29 JANUARY
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Thomas Paine, 1737
  • William McKinley, 1843
  • Anton Chekhov, 1860
  • Frederick Delius, 1862
  • W.C. Fields, 1879
  • Victor Mature, 1913
  • John Raitt, 1917
  • John Forsythe, 1918
  • Paddy Chayefsky, 1923
  • Edward Abbey, 1927
  • Germaine Greer, 1939
  • Katherine Ross, 1943
  • Tom Selleck, 1945
  • Ann Jillian, 1951
  • Oprah Winfrey, 1954
  • Greg Louganis, 1960
  • Steve Sax, 1960
  • Dominik Hasek, 1965

Died On This Day:

  • Czar Ivan V, 1696
  • King George III, 1820
  • Edward Lear, 1888
  • Alfred Sisley, 1899
  • General Earl Douglas Haig, 1928
  • H. L. Mencken, 1956
  • Fritz Kreisler, 1962
  • Robert Frost, 1963
  • Freddie Prinze suicide, 1977
  • Jimmy Durante, 1980
  • Leif Erickson, 1986
  • Margaret Truman, 2008
  • Rod McKuen, 2015

Today's Events:

  • 1635 - Academie Francaise formally established.
  • 1728 - 'The Beggar's Opera' first performed.
  • 1819 - Singapore founded by Sir Stamford Raffles.
  • 1820 - George IV takes throne of England on death of his insane father George III.
  • 1820 - George III death ends longest reign in British history; ascended throne 10/25/1760 - 59 yrs 3mos.
  • 1861 - Kansas admitted to Union.
  • 1886 - Karl Friedrich Benz patents his one-cylinder gasoline-driven car, the Motorwagen, in Germany.
  • 1900 - American League of baseball founded in Philadelphia.
  • 1924 - Machine to roll ice cream cones patented.
  • 1942 - BBC Radio's 'Desert Island Disks,' first broadcast; celebrates 60th anniversary 2002.
  • 1947 - Arthur Miller's 'All My Sons' opens on Broadway at the Coronet Theatre.
  • 1966 - 'Sweet Charity' opens on Broadway at the Palace Theatre.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Francis de Sales
  • Sulpicius
  • Gildas the Wise

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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