15 JANUARY
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Moliere (Jean Baptiste Poquelin) baptized, 1622
  • Ivor Novello, 1893
  • Goodman Ace, 1899
  • King Saud Saudi Arabia, 1902
  • Dr. Edward Teller, 1908
  • Gene Krupa, 1909
  • Cy Feuer, 1911
  • Lloyd Bridges, 1913
  • Hugh Trevor Roper, 1914
  • Gamal Abdul Nasser, 1918
  • Rod MacLeish, 1926
  • Chuck Berry, 1926
  • Maria Schell, 1926
  • Martin Luther King, Jr., 1929
  • Margaret O'Brien, 1937
  • Princess Michael of Kent, 1945
  • Charo, 1951

Died On This Day:

  • Fanny Kemble, 1893
  • Matthew Brady, 1896
  • Jack Teagarden, 1964
  • David Lilienthal, 1981
  • Red Smith, 1982
  • Meyer Lansky, 1983
  • Knute Rockne killed, 1986
  • Ray Bolger, 1987
  • Sammy Cahn, 1993
  • Harry Nilsson, 1994
  • King Moshoeshoe II of Lesotho killed, 1996
  • Victoria de los Angeles, 2005
  • Susannah York, 2011
  • Carol Channing, 2019

Today's Events:

  • 1559 - Queen Elizabeth I crowned at Westminster Abbey.
  • 1759 - British Museum opens at Montague House, London.
  • 1797 - First top hat worn by John Hetherington in Strand, London; arrested for scaring populace fined 2 gns.
  • 1861 - Steam elevator patented by Elisha Otis, his first entry into the elevator business.
  • 1870 - Cartoonist Thomas Nast first uses donkey to symbolize Democratic Party in cartoon for Harper's.
  • 1892 - Official rules of Basketball first published by James Naismith in The Triangle (Springfield College).
  • 1915 - US House of Representatives rejects a proposal to give women the right to vote.
  • 1919 - Two million gallons of molasses in burst Boston storage tank sends tidal wave kills 21 injures 150.
  • 1922 - Irish Free State comes into being.
  • 1936 - Non-profit Ford Foundation incorporated.
  • 1943 - Pentagon completed in Arlington Co. VA; largest office building of its time.
  • 1967 - First Superbowl played in Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles; Packers beat Kansas City 35-10.
  • 1971 - Aswan High Dam in Egypt inaugurated. Nile under control.
  • 1984 - Apple announces the up-coming Macintosh computer.
  • 1992 - Fed. Republic of Yugoslavia ends as European Communities recognize Croatia & Slovenia independence.
  • 2001 - Wikipedia, the free Internet encyclopedia, launched by founder Jimmy Wales.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Macarius the Elder
  • Paul the Hermit
  • Ita

Holiday:

  • Day of Fo an early Chinese Buddha
  • Koshogatsu (Little New Year) in Japan
  • Coming-of-Age Day in Japan

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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