7 JANUARY
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Thomas of Woodstock duke of Gloucester, 1355
  • Pope Gregory XIII, 1502
  • Jacques Étienne Montgolfier, 1745
  • Millard Fillmore, 1800
  • Adolph Zukor, 1873
  • Charles Addams, 1912
  • Jean-Pierre Rampal, 1922
  • Vincent Gardenia, 1922
  • Alvin Dark, 1922
  • Gerald Durrell, 1925
  • William Peter Blatty, 1928
  • Jann Wenner, 1947
  • Kenny Loggins, 1948
  • Katie Couric, 1957
  • Nicholas Cage, 1964
  • Lewis Hamilton, 1985

Died On This Day:

  • Catherine of Aragon, 1536
  • Pope Innocent X, 1655
  • Jim Fisk, 1872
  • Nikola Tesla, 1943
  • John Berryman suicide, 1972
  • Henry Miller, 1980
  • Trevor Howard, 1988
  • Emperor Hirohito, 1989
  • Bronko Nagurski, 1990
  • Rod Taylor, 2015

Today's Events:

  • 1451 - Glasgow University founded.
  • 1558 - Calais captured by the French under the Duke de Guise from Britain.
  • 1610 - Four major moons of Jupiter - Io, Europa, Ganymede, Callisto, discovered by Galileo with telescope.
  • 1618 - Francis Bacon becomes Lord Chancellor of England.
  • 1785 - First hot air balloon crossing of English Channel by Jean-Pierre Blanchard & John Jeffries of Boston.
  • 1789 - First American national election; George Washington elected President, John Adams Vice.
  • 1830 - First railroad passenger ticket sold for ride on Baltimore and Ohio in Baltimore.
  • 1927 - First commercial short wave transatlantic phone service; London editor calls NY correspondent.
  • 1927 - Harlem Globetrotters, clown princes of basketball, play first exhibition game in Hinckley, IL.
  • 1929 - Comic strips 'Buck Rogers' and 'Tarzan' debut.
  • 1934 - Comic strip 'Flash Gordon' first published.
  • 1953 - President Harry S. Truman announces development of hydrogen bomb in State of Union speech.
  • 1955 - Marian Anderson becomes first Black to sing at Met; debuts in Verdi's 'Un Ballo in Maschera.'
  • 1973 - World record auction price for car; Earl Clark purchases Mercedes owned by Hitler for $153,000.
  • 1979 - Pol Pot's government in Cambodia overthrown.
  • 2015 - Slaughter in Paris: Islamic terrorists kill 12 at satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in the name of Islam + another four die in Paris kosher supermarket.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Canute Lavard
  • Lucian of Antioch
  • Charles of Sezze

Holiday:

  • Christmas Day ( Russian Orthodox Churches - on Julian Calendar date)
  • Day of Numa Wizard King of Rome
  • Nanakusa or 7 Plant 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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