27 JANUARY
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, 1756
  • Lewis Carroll, 1832
  • Samuel Gompers, 1850
  • Kaiser Wilhelm II, 1859
  • Jerome Kern, 1885
  • Harry Ruby, 1895
  • Hyman Rickover, 1900
  • William Randolph Hearst Jr., 1908
  • Skitch Henderson, 1918
  • Donna Reed, 1921
  • Mordecai Richler, 1931
  • Mohammad Al Fayed, 1933
  • Edith Cresson, 1934
  • Troy Donahue, 1937
  • Mikhail Baryshnikov, 1948
  • Briget Fonda, 1964

Died On This Day:

  • John James Audubon, 1851
  • Giuseppe Verdi, 1901
  • Thomas Crapper, 1910
  • Nellie Bly, 1922
  • Benjamin Tillett, 1943
  • Virgil Gus Grissom/Edward Higgins White/Roger Chaffee, 1967
  • Mahalia Jackson, 1972
  • Lilli Palmer, 1986
  • Sir Thomas Sopwith, 1989
  • Andre the Giant, 1993
  • Claude Akins, 1994
  • Hugh, Lord Scanlon, 2004
  • Jack Paar, 2004
  • President Suharto of Indonesia, 2008
  • John Updike, 2009
  • J. D. Salinger, 2010
  • Pete Seeger, 2014

Today's Events:

  • 1822 - Greek Independence formally proclaimed.
  • 1865 - Treaty between Spain and Peru recognizes Peruvian Independence.
  • 1870 - First Sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta, founded at Indiana Asbury University (now De Pauw).
  • 1880 - Patent granted to Thomas Alva Edison for the electric incandescent lamp.
  • 1888 - National Geographic Society founded in Washington D.C.
  • 1915 - Babe Ruth, playing for the Boston Red Sox, hits his first major league home run.
  • 1945 - Soviet troops liberate Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp; 5,000 Jewish prisoners freed.
  • 1967 - Beatles sign nine-year contract with EMI Records.
  • 1967 - First astronauts die in a spacecraft in a launch pad fire at Cape Kennedy, FL.
  • 1973 - North Vietnam and USA sign cease-fire agreement at Paris ending first lost war in U.S. history.
  • 1992 - Macy's files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
  • 1993 - Chad Rowan, known as Akebono, becomes first non-Japanese to become yokozuna-grand Sumo champ.
  • 2013 - Second deadliest nightclub fire in history in Santa Maria, Brazil kills 233.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • John Chrysostom

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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