11 JANUARY
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Alexander Hamilton, 1757
  • Lord Curzon, 1859
  • Harry Gordon Selfridge, 1864
  • Alice Hegan Rice, 1870
  • Eva Le Gallienne, 1899
  • Alan Paton, 1903
  • Pierre Mendes-France, 1907
  • Roy Jenkins, 1920
  • Grant Tinker, 1926
  • Rod Taylor, 1930
  • Bobby Goldsboro, 1941
  • Clarence Clemons, 1942
  • Jim Hightower, 1943
  • Naomi Judd, 1946
  • Ben Crenshaw, 1952
  • Vince Carter, 1977

Died On This Day:

  • Francis Scott Key, 1843
  • Thomas Hardy, 1928
  • Emanuel Lasker, 1941
  • Eva Tanguay, 1947
  • Alberto Giacometti,, 1966
  • Eric Rohmer, 2010
  • Ariel Sharon, 2014
  • Anita Ekberg, 2015

Today's Events:

  • 1770 - Benjamin Franklin ships first batch of Rhubarb to America from England.
  • 1782 - Dutch surrender to British.
  • 1790 - United Belgium formed.
  • 1861 - Benito Juarez occupies Mexico City.
  • 1917 - Thomas Edison's electric vote recorder patented in 1869 first used in the Wisconsin Assembly.
  • 1922 - Only two months after isolating insulin, the drug is successfully administered to 14 year old Canadian diabetes sufferer..
  • 1935 - Amelia Earhart begins flight from Honolulu to Oakland, CA, becoming first woman to fly Pacific Ocean solo.
  • 1946 - Albania declared a republic.
  • 1954 - First live television weather forecast broadcast on BBC Television in London featuring George Cowling.
  • 1963 - America's first disco, the Whisky A-go-go opens in Los Angeles.
  • 1964 - Surgeon General first reports that cigarettes are 'a definite health hazard.'
  • 1973 - Designated hitter rule inaugurated in American League baseball; Yankee Ron Blomberg is first 4/6/73.
  • 2001 - State of California runs out of electricity; energy demands from high technology bring major cuts.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Paulinus of Aquileia
  • Salvius or Sauve of Amiens
  • Theodosius the Cenobiarch (d. today 529)

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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