9 JANUARY
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Pope Gregory XV, 1554
  • Arthur 'Bugs' Baer, 1886
  • Karel Capek, 1890
  • Gracie Fields, 1898
  • Rudolf Bing, 1902
  • George Balanchine, 1904
  • Simone de Beauvoir, 1908
  • Richard Nixon, 1913
  • Gypsy Rose Lee, 1914
  • Fernando Lamas, 1915
  • Lee Van Cleef, 1925
  • Judith Krantz, 1928
  • Brian Friel, 1929
  • Bart Starr, 1934
  • Dick Enberg, 1935
  • Bob Denver, 1935
  • Susannah York, 1941
  • Joan Baez, 1941
  • Jimmy Page, 1944
  • Crystal Gayle, 1951
  • Joely Richardson, 1965
  • Dave Matthews, 1967
  • Kate Middleton, 1982

Died On This Day:

  • Marco Polo, 1324
  • Bernard Fontenelle, 1757
  • Charles Louis Napoleon Bonaparte III , 1873
  • King Victor Emmanuel (Italy), 1878
  • Katherine Mansfield, 1923
  • John Gilbert, 1936
  • Lucia Chase, 1986
  • Peter Cook, 1995
  • Jesse White, 1997
  • Carlo Ponti, 2007
  • Peter Yates, 2011

Today's Events:

  • 1768 - First modern circus staged in London.
  • 1788 - Connecticut becomes 5th state of Union by ratifying Constitution.
  • 1792 - Treaty of Jassy ends second war between Russia and Turkey.
  • 1793 - First American manned air-balloon flight made by Jean Pierre Blanchard and a small dog at Philly.
  • 1799 - Income tax introduced in Britain by Pitt the Younger; two shillings in the pound levied on all.
  • 1806 - Funeral procession of Admiral Lord Nelson attracts thousands to the streets of London.
  • 1816 - New camp for coal miners invented by Sir Humphry Davy first used in a coal mine in England.
  • 1861 - Mississippi secedes from the Union; second state to do so after South Carolina.
  • 1861 - First act of U.S. Civil War-unarmed merchant vessel 'Star of the West' fired upon by South Carolina.
  • 1905 - George Bernard Shaw's play 'You Never Can Tell' opens in New York; critics are kind.
  • 1969 - The English Concorde makes its first test flight at Bristol.
  • 1972 - Queen Elizabeth cruise ship catches fire in Hong Kong harbor.
  • 1979 - Vietnamese forces capture Cambodia's capital Phnom Penh, overthrowing Khmer Rouge regime.
  • 2007 - Apple CEO Steve Jobs announces new product, the iPhone, (released 6/29/07).

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Adrian of Canterbury
  • Philip of Moscow

Holiday:

  • Birthday of Queen Mother Mariya celebrated in Yugoslavia

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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