Born On This Day:
- Saint Therese, 1873
- Sally Rand, 1904
- Sir Michael Tippett, 1905
- Isaac Asimov, 1920
- Julius La Rosa, 1930
- Roger Miller, 1936
- Jim Bakker, 1939
- Christopher Durang, 1949
- Christy Turlington, 1969
Died On This Day:
- Fredrick William IV (Prussia), 1861
- Emil Jannings, 1950
- Tex Ritter, 1974
- Erroll Garner, 1977
- Una Merkel, 1986
- Bill Veeck, 1986
- Teddy Kollek, 2007
- Anne Francis, 2011
- Pete Postlethwaite, 2011
- 69 BC - Aulus Vitellius Germanicus, commonly known as Vitellius, becomes Emperor of Rome for less than a year; executed on December 22.
- 1492 - Spanish army takes Grenada from the Moors; eight centuries of Arab presence ends.
- 1611 - Trial of Countess Erszebet Báthory begins in Hungary; is found guilty of killing 610 young girls.
- 1776 - First U.S. flag raised by the Continental Army.
- 1788 - Georgia admitted to Union; fourth state to ratify constitution.
- 1828 - New York Enquirer reporter James Gordon Bennett becomes first Washington News correspondent.
- 1869 - World's first (gas) traffic light in Parliament Square, London explodes, injuring constable moving it.
- 1870 - Brooklyn Bridge begins construction over the East River.
- 1893 - Financial Times of London begins publication on pink paper; erroneously forecasts brilliant economy.
- 1905 - Japanese capture Port Arthur in Russo Japanese War; Russians lose; front moves to Manchuria.
- 1906 - George M. Cohan's musical 'Forty-five Minutes from Broadway' starring Victor Moore opens NY.
- 1915 - D. W. Griffith's epic racist movie "The Birth of a Nation" premieres at the Liberty Theatre, 42nd St. New York City.
- 1944 - Battle of Anzio WWII
- 1959 - Luna I, first rocket to pass near Moon, launched.
- 1959 - Fidel Castro and Che Guevara enter Havana, Cuba in triumph.
- 1971 - Congress bans all cigarette advertising on US radio and television
- 2008 - The price of crude oil soars to $100 per barrel for the first time in history on the Nymex exchange in New York.
Feast Day of Saint:
- Caspar del Bufalo
- Macarius the Younger
- Seraphim of Sarov
- Day of Harpocrates, Egyptian God of Silence
- Shigoto Hajime (Beginning of work) in Japan
- Berchtold's Day celebrated in Switzerland
- Ancestors Day in Haiti
- Betsy Ross Day
- Day of Revolution and Feast of Martyrs in Cuba
- 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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