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Alfred Stieglitz Birthday – Anniversary
Alfred Stieglitz Birthday – Anniversary
Jan 1 all-day
Alfred Stieglitz Birthday - Anniversary
Influential photographer Alfred Stieglitz was born on 1 January 1864 at Hoboken, New Jersey. Image courtesy of WikimediaCommons.org
Commonwealth Formed – Australia
Commonwealth Formed – Australia
Jan 1 all-day
Commonwealth Formed - Australia
On 1 January 1901, the six colonies of Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia and Northern Territory were united into one nation. Image courtesy of WikimediaCommons.org
Data Backup Day
Data Backup Day
Jan 1 all-day
Data Backup Day @ http://geneabloggersTRIBE.com/data-backup-day
On the first day of each month, the genealogy community is urged to back up their genealogy data and all computer data.   Image courtesy of Pixabay.com, CC0.
Ellis Island Opens – 125th Anniversary
Ellis Island Opens – 125th Anniversary
Jan 1 all-day
Ellis Island Opens - 125th Anniversary
Jan 1, 1892. Ellis Island was opened on New Year’s Day in 1892. Over the years more than 20 million individuals were processed through the stations. The island was used as a point of deportation[...]
Emancipation Proclamation Takes Effect – Anniversary
Emancipation Proclamation Takes Effect – Anniversary
Jan 1 all-day
Emancipation Proclamation Takes Effect - Anniversary
Effective as of 1 January 1863, President Abraham Lincoln, by executive proclamation of 22 September 1862, declared that on this date “all persons held as slaves within any state or designated part of a state,[...]
First Baby Boomer Born – Anniversary
First Baby Boomer Born – Anniversary
Jan 1 all-day
First Baby Boomer Born - Anniversary
On 1 January 1946, Kathleen Casey Wilkens was born at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and is considered the first of almost 78 million Baby Boomers born between 1946 and 1964.
New Year’s Day
New Year’s Day
Jan 1 all-day
New Year's Day
First day of the year according to the Gregorian calendar. Traditionally a day of new beginnings and setting out plans for the next year. January 1 has been observed as the beginning of the year[...]
2
Isaac Asimov Birthday – Anniversary
Isaac Asimov Birthday – Anniversary
Jan 2 all-day
Isaac Asimov Birthday - Anniversary
Jan 2, 1920. Although Isaac Asimov was one of the world’s best-known writers of science fiction, his almost 500 books dealt with subjects as diverse as the Bible, works for preschoolers, college course work, mysteries,[...]
Spain Captures Granada – Anniversary
Spain Captures Granada – Anniversary
Jan 2 all-day
Spain Captures Granada - Anniversary
On 2 January 1492, Spaniards took the city of Granada from the Moors, ending seven centuries of Muslim rule in Spain. Image:  La Rendición de Granada – by Pradilla 1881, Public Domain
3
‘Queen For a Day’ Television Debut – Anniversary
‘Queen For a Day’ Television Debut – Anniversary
Jan 3 all-day
'Queen For a Day' Television Debut - Anniversary
Jan 3, 1956. Game show on which prizes were awarded to the contestant who evoked the most sympathy from the studio audience. The show began some 11 years earlier on the radio with Jack Bailey[...]
Admission Day – Alaska
Admission Day – Alaska
Jan 3 all-day
Admission Day - Alaska
Jan 3, 1959. Alaska, which had been purchased from Russia in 1867, became the 49th state. The area of Alaska is nearly one-fifth the size of the rest of the US.
Drinking Straw Patented – Anniversary
Drinking Straw Patented – Anniversary
Jan 3 all-day
Drinking Straw Patented - Anniversary
Eight brightly colored drinking straws positioned against a white background, each of them in its own color put together to resemble a rainbow. The plastic tubes have an accordion-like living hinge, making their head flexible.[...]
Earth at Perihelion
Earth at Perihelion
Jan 3 all-day
Earth at Perihelion
Jan 3. At approximately 12:43 AM, EST, planet Earth will reach perihelion, that point in its orbit when it is closest to the sun (about 91,400,000 miles). Earth’s mean distance from the sun (mean radius[...]
J.R.R. Tolkein Birthday – Anniversary
J.R.R. Tolkein Birthday – Anniversary
Jan 3 all-day
J.R.R. Tolkein Birthday -  Anniversary
Jan 3, 1892. John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, author of The Hobbit (1937) and The Lord of the Rings. Though best known for his fantasies, Tolkien was also a serious philologist. Born at Bloemfontein, South Africa,[...]
Lucretia Mott’s Birthday – Anniversary
Lucretia Mott’s Birthday – Anniversary
Jan 3 all-day
Lucretia Mott's Birthday - Anniversary
Jan 3, 1793. American teacher, minister, antislavery leader and (with Elizabeth Cady Stanton) one of the founders of the women’s rights movement in the US. Born at Nantucket, MA, she died near Philadelphia, PA, Nov[...]
4
Admission Day – Utah
Admission Day – Utah
Jan 4 all-day
Admission Day - Utah
On 4 January 1896, Utah became the 45th state of the Union.
Amnesty for Polygamists – Anniversary
Amnesty for Polygamists – Anniversary
Jan 4 all-day
Amnesty for Polygamists - Anniversary
Jan 4, 1893. President Benjamin Harrison issued a proclamation granting full amnesty and pardon to all persons who had since Nov 1, 1890, abstained from unlawful cohabitation in a polygamous marriage. This was intended in[...]
Louis Braille’s Birthday – Anniversary
Louis Braille’s Birthday – Anniversary
Jan 4 all-day
Louis Braille's Birthday - Anniversary
Jan 4, 1809. The inventor of a widely used touch system of reading and writing for blind people was born at Coupvray, France. Permanently blinded at the age of three by a leather working awl[...]
Pop Music Chart Introduced – Anniversary
Pop Music Chart Introduced – Anniversary
Jan 4 all-day
Pop Music Chart Introduced - Anniversary
illustration of music background in doodle style Jan 4, 1936. Billboard magazine published the first list of bestselling pop records, covering the week that ended Dec 30, 1935. On the list were recordings by the[...]
5
$5 A Day Minimum Wage – Anniversary
$5 A Day Minimum Wage – Anniversary
Jan 5 all-day
$5 A Day Minimum Wage - Anniversary
On 5 January 1914, Henry Ford announced that all worthy Ford Motor Company employees would receive a minimum wage of $ 5 a day. Ford explained the policy as “profit sharing and efficiency engineering.” The[...]
George Reeves Birthday – Anniversary
George Reeves Birthday – Anniversary
Jan 5 all-day
George Reeves Birthday - Anniversary
On 5 January 1914 the boxer turned actor was born George Keefer Brewer at Woodstock, Iowa. Active in the 1940s in minor Hollywood roles (including a small part in Gone with the Wind), Reeves found[...]
Kemmons Wilson’s Birthday – Anniversary
Kemmons Wilson’s Birthday – Anniversary
Jan 5 all-day
Kemmons Wilson's Birthday - Anniversary
Source: KWilson.com, fair use Jan 5, 1913. The “father of the modern hotel,” revolutionized the travel industry by creating the first standardized chain of clean, air-conditioned hotels with swimming pools and ice machines. Born at[...]
Twelfth Night
Twelfth Night
Jan 5 all-day
Twelfth Night
Evening before Epiphany (6 January). Twelfth Night marks the end of medieval Christmas festivities. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
6
Admission Day – New Mexico
Admission Day – New Mexico
Jan 6 all-day
Admission Day - New Mexico
On 6 January 1912, New Mexico was admitted as the 47th state in the Union.
Carnival Season Begins
Carnival Season Begins
Jan 6 all-day
Carnival Season Begins
Jan 6. A secular festival preceding Lent. A time of merrymaking and feasting before the austere days of Lenten fasting and penitence (40 weekdays between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday). The word carnival probably is[...]
Epiphany
Epiphany
Jan 6 all-day
Epiphany
Known also as Old Christmas Day and Twelfthtide. On the 12th day after Christmas, Christians celebrate the visit of the Magi, the first Gentile recognition of Christ. Epiphany of Our Lord, one of the oldest[...]
La Befana – Italy
La Befana – Italy
Jan 6 all-day
La Befana - Italy
La Befana is an Epiphany festival in which the “Befana,” a kindly witch, bestows gifts on children— toys and candy for those who have been good, but a lump of coal or a pebble for[...]
Three Kings Day – Dia de Los Reyes
Three Kings Day – Dia de Los Reyes
Jan 6 all-day
Three Kings Day - Dia de Los Reyes
Major festival of the Christian Church observed in many parts of the world with gifts, feasting, last lighting of Christmas lights and burning of Christmas greens. Twelfth and last day of the Feast of the[...]
7
Charles Addams’ Birthday – Anniversary
Charles Addams’ Birthday – Anniversary
Jan 7 all-day
Charles Addams' Birthday - Anniversary
Jan 7, 1912. The prolific cartoonist with a macabre sense of humor was born at Westfield, NJ. He became a full-time staff member of The New Yorker in 1935 and stayed there for his entire[...]
Harlem Globetrotters First Game Played – Anniversary
Harlem Globetrotters First Game Played – Anniversary
Jan 7 all-day
Harlem Globetrotters First Game Played - Anniversary
On 7 January, 1927, basketball promoter Abe Saperstein’s “New York Globetrotters” took the floor on this date at Hinckley, Illinois. Despite the “New York” in their name, the Globetrotters (who included Inman Jackson, Lester Johnson[...]
I’m Not Going To Take It Anymore Day
I’m Not Going To Take It Anymore Day
Jan 7 all-day
I'm Not Going To Take It Anymore Day
A day to fight back and take control of all events that happen in one’s life. Stand up for your rights— it’s so easy to walk away. Image courtesy of Pixabay.com user Komposita, CC0.
International Programmers Day
International Programmers Day
Jan 7 all-day
International Programmers Day
A day to recognize and thank programmers for their contributions to our lives. Programmers are ultimately responsible for many of the conveniences we enjoy such as DVRs, direct deposit, Web surfing, online bill paying, cell[...]
Orthodox Christmas
Orthodox Christmas
Jan 7 all-day
Orthodox Christmas
7 January is Christmas as observed by those churches using the Julian calendar. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
8
Argyle Day
Argyle Day
Jan 8 all-day
Argyle Day
8 January 2017 is the 9th Annual Argyle Day. Bring some brightness to winter by wearing an argyle print— not just socks: anything with the diagonal diamond pattern. The more argyle, the better! Image courtesy[...]
AT&T Divestiture – Anniversary
AT&T Divestiture – Anniversary
Jan 8 all-day
AT&T Divestiture -  Anniversary
On 8 January 1982, in the most significant antitrust suit since the breakup of Standard Oil in 1911, American Telephone and Telegraph agreed to give up its 22 local Bell System companies (“ Baby Bells”).[...]
Battle of New Orleans – Anniversary
Battle of New Orleans – Anniversary
Jan 8 all-day
Battle of New Orleans - Anniversary
On 8 January 1815, British forces suffered crushing losses (more than 2,000 casualties) in an attack on New Orleans, Louisiana. Defending US troops were led by General Andrew Jackson, who became a popular hero as[...]
Elvis Presley’s Birthday – Anniversary
Elvis Presley’s Birthday – Anniversary
Jan 8 all-day
Elvis Presley's Birthday - Anniversary
Jan 8, 1935. Popular American rock singer, born at Tupelo, MS. Although his middle name was spelled incorrectly as “Aron” on his birth certificate, Elvis had it legally changed to “Aaron,” which is how it[...]
Midwife’s Day – Greece
Midwife’s Day – Greece
Jan 8 all-day
Midwife's Day - Greece
Midwife’s Day or Women’s Day is celebrated 8 January each year to honor midwives and all women. “On this day women stop their housework and spend their time in cafés, while the men do all[...]
War on Poverty – Anniversary
War on Poverty – Anniversary
Jan 8 all-day
War on Poverty - Anniversary
On 8 January 1964, President Lyndon Johnson declared a War on Poverty in his State of the Union address. He stressed improved education as one of the cornerstones of the program. The following Aug 20,[...]
9
First Manned Balloon Flight in America – Anniversary
First Manned Balloon Flight in America – Anniversary
Jan 9 all-day
First Manned Balloon Flight in America - Anniversary
On 9 January 1793, A Frenchman, Jean-Pierre François Blanchard, made the first manned free-balloon flight in America’s history at Philadelphia, PA. The event was watched by President George Washington and many other high government officials.[...]
Plough Monday (England)
Plough Monday (England)
Jan 9 all-day
Plough Monday (England)
Plough Monday is the first Monday after Twelfth Day (Epiphany) when work is resumed on the farm after the 12 Days of Christmas. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
St. Petersburg Massacre – Anniversary
St. Petersburg Massacre – Anniversary
Jan 9 all-day
St. Petersburg Massacre - Anniversary
On 9 January 1905, guards at St. Petersburg’s Winter Palace opened fire on some 150,000 unarmed protesting workers, killing at least 200. This event was the major catalyst for revolution in Russia that year, prompting[...]
10
‘Masterpiece Theater’ television debut – anniversary
‘Masterpiece Theater’ television debut – anniversary
Jan 10 all-day
'Masterpiece Theater' television debut - anniversary
Logo for Masterpiece Theatre, located via Wikipedia.org. Fair Use. Jan 10, 1971. Television at its best, PBS’s long-running anthology series consists of many highly acclaimed original and adapted dramatizations. Many are produced by the BBC.[...]
First United Nations General Assembly – Anniversary
First United Nations General Assembly – Anniversary
Jan 10 all-day
First United Nations General Assembly - Anniversary
On 10 January 1946, on the 26th anniversary of the establishment of the unsuccessful League of Nations, delegates from 51 nations met at London, England, for the first meeting of the UN General Assembly.
Women’s Suffrage Amendment Introduced to Congress – Anniversary
Women’s Suffrage Amendment Introduced to Congress – Anniversary
Jan 10 all-day
Women's Suffrage Amendment Introduced to Congress - Anniversary
On 10 January 1878, Senator A.A. Sargent of California, a close friend of Susan B. Anthony, introduced into the US Senate a women’s suffrage amendment known as the Susan B. Anthony Amendment. It wasn’t until[...]
11
Alexander Hamilton’s Birthday – Anniversary
Alexander Hamilton’s Birthday – Anniversary
Jan 11 all-day
Alexander Hamilton's Birthday - Anniversary
Jan 11, 1755. American statesman, an author of The Federalist papers, first secretary of the Treasury, born at British West Indies. Engaged in a duel with Aaron Burr the morning of July 11, 1804, at[...]
John A. MacDonald’s Birthday – nniversary
John A. MacDonald’s Birthday – nniversary
Jan 11 all-day
John A. MacDonald's Birthday - nniversary
Jan 11, 1815. Canadian statesman, first prime minister of Canada. Born at Glasgow, Scotland, he died June 6, 1891, at Ottawa. His birth anniversary is observed in Canada. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
US Surgeon Declares Cigarettes Hazardous – Anniversary
US Surgeon Declares Cigarettes Hazardous – Anniversary
Jan 11 all-day
US Surgeon Declares Cigarettes Hazardous - Anniversary
On 11 January 1964, the US Surgeon General issued its landmark report about the dangers of cigarettes. Image courtesy of Pixabay, CC0.
12
All In The Family Television Premiere – Anniversary
All In The Family Television Premiere – Anniversary
Jan 12 all-day
All In The Family Television Premiere - Anniversary
Jan 12, 1971. Based on the success of the British comedy “Till Death Us Do Part,” Norman Lear created CBS’s controversial sitcom “All in the Family.” The series was the first of its kind to[...]
Batman Television Premiere – Anniversary
Batman Television Premiere – Anniversary
Jan 12 all-day
Batman Television Premiere - Anniversary
Jan 12, 1966. ABC’s crime-fighting show gained a place in Nielsen’s top 10 ratings in its first season. The series was based on the DC Comics characters created by Bob Kane in 1939. Adam West[...]
Dynasty Television Premiere – Anniversary
Dynasty Television Premiere – Anniversary
Jan 12 all-day
Dynasty Television Premiere - Anniversary
Jan 12, 1981. The popular ABC prime-time serial focused on the high-flying exploits of the Denver-based Carrington family. The series had a weekly wardrobe budget of $ 10,000, with many elegant costumes designed by Nolan[...]
First Elected Woman Senator – Anniversary
First Elected Woman Senator – Anniversary
Jan 12 all-day
First Elected Woman Senator - Anniversary
Jan 12, 1932. Hattie W. Caraway, a Democrat from Arkansas, was the first woman elected to the US Senate. Born in 1878, Caraway was appointed to the Senate on Nov 13, 1931, to fill out[...]
Jack London’s Birthday – Anniversary
Jack London’s Birthday – Anniversary
Jan 12 all-day
Jack London's Birthday - Anniversary
Jan 12, 1876. American author of more than 50 books: short stories, novels and travel stories of the sea and of the far north, many marked by brutal realism. His most widely known work is[...]
John Winthrop’s Birthday – Anniversary
John Winthrop’s Birthday – Anniversary
Jan 12 all-day
John Winthrop's Birthday - Anniversary
Born at Edwardstone, Suffolk, on 12 January 1588 (Old Style), Puritan John Winthrop is renowned for his leadership in the migration to the Massachusetts Bay Colony and the key role he played in developing its[...]
13
Alfred Carl Fuller’s Birthday – Anniversary
Alfred Carl Fuller’s Birthday – Anniversary
Jan 13 all-day
Alfred Carl Fuller's Birthday - Anniversary
Fuller Brush Company Logo, fair use. Jan 13, 1885. Founder of the Fuller Brush Company, born at Kings County, NS, Canada. In 1906 the young brush salesman went into business on his own, making brushes[...]
First Radio Broadcast – Anniversary
First Radio Broadcast – Anniversary
Jan 13 all-day
First Radio Broadcast - Anniversary
Lee De Forest On 13 January 1910, radio pioneer and electron tube inventor Lee De Forest arranged the world’s first radio broadcast to the public at New York City. He succeeded in broadcasting the voice[...]
St. Knut’s Day (Sweden)
St. Knut’s Day (Sweden)
Jan 13 all-day
St. Knut's Day (Sweden)
Jan 13. St. Knut’s Day (Tjugondag Knut, or “The 20th Day of Knut”) marks the end of the Christmas season in Sweden— with parties, song and the dismantling of the yule tree (which traditionally is[...]
Tyvendedagen (Norway)
Tyvendedagen (Norway)
Jan 13 all-day
Tyvendedagen (Norway)
Tyvendedagen or “Twentieth Day” marks the end of the Christmas festivities in Norway.
14
‘Today Show’ television debut anniversary
‘Today Show’ television debut anniversary
Jan 14 all-day
'Today Show' television debut anniversary
Jan 14, 1952. NBC program that started the morning news format we know today. Captained by Dave Garroway, the show was segmented with bits and pieces of news, sports, weather, interviews and other features that[...]
First Caesarean Section Performed – Anniversary
First Caesarean Section Performed – Anniversary
Jan 14 all-day
First Caesarean Section Performed - Anniversary
On 14 January 1794. Dr. Jesse Bennett, of Edom, Virginia, performed the first successful caesarean section. The patient was his wife. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
Ratification Day
Ratification Day
Jan 14 all-day
Ratification Day
Jan 14, 1784. Anniversary of the act that officially ended the American Revolution and established the US as a sovereign power. On Jan 14, 1784, the Continental Congress, meeting at Annapolis, MD, ratified the Treaty[...]
15
Black Dahlia Murder Anniversary
Black Dahlia Murder Anniversary
Jan 15 all-day
Black Dahlia Murder Anniversary
Elizabeth Short FBI mugshot Jan 15, 1947. On this day, the body of Elizabeth Short was found in an empty lot in Los Angeles, CA. Short, nicknamed the Black Dahlia for her striking looks, had[...]
First Super Bowl Anniversary
First Super Bowl Anniversary
Jan 15 all-day
First Super Bowl Anniversary
Jan 15, 1967. The Green Bay Packers won the first NFL– AFL World Championship Game, defeating the Kansas City Chiefs, 35– 10, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Packers quarterback Bart Starr was named the[...]
Martin Luther King Jr Birthday – Anniversary
Martin Luther King Jr Birthday – Anniversary
Jan 15 all-day
Martin Luther King Jr Birthday - Anniversary
Jan 15, 1929. Black civil rights leader, minister, advocate of nonviolence and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (1964). Born at Atlanta, GA, he was assassinated at Memphis, TN, Apr 4, 1968. After his death[...]
Pentagon Completed – Anniversary
Pentagon Completed – Anniversary
Jan 15 all-day
Pentagon Completed - Anniversary
Jan 15, 1943. The world’s largest office building with 6.5 million square feet of usable space, the Pentagon is located in Virginia across the Potomac River from Washington, DC, and serves as headquarters for the[...]
16
Civil Service Created – Anniversary
Civil Service Created – Anniversary
Jan 16 all-day
Civil Service Created - Anniversary
Jan 16, 1883. The US Congress passed a bill creating the civil service. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
Donnie and Marie Television Premiere – Anniversary
Donnie and Marie Television Premiere – Anniversary
Jan 16 all-day
Donnie and Marie Television Premiere - Anniversary
Jan 16, 1976. ABC show hosted by brother-and-sister act Donny and Marie Osmond. There were seven other talented siblings in the Osmond family who appeared on the show at times along with regulars Jim Connell[...]
Ethel Merman’s Birthday – Anniversary
Ethel Merman’s Birthday – Anniversary
Jan 16 all-day
Ethel Merman's Birthday - Anniversary
Jan 16, 1909. Musical comedy star famous for her belting voice and brassy style. Born Ethel Agnes Zimmerman on Jan 16, 1909 (or 1912— the date changed the older she got, but most sources say[...]
Gulf War Begins – Anniversary
Gulf War Begins – Anniversary
Jan 16 all-day
Gulf War Begins - Anniversary
Jan 16, 1991. Allied forces launched a major air offensive against Iraq to begin the Gulf War. The strike was designed to destroy Iraqi air defenses and command, control and communication centers. As Desert Shield[...]
National Nothing Day
National Nothing Day
Jan 16 all-day
National Nothing Day
Jan 16, 1973. Anniversary of National Nothing Day, an event created by newspaperman Harold Pullman Coffin and first observed “to provide Americans with one national day when they can just sit without celebrating, observing or[...]
Prohibition Amendment – Anniversary
Prohibition Amendment – Anniversary
Jan 16 all-day
Prohibition Amendment - Anniversary
Jan 16, 1919. When Nebraska became the 36th state to ratify the prohibition amendment, the 18th Amendment became part of the US Constitution. One year later, Jan 16, 1920, the 18th Amendment took effect and[...]
Religious Freedom Day
Religious Freedom Day
Jan 16 all-day
Religious Freedom Day
Jan 16, 1786. The legislature of Virginia adopted a religious freedom statute that protected Virginians against any requirement to attend or support any church and against discrimination. This statute, which had been drafted by Thomas[...]
17
‘The Goldbergs’ Television Premiere – Anniversary
‘The Goldbergs’ Television Premiere – Anniversary
Jan 17 all-day
'The Goldbergs' Television Premiere - Anniversary
Jan 17, 1949. Originally broadcast by CBS, this show was one of the earliest TV sitcoms. The show centered around a Jewish mother and her family living in the Bronx and later in the suburbs.[...]
Benjamin Franklin’s Birthday – Anniversary
Benjamin Franklin’s Birthday – Anniversary
Jan 17 all-day
Benjamin Franklin's Birthday - Anniversary
Jan 17, 1706. “Elder statesman of the American Revolution,” oldest signer of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, scientist, diplomat, author, printer, publisher, philosopher, philanthropist and self-made, self-educated man. Author, printer and publisher[...]
Cable Car Patent – Anniversary
Cable Car Patent – Anniversary
Jan 17 all-day
Cable Car Patent - Anniversary
Jan 17, 1871. Andrew Hallikie received a patent for a cable car system that began service in San Francisco in 1873. Image of San Francisco Street car courtesy of Pixabay.com user PDPhotos, CC0.
Muhammad Ali’sBirthday – 75th Anniversary
Muhammad Ali’sBirthday – 75th Anniversary
Jan 17 all-day
Muhammad Ali'sBirthday - 75th Anniversary
Muhammad Ali born Jan 17, 1942. Born Cassius Clay at Louisville, KY, boxing’s “The Greatest” lived up to his nickname: winning the gold medal in the light heavyweight division at the 1960 Rome Olympics and[...]
Northridge Earthquake – Anniversary
Northridge Earthquake – Anniversary
Jan 17 all-day
Northridge Earthquake - Anniversary
Jan 17, 1994. An earthquake measuring 6.6 on the Richter scale struck the Los Angeles area about 4: 20 AM. The epicenter was at Northridge in the San Fernando Valley, about 20 miles northwest of[...]
Queen Liliuokalani Deposed – Anniversary
Queen Liliuokalani Deposed – Anniversary
Jan 17 all-day
Queen Liliuokalani Deposed - Anniversary
Queen Liliuokalani in a black dress Hawaiian Monarchy Hawaii Jan 17, 1893. Queen Liliuokalani, the last monarch of Hawaii, lost her throne when the monarchy was abolished by the “Committee of Safety,” with the foreknowledge[...]
18
First Black US Cabinet Member – Anniversary
First Black US Cabinet Member – Anniversary
Jan 18 all-day
First Black US Cabinet Member - Anniversary
Jan 18, 1966. Robert Clifton Weaver was sworn in as secretary of housing and urban development, becoming the first black cabinet member in US history. He was nominated by President Lyndon Johnson. Weaver died at[...]
Lewis and Clark Expedition Commissioned – Anniversary
Lewis and Clark Expedition Commissioned – Anniversary
Jan 18 all-day
Lewis and Clark Expedition Commissioned - Anniversary
Jan 18, 1803. Seeking information on what lay west of the young US, President Thomas Jefferson sent a confidential letter to Congress on Jan 18, 1803, requesting funds for an exploratory expedition to be led[...]
Pooh Day – A.A. Milne’s Birthday – Anniversary
Pooh Day – A.A. Milne’s Birthday – Anniversary
Jan 18 all-day
Pooh Day - A.A. Milne's Birthday - Anniversary
A famous and iconic photograph by Howard Coster of A.A. Milne, his son Christopher Robin and Pooh Bear at Cotchford Farm, their home in Sussex, dated 1926 and in the collection of the National Portrait[...]
Ted Mack’s Original Amateur Hour Television Premiere – anniversary
Ted Mack’s Original Amateur Hour Television Premiere – anniversary
Jan 18 all-day
Ted Mack's Original Amateur Hour Television Premiere - anniversary
Jan 18, 1948. This immensely popular show, featuring host Ted Mack, introduced amateurs performing their talents on live television. It debuted as a regularly scheduled broadcast on the DuMont network. The show had been a[...]
19
Edgar Allen Poe’s Birthday – Anniversary
Edgar Allen Poe’s Birthday – Anniversary
Jan 19 all-day
Edgar Allen Poe's Birthday - Anniversary
Jan 19, 1809. American poet and story writer, called “America’s most famous man of letters.” Born at Boston, MA, he was orphaned in dire poverty in 1811 and was raised by Virginia merchant John Allan.[...]
James Watt’s Birthday
James Watt’s Birthday
Jan 19 all-day
James Watt's Birthday
How many watts do you need to run your home? How many watts is your furnace using? What is the wattage of that light bulb? WATT. The unit of measure for electrical and mechanical power[...]
Janis Joplin’s Birthday – Anniversary
Janis Joplin’s Birthday – Anniversary
Jan 19 all-day
Janis Joplin's Birthday - Anniversary
Jan 19, 1943. Possibly the most highly regarded white female blues singer of all time, Janis Joplin was born at Port Arthur, TX. Joplin’s appearance with Big Brother and the Holding Company at the Monterey[...]
John H. Johnson’s Birthday – Anniversary
John H. Johnson’s Birthday – Anniversary
Jan 19 all-day
John H. Johnson's Birthday - Anniversary
Jan 19, 1918. Born at Arkansas City, AR, the grandson of a slave, John H. Johnson rose from abject poverty to become one of the most influential black businessmen in America. In 1942 he launched[...]
Paul Cezanne’s Birthday – Anniversary
Paul Cezanne’s Birthday – Anniversary
Jan 19 all-day
Paul Cezanne's Birthday - Anniversary
Jan 19, 1839. Post-Impressionist painter, born at Aix-en-Provence, France. Seeking to “treat nature by the cylinder, the sphere, the cone,” Cézanne’s portraits, still lifes, and landscapes are a seminal bridge from the Romantics and Impressionists[...]
Robert E. Lee’s Birthday – Anniversary
Robert E. Lee’s Birthday – Anniversary
Jan 19 all-day
Robert E. Lee's Birthday - Anniversary
Jan 19, 1807. Greatest military leader of the Confederacy, son of Revolutionary War general Henry (Light-Horse Harry) Lee. His surrender Apr 9, 1865, to Union general Ulysses S. Grant brought an end to the Civil[...]
20
George Burns’ Birthday – Anniversary
George Burns’ Birthday – Anniversary
Jan 20 all-day
George Burns' Birthday - Anniversary
Jan 20, 1896. Comedian George Burns was born at New York City. He began in vaudeville without much success until he teamed up with Gracie Allen, who became his wife. As Burns and Allen, the[...]
Inauguration Day – US
Inauguration Day – US
Jan 20 all-day
Inauguration Day - US
The 20th Amendment provides that “The terms of the President and Vice President shall end at noon on the 20th day of January . . . and the terms of their successors shall then begin[...]
US Hostages Released in Iran – Anniversary
US Hostages Released in Iran – Anniversary
Jan 20 all-day
US Hostages Released in Iran - Anniversary
Jan 20, 1981. The Iran hostage crisis ended with the release of 52 US citizens after 444 days of captivity. The deal was announced minutes after the swearing in of President Ronald Reagan. Read more[...]
21
Ethan Allen’s Birthday – Anniversary
Ethan Allen’s Birthday – Anniversary
Jan 21 all-day
Ethan Allen's Birthday - Anniversary
Jan 21, 1738. Revolutionary War hero and leader of the Vermont “Green Mountain Boys,” born at Litchfield, CT. Ethan Allen is best remembered for his capture of British Fort Ticonderoga at Lake Champlain, NY, on[...]
First Concorde Flight – Anniversary
First Concorde Flight – Anniversary
Jan 21 all-day
First Concorde Flight - Anniversary
Jan 21, 1976. The supersonic Concorde airplane was put into service by Britain and France. The Concorde ended flights on Oct 24, 2003— bringing an end to supersonic air travel. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Kiwanis International – Anniversary
Kiwanis International – Anniversary
Jan 21 all-day
Kiwanis International - Anniversary
Kiwanis Club International was founded on 21 January 1915. The first Kiwanis Club was chartered at Detroit, Michigan.
National Hugging Day
National Hugging Day
Jan 21 all-day
National Hugging Day
Jan 21. Because hugging is something everyone can do and because it is a healthful form of touching, this day should be spent hugging anyone who will accept a hug, especially family and friends. Image[...]
22
Allied Landing at Anzio – Anniversary
Allied Landing at Anzio – Anniversary
Jan 22 all-day
Allied Landing at Anzio - Anniversary
Jan 22, 1944. A predominately American Allied force of 36,000 men was landed at Anzio on Italy’s western coast. Commanding officer John P. Lucas failed to take the initiative but instead fortified his original position[...]
Clean Out Your Inbox Week
Clean Out Your Inbox Week
Jan 22 all-day
Clean Out Your Inbox Week
Jan 22–28.  Clean Out Your Inbox Week, observed annually the last business week of January, urges businesses and individuals to cure their e-mail “e-ddictions” and clean out their e-mail inboxes. A new year brings new[...]
Laugh In Premiere – Anniversary
Laugh In Premiere – Anniversary
Jan 22 all-day
Laugh In Premiere - Anniversary
Jan 22, 1968. Actually the name of this NBC comedy was “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In.” Funny men Dan Rowan and Dick Martin hosted the show, but they seemed staid next to the show’s other regulars,[...]
Saint Vincent – Feast Day
Saint Vincent – Feast Day
Jan 22 all-day
Saint Vincent - Feast Day
Jan 22. Spanish deacon and martyr who died AD 304. Patron saint of wine growers. Old weather lore says if there is sun on this day, good wine crops may be expected in the ensuing[...]
23
20th Amendment to the US Constitution Ratified – Anniversary
20th Amendment to the US Constitution Ratified – Anniversary
Jan 23 all-day
20th Amendment to the US Constitution Ratified - Anniversary
The 20th Amendment to the US Constitution was ratified on 23 January 1933 and changed the inauguration date of the US President from 4 March to 20 January. It also made the vice-president the successor[...]
24th Amendment to the US Constitution Ratified – Anniversary
24th Amendment to the US Constitution Ratified – Anniversary
Jan 23 all-day
24th Amendment to the US Constitution Ratified - Anniversary
The 24th Amendment to the US Constitution was ratified on 23 January 1964 and eliminated poll taxes and other taxes as a pre-requisite for voting. Image courtesy of Pixabay.com user “Mounsey,” CC0.
Elizabeth Blackwell Awarded MD degree – Anniversary
Elizabeth Blackwell Awarded MD degree – Anniversary
Jan 23 all-day
Elizabeth Blackwell Awarded MD degree - Anniversary
Jan 23, 1849. Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell became the first woman to receive an MD degree. The native of Bristol, England, was awarded her degree by the Medical Institution of Geneva, NY. Image courtesy of Wikimedia[...]
John Hancock’s Birthday – Anniversary
John Hancock’s Birthday – Anniversary
Jan 23 all-day
John Hancock's Birthday - Anniversary
Jan 23, 1737. American patriot and statesman, first signer of the Declaration of Independence. Hancock served as president of the Continental Congress (1775– 77) and served as Massachusetts governor for nine terms beginning in 1780.[...]
National Handwriting Day
National Handwriting Day
Jan 23 all-day
National Handwriting Day
In honor of John Hancock’s birthday and famous signature on the Declaration of Independence, National Handwriting Day is on 23 January 2017.  
National Pie Day
National Pie Day
Jan 23 all-day
National Pie Day
Jan 23. First observed in 1975 as a day to set aside and celebrate pie! Today is a day to maintain America’s pie heritage, pass on the tradition of pie making and promote America’s love[...]
24
Belly Laugh Day
Belly Laugh Day
Jan 24 all-day
Belly Laugh Day
Jan 24. Belly Laugh Day is a day to celebrate the great gift of laughter. Smiling and laughing are permitted, encouraged and celebrated. How? Smile, throw your arms in the air and laugh out loud.[...]
California Gold Discovery – Anniversary
California Gold Discovery – Anniversary
Jan 24 all-day
California Gold Discovery - Anniversary
Jan 24, 1848. James W. Marshal, an employee of John Sutter, accidentally discovered gold while building a sawmill near Coloma, California. Efforts to keep the discovery secret failed, and the gold rush of 1849 was[...]
Edith Wharton’s Birthday – Anniversary
Edith Wharton’s Birthday – Anniversary
Jan 24 all-day
Edith Wharton's Birthday - Anniversary
Jan 24, 1862. Born at New York, NY, author Edith Wharton in her stories and novels specialized in intense examinations of upper-class Manhattan society at the end of the 19th century. Major novels include The[...]
John Belushi’s Birthday – Anniversary
John Belushi’s Birthday – Anniversary
Jan 24 all-day
John Belushi's Birthday - Anniversary
Jan 24, 1949. Actor, comedian (“ Saturday Night Live,” Animal House, The Blues Brothers), born at Chicago, Illinois, USA. Died Mar 5, 1982, at Hollywood, California.
25
Apple’s Macintosh Debuts – Anniversary
Apple’s Macintosh Debuts – Anniversary
Jan 25 all-day
Apple's Macintosh Debuts - Anniversary
On 25 January 1984, Apple’s Macintosh computer went on sale this day for $ 2,495. It wasn’t until mid-1985, however, that sales began to take off and this computer began to replace the Apple II[...]
Around The World In 72 Days – Anniversary
Around The World In 72 Days – Anniversary
Jan 25 all-day
Around The World In 72 Days - Anniversary
Newspaper reporter Nellie Bly (pen name used by Elizabeth Cochrane Seaman) set off from Hoboken, New Jersey, 14 November 1889, to attempt to break Jules Verne’s imaginary hero Phileas Fogg’s record of voyaging around the[...]
Burns Night – Robert Burns’ Birthday – Anniversary
Burns Night – Robert Burns’ Birthday – Anniversary
Jan 25 all-day
Burns Night - Robert Burns' Birthday - Anniversary
Born 25 January 1759. Farmer, lover of women, father of at least 11 children, freemason, songwriter and beloved poet who wove the folk traditions and dialects of Scotland into lovely lyrics and ballads. Poems and[...]
First Winter Olympics – Anniversary
First Winter Olympics – Anniversary
Jan 25 all-day
First Winter Olympics - Anniversary
On 25 January 1924, the first Winter Olympic Games opened at Chamonix, France, with athletes representing 16 nations. The ski jump, previously unknown, thrilled spectators. The Olympics offered a boost to skiing, which became enormously[...]
Saint Dwynen’s Day
Saint Dwynen’s Day
Jan 25 all-day
Saint Dwynen's Day
25 January. Patron saint of friendship and love in Wales. Dwynwen was a fifth-century saint (died AD 460) who lived in seclusion at Llanddwyn Island. The church (the ruins of which still stand today) there[...]
26
Admission Day – Michigan
Admission Day – Michigan
Jan 26 all-day
Admission Day - Michigan
On 26 January 1837, Michigan became the 26th state in the Union. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
Australia Day (Australia)
Australia Day (Australia)
Jan 26 all-day
Australia Day (Australia)
On 26 January 1788, a shipload of convicts arrived briefly at Botany Bay (which proved to be unsuitable) and then at Port Jackson (later the site of the city of Sydney). Establishment of an Australian[...]
Dental Drill Patent – Anniversary
Dental Drill Patent – Anniversary
Jan 26 all-day
Dental Drill Patent - Anniversary
Jan 26, 1875. George F. Green, of Kalamazoo, MI, patented the electric dental drill. Image courtesy of Pixabay.com user Jarmoluk, CC0
27
Apollo 1 Spacecraft Fire – Anniversary
Apollo 1 Spacecraft Fire – Anniversary
Jan 27 all-day
Apollo 1 Spacecraft Fire - Anniversary
27 January 1967. Three American astronauts, Virgil I. Grissom, Edward H. White and Roger B. Chaffee, died when fire suddenly broke out at 6: 31 PM, EST, in Apollo I during a launching simulation test,[...]
Auschwitz Liberated – Anniversary
Auschwitz Liberated – Anniversary
Jan 27 all-day
Auschwitz Liberated - Anniversary
  Beginning on 27 January 1945, the Soviet army liberated about 6,000 prisoners of the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz. It is estimated that 1.5 million inmates were killed at Auschwitz between 1941 and liberation— 95[...]
International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust
International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust
Jan 27 all-day
International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust
Jan 27. On Nov 1, 2005, the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN) designated Jan 27 as an annual day in memory of the victims of the Holocaust conducted during the Second World War[...]
National Geographic Society Founded – Anniversary
National Geographic Society Founded – Anniversary
Jan 27 all-day
National Geographic Society Founded - Anniversary
Jan 27, 1888. The largest nonprofit scientific and educational institution in the world was incorporated on this date after an initial meeting on Jan 13, 1888, in which a group of 33 geographers, explorers, cartographers,[...]
Thomas Crapper Day
Thomas Crapper Day
Jan 27 all-day
Thomas Crapper Day
Born at Thorne, Yorkshire, England, in 1836 (exact date unknown), Crapper is often described as the prime developer of the flush toilet mechanism as it is known today. The flush toilet had been in use[...]
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Birthday – Anniversary
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Birthday – Anniversary
Jan 27 all-day
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Birthday - Anniversary
27 January 1756. One of the world’s greatest music makers. Born at Salzburg, Austria, into a gifted musical family, Mozart began performing at age three and composing at age five. Some of the best known[...]
28
Challenger Space Shuttle Explosion – Anniversary
Challenger Space Shuttle Explosion – Anniversary
Jan 28 all-day
Challenger Space Shuttle Explosion - Anniversary
On 28 January 1986 at 11: 39 AM, EST, the space shuttle Challenger STS51L exploded, 74 seconds into its flight and about 10 miles above the earth. Hundreds of millions around the world watched television[...]
Data Privacy Day
Data Privacy Day
Jan 28 all-day
Data Privacy Day
Jan 28. Since 2008. All online participants, from home computer users to multinational corporations, need to be aware of the personal data others have entrusted to them and remain vigilant about protecting it. Good online[...]
Jackson Pollack’s Birthday – Anniversary
Jackson Pollack’s Birthday – Anniversary
Jan 28 all-day
Jackson Pollack's Birthday - Anniversary
28 January 1912. Abstract Expressionist born at Cody, Wyoming. In postwar New York, Pollock placed his canvases on the floor and developed signature “drip” paintings, controversially incorporating the ideas of gravity and chance into the[...]
29
Admission Day – Kansas
Admission Day – Kansas
Jan 29 all-day
Admission Day - Kansas
On 29 January 1861, Kansas became the 34th state admitted to the Union.   Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
Curmudgeons Day – W.C. Fields’ Birthday
Curmudgeons Day – W.C. Fields’ Birthday
Jan 29 all-day
Curmudgeons Day - W.C. Fields' Birthday
Curmudgeons Day is an annual celebration of the crusty, yet insightful, wags who consistently apply the needle of truth to the balloons of hypocrisy and social norms. Image courtesy of Dayoftheyear.com
Freethinker’s Day – Thomas Paine’s Birthday
Freethinker’s Day – Thomas Paine’s Birthday
Jan 29 all-day
Freethinker's Day - Thomas Paine's Birthday
Thomas Paine’s birthday – Jan 29, 1737. American Revolutionary leader, a corset maker by trade, author of Common Sense, The Age of Reason and many other influential works, was born at Thetford, England. “These are[...]
30
Beatles’ Last Concert – Anniversary
Beatles’ Last Concert – Anniversary
Jan 30 all-day
Beatles' Last Concert - Anniversary
30 January 1969. On this day the Beatles performed together in public for the last time. The show took place on the roof of their Apple Studios in London, England, but it was interrupted by[...]
Bloody Sunday – Anniversary
Bloody Sunday – Anniversary
Jan 30 all-day
Bloody Sunday - Anniversary
Bloody Sunday – Jan 30, 1972. In Londonderry, Northern Ireland, 14 Roman Catholics were shot dead by British troops during a banned civil rights march. During 1972, the first year of British direct rule, 467[...]
Britain Surrenders Hong Kong – Anniversary
Britain Surrenders Hong Kong – Anniversary
Jan 30 all-day
Britain Surrenders Hong Kong - Anniversary @ http://www.nytimes.com/learning/general/onthisday/big/1219.html
June 30, 1997. The crested flag of the British Crown Colony was officially lowered at midnight and replaced by a new flag (marked by the bauhinia flower) representing Chinas sovereignty and the official transfer of[...]
Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Birthday – Anniversary
Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Birthday – Anniversary
Jan 30 all-day
Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Birthday - Anniversary
Franklin Delano Roosevelt born 30 January 1882. 32nd president of the United States. The only president to serve more than two terms, FDR was elected four times. He supported the Allies in WWII before the[...]
Gandhi Assassinated – Anniversary
Gandhi Assassinated – Anniversary
Jan 30 all-day
Gandhi Assassinated - Anniversary
30 January 1948. Indian religious and political leader, Mahatma Gandhi assassinated at New Delhi, India. The assassin was a Hindu extremist, Ram Naturam. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
31
First Social Security Check Issued – Anniversary
First Social Security Check Issued – Anniversary
Jan 31 all-day
First Social Security Check Issued - Anniversary
On 31 January 1940, Ida May Fuller of Ludlow, Vermont, received the first monthly retirement check from the Social Security Administration — in the amount of $22.54. Fuller had worked for three years under the[...]
Jackie Robinson’s Birthday – Anniversary
Jackie Robinson’s Birthday – Anniversary
Jan 31 all-day
Jackie Robinson's Birthday - Anniversary
Jackie Robinson’s birthday Jan 31, 1919. Jack Roosevelt Robinson, athlete and business executive, first black to enter professional major league baseball (Brooklyn Dodgers, 1947– 56). Voted National League’s Most Valuable Player in 1949 and elected[...]
Zane Grey’s Birthday – Anniversary
Zane Grey’s Birthday – Anniversary
Jan 31 all-day
Zane Grey's Birthday - Anniversary
Jan 31, 1872. Zane Grey (original name Pearl Grey), American dentist and prolific author of tales of the Old West, was born at Zanesville, Ohio. Grey wrote more than 80 books that were translated into[...]
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