ON THIS DAY: January 6, 2017

January 6th is


Apple Tree Day

Bean Day

Shortbread Day


Technology Day *

Cuddle Up Day


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Christianity – Epiphany (Three Wise Men/Kings arrive)
For different branches of Orthodox Christianity – Christmas Eve or Christmas and/or Baptism of Jesus

Armenia – Surb Tsnundinternational Flags
(Armenian Christmas)

Bulgaria – St. Jordan’s Day
(young men dive in icy rivers for crosses)

Columbia – Cartagena:
International Music Festival

Iraq – Army Day

Ireland – Nollaig Bheag
(little Christmas)

Italy – Ivrea, Turin:
Storico Carnevale di Ivrea
(battle of the oranges)international Flags

Laos –Pathet Lao Day
( Pathet Lao victory over Royal government)

Puerto Rico – Día de Reyes
(day of kings)

Uruguay – Día de los Niños
(day of the children)

U.S. Virgin Islands – Three Kings Day


On This Day in HISTORY

1017 – The coronation of Canute the Great (also spelled Cnut) as King of England

1066 – Harold Godwinson begins his short reign as Harold II, King of England


1412 – Joan d’Arc born, French military leader, martyr and saint

1486 – Martin Agricola born, German composer

1540 – King Henry VIII of England marries wife #4, Anne of Cleves, one of only two wives to survive the experience


1655 – Eleonore Magalene of Neuberg born, Though she would have preferred to be a nun, she became Holy Roman Empress and Queen Consort of Hungary and Bohemia and bore 10 children, five of whom survived to adulthood; politically active, she often translated foreign political documents for her husband and was one of his trusted advisers; widely known for her many works of charity; well versed in theology and Latin, she translated the Bible from Latin to German


1661 – During the English Civil War, the ‘Fifth Monarchists’ believed that the four world rulers in the prophesies of the Old Testament Book of Daniel said to precede the Kingdom of Christ had already come and gone. They initially had some influence with Oliver Cromwell, but soon lost his ear. After the Restoration of the Monarchy, on January 6, 1661, fifty of their group unsuccessfully attempt to seize control of London in the name of ‘King Jesus’ – most are killed, others taken prisoner then later executed

1695 – Giuseppe Sammartini born, Italian oboe player and composer

1702 – José de Nebra born, Spanish composer

1721 – The Committee of Inquiry on the ‘South Sea Bubble’ publishes its findings. The South Sea Company was a British joint-stock private-public partnership created to consolidate and reduce the national debt, exchanging government debt for stock in the company. During Britain’s involvement in the War of the Spanish Succession, though the company had been given a monopoly on trade with South America, it had little chance of succeeding since Spain controlled most of South America. But the 1713 Treaty of Utrecht granted Britain an Asiento lasting 30 years to supply the Spanish colonies with 4,800 slaves per year, which was contracted to the company. The changing politics of the British government; its failure to pay interest on its debt; corruption within the South Sea Company; but primarily, renewed war with Spain which caused the company’s assets in South America to be seized; all contributed to the ‘bubble’ bursting.

1803 – Henri Herz born, Austrian pianist and composer

1812 – Melchora Aquino born, Filipina revolutionary and national heroine, known as Tandang Sora (elder sora) and ‘Mother of the Revolution’ whose home was a meeting place, and her store a refuge for the sick and wounded of the revolution. She lived to be 107 years old

1838 – Samuel Morse and Alfred Vail demonstrate a telegraph system using dots and dashes, an early version of Morse code

1850 – Franz Xaver Scharwenka born, Polish-German pianist and composer

1853 – U.S. President-elect Franklin Pierce and his family are involved in a train wreck near Andover MA, and Pierce’s 11-year-old son Benjamin is killed in the crash

1856 – Giuseppe Martucci born, Italian pianist, composer, and conductor

1870 –Vienna’s Musikverein concert hall opens, now home to the Vienna Philharmonic


1872 – Alexander Scriabin born, Russian pianist and composer

1878 – Carl Sandburg born, American poet and historian


1882 – Sam Rayburn (D-TX) born, American politician, longest-serving Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, would not sign the Southern manifesto opposing integration, refusing fees or gifts from any business interests that he might have to vote on regulating

1883 – Kahlil Gibran born, Lebanese-American poet, painter, and philosopher


1893 – President Benjamin Harrison signs the congressional charter granted by Congress for the Washington National Cathedral

1896 – First U.S. women’s six-day bicycle race is held at NYC’s Madison Square Garden.

1907 –  Maria Montessori opens her first school and daycare center for working class children in Rome, Italy


1912 – New Mexico is admitted to the Union as the 47th U.S. state

1912 – German geophysicist Alfred Wegener first presents his theory of continental drift

1915 – Alan Watts born, English-American philosopher and author


1930 – The first diesel-engined automobile trip is completed, from Indianapolis, Indiana, to New York, New York

1931 – Thomas Edison signs his last patent application

1931 – E. L. Doctorow born, American novelist and short story writer


1936 – Porky Pig makes his ‘Loony Tunes’ debut for Warner Brothers

1941 – United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivers his ‘Four Freedoms’ speech in the State of the Union address

1946 – The first general election ever in Vietnam is held

1947 – Pan American Airlines offers the first round-the-world ticket

1950 – The United Kingdom recognizes the People’s Republic of China. The Republic of China (Taiwan) severs diplomatic relations with the UK in response

1960 –Associations Law comes into force in Iraq, regulating political parties

1963 – The musical Oliver premieres at Broadway’s Imperial Theater

1974 – In response to the 1973 oil crisis, daylight saving time commences nearly four months early in the United States

1982 – Prince’s single “Let’s Work” is released

2015 – Technology Day * is launched by StoAmigo, Las Vegas, to honor the innovations in technology and look toward its expanding future



  • Shortbread cookies
  • Cuddle Up Day huddle
  • International flags
  • Harold II’s coronation, Bayeux tapestry
  • Holbein’s very flattering portrait of Anne of Cleves
  • Eleonore Magalene of Neuberg, artist not credited
  • New Year’s Concert at Musikverein by Vienna Philharmonic
  • Carl Sandburg, optimist quote
  • Kahlil Gibran, traveler quote
  • Maria Montessori, imitation quote
  • Alan Watts, power quote
  • E. L. Doctorow, historian vs novelist quote


About wordcloud9

Nona Blyth Cloud has lived and worked in the Los Angeles area for over 50 years, spending much of that time commuting on the 405 Freeway. After Hollywood failed to appreciate her genius for acting and directing, she began a second career managing non-profits, from which she has retired. Nona has now resumed writing whatever comes into her head, instead of reports and pleas for funding. She lives in a small house overrun by books with her wonderful husband.
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