8 JANUARY
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Georgi Malenkov, 1902
  • Peter Arno, 1904
  • Butterfly McQueen, 1911
  • José Ferrer, 1912
  • Larry Storch, 1925
  • Soupy Sales, 1926
  • Bill Graham, 1931
  • Charles Osgood, 1933
  • Roy Kinnear, 1934
  • Elvis Presley, 1935
  • Shirley Bassey, 1937
  • Yvette Mimieux, 1941
  • Graham Chapman, 1941
  • Stephen Hawking, 1942
  • David Bowie, 1947
  • Wolfgang Puck, 1949

Died On This Day:

  • Galileo Galilei, 1642
  • John Baskerville, 1775
  • Eli Whitney, 1825
  • Paul Verlaine, 1896
  • Robert Baden-Powell, 1941
  • Chou En-lai, 1976
  • Terry-Thomas, 1990
  • Red Thunder Cloud, 1996
  • François Mitterand, 1996
  • Yvonne de Carlo, 2007

Today's Events:

  • 1297 - Warrior Francesco Grimaldi, masquerading as a monk seeking asylum, begins his conquest of Monaco.
  • 1656 - The Courant, oldest existing commercial newspaper, first published in Haarlem in the Netherlands.
  • 1790 - George Washington makes first annual address to Congress.
  • 1806 - Britain occupies Cape of Good Hope.
  • 1815 - Andrew Jackson defeats British in Battle of New Orleans 2 weeks after war of 1812 officially ended.
  • 1867 - Black people can vote in Washington DC after Congress approves legislation.
  • 1918 - President Wilson's 'Fourteen points' program for peace outlined in speech to Congress.
  • 1940 - Butter, bacon and sugar rationing begin in Britain. WW2.
  • 1973 - Watergate trials begin in Washington.
  • 1974 - President Gerald Ford grants pardon to former President Richard Nixon for Watergate conspiracy.
  • 1982 - Beginning of telephone reform in U.S.; AT&T agrees to sell 22 Bell Telephone local systems.
  • 1987 - Dow Jones closes above 2000 for the first time.
  • 1996 - On the death of last Catawba Indian, Red Thunder Cloud, ancient oral Catawba language dies with him.
  • 2011 - Australia's most devastating natural disaster begins - Queensland flooded with torrential rains; 22 dead; 2,100 Brisbane streets flooded.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Gudula (died today in 712)
  • Severinus of Noricum
  • Pega
  • Lucian of Beauvais
  • Abo
  • Thorfinn

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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