ON THIS DAY: January 21, 2017

January 21st is


Granola Bar Day

Squirrel Appreciation Day *


Hugging Day *
hearts-entwined                                                       New England Clam Chowder Day

MORE! Vhan Tekeyan, Plácido Domingo and Aretha Franklin, click



Barbados – Errol Barrow Day
(first Prime Minister of Barbados)international Flags

Dominican Republic – Lady of Altagracia Day

Serbia – Saint Jovan

Singapore – St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival

United States –
Honolulu HI: Pacific Island Arts Festival
Richmond VA: Poe Museum Birthday Bash

On This Day in HISTORY

1535 – Because of a second wave of broadsides which appear in Paris on January 13 in the Affaire des Placards (Affair of the Placards), more French Protestants burn at the stake in front of Notre Dame de Paris. Anti-Catholic broadsides had originally appeared in public places in Paris, Blois, Rouen, Tours and Orléans overnight in October 1534, including one on the bedchamber door of King Francis I at Amboise, ending the conciliatory policies of the King. Until then, Francis had been attempting to protect the Protestants from the more extreme measures of the Parlement de Paris


1610 – Elizabeth Fones Winthrop Feake Hallett is born, early Massachusetts Bay Colony settler; The Winthrop Woman by Anya Seton is an historical novel of her life, and her “scandalous” third marriage without knowing for certain that her second husband, who had abandoned the family and disappeared, was dead; also one of the few women of the time to own property in her own name; began life as a Puritan, died a Quaker

1714 – Anna Morandi Manzolini is born, Italian anatomist and sculptor, lecturer in anatomy at the University of Bologna, known for anatomical wax models


1735 – Johann Gottfried Eckard, German composer-pianist, is born

1738 – Ethan Allen, American Revolutionary War general, is born

1774 – Abdul Hamid I becomes Sultan of the Ottoman Empire and Caliph of Islam, after spending most of his life in virtual imprisonment as protection for a potential heir to the throne. He received much of his education from his mother, who taught him history and calligraphy. Ill-prepared to rule, military losses during his reign were devastating, but his great piety, efforts to reform the government, and his personal supervision of the fire brigade fighting the 1782 fire in Constantinople, made him admired by the people

1789 – The first American novel, The Power of Sympathy, or the Triumph of Nature Founded in Truth, by William Hill Brown, is printed in Boston

1793 – After being found guilty of treason by the French National Convention, Louis XVI of France is executed by guillotine

1813 – John C. Frémont born, frequently insubordinate American soldier, adventurer and politician, first presidential candidate of the Republican Party, appointed Governor of Arizona by President Hayes (1878-1881)

1820 – Joseph Wolf born, distinguished German pioneer in wildlife art and illustration


1840 – Sophia Jex-Blake born, English physician, teacher and feminist advocate for women’s education, first practicing female doctor in Scotland, founder of two medical schools for women

1846 – The first issue of the Daily News, edited by Charles Dickens, is published

1853 – Dr. Russell L. Hawes patents the envelope folding machine

1861 – Jefferson Davis resigns from the U.S. Senate to run for governor of Mississippi

1878 – Vhan Tekeyan born, Armenian poet-newspaper editor-social activist, “Prince of Armenian poetry’


1884 – Roger Nash Baldwin born, pacifist, author and first ACLU Executive Director, from its founding in 1920 until 1950


1885 – Umberto Nobile born, Italian aviator and Arctic explorer; when his polar airship, the Italia crashed, an international rescue effort was launched in which Antarctic explorer, Roald Amundsen, and five others died when their search plane crashed

1893 – The Tati Concessions Land, formerly part of Matabeleland that was ceded by the Matabele King to Sir John Swinburne, is formally annexed to the Bechuanaland Protectorate, now Botswana

1895 – Cristóbal Balenciaga born, Spanish couturier and influential fashion icon


1905 – Christian Dior born, major French fashion designer, creator of the ‘New Look’

1908 – NYC’s Aldermen pass the Sullivan ordinance making it illegal for women to smoke or drink in public, but it’s vetoed 2 weeks later by Mayor George McClellan Jr

1911 – The first Monte Carlo Rally begins, with drivers converging on Monaco from 11 different starting points in Europe

1915 – Kiwanis International is founded in Detroit MI by Joseph C. Prance and Allen S. Browne – the name is derived from an Ojibwe word that Prance and Browne interpreted as meaning “We build” – the original motto of the service group

1919 – The first engagement in the Irish War of Independence, the ‘Soloheadbeg ambush’ of a gelignite transport, during which two policemen are killed

1924 – Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin dies, and Joseph Stalin starts purging his rivals for the leadership of the Soviet Union

1925 – Albania declares itself a republic

1927 – Charles Gounod’s Faust is the first opera broadcast on a national radio network

1930 – Mainza Chona born, Zambian politician, ambassador and Prime Minister (1973-1975  and 1977-1978)

1931 – Sir Isaac Isaacs becomes the first Australian-born Governor-General of Australia

1941 – Sparked by German officer’s murder in Bucharest the day before, members of Romania’s far right ‘Iron Guard’ engage in a pogrom killing 125 Jews

1941 – Britain’s communist newspaper, the Daily Worker, is banned because of its harsh criticism of the British Government and support of the Soviet-German alliance

1941 – Plácido Domingo, Spanish tenor and conductor, is born

1942 – Count Basie and His Orchestra record “One O’Clock Jump”

1950 – Alger Hiss, accused of spying for the Soviets, is found guilty of perjury in a second trial – his first trial ended with a hung jury

1954 – The first nuclear-powered submarine, the USS Nautilus, is launched in Groton, Connecticut by First Lady Mamie Eisenhower

1957 – Chuck Berry records “School Days”

1960 – Little Joe 1B, a Mercury spacecraft, lifts off from Wallops Island VA with a female rhesus monkey on board named Miss Sam

1968 – The Battle of Khe Sanh begins in Vietnam

1970 – A Boeing 747 made its first commercial flight on Pan American’s New York to London route

1971 – Emley Moor transmitting station, the tallest free-standing structure in the United Kingdom, begins transmitting UHF broadcasts

1976 – Concorde commercial service begins on London-Bahrain and Paris-Rio routes

1977 – President Jimmy Carter pardons almost all Vietnam War draft evaders

1980 – Gold is valued at $850 an ounce

1981 –The DeLorean DMC-12 sports car goes into production in Northern Ireland

1986 – The first Hugging Day *


1987 – Aretha Franklin is the first woman inducted into the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame

1997 – U.S. House of Representatives votes 395–28 to reprimand and fine Newt Gingrich for ethics violations, first Speaker of the House disciplined for ethics breaches

2001 – Squirrel Appreciation Day * is started by Christy Hargrove  of Asheville NC

2002 – The Generall Historie of Virginia, New-England, and the Summer Isles, written by English Jamestown leader Captain John Smith, is auctioned for $48,800 in London


2004 – NASA’s Mars Rover Spirit (MER-A) ceases communication with mission control because of flash memory problems, fixed remotely from Earth on February 6

2010 –The U.S. Supreme Court, in a bitterly divided decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, vastly increases the power of big business to influence government decisions by allowing them to spend millions to directly sway elections for president and Congress

2013 – Myrlie Evers-Williams becomes the first woman and first layperson to deliver the invocation, at the second inauguration of Barak Obama as U.S. President



  • Baby grey squirrel
  • New England Clam Chowder
  • Hearts entwined
  • International flags
  • Burning a French Protestant after the Affair of the Placards
  • Wax half-figure of Anna Morandi – self- modeled – opening a skull (Museo di Palazzo Poggi, University of Bologna)
  • Joseph Wolf (left) with with Eurasian hobby (Falco subbuteo); Blyth’s Tragopan (Tragopan blythii)
  • Vhan Tekeyan – quote from poem I Loved
  • Roger Nash Baldwin – rule of law quote
  • Cristóbal Balenciaga -with 1959 evening wear
  • Hug o’ War for Hugging Day with puppies
  • Map of Virginia from Capt. John Smith’s Historie
  • Myrlie Evers-Williams delivers invocation at second inauguration of Barak Obama


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6 Responses to ON THIS DAY: January 21, 2017

  1. Russell says:

    Amazing, there is no sign or evidence in front of Noter Dame de Paris of the burning at the stake dissidents to the Catholic Church. I guess plausible deniability works well, and I was all over the square.

    I guess what good for a Jim Wright is good for a Newt.

    Sad day in American history Citizen United.

    This probably should be National Hangover day for activist Democrats….

    • wordcloud9 says:

      Hi Russell –

      When I was in Paris in the late 1960s, they had just finished steam-cleaning all the major historic sites, buildings and monuments, so if any evidence might have lingered from a 16th century burning at the stake, it was washed away, along with any traces of blood from the revolution’s La Guillotine.

      When I was reading about the Affair of the Placards, it sounded more like a Dan Brown novel – you know, one of those conspiracies where the Catholic fanatics infiltrate the Protestants, and instigate the placard plot, so they can turn the more moderate Catholics, including the King, against the Protestants? Otherwise, it’s just some fanatic Protestants imbued with “let’s be martyrs” mania – there must have been SOMEBODY who said, “Uh, Guys? This is a really bad idea.”

      Why IS Newt back, acting like he’s just been on vacation instead of in disgrace? I guess he does fit right in with the rest of Trump’s Scofflaw Obnoxious Billionaires (aka S.O.B.s)

      I stayed sober, so I’m not hungover, just sick to my stomach.

      • Russell says:

        There you go…

      • My 10x-great grandfather arrived from France in 1629. The first thing he did was shed his French identity. His name was Benois Brasseur, so he Anglicized it to Benjamin Brashear. He was a Huguenot, getting out of France one jump ahead of Richelieu’s thugs.

        We don’t need any more religious zealots running things. Religion has caused more wars than greedy land grabs. Now we are faced with religious zealot land grabbers in charge of the most powerful military on the planet. That is not a good combination.

        • wordcloud9 says:

          Hi Chuck –

          I’m so glad your10X great grand got out and came here, other wise there wouldn’t have been a YOU.

          Agree about religions starting bloodbaths – not just wars, but lots of mass murders too.

          And so often it’s all about some silly disagreement over doctrine where neither side could ever prove their point – in the case of the Placards Affair, it started with an argument about whether or not Christ was actually physically present in the Eucharist – the Catholics believed yea, these Protestants insisted nay.

          When you think about it, if the Eucharist were actually transformed into the body of Christ, that would make communion a form of cannibalism – gack!

  2. randyjet says:

    While the events of yesterday made me sick, I stayed sober, and today, I did something as an antidote to yesterday. I went to the Women’s March in Houston which drew over 22,000 folks of all ages, sexes, and preferences, and races. This came about with only ten days notice and planning. The organizers raised over $36,000 to pay for sound, police, potties, etc.. in only six days. I talked to my brother who lives in Maine, and I told him I was disappointed to find him home since I had thought and hoped he would have been in DC. His reply was that he went to the march in Brunswick, ME which drew a couple of thousands. Portland had nearly 10,000. Then I saw the mass march in DC which was bigger than Trump’s coronation by far.

    During the march in Houston, I noticed that I was one of the not so many gray heads around and I was hoping to find some others like myself who had been active in the Civil Rights movement so we could sing some of the songs of that movement. So I simply had to sing solo with a few joining in the unfamiliar songs and words. This was the largest political demonstration in Houston since the Anti-Vietnam war days in the 70s, where we had about 40,000 turn out for the largest anti-war demonstration at that time. It was very uplifting to see so many people willing to turn out in response to the irrationality of the new administration. I also reminded people that it was the International Women Day demonstrations in 1917 in St. Petersburg that overthrew the Czar. I hope more folks will take heed of that historic occasion and maybe celebrate with another February revolution here. The Russians might get lucky again with another Women’s Day action as they did in the past.

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