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US Federal Holidays - January 2008:
New Year's Day - January 1
Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday
(observed Monday, January 21, 2008)

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Astrological Signs in January

Capricorn:  December 22 - January 19

Aquarius:  January 20 - February 18

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January Birthstone:  Garnet
The Garnet is the symbol of constancy and fidelity.

For information about birthstones, see:
www.americangemsociety.org/birthstones.htm

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January Flower:  Carnation and Snowdrop

January 29th is Carnation Day

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Monthly Observances for January

January Monthly Observances:

  • Bath Safety Month
  • Birth Defects Prevention Month
  • Blood Donor Month (National Volunteer)
  • Book Blitz Month (National)
  • Business & Reference Books Month
  • Careers in Cosmetology Month (National)
  • Cervical Health Awareness Month (National)
  • Clown Month
  • Crime Stoppers Month
  • Coffee Gourmet Month (International)
  • Diet Month, Fat-Free Living Month, Lose Weight & Feel Great Month
  • Eye Health Care Month (National)
  • Fiber Focus Month (National)
  • Glaucoma Awareness Month
  • Hobby Month (US National)
  • Human Resource Month
  • Letter Writing Month (US National)
  • Oatmeal Month (US National)
  • Poverty in America Month
  • Prune Breakfast Month
  • Radio Month (US National)
  • Retail Bakers Month
  • School Board Month (US National)
  • Soup Month (US National)
  • Stamp Collectors Month (US National)
  • Tea Month (US National) - a/k/a Hot Tea Month
  • Thyroid Disease Awareness Month

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Weekly Observances for January

First Week of January:

  • Diet Resolution Week

Second Week of January:

  • Law Enforcement Training Week (National)
    • Proclamation 6396 -- National Law Enforcement Training Week, 1992
      "To heighten public awareness of the importance of law enforcement training and its related fields, the Congress, by Public Law 102 - 206, has designated the week of January 5 through January 11, 1992, as "National Law Enforcement Training Week."  For official proclamation, see: http://bushlibrary.tamu.edu/research/papers/1991/91122001.html
  • Letter Writing Week (Universal)
  • School Crossing Guard Week (Wisconsin 2nd Annual Adult School Crossing Guard Recognition Week)

Third Week of January:

  • Activity Professionals Week (National, US)
    • National Activity Professionals' Week (NAP WEEK) is sponsored by the National Association of Activity Professionals (NAAP).  Official Web site:  www.thenaap.com
    • National Activity Professional's Week "will celebrate a special week for a very special group of people, the nation's Activity Professionals. These are dedicated women and men who help to enrich the daily lives of older adults in long term care facilities, retirement homes, day programs and senior centers."  Source: www.prweb.com/releases/2003/1/prweb55124.htm
  • Book Week (National)
  • Cuckoo Dancing Week is observed the week of January 18th, celebrating Laurel and Hardy movies.  Oliver Hardy's birthday is January 18, 1892. Source: www.irish-cream.com/laurel-hardy.html
  • Jaycees Week (US National)
  • Printing Week (International)
  • Special Education Week

Fourth Week of January:

  • Catholic Schools Week
  • Celebrity Read a Book Week
  • Glaucoma Awareness Week
  • Handwriting Analysis Week (National) observed the week containing January 23rd, John Hancock's Birthday.
  • Health Awareness Week (Observed the week with the fourth Wednesday in January)
  • Healthy Weight Week
  • Junior Achievement Week
  • Kiwanis Week (International)
  • Meat Week (National)
  • Nurse Anesthetists Week (National)

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January 1, 2008 Holidays & Observances: 
  • Bonza Bottler Day.  An excuse to celebrate. This happens every month when the day and the date are the same number. (January 1, February 2, March 3, etc.)
  • Feast of St. Basil (Christian, Orthodox)
  • Japanese New Year (Japan)
    • New Year (Shogatsu) is the most important holiday in Japan. It lasts from January 1 to January 3. Most Japanese do not work during these days. Source:  www.japan-guide.com/e/e2064.html
  • Last Day of Kwanzaa
  • New Year's Day (US Federal Holiday)
  • Z Day -- Let people with names that start with Z be first in line for a change!
Celebrity Birthdays - January 1st Death Anniversaries - Jan. 1
  • Dana Andrews, 1909
  • Robert N. Cronk, was the first American born in the year 1924. He was born on January 1, 1924 in Savannah, GA at exactly five seconds after midnight, thereby becoming the first person born in the United States on that date.
  • Barry Goldwater, 1909
  • J. Edgar Hoover, 1895
  • Betsy Ross, 1752
  • J. D. Salinger, 1919
  • Maurice Chevalier, Entertainer. Born September 12, 1888 in Paris. Died January 1, 1972 at the age of 83.
  • Shirley Chisholm (first black woman in Congress) died January 1, 2005 at the age of 80.
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January 2, 2008 Holidays & Observances:
  • Georgia Ratification Day
    • Georgia became the 4th US state on January 2, 1788
  • Science Fiction Day.
Celebrity Birthdays - January 2nd: Death Anniversaries - Jan. 2:
  • Alan Beckwith, 1952 (Actor and aerospace engineer, born in Tyrone PA and a graduate of Penn State University.) For information, see Web page: Click Here.
  • Roger Miller, 1936
  • Sally Rand, 1903
  • Alan Hale, Jr., actor, best known as "Skipper" on Gilligan's Island died on January 2, 1990 at the age of 71 
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January 3, 2008 Holidays & Observances:
Celebrity Birthdays - January 3rd: Death Anniversaries - Jan. 3:
  • Victor Borge, 1909
  • Dabney Coleman, 1932
  • Jean Dixon - born January 3, 1918 (Died January 25, 1997)
  • Mel Gibson, 1956
  • Ray Milland, 1907
  • Victoria Principal, 1958
  • Steven Stills, 1945
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January 4, 2008 Holidays & Observances:
  • Braille Day, birthday of Louis Braille. Day of honoring the blind.
  • Elizabeth Ann Seton Feast Day (The first American-born saint.)
    • "Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton was the first saint who was born in the United States of America. She was beatified in 1963 and declared a saint in 1975. Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton's feast day is January 4. She is a patron saint of children near death and persons rejected for their Catholic faith."
  • Spaghetti Day
Celebrity Birthdays - January 4th: Death Anniversaries - Jan. 4:
  • Louis Braille
  • Dyan Cannon, 1937
  • Maureen Reagan, 1947 (Speaker, Activist, daughter of former President Ronald Reagan.) Born January 4, 1941. Died August 7, 2001 from Melanoma.
  • Tom Thumb
  • Jane Wyman, 1914
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January 5, 2008 Holidays & Observances:
  • January 5, 1956 - Snoopy first walks on two legs in the Peanuts cartoon strip. Source: www.snoopy.com
Celebrity Birthdays - January 5th: Death Anniversaries - Jan. 5:
  • Robert Duvall, 1931
  • Diane Keaton, 1946
  • Pamela Sue Martin, 1953
  • Walter F. Mondale US Vice President and Minnesota Senator - Born January 5, 1928 in Ceylon, Minnesota. Served as Vice President under President Jimmy Carter 1977-1981.
  • Jean Kerr, writer (Please Don't Eat the Daisies) - died January 5, 2003 from pneumonia. She was born July 10, 1923.
  • Tug McGraw (Frank Edwin McGraw, Jr.) died January 5, 2003 from brain cancer at the home of his son, the country music star Tim McGraw, in Memphis, Tennessee.  He was 59 years old (born August 30, 1944 in Martinez, California.)  He was a relief pitcher (Mets & Phillies) and coined the phrase "You gotta believe."  For his statistics, see the Baseball-Reference.com Web page: Click Here.
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January 6, 2008 Holidays & Observances:
  • Telegraph was first demonstrated by Samuel Morse on January 6, 1838.
Celebrity Birthdays - January 6th: Death Anniversaries - Jan. 6:
  • John Zachary DeLorean (auto industry), born January 6, 1925 in Detroit, Michigan. He died March 19, 2005 at the age of 80 of complications from a stroke.  www.delorean.com
  • Bonnie Franklin, 1944 (Actress, well-known for TV sitcom: One Day At A Time.)
  • Gabrielle Reece, 1970
  • Carl Sandburg, 1878
  • Joan of Arc, 1412-1431
  • John Singleton, 1968
  • Vic Tabak, 1930 (The owner of the restaurant in the TV sitcom, Alice.)
  • Danny Thomas, 1914
  • Loretta Young, 1913
  • Dizzy Gillespie, Musician. Born October 21, 1917 in Cheraw, SC; died January 6, 1993 in Englewood, NJ. For Web site with info, Click Here.
  • Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt, 26th US President, died January 6, 1919 in Oyster Bay, NY.  He was born October 17, 1858 in New York City. For bio, Click Here
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January 7, 2008 Holidays & Observances:
  • Transatlantic telephone service began, 1927
Celebrity Birthdays - January 7th: Death Anniversaries - Jan. 7:
  • Nicolas Cage, 1964 (Actor)
  • David Caruso, 1956 (Actor)
  • Katie Couric, 1957 (TV Personality)
  • Millard Fillmore, 1800 (12th US Vice President; 13th US President 1850-53.) Died March 8, 1874 at the age of 74.)
  • Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy, 1966 (Died July 16, 1999 at the age of 33) - John Kennedy Jr.'s wife
  • Kenny Loggins, 1948 (Musician)
  • Terry Moore, 1929 (Actress)
  • Paul Revere (of Paul Revere & The Raiders), 1938 (Musician)
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January 8, 2008 Holidays & Observances:
Celebrity Birthdays January 8th: Death Anniversaries - Jan. 8:
  • Don Bendell, Author - born January 8, 1947. www.donbendell.com
  • David Bowie, 1947
  • Bob Eubanks, 1937
  • Sarah Polley, 1979
  • Elvis Presley - Singer, Musician - Born Elvis Aaron Presley on January 8, 1935 in Tupelo, Mississippi. Moved to Memphis, Tennessee in 1948. Died at Graceland in Memphis, TN on August 16, 1977. Official Web site: www.elvis.com
  • Larry Storch (TV actor - "F Troop)
  • Soupy Sales, (real name:  Milton Soupman)
  • Dave Thomas, Founder of Wendy's Restaurants, dies from cancer on January 8, 2002, at the age of 69.
  • Eli Whitney (Inventor) was born in Westboro, Mass., on December 8, 1765 and died on January 8, 1825. www.eliwhitney.org
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January 9, 2008 Holidays & Observances:
Celebrity Birthdays - January 9th: Death Anniversaries - Jan. 9:
  • Joan Baez (singer)
  • Bob Denver, 1935 (actor - Gilligan's Island)
  • Crystal Gale, 1951 (singer)
  • Dave Matthews, 1967
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January 10, 2008 Holidays & Observances:
  • Where's the Beef Day
    • Anniversary of the first time Wendy's Restaurant's commercial aired in 1984 with Clara Peller asking "Where's The Beef?"  For information and video with Wendy's Commercial: ''Fluffy Bun '' (aka ''Where's the Beef?'') see: www.ifilm.com/filmdetail?ifilmid=2423864
Celebrity Birthdays - January 10th: Death Anniversaries - Jan. 10:
  • Stephen Ambrose, 1936
  • Pat Benetar, 1953
  • Ray Bolger, 1904
  • Jim Croce, 1942
  • George Foreman, 1949
  • Frank Sinatra, Jr., 1944
  • Rod Stewart, 1945
  • Sinclair Lewis, Author - born Harry Sinclair Lewis in Sauk Centre, Minnesota on February 7, 1885. Died January 10, 1951.
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January 11, 2008 Holidays & Observances:
  • Amelia Earhart Day
    • Start of Amelia Earhart's two-day solo flight across the Pacific, 1935
Celebrity Birthdays - January 11th: Death Anniversaries - Jan. 11:
  • Naomi Judd, 1946
  • Francis Scott Key (Writer of The Star Spangled Banner) was born on August 1, 1779, on his family's estate "Terra Rubra" located western Maryland. He died of Pleurisy on January 11, 1843 in Baltimore, MD. Source: www.nps.gov/fomc/tguide/Lesson9a.htm.
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January 12, 2008 Holidays & Observances:
  • "All in the Family" TV Series premiered January 12, 1971
  • Handwriting Day (US National)
  • Lee - Jackson Day (Virginia) - observed the Friday before Martin Luther King Day
    • Commemorates the birthdays of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson (Stonewall Jackson was born January 21, 1824.)
  • Secret Pal Day
Celebrity Birthdays - January 12th: Death Anniversaries - Jan. 12:
  • John Hancock, 1737 (died October 8, 1793)
    • For biography, see USHistory.org Web page: Click Here.
  • Rush Limbaugh, 1951
  • Maurice Gibb of the Bee Gees died suddenly on January 12, 2003 at the age of 53 from a heart attack and complications from an intestinal blockage. He was born December 22, 1949.
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January 13, 2008 Holidays & Observances:
  • Stephen Foster Memorial Day (US) (Died January 13, 1864 at the age of 37)
    • Stephen Foster, born July 4, 1826 (American songwriter of about 200 songs including "Oh! Susannah", "Camptown Races", "Beautiful Dreamer"
      • Stephen Foster Memorial located at the University of Pittsburgh.  See Online Highways Web site: www.ohwy.com/pa/s/stefosme.htm
      • "The President may issue each year a proclamation designating January 13 as Stephen Foster Memorial Day."  Source: Find Law for Legal Professionals Web site: Click Here
Celebrity Birthdays - January 13th: Death Anniversaries - Jan. 13:
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus, 1961 - Actress and Comedian - Various films and TV shows including cast member of Saturday Night Live from 1982 to 1985 and the role of Elaine on the TV sitcom, Seinfeld.
  • Richard Moll, 1943 (Actor)
  • Charles Nelson Reilly, 1931 (Actor, TV Personality - The Match Game and more) Born January 13, 1931.
  • Robert Stack, 1919 (Actor - 40 films and well-known for his role as Elliot Ness in the TV series The Untouchables and as host of Unsolved Mysteries) (Died May 14, 2003)
  • Rip Taylor, 1934
  • Stephen Foster, born July 4, 1826. American songwriter of about 200 songs including "Oh! Susannah", "Camptown Races", "Beautiful Dreamer." Died January 13, 1864 at the age of 37.
  • Hubert H. Humphrey, Vice President of the United States and former Senator from Minnesota.  Died January 13, 1978.
  • James Joyce, writer - Died January 13, 1941
  • Carol Wayne, actress. Born September 6, 1942. Died January 13, 1985 at the age of 42.
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January 14, 2008 Holidays & Observances:
  • Clean Off Your Desk Day
  • Marilyn Monroe & Joe DiMaggio got married in San Francisco on January 14, 1954. (They divorce October 27, 1954.)
  • Today Show premiered on NBC with Dave Garroway, 1952
Celebrity Birthdays - January 14th: Death Anniversaries - Jan. 14:
  • Benedict Arnold - Revolutionary War Major General was born on January 14, 1741 in Norwich, CT. He died in London, England on June 14, 1801. Web site: www.benedictarnold.org

  • Faye Dunaway, 1941
  • Brandon Tartikoff, Born January 14, 1949 (Died August 27, 1997 at the age of 48)
  • Donna Reed (Actress) Died January 14, 1986 in Beverly Hills CA from cancer. Born January 27, 1921 in Denison, Iowa.
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January 15, 2008 Holidays & Observances:
  • First Superbowl Game, 1967 (Green Bay Packers defeated Kansas City Chiefs)
  • Nixon orders ceasefire in Vietnam - 1973.  Source: On This Day Web site: Click Here
Celebrity Birthdays - January 15th: Death Anniversaries - Jan. 15:
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (born January 15, 1929; assassinated April 4, 1968)  For biography, Click Here.
  • Olivia Goldsmith (Writer), died January 15, 2004 at the age of 54 from a heart attack that she suffered while undergoing cosmetic surgery on January 7, 2003.  Her first novel "The First Wives Club" came out in 1992 was made in to the movie in 1996.  Some of her other novels were "Bad Boy," "The Bestseller," "Flavor of the Month," "Marrying Mom", "Pen Pals", "Switcheroo" and "Young Wives."  A new novel, "Dumping Billy," is scheduled to be released in the Spring of 2004.  See stories: Click Here and her New York Times Obituary: Click Here.

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January 16, 2008 Holidays & Observances:
  • Gulf War began, 1991
  • Religious Freedom Day
    • "Each year on January 16, we celebrate Religious Freedom Day in commemoration of the passage of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom by the Virginia General Assembly, which occurred on this day in 1786. Drafted by Thomas Jefferson, this historic law provided the inspiration and the framework for the religious freedom clauses in the First Amendment to the United States Constitution."  Source:  Religious Freedom Day, 2003 - By the President of the United States of America - A Proclamation:  www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2003/01/20030115-11.html
Celebrity Birthdays - January 16th: Death Anniversaries - Jan. 16:
  • Aaliyah (Haughton) R&B singer and rising film star, born January 16, 1979; died August 25, 2001 in a plane crash. See Web site Click Here. (Submitted by Arete B. 4/23/03.)
  • Debbie Allen, 1950
  • Jim Berry, 1932 (Comic Strip Cartoonist, "Berry's World")
  • Dizzy Dean, Baseball Player. Born Jerome Hanna Dean on January 16, 1910 in Lucas, Arkansas. Died July 17, 1974 in Reno, Nevada. Baseball Hall of Fame 1953. www.dizzydean.com
  • Kate Moss, 1974
  • Carole Lombard, Actress - silent films. Born Jane Alice Peters on October 6, 1908 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Died January 16, 1942 in a plane crash near Las Vegas. Good Web site: www.murphsplace.com/lombard
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January 17, 2008 Holidays & Observances:
  • Operation Desert Storm began, 1991
  • Prohibition Remembrance Day
Celebrity Birthdays - January 17th: Death Anniversaries - Jan. 17:
  • Mahammad Ali, 1942
  • Jim Carrey, 1962
  • Benjamin Franklin, 1706
    • Born in Boston, 15th of 17 siblings, son of a candle- and soapmaker
    • Inventor of the bifocals, the Franklin stove, the lightening rod.
    • One of America's Founding Fathers, helped to draft the Declaration of Independence and was the only person to sign the four key documents that created the United States:  The Declaration of Independence, The Treaty of Alliance with France, the peace treaty with Britain, the US Constitution.
    • Died at the age of 84.  Nearly 20,000 people attended his funeral.
  • James Earl Jones (Actor), 1931 in Arkabutla, Mississippi
  • Shari Lewis (actress, producer, writer, ventriloquist, puppeteer, TV personality. (We best remember her from her TV show in the 60's with her puppet "Lambchop.") She was born on January 17, 1933 in New York City.  She died August 2, 1998 from ovarian cancer at the age of 65.
  • Maury Povich (actor, producer and TV talk show host), born January 17, 1939 in Washington DC.
  • Alexandra Scott, 1996. Died August 1, 2004 at the age of 8 from cancer. She ran lemonade stands to raise money to fight cancer when she was only 4 years old and helped to raise over $700,000 before she died. www.alexslemonade.com.
  • Richard Crenna (actor and director) died January 17, 2003 in Los Angeles from pancreatic cancer at the age of 76.  He was born November 30, 1926 in Los Angeles, California.  (We best remember him as Luke McCoy on The Real McCoys.)  He also played in the TV series "It Takes Two" with Patty Duke, and many other roles.
  • Noble Willingham, died January 17, 2004 in Palm Springs, California of natural causes. He was born August 31, 1931 in Mineola, Texas. He appeared in more than 30 films including Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Good Morning, Vietnam and more.
  • Ray Stark, Producer (Funny Girl, Annie, Steel Magnolias & more.) Died January 17, 2004 from natural causes.  He was born October 3, 1914 in Chicago, Illinois.
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January 18, 2008 Holidays & Observances:
  • Arbor Day ( Florida)
    • "The United States officially observes National Arbor Day on the last Friday in April. However, The Florida Legislature in 1945 designated the third Friday in January as the State Arbor Day, because that is the time of year when the climate is optimal for planting trees in Florida."  Source: www.arborday.org/states/index.cfm?state=FL
    • See ButlerWebs' General Webs for America & The 50 States, a special page for Florida.
  • Winnie The Pooh Day (In observance of the birthday of Alan Alexander Milne, 1882.)
Celebrity Birthdays - January 18th: Death Anniversaries - Jan. 18:
  • Kevin Costner, 1955
  • Cary Grant, 1904
    • For information about Cary Grant, see The Ultimate Cary Grant pages at:  www.carygrant.net
  • Oliver Hardy, 1892 - born in Harlem, Georgia. Died August 7, 1957. Official Web site: www.laurel-and-hardy.com
  • A. A. Milne, 1882 (Creator of Winnie The Pooh)
  • Curly Howard, Actor - Three Stooges.  Born Jerome Lester Horwitz on October 22, 1903 in New York, died January 18, 1952 after a series of strokes that started in 1946. For bio, Click Here.
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January 19, 2008 Holidays & Observances:
Celebrity Birthdays - January 19th: Death Anniversaries - Jan. 19:
  • Janis Joplin, 1943 (died October 4, 1970.)
  • Robert E. Lee (born January 19, 1807; died October 12, 1870)
  • Dolly Parton, 1946
  • Edgar Allen Poe (Author) - born January 19, 1809 in Boston MA. He died on October 7, 1849. He is buried in the yard of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Baltimore, Maryland. www.poemuseum.org
  • Jean Stapleton, 1923
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January 20, 2008 Holidays & Observances:
  • Buttercrunch Day (National)
  • Inauguration Day - US (last one was January 20, 2005)
    • Inauguration Day occurs every four years after the election of a US President the previous November and is observed the 20th of January unless it is a Sunday (which it was in 2002), then Inauguration Day is moved to Monday, January 21st.  Inauguration Day has been observed on January 20th since 1937.  Prior to 1937, Inauguration Day was March 4th.
  • Anniversary of 1972 Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision legalizing women's right to abortions.
Celebrity Birthdays - January 20th: Death Anniversaries - Jan. 20:
  • Edwin (Buzz) Aldrin, 1930 (Astronaut)
  • David Lynch, 1946
  • Jackson DeForest Kelley (born January 20, 1920; died June 11, 1999) Actor, best remembered as Dr. Leonard 'Bones' McCoy in Star Trek. Born in Atlanta, Georgia, WWII vet. For bio, see: www.trekweb.com/tos/crew/kelly.html (Thanks Tony!)
  • Audrey Hepburn, died January 20, 1993 at the age of 63. She was born Audrey Kathleen Hepburn-Ruston on May 4, 1929 in Brussels, Belgium.  www.audreyhepburn.com
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January 21, 2008 Holidays & Observances:
Celebrity Birthdays - January 21st: Death Anniversaries - Jan. 21:
  • Geena Davis, 1957 (Actress)
  • Stonewall Jackson, born January 21, 1824
  • Jack Nicklaus, 1940 (Athlete, Golf)
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January 22, 2008 Holidays & Observances:
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Celebrity Birthdays - January 22nd: Death Anniversaries - Jan. 22:
  • Linda Blair, 1959 (Actress)
  • George Byron, 1788 (Poet)
  • Ann Miller (Dancer), died January 22, 2004 of cancer. She was born April 12, 1919.

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January 23, 2008 Holidays & Observances:
  • "Barnie Miller" premiers, 1975
  • Elizabeth Blackwell is the first woman to receive a medical degree in America, January 23, 1849.
  • Pie Day (National) - January 23rd
Celebrity Birthdays - January 23rd: Death Anniversaries - Jan. 23:
  • Richard Dean Anderson, 1950
  • Humphrey Bogart, 1899 (Actor) - THIS IS NOT Humphrey's birthday - it is actually December 25, 1899. See: www.snopes.com/movies/actors/bogart2.htm
  • Princess Caroline of Monoco, 1957
  • Ernie Kovacs, 1919 (Died January 13, 1962 in a car crash in West Los Angeles at the age of 42) Actor, Comedian, Game Show Host, Radio Disc Jock, Variety Show Host, Edie Adams' husband
  • Johnny Carson (TV Host) - Died January 23, 2005 at the age of 79 from emphysema. He was born October 23, 1925 in Corning IA and grew up in Norfolk NE. Web site:  www.johnnycarson.com

  • Nell Carter, died January 23, 2003 complications of diabetes. She was a Broadway actress and had a role on the TV Series Gimme A Break. (Born September 13, 1948)

  • Bob Keeshan (Captain Kangaroo and Clarabell The Clown), died January 23, 2004 at the age of 76.  See his biography Click Here.

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January 24, 2008 Holidays & Observances:
  • Beer in cans first sold on January 24, 1935
  • California Gold Discovery Day - Gold discovered at Sutters Mill, 1848
    • For information, see: California Gold - An Authentic History of the First Find - With the Names of Those Interested in the Discovery at www.sfmuseum.org/hist6/grush.html
  • First Heart Transplant, 1964
  • Ice Cream Bar Day/Eskimo Pie Day (Anniversary of the patent on the Eskimo Pie, 1922)
  • Square Dance Day
  • TV Game Show Day (in observance of Mark Goodman's birthday, January 24, 1915)
Celebrity Birthdays - January 24th: Death Anniversaries - Jan. 24:
  • John Belushi (Actor), Born January 24, 1949; Died March 5, 1982. (Actor and Comedian - probably best know for his role on Saturday Night Live.)
  • Neil Diamond, 1941 (Singer)
  • Mark Goodson, 1915 (TV Game Shows)
  • Winston Churchill, born November 30, 1874, died January 24, 1965 in London. For info see www.winstonchurchill.org.
  • Thurgood Marshall - Civil Rights Activist, First US African-American Supreme Court Justice. Born on July 2, 1908 in Baltimore, Maryland. He died on January 24, 1993. www.thurgoodmarshall.com
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January 25, 2008 Holidays & Observances:
  • First Emmy Awards, 1949
  • Elvis Presley's First No. 1 hit released, "Heartbreak Hotel," 1956
Celebrity Birthdays - January 25th: Death Anniversaries - Jan. 25:
  • William Colgate, 1783 (Colgate founder & philanthropist)
  • Edwin Newman, 1919 (news commentator)
  • Virginia Woolf, 1882 (author)
  • Lee Taylor-Young, 1945 (actress)
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January 26, 2008 Holidays & Observances:
Celebrity Birthdays - January 26th: Death Anniversaries - Jan. 26:
  • Anita Baker, 1958 (R&B Singer)
  • Ellen DeGeneres, 1958 (Actress-Comedienne)
  • Wayne Gretzky, 1961 (Athlete - Hockey)
  • Eartha Kitt, 1928
  • Douglas McArthur, General - Born January 26, 1880 in Little Rock, Arkansas. Died at Walter Reed Army Hospital on 4/5/64 at the age of 84.
  • Paul Newman, 1925 (Actor)
  • Eddie Van Halen (Musician)
  • Bob Uecker, (Sports Broadcaster)
  • Paul "Bear" Bryant - Died January 26, 1983 at the age of 69. Legendary head coach of University of Alabama's football team.
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January 27, 2008 Holidays & Observances:
  • Thomas Crapper Day (Anniversary of the death of Thomas Crapper.  Debate still continues on whether Mr. Capper invented the flush toilet.)
  • Electric light patented, 1880
    • "On January 27, 1880, Thomas Edison received the historic patent embodying the principles of his incandescent lamp that paved the way for the universal domestic use of electric light." - Source: www.ourdocuments.gov/doc.php?flash=true&doc=46
      • Note: Edison solved the problem of maintaining a vacuum in the lightbulb constructed by Swan, and on October 21, 1879, he illuminated a carbon filament light bulb that glowed continuously for 40 hours. Source: www.ideafinder.com/history/inventions/story074.htm
  • Viet Nam Day - January 27th each year - In observance of the signing of the VietNam Peace Accord, 1973 - Viet Nam War ends.
Celebrity Birthdays - January 27th: Death Anniversaries - Jan. 27:
  • Bridget Fonda, 1964 (Actress)
  • Wolfgang Mozart, 1756 (Composer)
  • Donna Reed, 1921 (Actress) Born January 27, 1921 in Denison, Iowa. Died January 14, 1986 in Beverly Hills CA from cancer.
  • Jack Paar (best known as "The Original Talk Show Host) died January 27, 2004.  He was born May 1, 1918. See official Web site:  www.jackparr.com

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January 28, 2008 Holidays & Observances:
  • United States Coast Guard established, January 28, 1915
  • Challenger exploded January 28, 1986
  • First Telephone Exchange established in New Haven, Connecticut, 1878
    • Site of the First Telephone Exchange was demolished in 1973
Celebrity Birthdays - January 28th: Death Anniversaries - Jan. 28:
  • Alan Alda, 1936 (Actor)
  • Nick Carter, 1980
  • Ernie's Birthday (of Bert & Ernie)
  • Joey Fatone, 1977
  • Elijah Wood, 1981
  • Jerry Siegel, 1996 (co-creator of Superman) born 10/17/1914
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January 29, 2008 Holidays & Observances:
  • Carnation Day - January 29th. Celebrates William McKinley's birthday.
  • Corn Chip Day (National) January 29th
  • Puzzle Day (National) January 29th
  • Kansas became the 34th US state on January 29, 1861.
    • See ButlerWeb's special page for Kansas.
Celebrity Birthdays - January 29th: Death Anniversaries - Jan. 29:
  • Edward Burns, 1968
  • Heather Graham, 1970
  • William McKinley,  1843 (25th US President.) He died on September 14, 1901 after being shot on September 6, 1901 in Buffalo, NY. White House Biography - Click Here.
  • John Raitt (Actor, Singer) Born January 29, 1917. Bonnie Raitt's father. Died February 20, 2005 from pneumonia.
  • Tom Selleck, 1945
  • Oprah Winfrey, 1954
  • Alan Ladd, Actor. Born September 3, 1913 in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Died January 29, 1964 in Palm Springs, California. Web site with bio: Click Here
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January 30, 2008 Holidays & Observances:
Celebrity Birthdays - January 30th: Death Anniversaries - Jan. 30:
  • Richard B. (Dick) Cheney, US Vice President during George W. Bush administration 2000 to present. Born in Lincoln, Nebraska, on January 30, 1941 and grew up in Casper, Wyoming. Married to Lynne V. Cheney. For bio, see White House Web site - Click Here
  • Gene Hackman, 1931 (Actor)
  • Vanessa Redgrave, 1937  (Actress)
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1882 (32nd US President)
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January 31, 2008 Holidays & Observances:
Celebrity Birthdays - January 31st: Death Anniversaries - Jan. 31:
  • Minnie Driver, 1970 (actress)
  • Garry Moore, 1950's TV Personality - born Thomas Garrison Morfit on January 31, 1915 in Baltimore MD. Died November 28, 1993 from Emphysema. Source: www.who2.com/garrymoore.html
  • Jackie Robinson, 1919 (Athlete, Baseball)
  • Justin Timberlake, 1981
  • Alan Alexander Milne, Author (Well known for Winnie The Pooh) (Born 1882 - died January 31, 1956)
 

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Life's short. If you don't look around once in a while you might miss it.

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Did You Know?
How many days in a millennium?  The calendar system that was in use during a particular millennium determines the actual number of days that elapse during that time span.

  • The First Millennium (1 - 1000 AD) consisted of 365,250 days.
  • The Second Millennium (1001 - 2000 AD) consisted of 365,237 days.
  • Our current Millennium (2001 - 3000 AD) will consist of 365,242  days.

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January Humor

T'was the month after Christmas, and all through the house,
nothing would fit me, not even a blouse;
The cookies I'd nibbled, the eggnog I had to taste,
at the holiday parties had gone to my waist;

When I got on the scales there arose such a number!
When I walked to the store (less a walk than a lumber),
I'd remember the marvelous meals I'd prepared,
The gravies and sauces and beef nicely rared;

The wine and the rum balls; the bread and the cheese,
and the way I'd never said, "No thank you, please."
As I dressed myself in my husband's old shirt,
and prepared once again to do battle with dirt,
I said to myself, as only I can,
"You can't spend a winter disguised as a man!"

So, away with the last of the sour cream dip.
Get rid of the fruit cake, every cracker and chip.
Every last bit of food that I like must be banished,
'til all the additional ounces have vanished.

I won't have a cookie--not even a lick.
I'll want only to chew on a long celery stick.
I won't have hot biscuits, or corn bread, or pie,
I'll munch on a carrot and quietly cry.

I'm hungry, I'm lonesome, and life is a bore,
But isn't that what January is for?
Unable to giggle, no longer a riot.
Happy New Year to all and to all a good diet!

Author Unknown
Compliments of RTA

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National Health Observances
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The Daily Globe - January Dates Archive
www.geocities.com/BourbonStreet/6293/gljan.htm

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Inspiration &
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God grant us this year a wider view,
So we see others' faults through the eyes of You;
Teach us to judge not with hasty tongue,
Neither the adult ... nor the young.
Give us patience and grace to endure
And a stronger faith so we feel secure;
And instead of remembering, help us forget
The irritations that caused us to fret.
Freely forgiving for some offense
And finding each day a rich recompense,
In offering a friendly, helping hand
And trying in all ways to understand,
That all of us whoever we are ...
Are trying to reach "an unreachable star."
For the great and small ... the good and bad,
The young and old ... the sad and glad,
Are asking today, "Is life worth living?"
And the answer is only in "loving" and "giving."
For only "Love" can make man kind
And Kindness of Heart brings Peace of Mind,
And by giving love we can start this year
To lift the clouds of hate and fear.

~ Helen Steiner Rice ~


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