12 JANUARY
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Charles the Bold, Duke of Burgundy, 1433
  • John Winthrop, 1588
  • Edmund Burke, 1729
  • John Singer Sargent, 1856
  • Jack London, 1876
  • Ferenc Molnar, 1878
  • Texas Guinan, 1884
  • Hermann Goering, 1893
  • Joe E. Lewis, 1902
  • Tex Ritter, 1906
  • Henny Youngman, 1906
  • Jose Limon, 1908
  • Luise Rainer, 1910
  • Pieter Willem Botha, 1916
  • Joe Frazier, 1944
  • Howard Stern, 1954
  • Kirstie Alley, 1955
  • Rush Limbaugh, 1955
  • Simon Russell Beale, 1961
  • Jeff Bezos, 1964
  • HAL 9OOO computer (Fiction), 1997

Died On This Day:

  • Emperor Maximilian I, 1519
  • Friedrich von Schlegel , 1829
  • Sir Isaac Pitman, 1897
  • Nevil Shute, 1960
  • Lorraine Hansberry, 1965
  • Agatha Christie, 1976
  • Laurence J. Peter, 1990
  • Keye Luke, 1991
  • Bill Hewlett, 2001
  • Maurice Gibb, 2003
  • William Peter Blatty, 2017

Today's Events:

  • 1773 - America's first public museum organized in Charleston, S.C.
  • 1777 - California Mission for Indians, Mission Santa Clara de Asis, founded.
  • 1812 - Public sensation as first steamboat to sail down Mississippi River reaches New Orleans.
  • 1875 - Kwang-su becomes Emperor of China.
  • 1879 - British Zulu war begins with British declaration of war on Zulu leader Cetewayo.
  • 1896 - First X-ray photograph taken by Dr. Henry Louis Smith at Davidson College, N.C.
  • 1904 - Herero tribesmen in Namibia massacre 200 German settlers leading to Herero demise in genocide.
  • 1906 - Dow Jones Industrial Ave. passes 100 points for the first time (100.25 actually) in Wall St. Journal.
  • 1915 - United States House of Representatives rejects a proposal to give women the right to vote.
  • 1916 - Britain annexation of Gilbert & Ellice Islands.
  • 1954 - Queen Elizabeth opens Parliament in New Zealand, her first outside Britain.
  • 1959 - Tamla Records, renamed Motown a year later, formed in Detroit by Berry Gordy with $800 family loan.
  • 1964 - Zanzibar proclaimed a republic.
  • 1970 - Boeing 747 makes first transatlantic flight from New York to London Heathrow.
  • 1970 - End of Nigerian civil war.
  • 2003 - English schoolboy Sebastian Clover, 15, is youngest person to sail Atlantic solo; lands in Antigua.
  • 2010 - Devastating 7.0 earthquake hits Haiti; 230,000 dead, 1.2m homeless; country and capital Port au Prince in ruins.
  • 2010 - Highest one day death toll of United Nation workers: 200 killed in collapse of UN HQ in Haiti earthquake.
  • 2011 - Brisbane River overflows flooding 35 suburbs of Brisbane in the worst floods ever; sharks spotted in the streets; 15,000 homes under water.
  • 2019 - Longest government shutdown in US history - 22 days due to truculent Trump's blackmail of the American public to build his unnecessary $5+ billion wall across Southern border.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Benedict (or Benet) Biscop
  • Tatiana

Holiday:

  • National Day in Zanzibar

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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