14 JANUARY
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Benedict Arnold, 1741
  • Albert Schweitzer, 1875
  • Hugh Lofting, 1886
  • Hal Roach, 1892
  • John Dos Passos, 1896
  • Cecil Beaton, 1904
  • William Bendix, 1906
  • Joseph Losey, 1909
  • Andy Rooney, 1919
  • Yukio Mishima, 1925
  • Warren Mitchell, 1926
  • Thomas Tryon, 1926
  • Julian Bond, 1940
  • Trevor Nunn, 1940
  • Faye Dunaway, 1941
  • Marjoe Gortner, 1945
  • Larry Kasdan, 1949

Died On This Day:

  • Edmund Halley, 1742
  • Lewis Carroll, 1898
  • Humphrey Bogart, 1957
  • Jeanette MacDonald, 1965
  • Barry Fitzgerald, 1966
  • Peter Finch, 1977
  • Anthony Eden, 1977
  • Anais Nin, 1977
  • Donna Reed, 1986
  • Uta Hagen, 2004
  • Shelley Winters, 2006
  • Ricardo Montalban, 2009
  • Alan Rickman, 2016

Today's Events:

  • 1794 - First caesarean operation in US performed by 24 year old Dr. Jesse Bennett on wife in Edom, VA.
  • 1814 - Norway ceded to Sweden by King of Denmark.
  • 1858 - Unsuccessful attempt to assassinate Napoleon III by Orsini.
  • 1878 - Alexander Graham Bell demonstrates his invention to Queen Victoria at Osborne House, Isle of Wight.
  • 1900 - Giacomo Puccini’s opera "Tosca" debuts in Rome at the Theatro Constanzi before the Queen of Italy.
  • 1907 - Earthquake in Jamaica destroys capital of Kingston; 1,000 killed.
  • 1914 - Henry Ford inaugurates first assembly line for continuous assembly of cars.
  • 1952 - The Today Show starts broadcasting mornings on NBC Television; Dave Garroway hosts.
  • 1954 - Marilyn Monroe marries Yankee Clipper Joe Dimaggio at San Francisco City Hall.
  • 1969 - Russian Soyuz 4 and 5 become first manned spacecraft to interchange astronauts in space.
  • 1999 - Trial of the Century begins - President Clinton impeachment trial by U.S. Senate over sexual misconduct.
  • 2011 - Rebellion in Tunisia is first time in history that public street demonstrations overthrow an Arab leader; President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali flees country.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Barba'shmin
  • Felix of Nola
  • Kentigern
  • Macrina the Elder
  • Sava

Holiday:

  • Festival of the Ass celebrated in France (fete de l'ane)
  • Mallard Day

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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