ON THIS DAY: January 12, 2017

January 12th is


Curried Chicken Day


Glazed Donut Day

Pharmacist Day

Kiss a Ginger Day

Poetry at Work Day


MORE! Charles Perrault, Hattie Caraway and Led Zeppelin, click



India – National Youth Dayinternational Flags

Sri Lanka – Duruthu Poya (full moon)

Tanzania – Zanzibar Revolution Day

Thailand – Bangkok: Full Moon Party

Turkmenistan – Remembrance Day


On This Day in HISTORY

1528 – Gustav I of Sweden is crowned, the first king from the House of Vasa line


1554 – Bayinnaung becomes King of Burma, then goes on to assemble the largest empire in the history of Southeast Asia, which includes much of modern-day Burma, Chinese Shan states, Lan Na, Lan Xang, Manipur and Siam

1628 – Charles Perrault born, French author/Académie Française member; derived his fairy tales from earlier folk tales; Sleeping Beauty, Puss in Boots, etc


1715 –  Jacques Duphly, French composer, is born

1729 – Edmund Burke, Irish philosopher-orator-politician, born; Thoughts on the Cause of the Present Discontents, On American Taxation – “If that sovereignty and their freedom cannot be reconciled, which will they take?”

1773 – The Charleston Museum, America’s first public museum, opens in Charleston NC

1799 – Priscilla Falkner Bury born, English Botanist and Illustrator,  A Selection of Hexandrian Plants; her work was admired by John James Audubon


1822 – Étienne Lenoir born, Belgian engineer, designed first successful internal combustion engine

1856 – John Singer Sargent born, American painter


1863 – Swami Vivekananda born, Indian Hindu monk-philosopher; key figure in introducing Vedanta and Yoga to the Western world, raising interfaith awareness, and increasing Hinduism’s status as a major world religion

1866 – The Royal Aeronautical Society is formed in London

1873 – Spiridon Louis born, Greek runner who won the first modern-day Olympic Marathon in the 1896 Summer Olympics, becoming a national hero

1876 – Jack London, American author and adventurer, is born


1878 – Ferenc Molnár is born in Budapest, American playwright; Liliom (adapted as the musical Carousel), The Guardsman, The Swan, The Good Fairy

1884 –  “Texas” Guinan born, American entertainer-producer, “The Queen of the West,” an early female emcee who opened a speakeasy in New York called the 300 Club during Prohibition; credited with coining “butter and egg men” and “give the little ladies a great big hand”- greeted her patrons with “Hello, suckers!”


1882 – The Holborn Viaduct Electric Light Station in London, a pioneering public steam power station which services both public lighting and the needs of private consumers opens, using Edison incandescent lamps for street lighting

1895 – National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty, aka the National Trust, is founded by Octavia Hill, Sir Robert Hunter and Hardwicke Rawnsley

1904 – Henry Ford sets a new land speed record of 91.37 mph

1906 – Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman’s cabinet (including H. H. Asquith, David Lloyd George, and Winston Churchill) embarks on sweeping social reforms

1908 – A long-distance radio message is sent from the Eiffel Tower for the first time.

1915 – U.S. House of Representatives rejects a proposal to give women the right to vote

1916 – Ruth Rogan Benerito born, American chemist, a pioneer in development of wash and wear and stain resistant fabrics

1918 – Finland’s “Mosaic Confessors” law goes into effect, making Finnish Jews full citizens, eliminating restrictions on movement, place of residence, and employment

1926 – Morton Feldman is born, American composer

1928 – Vladimir Horowitz debuts as a soloist with the New York Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall, NYC

1930 – Glenn Yarbrough born, American folk singer, The Limeliters

1932 – Hattie Caraway (D-AR) becomes the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate


1936 – Raimonds Pauls born, composer, Latvian Minister of Culture (1988-93)

1942 – U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt creates the National War Labor Board

1943 – The Office of Price Administration announces that standard frankfurters/hot dogs/wieners would be replaced by ‘Victory Sausages’

1948 – Britain’s first supermarket opens at Manor Park, run by the London Co-Op

1948 – The U.S. Supreme Court rules in Sipuel v. Board of Regents of the University of Oklahoma that state schools cannot discriminate against qualified law-school applicants because of race if there is no equivalent state institution for people of color – Thurgood Marshal was the primary attorney for Ada Lois Sipuel

1949 – Kukla, Fran and Ollie, a Chicago-based children’s show, makes its national debut on NBC-TV

1955 – Rod Serling’s teleplay Patterns appears on Craft Television Theatre, starring Richard Kiley, Everett Sloane and Ed Begley, earning Serling his first of six dramatic writing Emmys, and launching his career


1957 – Elvis Presley records “All Shook Up”

1962 – Operation Chopper, the first American combat mission in the Vietnam War

1963 – Nando Reis born, Brazilian musician-producer

1966 – U.S. President Johnson says in his State of the Union address that the U.S. should stay in South Vietnam until Communist aggression there was ended

1966 – “Batman” debuts on ABC-TV

1969 – Led Zeppelin, the band’s debut album, released in the U.S.

1971 – “All In the Family” debuts on CBS-TV

1986 – Space shuttle Columbia blasted off with a crew that included the first Hispanic-American in space, Dr. Franklin R. Chang-Diaz

1991 – The U.S. Congress passes a resolution authorizing President Bush to use military power to force Iraq out of Kuwait, Senate voting 52-47 and House 250-183

1998 – 19 European nations agree to prohibit human cloning

1999 – Britney Spears’ debut album Baby One More Time released

2000 – U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-4 ruling, give police authority to stop and question any person who runs at the sight of an officer

2005 – NASA launches “Deep Impact” spacecraft planned to impact on Comet Tempel 1 after a six-month, 268 million-mile journey

2006 – The U.S. Mint begins shipping new 5-cent coins to the regional Federal Reserve Banks, showing Thomas Jefferson looking forward, from an 1800 Rembrandt Peale portrait – presidential images put on coins were previously in profile



  • Chicken Curry
  • Work poem
  • International flags
  • Gustav I of Sweden
  • Charles Perrault – Charm quote
  • Priscilla Falkner Bury – Crinum augustum (Amaryllidaceae family) illustration
  • John Singer Sargent, Self-Portrait 1907
  • Jack London – inspiration quote
  • Hattie Caraway – cover of biography by Nancy Hendricks
  • Patterns publicity still
  • 2006 – Jefferson 5 cent coin


About wordcloud9

Nona Blyth Cloud has lived and worked in the Los Angeles area for the past 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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