10 JANUARY
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Ethan Allen, 1738
  • Francis X. Bushman, 1883
  • Robinson Jeffers, 1887
  • Dame Barbara Hepworth, 1903
  • Ray Bolger, 1904
  • Paul Henried, 1908
  • Roy Disney, 1930
  • Sal Mineo, 1939
  • Jim Croce, 1943
  • Rod Stewart, 1945
  • Linda Lovelace, 1949
  • Pat Benetar, 1952

Died On This Day:

  • Pope Gregory X, 1276
  • Archbishop of Canterbury William Laud beheaded, 1645
  • Carl Linnaeus, 1778
  • Samuel Colt, 1862
  • Buffalo Bill Cody, 1917
  • Sinclair Lewis, 1951
  • Dashiell Hammett, 1961
  • Coco Chanel, 1971
  • George Meany, 1980
  • Richard Boone, 1981
  • Paul Lynde, 1982
  • Brian Moore, 1999
  • Spalding Gray goes missing/suicide, 2004
  • Sir Edmund Hillary, 2008
  • Margaret Whiting, 2011
  • Mikhail Kalashnikov, 2014
  • David Bowie, 2016
  • Buddy Greco, 2017

Today's Events:

  • 1535 - Francisco Pizarro founds La Ciudad des Los Reyes (City of Kings) later known as Lima, Peru.
  • 1776 - Thomas Paine publishes 'Common Sense.' One out of four Americans reads it.
  • 1839 - First shipments of tea from India first arrive in Britain.
  • 1840 - First adhesive stamp in the world issued-Penny Post in England (but stamps not available until 6 May)
  • 1863 - London underground railway inaugurated; first trains run from Farringdon St. to Paddington.
  • 1870 - Standard Oil of Ohio founded by William and John D. Rockefeller.
  • 1890 - Cleopatra's tomb discovered.
  • 1901 - Greatest oil strike in history at Spindletop well in Beaumont, Texas at 10:30 a.m.
  • 1911 - First aerial photograph from an airplane taken by Major Jimmie Erickson over San Diego.
  • 1941 - 'Arsenic and Old Lace' starts 1444 performance run in N.Y.
  • 1946 - First U.N. General Assembly held in London.
  • 1956 - Elvis Presley records 'Heartbreak Hotel' in Nashville.
  • 1969 - Last issue of the Saturday Evening Post published after 141 years.
  • 2011 - Basque separatist group ETA calls for permanent ceasefire; the one on 3/22/06 ended with a deadly bomb attack at Madrid airport.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Peter Orseolo

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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