17 JANUARY
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Philip the Bold, 1342
  • Saint/Pope Pius V, 1504
  • Pedro Calderon, 1600
  • Benjamin Franklin, 1706
  • Konstantin Stanislavsky, 1863
  • David Lloyd George, 1863
  • Mack Sennett, 1880
  • Compton MacKenzie, 1883
  • Robert Maynard Hutchins, 1899
  • Nevil Shute, 1899
  • Al Capone, 1899
  • Betty White, 1924
  • Newton Minow, 1926
  • Moira Shearer, 1926
  • Vidal Sassoon, 1928
  • James Earl Jones, 1931
  • Douglas Wilder, 1931
  • Don Zimmer, 1931
  • Shari Lewis, 1934
  • Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay), 1942
  • Francoise Hardy, 1944
  • Andy Kaufman, 1949
  • David Caruso, 1956
  • Jim Carrey, 1962
  • Michelle Obama (n Robinson), 1964

Died On This Day:

  • Emperor Theodosius I, AD 395
  • Lola Montez, 1861
  • Chang & Eng (Siamese Twins), 1874
  • Rutherford B. Hayes, 1893
  • Sir Ernest Benn, 1954
  • Patrice Lamumba, 1961
  • T.H. White, 1964
  • Gary Gilmore executed, 1977
  • Doodles Weaver suicide, 1983
  • King Olav V of Norway, 1991
  • Barbara Jordan, 1996
  • Richard Crenna, 2003
  • Zhao Ziyang, 2005
  • Virginia Mayo, 2005
  • Art Buchwald, 2007
  • Bobby Fischer, 2008
  • Erich Segal, 2010
  • Abigail Van Buren, 2013

Today's Events:

  • 1746 - Battle of Falkirk in which Bonnie Prince Charlie and Highlanders taste brief victory.
  • 1773 - Captain Cook's ship 'Resolution' with 193 man crew first in history to cross Antarctic circle.
  • 1775 - Richard Brindsley Sheridan's 'The Rivals' opens at Covent Garden Theatre.
  • 1861 - Flush toilet patented in England by Thomas Crapper.
  • 1893 - Queen Liliuokalani deposed as Queen of Hawaiian Islands in revolt of businessmen and sugar planters.
  • 1899 - U.S. takes possession of Wake Island.
  • 1902 - World's first weekly book review first published in London - Times Literary Supplement.
  • 1904 - Anton Chekhov's play 'The Cherry Orchard' opens in Moscow.
  • 1917 - U.S. purchase of the Virgin Islands from Denmark ratified; U.S. pays $25 million.
  • 1921 - Chaplin's 'The Kid' premieres.
  • 1944 - First jazz concert at N.Y. Metropolitan Opera.
  • 1950 - $2.7 million stolen from Brinks headquarters in Boston by 11 man gang.
  • 1966 - American B52 bomber with 4 atom bombs crashes off coast of Spain.
  • 1969 - First release of an album by pop group Led Zeppelin.
  • 1983 - Breakfast TV comes to Britain.
  • 1991 - U.S. bombs Baghdad; Operation Desert Storm against Iraq's Saddam Hussein's seizure of Kuwait.
  • 1994 - 6.8 Northridge earthquake at 4:31 a.m. in San Fernando Valley is costliest disaster in U.S. history.
  • 1995 - 7.2 earthquake near Kobe, Japan at 5:46 a.m. kills 6,433, destroys 3,000 buildings.
  • 2015 - A record six million gather in Manila to greet Pope Francis.
  • 2018 - Dow Jones slides over 26,000 a mere 13 days after hitting 25,000.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Anthony
  • Sulpice

Holiday:

  • Day the Pagans sacrificed swine to the Earth Goddess
  • Day of St. Anthony the Abbot in Mexico & Spain
  • Constitution Day in Philippines
  • Liberation Day in Poland
  • Bonten Festival in Japan

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • YAN TAN. Chinese New Year's Day. Based on lunar calendar - starts sunset on day of 2nd New Moon.
  • CHINESE LANTERN FESTIVAL 15th day of first month of lunar calendar marks end of Chinese New Year.
  • TU BI-SHEBAT (Judaism) New Year for Trees, celebrated on 15th of lunar month Shebat.
  • MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY 3rd Monday in January
  • ADULTS DAY in Japan - second Monday in January - 'Seijin no hi'
  • SNOW FESTIVAL - Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
  • GANESHA CHATURTHI, Hindu Festival of the Elephant God
  • VASANT PANCHAMI, Hindu Festival of Spring and of Saraswati, Goddess of Learning (end of January)
  • PONGAL AND MAKARA SANKRANTI, mid-January, Harvest festival celebrated in Southern India and Singapore
  • LAILAT AL MIRAJ Muslim Festival celebrating ascent of Muhammad into Heaven
  • JAPANESE NEW YEAR - 3 day festival
  • LOHRI, the Hindu Bonfire Festival, celebrated early January

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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