22 JANUARY
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Czar Ivan III the Great of Russia, 1440
  • Francis Bacon, 1561
  • André-Marie Ampere, 1775
  • Lord Byron (George Noel Gordon), 1788
  • August Strindberg, 1849
  • D.W. Griffith, 1875
  • U. Thant, 1909
  • Ann Sothern, 1909
  • William Warfield, 1920
  • Ingemar Johansson, 1932
  • Piper Laurie, 1932
  • Bill Bixby, 1934
  • Sam Cooke, 1935
  • Joseph Wambaugh, 1937
  • John Hurt, 1940
  • George Foreman, 1948
  • Linda Blair, 1959
  • Michael Hutchence, 1960

Died On This Day:

  • Queen Victoria, 1901
  • Pope Benedict XV (Giacomo Della Chiesa), 1922
  • Lyndon B. Johnson, 1973
  • Telly Savalas, 1994
  • Rose Kennedy, 1995
  • Bill Mauldin, 2003
  • Ann Miller, 2004
  • Heath Ledger, 2008
  • Jean Simmons, 2010

Today's Events:

  • 1789 - First American novel published in Boston: 'The Power of Sympathy' by Philenia.
  • 1879 - 1,300 British killed by Zulus in Transvaal; solar eclipse at 1:02 p.m. in mid battle aids Zulus.
  • 1901 - Edward VII ascends throne upon death of Queen Victoria.
  • 1905 - Bloody Sunday in St. Petersburg begins the first Russian Revolution; general strike to be called.
  • 1943 - Allied forces take New Guinea in first win over Japanese in WWII; 3,000 allies die, 7,000 Japanese.
  • 1944 - Anzio landing in Italy begins.
  • 1947 - First TV station west of the Mississippi, KTLA Los Angeles, begins broadcasting.
  • 1953 - Arthur Miller's 'The Crucible' opens at Martin Beck Theatre, N.Y.
  • 1955 - World snooker champ Fred Davis scores first official total break of 147 at Leicester Square, London.
  • 1968 - Rowan and Martin's 'Laugh-In' starts regular television run.
  • 1973 - Supreme Court decides women have a constitutional right to abortion in settlement of Roe vs. Wade.
  • 1973 - George Foreman becomes heavyweight boxing champ beating Joe Frazier at Kingston, Jamaica.
  • 2001 - KMart files biggest retail Chapter 11 bankruptcy in history.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Anastasius the Persian
  • Vincent Pallotti
  • Vincent of Saragossa

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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