19 JANUARY
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • James Watt, 1736
  • Robert E. Lee, 1807
  • Edgar Allan Poe, 1809
  • Sir Henry Bessemer, 1813
  • Paul Cézanne, 1839
  • Alexander Woollcott, 1887
  • Oveta Culp Hobby, 1905
  • Mikhail Kalashnikov, 1919
  • James L. Farmer, Jr., 1920
  • Patricia Highsmith, 1921
  • Jean Stapleton, 1923
  • Robert MacNeil, 1931
  • Tippi Hedren, 1935
  • Phil Everly, 1939
  • Michael Crawford, 1942
  • Janis Joplin, 1943
  • Dolly Parton, 1946
  • Julian Barnes, 1946
  • Robert Palmer, 1949
  • Desi Arnaz Jr., 1953
  • Sir Simon Rattle, 1955
  • Paul Rodriguez, 1955

Died On This Day:

  • William Congreve, 1729
  • William O. Douglas, 1980
  • Arthur Goldberg, 1990
  • James Dickey, 1997
  • Carl Perkins, 1998
  • Hedy Lamarr, 2000
  • Tony Franciosa, 2006
  • Wilson Pickett, 2006
  • Suzanne Pleshette, 2008
  • Stan Musial, 2013

Today's Events:

  • 1770 - Battle of Golden Hill (New York); mob fight becomes first armed confrontation between Brits and colonists.
  • 1786 - State of Virginia adopts James Madison and Thomas Jefferson's bill for religious freedom.
  • 1788 - 11 ships from England with convicts arrive at Botany Bay, Australia but decide to move to a better port.
  • 1840 - Captain Wilkes discovers Antarctic coast.
  • 1853 - Verdi's opera Il Trovatore premieres in Rome at the Apollo Theatre.
  • 1915 - Patent granted for neon sign to George Claude of Paris, France.
  • 1937 - Howard Hughes sets transcontinental air record; flys monoplane from LA to NJ in 7 hrs, 28 minutes.
  • 1955 - President Dwight D. Eisenhower holds first press conference ever televised.
  • 1966 - Indira Gandhi becomes Prime Minister of India, the first woman to do so.
  • 1977 - First snowfall in recorded history in South Florida - West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, even Miami.
  • 1978 - Last (old style) Volkswagen Beetle made.
  • 2012 - 131 year-old Kodak files for bankruptcy protection.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Audifax and Abachum
  • Marius & Martha
  • Henry of Uppsala
  • Canute IV
  • Wulfstan

Holiday:

  • Robert E. Lee's birthday a State holiday in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina and Tennessee

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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