January 15, 1847: The Territorial Legislature signed An Act to Incorporate Lawrence Institute of Wisconsin.
January 17, 2005: Lawrence held the first annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service.
January 17, 1970: U.S. Senator from Wisconsin Gaylord Nelson spoke at the "Environmental Pollution: Crisis and Challenge" symposium convened by the Lawrence biology department.
January 18, 1956: Halfway through construction, the fourth floor of Colman Hall started on fire.
January 18, 1965: The Mayor of Appleton, Clarence Mitchell, proclaimed a day of tribute to the Lawrence University quiz team that retired after winning five straight games in the General Electric College Bowl.
January 19, 1934: Faculty decided that starting in 1935, Lawrence seniors would be required to take a comprehensive exam particular to their major in order to graduate. The exams would be expected to take between 6 to 12 hours over the course of two days.
January 20, 1897: Students, faculty, and alumni celebrated the university's semicentennial. This was Lawrence's first major anniversary celebration.