ON THIS DAY: January 14, 2017

January 14th is


Hot Pastrami Day


International Kite Day

Vision Board Day *

National Ratification Day *

MORE! Berthe Morisot, Hugh Lofting and Kripalu Maharaj, click



Hinduism – harvest festival of Makar Sankranti aka Pongal

Abkhazia – Azhirnikhuainternational Flags
(day of world’s creation)

Bosnia & Herzegovina –
Orthodox New Year

India –
Ahmedabad GJ: Uttarayan
(Gurjarat international kite festival)
Bikaner RJ: Bikaner Camel Festival

Sri Lanka – Tamil Thai Pongal Day
(harvest thanksgiving, new beginnings)

United Kingdom – Bradford on Avon:
Bradford Roots Music Festival

On This Day in HISTORY

1539 – Spain annexes Cuba

1741 – Benedict Arnold born, American turncoat


1780 – François Joseph Dizi is born, South Netherlands harpist-composer

1784 – The Treaty of Paris is ratified at the Maryland State House, officially endig the American Revolutionary War – celebrated in the U.S. as National Ratification Day *

1841 – Berthe Morisot born, French painter/printmaker


1873 – John Hyatt’s 1869 invention ‘Celluloid’ is registered as a trademark

1875 – Albert Schweitzer is born, Alsatian-German doctor and humanitarian who receives the 1952 Nobel Peace Prize


1878 – Alexander Graham Bell demonstrated the telephone for Britain’s Queen Victoria

1886 – Hugh Lofting born, English author of the Doctor Dolittle books


1896 – John Dos Passos born, American writer-journalist


1900 – Puccini’s opera Tosca has its world premiere in Rome

1904 – Sir Cecil Beaton born, British-American photographer and designer

1911 – Roald Amundsen’s South Pole expedition makes landfall on the eastern edge of the Ross Ice Shelf

1912 – Tillie Olsen born, American author and feminist, Tell Me a Riddle


1936 – Harriet Hilliard, wife of Ozzie Nelson, sings, “Get Thee Behind Me Satan” in Follow the Fleet

1939 – Norway claims Queen Maud Land in Antarctica

1943 – Franklin D. Roosevelt becomes the first U.S. President to travel by airplane while in office in order to meet with Britain’s Prime Minister Winston Churchill in Casablanca to review the wartime situation and discuss strategy

1950 – The first prototype of the MiG-17 makes its maiden flight


1952 – NBC’s long-running news program Today debuts, with host Dave Garroway

1953 – Josip Broz Tito is inaugurated as the first President of Yugoslavia

1954 – The Hudson Motor Car Company merges with Nash-Kelvinator Corporation to form American Motors Corporation

1957 – Kripalu Maharaj was named fifth Jagadguru (world teacher) after giving seven days of speeches before 500 Hindu scholars

1963 – George Wallace sworn in as Alabama’s governor,  pledging “segregation forever”

1967 – The Human Be-In, takes place in San Francisco CA Golden Gate Park, launching the ‘Summer of Love’

1972 – Queen Margrethe II of Denmark ascends the throne, the first Queen of Denmark since 1412 and the first Danish monarch not named Frederick or Christian since 1513

1973 – Elvis Presley’s concert Aloha from Hawaii is broadcast live via satellite, setting a record for most watched broadcast by an individual entertainer in television history

1989 – Paul McCartney releases his album Back In The U.S.S.R. in Russia

1994 – U.S. President Clinton and Russian President Boris Yeltsin signed Kremlin Accords to end aiming missiles at any nation; dismantle the Ukrainian nuclear arsenal

1998 – Whitewater prosecutors question Hillary Rodham Clinton about gathering of FBI background files on past Republican political appointees

1998 – In Dallas, researchers report an enzyme slows the aging process and cell death

1999 – The U.S. proposes lifting the U.N. ceilings on the sale of oil in Iraq, if profits are restricted to use in buying medicine and food for the Iraqi people

2000 – A United Nations tribunal sentences five Bosnian Croats to up to 25 years in prison for the 1993 killing of more than 100 Bosnian Muslims

2004 – The national flag of the Republic of Georgia, the so-called “five cross flag”, is restored to official use after a hiatus of some 500 years

2004 – Enron finance chief Andrew Fastow pleads guilty to conspiracy, accepting a 10-year prison sentence

2005 – A European space probe sends back first detailed pictures of Saturn’s moon, Titan’s  frozen surface

2010 – Yemen declares an open war against the terrorist group al-Qaeda

2010 – The first Vision Board Day * launched to encourage people to put dreams and aspirations up on the wall where they can see them and be reminded of their goals

2015 – Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson complete the first-ever free climb of the Dawn Wall of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park



  • Hot Pastrami Sandwich
  • Kite Day celebration
  • International flags
  • Benedict Arnold
  • Berthe Morisot painting Summer Morning
  • Albert Schweitzer inner flame quote
  • Hugh Lofting’s Doctor Dolittle illustrations
  • John Dos Passos, lies quote
  • Tillie Olsen, worse words quote
  • MiG-17
  • Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson on the Dawn Wall climb


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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2 Responses to ON THIS DAY: January 14, 2017

  1. Russell says:

    I am proverbially looking for the best Ruben….

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