Updated January 23, 2015

Welcome to Mr. Kash's History Page at MrKash.com. I am a history teacher at Madison Middle School in North Hollywood, California. I have designed this website to be used by history students and teachers interested in exploring the Internet as part of their studies. The Parents section provides parents access to what students are doing in my class on a daily basis. The site is frequently updated to highlight the celebrations and events of the month. I hope you enjoy yourself and learn something. Feel free to email me with comments and suggestions at jkash@mrkash.com.


January Holidays and Events


How did the traditions of New Years day begin? How is New Years day celebrated around the world? Find out the answers to these and many more questions by clicking on the links.
A History of the New Year
New Year Around the World
New Year’s History


Kwanzaa is a holiday for African Americans to celebrate their culture. The words of Kwanzaa come from Swahili, an African language. Swahili is spoken by many different people all over Africa. The name "Kwanzaa" means "the first fruits of the harvest." Kwanzaa begins on December 26th and ends on January 1st. Learn more below.
Kwanzaa on the Net
The Official Kwanzaa Website
The History of Kwanzaa

The Emancipation Proclamation is Signed

On January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued the final Emancipation Proclamation, which declared "that all persons held as slaves" within the rebel states "are, and henceforward shall be free." The proclamation also called for the recruitment and establishment of black military units among the Union forces. An estimated 180,000 African Americans went on to serve in the army, while another 18,000 served in the navy.
The Emancipation Proclamation
Emancipation Proclamation Primary Source Documents
Emancipation Proclamation Summary Facts
President Lincoln Signs the Emancipation Proclamation, 1863 - EyeWitness to History

Martin Luther King Day

Martin Luther King Day is a federal holiday held on the third Monday of January. It celebrates the life and achievements of Martin Luther King Jr., an influential American civil rights leader. He is most well-known for his campaigns to end racial segregation on public transport and for racial equality in the United States.
Martin Luther King Day brought to you by Holidays.net
King Celebration – Three days of dialogue, tribute, and celebration.
Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement – A fantastic website from The Seattle Times
I Have a Dream - Listen to a recording and read the complete transcript of Dr. King delivering his “I have a dream” speech

Benjamin Franklin’s Birthday

Benjamin Franklin: statesman, scientist, inventor, printer. The only person to sign the Declaration of Independence, the treaty that ended the Revolutionary War, and the Constitution. Benjamin Franklin, a man of immense talents was born on January 17, 1706.
Learn about the life of Ben Franklin
The Electric Ben Franklin
Read Franklin’s autobiography

Gold Discovered in California

On January 24, 1848 James Marshall discovered gold at Sutter's Mill, touching off the California gold rush. This event would change the history of California forever. Learn more below.
All About the Gold Rush
California Gold Rush at Oakland Museum
The California Gold Rush - EyeWitness to History

Fred Korematsu Day

Fred T. Korematsu was a national civil rights hero. In 1942, at the age of 23, he refused to go to the government’s incarceration camps for Japanese Americans. After he was arrested and convicted of defying the government’s order, he appealed his case all the way to the Supreme Court. In 2010, the state of California passed the Fred Korematsu Day bill, making January 30 the first day in the US named after an Asian American. Korematsu’s growing legacy continues to inspire activists of all backgrounds and demonstrates the importance of speaking up to fight injustice. Learn more below.
Fred Korematsu Day
Of Civil Wrongs and Rights: Fred Korematsu finally gets his day
Fred Korematsu Day a first for an Asian American
Fred Korematsu Biography

Jackie Robinson’s Birthday

Jackie Robinson will be remembered as the man who broke baseball’s color barrier, but he was also a great civil rights leader. Learn about the man who became the first black man to play professional baseball in 1947. Jackie was born on January 31, 1919.
Exploring the life of Jackie Robinson
Jackie Robinson and other baseball highlights from the Library of Congress
Jackie changed the face of sports


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