army of God.”

January 14, 1875: Albert Schweitzer born

“The theologian, musician, philosopher and Nobel Prize-winning physician Albert Schweitzer is born... in Upper-Alsace, Germany (now Haut-Rhin, France).”

January 15, 1929: Martin Luther King Jr. born

“Martin Luther King Jr. is born in Atlanta, Georgia, the son of a Baptist minister.”

January 16, 1919: Prohibition is ratified by Congress

“The 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, prohibiting the “manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors for beverage purposes,” is ratified by Congress.”

January 17, 1950: Boston thieves pull off historic Brink's robbery

“11 men steal more than $2 million from the Brink's Armored Car depot in Boston, Massachusetts. It was the perfect crime–almost–as the culprits weren’t caught until January 1956, just days before the statute of limitations for the theft expired.”

January 18, 1919: Post-World War I peace conference begins in Paris

“In Paris, France, some of the most powerful people in the world meet to begin the long, complicated negotiations that would officially mark the end of the First World War.”

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