- January 1
- 1946: The A.A. Grapevine increased the cost of a year’s subscription to
- 1948: Columbus Dispatch reported first anniversary of Central
Ohio A.A. Group.
- 1948: First A.A. meeting was held in Japan, English speaking.
- 1988: West Virginia A.A. began the first statewide toll-free telephone
- January 2
- 1889: Bridget Della Mary Gavin (Sister Ignatia) was born in Ireland.
- 2003: Mid-Southern California Archives moved to new location in Riverside.
- January 3
- 1939: First sale of Works Publishing Co. stock was recorded.
- 1941: Jack Alexander told Bill W. the Oxford Group would be in his
Saturday Evening Post article on A.A.
- January 4
- 1939: Dr. Bob stated in a letter to Ruth Hock that A.A. had to get away from the Oxford Group atmosphere.
- 1940: First A.A. group was founded in Detroit, Michigan.
- 1941: Bill and Lois W. drove to Bedford Hills, NY, to see Stepping Stones and broke in through an unlocked window.
- January 5
- 1941: Bill and Lois visited Bedford Hills again.
- 1941: Bill W. told Jack Alexander that Jack was “the toast of
- A.A. — in Coca Cola, of course.”
- January 6
- 2000: Stephen P., compiler of the Concordance to Alcoholics Anonymous, died.
- January 8
- 1938: New York A.A. split from the Oxford Group.
- January 12
- 1943: Press reported the first A.A. group in Pontiac, Michigan.
- January 13
- 1988: Jack Norris, M.D., Chairman/Trustees of A.A. for 27 yrs. died.
- 2003: Dr. Earle M., author of Physician Heal Thyself, sober
9 years, died
- January 15
- 1941: A.A. Bulletin No. 2 reported St. Louis group had ten members.
- 1941: Bill W. asked Ruth Hock to get him “spook book,”
The Unobstructed Universe.
- 1945: First A.A. meeting held in Springfield, Missouri.
- 1948: Polk Health Center Alcoholic Clinic for Negroes started operations
with 14 willing subjects. The Washington Black Group of A.A. cooperated
with the clinic.
- January 17
- 1919: 18th amendment, “Prohibition,” became law.
- January 19
- 1940: First A.A. group met in Detroit, Mich.
- 1943: Canadian newspaper reported eight men met at “Little
Denmark,” a Toronto restaurant, to discuss starting Canada’s first A.A.
- 1999: Frank M., A.A. Archivist since 1983, died.
- January 20
- 1954: Hank P., author of The Unbeliever in the first
edition of the Big Book, died in Pennington, NJ.
- January 21
- 1951: A.A. Grapevine published memorial issue on Dr. Bob.
- January 23
- 1961: Bill W. sent an appreciation letter, which he considered
long-overdue, to Dr. Carl Jung for his contribution to A.A.
- January 24
- 1918: Bill W. and Lois Burnham were married, days before he was sent
to Europe in WW I, weeks after sending a postcard to Senator Harold Hughes of Iowa, saying he wanted to live long enough
to see Hughes become President.
- January 25
- 1915: Dr. Bob S. married Anne Ripley.
- January 26
- 1971: New York Times published Bill’s obituary on page 1.
- January 27
- 1971: The Washington Post published an obituary of Bill W. written by Donald Graham, son of the owner of the Washington Post.
- January 30
- 1961: Dr. Carl Jung answers Bill’s letter with “Spiritus Contra Spiritum.”
- Other significant things that happened in January (no specific date available):
- 1938: Jim B., author of The Vicious Cycle, a former atheist, gave A.A. “God as we understand Him.”
- 1940: First AA meeting not in a home meets at Kings School, Akron, Ohio.
- 1942: Drunks are Square Pegs was published.
- 1951: The A.A. Grapevine published a memorial issue on Dr. Bob.
- 1984: Pass It On, the story of Bill W. and how the A.A. message reached the world, was published.
Thanks to Billy C. and Nancy O. of the group “AA History Buffs” for this list, used by permission.