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1451 Franchinus Gaffurius composer
1467 Henry van Stolberg & Wernigerode German Governor/Viceroy of Frisia
1566 Angelo Notari composer
1592 Sjihab al-Din Sultan Choerram Sjah Djahan leader of India
1615 John Biddle English minister (Unitarian)
1618 Jan Six Dutch mayor of Amsterdam
1655 Angelo Predieri composer
1664 Simon van Slingelandt Dutch grand pensionary (1727-36)
1684 Jean-Baptiste Vanloo French painter
1700 Picander [Christian F Henrici], German writer (Der Säuffer)
1705 Jean-Baptiste C Bouvet de Lozier/Lozier-Bouvet Governor (Reunion Is)
1722 Friedrich Gottlob Fleischer composer
1730 William Whipple merchant/judge/patriot (Declaration of Independence signer)
1741 Benedict Arnold US General turned traitor (Revolutionary War)
1751 Corona Elizabeth Wilhelmine Schroter composer
1780 Francois-Joseph Dizi composer
1791 Calvin Phillips became shortest known adult male (67cm; 2'2")
1798 Isaac da Costa Dutch writer/lawyer
1798 Johan R Thorbecke Premier of Netherlands (Liberal-1849-72)
1800 Ludwig A F Ritter von Köchel Austrian musicologist (Mozart, Fux)
1804 John Park composer
1806 Matthew Fontaine Maury Naval Commander (Confederacy)
1812 Carl Gradener composer
1814 Johannes Josephus Viotta composer
1817 Harmen S Sytstra Dutch poet/editor (Iduna)
1818 Zacharias Topelius Finnish historical novelist (Surgeon's Stories)
1819 Fabio Campana composer
1819 Frederick Steele Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1868
1822 Nicholas Mori composer
1831 John Bullock Clark Jr Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1903
1834 William Cleaver Francis Robinson composer
1836 [Hugh] Judson Kilpatrick Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1881
1839 Emil Bohn composer
1841 Berthe M P Morisot French painter/aquarellist
1844 Clara Kathleen Rogers composer
1845 Henry C K Petty-Fitzmaurice 5th marquess of Landsdowne/Governor-General Canada
1850 Jean de Reszke [Jan Mieczyslaw], Polish tenor
1850 Pierre Loti [Julien Viaud], French sea officer/writer (Pêcheur)
1851 Théophile de Bock Dutch painter/etcher/drawer
1861 Mehmed VI last sultan of Ottoman Empire (1918-22)
1861 Wilhelm von Polenz German writer (Der Pfarrer von Breitendorf)
1863 Pieter Oosterlee Dutch educator
1868 Catharina A M de Savornin Lohman Dutch author (Belief)
1871 Pauline Beersmans [van Cuyck], Flemish actress (Hofslachter)
1874 Thornton Waldo Burgess author (Peter Rabbit)
1875 Albert Schweitzer doctor/humanitarian/organist (Nobel 1952)
1878 Victor A D Ségalen [Max Anély], French writer
1882 Hendrik W van Loon Netherlands, commentator/writer (Story of America)
1886 Hugh Lofting English/American writer & illustrator (Dr Dolittle)
1889 Vincenzo Davico composer
1892 Hal Roach early film director/producer (1 Million BC)
1892 Martin Niemöller clergyman (German Protestant); imprisoned by Hitler
1895 George Richard Samways children's writer
1896 John dos Passos novelist (1919, Big Money, 42nd Parallel)
1898 Helen Flint Chicago, actress (Sea Devils, Married Before Breakfast)
1899 Fritz Bayerlein German Lieutenant-General (WWI, Poland, Libya, St Louis)
19-- Jonathan Daly Chicago, actor (Orrin-Petticoat Junction)
1901 Carlos P Romulo Philippine General/Diplomat/Jurist
1901 Bebe Daniels Scotland, actress (42nd Street, Lonesome Luke)
1902 Alfred Tarski Warsaw, mathematician/logician
1902 F C Terborgh [Reijnier Flaes], Dutch writer (De Turkenoorlog)
1903 Veronica Turleigh County Donegal Ireland, actress (Promoter)
1904 Sir Cecil Beaton England, royal family photographer
1906 William Bendix New York City NY, actor (Lifeboat, Babe Ruth Story, Life of Riley)
1906 Walter Knape composer
1907 Derek Richter British neuro chemist (Aspects of learning & memory)
1907 Sophie Redmond Suriname's 1st female physician
1908 Carl Esmond Vienna Austria, actor (Address Unknown, Hitler)
1908 Ruggiero de Rudolpho Columbo US singer/actor (Miracle of Women)
1909 Joseph Walton Losey Wisconsin, director (Damned, Accident)
1910 Renier van der Velden composer
1911 George Amadee Tremblay composer
1911 Helmut Degen composer
1912 Rudolf Hagelstange German author/poet (Spielball der Götter)
1913 Tillie Olsen American writer (Tell Me a Riddle)
1914 Harold Russell actor (Best Years of Our Life)
1915 Andre Frossard Catholic columnist
1916 John Oliver Killens novelist
1919 Andy Rooney Albany NY, CBS news correspondent (60 Minutes)
1919 Giulio Andreotti 7 x premier (Italy)
1920 George Herman newsman (CBS-TV)
1920 Bertus de Harder Dutch soccer star (Bordeaux)
1920 Donald Beard cricketer (New Zealand pace bowler in the 1950's)
1921 Mark Lawrence Washington DC, pianist (Alice Pearce)
1921 Charles Gaupp German/Dutch painter
1924 Guy Williams New York City NY, actor (Zorro, Lost in Space)
1925 Yukio Mishima Japan, novelist (Temple of Golden Pavilion)
1926 Frank Aletter Long Island NY, actor (Mac-It's About Time, Tom-Nancy)
1926 Thomas Tryon Hartford CT, actor/novelist (I Married a Monster from Outer Space, Cardinal, All That Glitters)
1926 Harold Wolpe sociologist lawyer/South African activist
1927 Ivan Kalita USSR, equestrian dressage (Olympics-silver-1968)
1928 Gerald Arpino Staten Island NY, choreographer
1929 Billy Walker Ralls TX, country singer (Ozark Jubilee)
1929 Aleksander Petrovic film director
1930 Edgar Sergeyi Hovhanesyan composer
1930 Ernest Just Black biologist, served as Vice President of American Zoologists
1931 Juraj Pospisil composer
1932 Catarina Valente Paris France, singer (The Entertainers)
1932 Harriet Andersson Stockholm Sweden, actress (Cries & Whispers)
1936 Ludmila Pinayeva USSR, 500m kayak (Olympics-gold-1964, 1968, 1972)
1936 Reiner Klimke Germany, equestrian dressage (Olympics-gold-1984)
1936 Clarence Carter US singer (Thread the Needle)
1936 John Paul Cain Sweetwater TX, PGA golfer (1989 Greater Grand Rapids)
1937 Billie Jo Spears country singer
1937 Ken Higgs cricketer (effective England pace-bowler in 15 Tests 1965-68)
1938 Jack Jones Los Angeles CA, singer (Love Boat Theme)
1938 Allen Toussaint [Naomi Neville], pianist/songwriter (Ride Your Pony, Wild Sign of New Orleans)
1940 Julian Bond Nashville TN, (D-GA) civil rights leader
1941 Marjoe Gortner Long Beach CA, actor (Speak Up America, Falcon Crest)
1941 C L "Gibby" Gilbert Jr Chattanooga TN, PGA golfer (1976 Danny Thomas)
1941 [Dorothy] Faye Dunaway Bascom FL, actress (Chinatown, Bonnie & Clyde)
1942 Carol Bellamy Planfield NJ, (City Council President-D-NYC, 1978-85)
1942 Amichand Rajbansi South African politician
1943 Holland Taylor Philadelphia PA, actress (The Practice, Bossom Buddies, Camilla-Naked Truth)
1943 Ronald Hunter Boston MA, actor (Lazarus Syndrome)
1943 Shannon W Lucid Shanghai China, astronaut (STS 51G, STS 34, STS 43, STS 58, STS 76/79)
1943 José Luis Rodriguez Caracas Venezuela, singer (Dueno De Nada)
1944 Graham Vivian Marsh Kalgoorlie Australia, PGA golfer (1977 Heritage)
1947 Bill Weberniuk Canadian snooker player
1948 Carl Weathers New Orleans LA, actor (Apollo Creed-Rocky)
1948 T-Bone Burnett musician/producer
1948 Tim Harris rocker (Foundations)
1949 Christine Belford Amityville NY, actress (Banacek, Empire, 90210)
1949 Lawrence Kasdan Miami FL, director/writer (Accidental Tourist)
1951 Gil Pak Jong Korea, judo (Olympics-1976)
1951 William Risrook rocker (BT Express-Here Comes the Express)
1952 Sydney Biddle Barrow madam/author (Mayflower Madam)
1958 Colin Ferguson murderer (6 people on the Long Island Railroad on Dec 7, 1993)
1959 Carl Chas Smash Smyth rock bassist (Madness-Our House)
1959 Geoff Tate vocalist (Queensryche-Breaking the Silence)
1959 Paul Terry cricketer (in Germany Two Tests England vs West Indies 1984)
1959 Susan Smith Beloit WI, playmate (Sept, 1981)
1961 Robert Edwin Hall mountaineer/businessman
1962 Patrica Morrison rocker (Sisters of Mercy-Walk Away, Black Planet)
1964 Sergei Nemchinov Moscow Russia, NHL center (New York Islanders, Olympics-Silver-98)
1964 Steven Soderbergh writer (Mimi, Schizoplis)
1965 Vanity [Dee Dee Williams], singer/actress (Action Jackson)
1965 Dave Lowry Sudbury, NHL left wing (Florida Panthers)
1965 Désirée Nosbusch Luxembourg, actress (The Fan)
1965 Jemma Redgrave London England, actress (Buddha of Suburbia)
1966 Daniel J Schneider Memphis TN, actor (Dennis-Head of the Class)
1966 Matt Brock NFL defensive end/tackle (New York Jets)
1967 Emily Watson actress (Breaking the Waves, Boxer)
1967 Terry Wooden NFL linebacker (Seattle Seahawks, Kansas City Chiefs)
1967 Tom Rhodes actor (Tom Rhodes-Mr Rhodes)
1968 Fred[ric] Honebein San Francisco CA, rower (Olympics-5th-1996)
1968 L L Cool J [James Todd Smith], St Albans NY, rapper (Bigger & Deffer)
1969 Jason Kent Bateman Rye NY, actor (David-Valerie, Hogan Family)
1969 Dave Grohl drummer (Nirvana, Foo Fighters)
1969 David Webb WLAF linebacker (Frankfurt Galaxy)
1969 Martin Bicknell cricketer (England pace bowler 1993)
1969 Rico Smith NFL wide receiver (Cleveland Browns)
1970 Eric Charron Verdun, NHL defenseman (Washington Capitals)
1970 Steve Cooke Kanai HI, pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates)
1970 Tyrone Hughes NFL cornerback (New Orleans Saints, Chicago Bears)
1972 Kyle Brady NFL tight end (New York Jets)
1972 Michael Davis NFL cornerback (Cleveland Browns)
1973 Ed Howard NFL wide receiver (Atlanta Falcons)
1973 Lethon Flowers NFL defensive back (Pittsburgh Steelers)
1973 Rod Myers Conroe TX, outfielder (Kansas City Royals)
1974 Hugues Legault Montréal Québec Canada, 50m swimmer (Olympics-96)
1974 Kevin Jefferson NFL linebacker (Cincinnati Bengals)
1974 Michael Dritlein WLAF wide receiver (Rhein Fire)
1974 Nancy Napolski Hinsdale Idaho, air rifle (Olympics-1996)
1975 Marcel Koning soccer player (FC The Hague/NEC)
1977 Terry Ryan St Johns, NHL left wing (Montréal Canadiens)
1988 Jamie Altman son of Lynda Carter & Robert Altman
1988 Jordy French singer
1989 Sextuplets Paris France, (to a 29-year-old woman)

Deaths which occurred on January 14:

0973 Ekkehard I monk of St Gallen (Vita Waltharii manu fortis), dies
1163 Ladislaus I Arpad king of Hungary (1162-63), dies
1236 Sava [Rastko] son of Serbia's king/saint, dies at 64
1237 St Sava son of Serbia's king, dies
1301 Andreas III Arpad king of Hungary (1290-1301), dies at 50
1595 Ferdinand archduke of Austria/mayor of Bohemenia, dies
1623 Paolo Sarpi Italian church historian/politician, dies at 70
1648 Casparus Barleaus Flemish theologist/poet (Muiderkring), dies at 63
1676 Pier Francesco Cavalli Italian (opera)composer, dies at 73
1742 Edmund Halley genius eclipsed by Newton, dies at 86
1766 Frederik V king of Denmark/Norway (1746-66), dies at 42
1802 Marie Allard French ballerina, dies at 59
1817 Pierre-Alexandre Monsigny composer, dies at 87
1822 Franz Innocenz Joseph Kobell German landscape painter, dies at 72
1830 Johann G Repsold German instrument maker, dies at 59
1847 Governor Bent 5 others in US occupation, killed by revolt in New Mexico
1850 Anthony van Hoboken Rotterdam merchant/ship owner, dies at 93
1868 Heinrich Schenker Austrian musicologist (Ursatz), dies at 66
1887 Friedrich von Amerling Austrian painter, dies at 83
1887 Peter "Peerke" Donders missionary (Father of Melaatsen), dies at 77
1888 Stephen Heller composer, dies at 74
1890 Francesco D'Arcais composer, dies at 59
1898 Reverend Charles L Dodgson better known as Lewis Carroll, dies at 66
1901 Charles Hermite French mathematician (e is transcendent), dies at 78
1901 Mandell Creighton English bishop/historian, dies at 57
1901 Victor Balaguer Catalaans historian/politician/author, dies at 76
1902 Cato M Guldberg Norwegian mathematician, dies at 65
1905 Ernst Abbe German physicist (Carl Zeiss Optics Company), dies at 64
1907 Karl von Perfall composer, dies at 82
1908 Holger Drachmann writer, dies
1909 Sinovi P Rozhestvensky Russian admiral, dies at 60
1912 Otto Liebmann German philosopher (Kant & Epigones), dies at 71
1916 Otto Ammon German anthropologist/sociologist, dies at 73
1924 Arne Garborg Norwegian playwright (Mannfolk), dies at 72
1925 Willem Devout self employed (V & Dreesmann), dies
1929 Cornelis W Lely Dutch Governor of Suriname (1902-05), dies at 74
1931 William Ernst Johnson British mathematician, dies
1943 Adolf Sandberger composer, dies at 78
1944 Mohammed Emin Yurdakul Turkish poet, dies at about 74
1945 Sandor Vandor composer, dies at 43
1948 Anna "Ans" van Dike Dutch Jewish Nazi-collaborator, executed at 42
1949 Joaquín Turina Spanish pianist/conductor/composer (Rima), dies at 66
1956 Siegfried F Nadel Australian/British anthropologist (Nuba), dies at 52
1957 Humphrey Bogart actor (Casablanca, Caine Mutiny), dies at 57
1961 Ernest Thesiger actor (Brass Monkey, Ghoul), dies at 81
1961 Henry Geehl composer, dies at 79
1963 Gustav Regler writer, dies at 64
1965 Jeanette MacDonald soprano (When I'm Calling You), dies at 63
1966 Sergei Korolev Russian space station constructor, dies
1967 Renato Lunelli composer, dies at 71
1970 John J "Johnny" Murphy US baseball pitcher (New York Yankees), dies at 61
1971 Ethel Glenn Hier composer, dies at 82
1972 Frederik IX [Christiaan FFMKW], king of Denmark (1947-72), dies at 72
1974 Josef Smrkovsky Czechoslovakia parliament chairman, dies at 62
1976 Margaret Leighton actress (Best Man, Go-Between), dies at 53
1977 Abdul Razak bin Hussain premier of Malaysia (1970-77), dies at 53
1977 Anaïs Nin Cuban/American writer (Delta of Venus), dies at 73
1977 Anthony Eden British premier (1955-57), dies at 79
1977 Peter Finch actor (Network, Nun's Story, Judith), dies at 60
1978 Blossom Rock actress (Grandmamma-Addams Family), dies at 81
1978 Robert Heger composer, dies at 91
1984 Ray Kroc founder of MacDonalds/owner San Diego Padres, dies at 82
1984 Mary Zeldenrust-Noordanus Dutch sexuologist (Dutch Society for Sexual Reformation-NVSH), dies at 55
1984 Paul Ben Haim composer, dies at 86
1985 Jetta Goudal French actress (White Gold), dies at 86
1986 Donna Reed actress (Donna Reed Show, Dallas), dies of cancer at 64
1986 Walter Leblanc Belgian painter, dies at 53
1987 Douglas Sirk director (Zu Neuen Ufern, Boefje), dies at 86
1988 Georgi M Malenkov PM of USSR (1953-55), dies at 86
1990 David Arkin actor (I Love You Alice B Toklas), dies
1991 Sallah Kharaf [Abu Iyad], co-founder (Al-Fatah), assassinated
1992 Hari Rhodes actor (Earth II, Detroit 9000), dies at 59
1993 Elisabeth A de Vreugd chambermaid for Dutch Queen, dies at 98
1993 Manfred Lachs Polish lawyer (International Court of Justice), dies
1994 Esther Ralston US actress (Tin Pan Alley, San Francisco Docks), dies at 91
1994 Federica Montseny anarchist/Spanish minister of Health (1936), dies at 80
1995 Alexander Gibson British conductor/founder (Scottish Opera), dies at 68
1995 Mark Finch film festival organizer, dies at 33
1995 Stafford William Somerfield newspaper editor, dies at 84
1996 Eric Briault educationalist, dies at 84
1996 Pamelo Mounk'a musician, dies at 50
1997 King Hu film director, dies at 64


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1236 English king Henry III marries Eleonora of Provence
1526 Charles V & Francis I sign Treaty of Madrid; Francis I forced to give up claims in Burgundy, Italy & Flanders
1601 Church authorities burn Hebrew books in Rome
1639 1st Connecticut constitution (Fundamental Orders) adopted in Hartford
1639 Rodger Ludlow publishes"Fundamental Orders of Connecticut"
1641 United East Indian Company conquerors city of Malakka, 7,000 killed
1659 Battle at Elvas Portuguese beat Spanish
1690 Clarinet is invented, in Nüremberg, Germany
1699 Massachusetts holds day of fasting for wrongly persecuting "witches"
1717 German mob leader "Sjako" sentenced to death in Amsterdam
1724 Spanish King Philip V abdicates throne
1739 England & Spain signs 2nd Convention of Pardo
1746 Bonnie Prince Charlie's army leaves Glasgow
1783 Congress ratifies peace treaty between US & England
1784 Revolutionary War ends; Congress ratifies the Treaty of Paris
1785 Mozart completes "Dissonantenkwartet" (opus 10)
1794 Dr Jessee Bennet of Edom VA, performs 1st successful Cesarean section operation on his wife
1799 Eli Whitney receives government contract for 10,000 muskets
1799 King of Naples flees before the advancing French armies
1813 Gideon Hawley becomes 1st state school superintendent in US (NY)
1814 King of Denmark cedes Norway to King of Sweden by treaty of Kiel
1847 Conspiracy in New Mexico against US
1858 French Emperor Napoleon III escapes attempt on his life by Felice Orsini, an Italian patriot who was later executed
1861 Fort Pikens FL falls into state hands
1863 Battle between gunboats at Bayou Teched LA
1864 Battle of Cosby Creek TN
1864 General Sherman begins his march to the South
1868 North Carolina constitutional convention meets in Raleigh
1868 South Carolina constitutional convention, meets with a black majority
1873 "Celluloid" registered as a trademark
1873 P B S Pinchback elected to Senate
1874 I D Shadd elected Speaker of the lower house of the Mississippi legislature
1878 US Supreme court rules race separation on trains unconstitutional
1897 6,960-m (22,834') Cerro Aconcagua (Argentina) 1st climbed
1898 Joe Darling hits the 1st six in Tests (out of the ground)
1900 Giacomo Puccini's opera "Tosca" premieres in Rome
1905 Hubbell, Shubert & Smith's musical "Fontana" premieres in New York City NY
1908 Roger Hartigan scores century on Test debut vs England Adelaide (116)
1909 Coöp Far Central Management forms
1912 Raymond Poincaré becomes premier of France
1914 Henry Ford introduces assembly line, for T-Fords
1916 Dutch South Sea dike cracks
1918 Finland & USSR adopts New Style (Gregorian) calendar
1919 John McGraw, Charles A Stoneham, & Judge McQuade buy New York Giants
1924 Allies direct Fiume (Rijeka) in Italy
1925 Alban Berg's atonale opera "Wozzeck" premieres in Berlin
1927 Toronto Maple Leafs 1st hat trick (Hap Day) vs New York Rangers
1929 Afghan King Amanullah forced to resign
1932 1st totalisator (to record racetrack bets) in US installed, Hialeah
1932 Horse racing legend Eddie Arcaro won his 1st race
1935 Oil pipeline Iraq-Mediterranean goes into use
1936 L M (Mario) Giannini elected president of Bank of America
1938 National Society for the Legalization of Euthanasia formed (NY)
1939 All commercial ferry service to East Bay ends
1939 Norway claims Queen Maud Land in Antarctica
1940 Commissioner Kenesaw Landis gives free agency to 91 Detroit Tigers
1940 NFL Pro Bowl Green Bay beats NFL All-Stars 16-7
1942 Japanese troops land at oil center Balikpapan in Borneo
1943 Alex Smart (Montréal) is 1st NHLer to score hat trick in his 1st game
1943 FDR & Winston Churchill confer in Casablanca concerning WWII
1943 Heinrich Himmler views Warsaw
1944 Soviet army begins offensive at Oranienbaum/Wolchow
1946 2 jetties collapse in Ganges-160 Hindu pilgrims are crushed
1949 Black/Indian race rebellion in Durban, South Africa; 142 die
1950 US recalls all consular officials from China
1950 "As the Girls Go" closes at Winter Garden Theater New York City NY after 420 performances
1951 NFL Pro Bowl 1st since 1942, Americans beat Nationals 28-27
1952 "Today Show" premieres with Dave Garroway & Jack Lescoulie on NBC-TV
1952 Rationing of coffee in Netherlands ends
1952 Snow storm in Sierra NV kills 26
1953 Yugoslavia elects its 1st president (Marshal Tito)
1953 Vaughan William's "Sinfonia Antartica" premieres in Manchester
1953 WALA TV channel 10 in Mobile, AL (NBC) begins broadcasting
1954 Marilyn Monroe marries baseball star, New York Yankee, Joe DiMaggio
1954 Sandy Wilson's musical "Boyfriend" premieres in London
1955 Heitor Villa-Lobos' 8th Symphony, premieres in Philadelphia
1956 Little Richard releases "Tutti Frutti"
1956 Jordan government refuses to join Pact of Baghdad
1960 Tuindorp-Oostzaan in Northern Amsterdam, flooded
1960 US Army promoted Elvis Presley to Sergeant
1961 Chicago Bear Willard Dewveall becomes 1st NFLer to join the AFL
1962 NFL Pro Bowl West beats East 31-30
1963 George C Wallace sworn in as Governor of Alabama, his address states "segregation now; segregation tomorrow; segregation forever!"
1964 Jacqueline Kennedy's 1st public appearance (TV) since assassination
1964 14th NBA All-Star Game East beats West 111-107 at Boston
1964 Bapu Nadkarni 32-27-5-0 vs England, 21 maiden overs in a row
1966 David Bowie releases his 1st record (Can't Help Thinking About Me)
1967 20,000 attend the Human Be-In, San Francisco
1967 New York Times reports Army is conducting secret germ warfare experiments
1967 Sonny & Cher release "The Beat Goes On"
1967 Earthquake in Sicily kills 231
1968 Super Bowl II Green Bay Packers beat Oakland Raiders, 33-14 in Miami; Super Bowl MVP Bart Starr, Green Bay, Quarterback
1969 25 members of US aircraft carrier Enterprise die during maneuvers
1969 Soyuz 4 launched; rendezvous with Soyuz 5 two days later
1971 John Snow takes 7-40 for England to beat Australia by 299 runs
1972 "Sanford & Son" starring Redd Foxx premieres on NBC TV
1972 WMAH TV channel 19 in Biloxi MS (PBS) begins broadcasting
1972 WMAU TV channel 17 in Bude MS (PBS) begins broadcasting
1972 WMAW TV channel 14 in Meridian, MS (PBS) begins broadcasting
1973 Grateful Dead bass player, Phil Lesh, busted for drugs in California
1973 Tap dancer Ray Castle measured at 1440 taps/minutes on BBC TV
1973 Super Bowl VII Miami Dolphins beat Washington Redskins, 14-7 in Los Angeles; Super Bowl MVP Jake Scott, Miami, Safety
1974 World Football League founded
1975 Anita Wold (Norway) sets women's ski jump distance record-98 meters
1975 USSR breaks trade agreement with US
1976 "The Bionic Woman" with Lindsay Wagner debuts on ABC (later NBC)
1976 Ted Turner becomes CEO of Atlanta Braves
1978 Sex Pistols' final concert (Winterland, San Francisco)
1979 President Carter proposes Martin Luther King's birthday be a holiday
1980 "Blues Brothers" movie with Dan Akroyd & John Belushi opens
1980 Shakuntala Devi, mentally multiplies 2 13-digit #s in 28 seconds
1981 FCC frees stations to air as many commercials an hour as they wish
1984 Madonna 1st sings "Holiday" on American Bandstand
1985 16 indicted by US for granting sanctuary to Central American refugees
1985 British pound (£) sinks to record low-$1.11
1985 Martina Navratilova is 3rd to win 100 tennis tournaments (Connors & Evert)
1986 Vinicio Cerezo becomes only the 2nd freely elected President of Guatemala since the CIA-sponsored coup in 1954
1986 Constitution of Guatemala takes effect
1987 Catfish Hunter & Billy Williams are elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
1989 29 year old French woman gives birth to sextuplets in Paris
1989 "Romance/Romance" closes at Helen Hayes Theater New York City NY after 297 performances
1989 1,000 muslims burn Rushdies' "Satanic Verses" in Bradford England
1989 Former Belgian premier Paul Vanden Boeynants kidnapped
1990 Perez de Cuellar says he has lost all hope for peace in the Gulf
1990 "Simpsons" premiered on Fox-TV
1990 11th ACE Cable Awards
1991 "Barbara DeAngelis Show" premieres on CBS-TV
1991 Tyne Daly arrested for drunk driving in Van Nuys CA
1991 Jorge Serrano Elías sworn in as President of Guatemala
1991 Valentin Pavlov become new premier of USSR
1993 "Anna Christie" opens at Criterion Theater New York City NY for 54 performances
1993 David Letterman announces his show is moving from NBC to CBS
1993 Polish ferry boat capsizes in storm, 50 die
1994 Inna Lassovskaya triple-jumps ladies world record (14.61 meters)
1994 Kathleen Kinmont files for divorce from Lorenzo Lamas
1994 Russian manned space craft TM-17, lands
1995 10,000s South Africans attend state funeral of Joe Slovo
1995 16th ACE Cable Awards HBO wins 23 awards
1996 "Holiday" closes at Circle in Square Theater New York City NY after 49 performances
1996 "Swinging On a Star" closes at Music Box Theater New York City NY after 97 performances
1996 Liselotte Neumann wins Chrysler-Plymouth Tournament of Golf Champions
1998 100th episode of "Ellen" airs
1998 Charles Barkley pleads not guilty to an assault charge


Note: Some Holidays are only applicable on a given "day of the week"

Julian calendar : New Year's Day in 20th, 21st centuries
Maryland : Ratification Day (1784)
Switzerland : Meitlisunntig Festival-Woman in Villmergen War (1712) - - - - - ( Sunday )

Religious Observances

Orthodox : Circumcision of Jesus
Roman Catholic : Commemoration of St Felix of Nola, priest/martyr
Greek Orthodox : St Basil's Day
old Roman Catholic : Feast of St Hilary, bishop/doctor (now 1/13)
Christian : Feast of St Sava
Lutheran : Commemoration of Eivind Berggrav, bishop of Oslo

Religious History

1529 Spanish reformer Juan de Valdes, 29, published his "Dialogue on Christian Doctrine," which paved the way in Spain for Protestant ideas. But his treatise was condemned by the Spanish Inquisition, and Valdes was forced to flee Spain, never to return
1604 The Hampton Court Conference opened in London, during which Puritan representatives met with their monarch, King James I, to discuss reform within the Church of England.
1893 Pope Leo XIII appointed Archbishop Francesco Satolli as the Vatican's first Apostolic Delegate to the United States.
1966 French-born American trappist monk Thomas Merton wrote in a letter: 'The best way to solve the problem of rendering to Caesar what is Caesar's is to have nothing that is Caesar's.'
1972 American Presbyterian apologist Francis Schaeffer wrote in a letter: 'I have come to the conclusion that none of us in our generation feels as guilty about sin as we should or as our forefathers did.'

Source: William D. Blake. ALMANAC OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH. Minneapolis: Bethany House, 1987.
Additional information supplied by the author. Contact via E-mail: William D. Blake. (

Thought for the day :

" Sin has many tools, but a lie is the handle which fits them all. "

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