ON THIS DAY: January 9, 2017

January 9th is


Apricot Day


Balloon Ascension Day *

Law Enforcement Appreciation Day *

Static Electricity Day


MORE! Sir Humphry Davy, Joan Baez and Charlie Hebdo, click



Australia – Bendigo VI: Bendigo Art Gallery
Maticevski: Dark Wonderland Exhibitinternational Flags

Bosnia and Hezegovina – Republic Day

India – Pravasi Bharatiya Divas
(Non-Resident Indian Day *)

Japan – Coming of Age Day

Palau – National Day of Mourning

Panama – Martyrs’ Day (1964) *

Philippines – Manila:
Procession of the Black Nazarene


On This Day in HISTORY

681 – Erwig, newly-crowned King of the Visigoths, opens the Twelfth Council of Toledo, which confirmed the metropolitan archbishop of Toledo to consecrate all bishops appointed by the king including those outside his province, giving primacy to the Toledo diocese, and enacting 28 anti-Semitic measures


1349 –  The 600 Jews of Basel Switzerland, believed by the residents to be the cause of the ongoing Black Death, are rounded up and shackled inside a wooden barn, and burned to death – a few young orphans are allowed to live but forcibly converted to Catholicism, and Jews are banned from settling in Basil

1431 – Judges’ investigations for the trial of Joan d’Arc begin in Rouen, France, the seat of the English occupation government

1674 – Reinhard Keiser, German opera composer, is born

1778 – Hammamizade İsmail Dede Efendi born, composer of classical Turkish music

1788 – Connecticut becomes the fifth state to be admitted to the United States

1793 –  Jean Paul Blanchard, French aeronaut makes the first balloon ascension in North America in Philadelphia PA; President George Washington was an onlooker

1799 – British Prime Minister William Pitt the Younger introduces an income tax of two shillings to the pound to raise funds for Great Britain’s war effort in the Napoleonic Wars

1816 –  Sir Humphry Davy tests his safety lamp for miners at Hebburn Colliery

1822 – Portuguese Prince Pedro I of Brazil decides to stay in Brazil against the orders of Portuguese King João VI, beginning the Brazilian independence process

1839 – The French Academy of Sciences announces the Daguerreotype photography process

1858 – Elizabeth Knight Britton is born, American botanist whose efforts contributed greatly to the founding of the New York Botanical Gardens

1859 – Carrie Chapman Catt, American women’s rights activist, founder of  the League of Women Voters and International Alliance of Women


1861 – Mississippi becomes the second state to secede from the Union before the outbreak of the American Civil War

1890 – Karel Čapek born, Czech author and playwright, R.U.R.

1894 – New England Telephone and Telegraph installs the first battery-operated telephone switchboard in Lexington MA

1901 – Chic Young born, American cartoonist, comic strip Blondie


1902 – Rudolf Bing born in Austria, American impresario, NYC Metropolitan Opera

1903 – Hallam Tennyson, 2nd Baron Tennyson, son of the poet Alfred Tennyson, becomes second Governor-General of Australia

1908 – Simone de Beauvoir, French philosopher, author and feminist, The Second Sex


1909 – Ernest Shackleton, leading the Nimrod Expedition to the South Pole, plants the British flag 97 nautical miles (180 km; 112 mi) from the South Pole, the farthest anyone had ever reached to that time


1915 – Gandhi returns to India, arriving in Bombay from South Africa

1916 – Vic Mizzy born, American TV and film composer, The Addams Family

1923 – Juan de la Cierva makes the first autogyro flight

1941 – Joan Baez born, American singer-songwriter, human rights- peace-environmental activist

1951 – Crystal Gayle born, American country music singer-songwriter

1956 – The first ‘Dear Abby’ column is published

1957 – British Prime Minister Sir Anthony Eden resigns from office following his failure to retake the Suez Canal from Egyptian sovereignty.

1960 – Egyptian President Nasser opens Aswan Dam construction by detonating ten tons of dynamite, demolishing twenty tons of granite on the Nile’s east bank

1962 – Sam Cooke’s “Twistin’ the Night Away” is released

1964 – Riots break out over Panama Canal Zone sovereignty; 21 civilians are killed *

1967 – Dave Matthews, South African-born singer-songwriter, Dave Matthews Band

1987 – The White House releases a memorandum prepared for President Ronald Reagan in January 1986 which shows a definite link between U.S. arms sales to Iran and the release of American hostages in Lebanon

1991 – Representatives from the United States and Iraq meet at the Geneva Peace Conference to try to find a peaceful resolution to the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait

1992 – The Assembly of the Serb People in Bosnia and Herzegovina proclaims the creation of Republika Srpska, a new state within Yugoslavia

2001 – Apple Computer introduces iTunes music management software

2003 – The Indian Ministry of External Affairs sponsors the first Pravasi Bharatiya Divas * to celebrate overseas Indian communities’ contributions to India’s development

2005 – The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement and the Government of Sudan sign the Comprehensive Peace Agreement to end the Second Sudanese Civil War

2006 – The Phantom of the Opera becomes the longest-running show in Broadway history, surpassing Cats, which ran for 7,485 performances

2007 – Apple’s Steve Jobs introduces original iPhone at Macworld keynote, San Francisco

2015 –Perpetrators of the Charlie Hebdo shooting in Paris two days earlier are both killed after a hostage situation. Elsewhere, a second hostage situation, related to the Charlie Hebdo shooting, occurs at a Jewish market, Hypercacher, in Vincennes


2016 – First Law Enforcement Appreciation Day * sponsored by C.O.P.S.



  • Apricots
  • Static Electricity Day
  • International flags
  • 12th Council of Toledo
  • Carrie Chapman Catt, with unwritten custom quote
  • Blondie comic strip
  • Simone de Beauvoir, with Love quote
  • Lt Adams, Frank Wild and Ernest Shackleton, with flag marking furthest South
  • Charlie Hebdo cover


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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