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
- 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
- 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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