21 JANUARY
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Ethan Allen, 1738
  • John C. Fremont, 1813
  • General Stonewall Jackson, 1824
  • King Oscar II Sweden, 1829
  • Christian Dior, 1905
  • Igor Moiseyev, 1906
  • Paul Scofield, 1922
  • Telly Savalas, 1924
  • Benny Hill, 1925
  • Placido Domingo, 1934
  • Wolfman Jack, 1938
  • Jack Nicklaus, 1940
  • Richie Havens, 1941
  • Mac Davis, 1942
  • Jill Eikenberry, 1947
  • Billy Ocean, 1950
  • Robbie Benson, 1956
  • Geena Davis, 1957
  • Dany Heatley, 1981

Died On This Day:

  • Louis XVI guillotined, 1793
  • V. I. Lenin, 1924
  • Lytton Strachey, 1932
  • George Orwell, 1950
  • Cecil B. deMille, 1959
  • Jackie Wilson, 1984
  • Charles E. Goodell, 1987
  • Carl Furillo, 1989
  • Col. Tom Parker, 1996
  • Jack Lord, 1998
  • Susan Strasberg, 1999
  • Peggy Lee, 2002
  • Michael Winner, 2013

Today's Events:

  • 1506 - Swiss Guard in Vatican City founded-oldest army in the world.
  • 1677 - America's first medical textbook published in Boston, Mass.
  • 1790 - Joseph Guillotine proposes humane method of execution: machine to cut off condemned person's head.
  • 1846 - The London Daily News first published, edited by Charles Dickens only until February 9.
  • 1853 - Machine to fold envelopes patented by Dr. Russell L. Hawes of Worcester, Mass.
  • 1907 - First taxi cabs hit the cobblestones in Britain.
  • 1908 - First No Smoking legislation: women not permitted to smoke cigarettes in public in New York City.
  • 1911 - First Monte Carlo car rally begins.
  • 1915 - First Kiwanis Club chartered in Detroit.
  • 1942 - Thousands of Hungarian Jews massacred by their own countrymen at Novi Sad by the Danube River over a three-day period.
  • 1954 - U.S. submarine Nautilus, first Atom powered ship, launched and christened by Mamie Eisenhower.
  • 1976 - Concorde makes its inaugural flight from London to Bahrain.
  • 1977 - President Jimmy Carter declares amnesty for all Vietnam War draft evaders.
  • 1984 - Britain's first test-tube triplets were born to mother Anne Maaye - a girl and two boys.
  • 2012 - 16 year-old Dutch schoolgirl Laura Decker becomes youngest person to sail solo around the world.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Agnes
  • Fructuosus of Tarragona
  • Meinrad

Holiday:

  • Anniversary of Lenin's Death celebrated in Moscow

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • YÜAN 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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