January 9, 1861: A Union merchant ship, the Star of the West, is fired upon as it tries to deliver supplies to Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor, South Carolina. This became the first battle of the American Civil War.
January 10, 1932: "Mickey Mouse" & "Silly Symphony" comics syndicated.
January 11, 1935: Amelia Earhart flies from Honolulu to Oakland Ca (non-stop, of course).
January 12, 1949: Arthur Godfrey & his Friends" premieres on CBS TV.
January 13, 1943: Adolf Hitler declares "Total War" against the Allies.
January 14, 1950: US recalls all consular officials from China.
January 15, 1973: Pope Paul VI holds an audience with Golda Meir at the Vatican.