ON THIS DAY: January 24, 2017

January 24th is


Cell Phone Recycling Day *

Peanut Butter Day

Belly Laugh Day

Eskimo Pie Day *

Compliment Day

Lobster Thermidor Day

MORE! Frederick the Great, Marguerite Durand and Thurgood Marshall, click



Laos – Bun Pha Vet Festivalinternational Flags
(life of Buddha celebration)

Romania – Principalities Unification Day

Togo – Economic Liberation Day

United Kingdom – London:
Magical Lantern Festival


On This Day in HISTORY

AD 41 – In Rome, Claudius is proclaimed Emperor after his sadistic despotic nephew Caligula is assassinated by his own disgruntled Praetorian Guards

AD 76 – Hadrian born, Roman Emperor, wall-builder


1287 – Richard de Bury born, English Bishop of Durham, author and one of the first book collectors in Britain; his book series the Philobiblon is considered the earliest to discuss librarianship in-depth

1438 – A potpourri of Popes and the battle for papal supremacy: the Council of Basel suspends Pope Eugene IV, who convokes the rival Council of Ferrara, loses a lot of his power base, makes concessions but reneges; the Basel council declares him a heretic, then elects Felix V as an antipope, while trying but failing to bridge the Great Schism between the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches; Emperor Frederick III commands the city of Basel to expel the Council, so it reconvenes in Lausanne, but lose too much credibility, so antipope abdicates; then Eugene dies, and they throw their dwindling support to his successor, Pope Nicholas V

1670 – William Congreve, English dramatist, is born, The Way of the World


1679 – English King Charles II dissolves the Cavalier Parliament in the middle of the Exclusion Crisis over revelation that his brother James, heir to the throne, is a Catholic

1712 – Frederick the Great, King of Prussia for 64 years, is born; military leader and theorist; reorganizes the Prussian bureaucracy, judiciary and civil service, giving opportunities to men not of the nobility to serve as judges and bureaucrats; extends freedom of the press; patron of the arts, a gifted musician and composer of sonatas, he also corresponded regularly with key figures of the French Enlightenment, but did not care much for the corresponding revival of German culture; did, however, enthusiastically destroy large areas of natural habitat to create more farmland and space for immigrants, regarding land in its natural state as useless and barbarous

1732 – Perre-Augustin Beaumarchais born, French author

1776 – E. T. A. Hoffmann born, Prussian Romantic author and playwright, whose stories inspired the ballets The Nutcracker and Coppélia, and an opera, The Tales of Hoffman; also composed vocal and instrumental music

1817 – Argentine Grand Marshal Juan Gregorio de Las Heras of the Army of the Andes leads his troops across the Andes mountains at Uspallata Pass into Chile during the campaign to free Chile from the Spanish Empire

1835 – Slaves converted to Islam rise up in the Malē revolt in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil, inspired by their Muslin teachers and stories about the Haitian Revolution, but their plans are discovered by the authorities just before the revolt begins, and the much better-armed soldiers put down the revolt; continuing concerns about a recurrence lead to repression of Islamic conversions; the slave trade is abolished in Brazil in 1851

1848 – James W. Marshall discovers a gold nugget at Sutter’s Mill in northern California, setting off the gold rush of ’49

1857 – The University of Calcutta founded, first fully fledged university in South Asia

1862 – Edith Wharton born, American novelist, Ethan Frome, The Age of Innocence


1864 – Marguerite Durand born, French actress, journalist, women’s rights advocate and suffragette, founded feminist newspaper La Fronde (the slingshot); was a famous sight in Paris because she took daily walks with her pet lion, Tigre; in 1931, she offered most of her papers to the City of Paris, the foundation of the Bibliothèque Marguerite Durand, the first public feminist library in France, now one of the best sources for research of women’s history and the women’s movement


1882 – Harold D. Babcock born, American astronomer, solar spectroscopy

1899 – Humphrey O’Sullivan patents the rubber heel

1900 – During the 2nd Boer War, the Boers stop British attempts to break the Siege of Ladysmith at the Battle of Spion Kop

1908 – In England, the first Boy Scout troop is organized by Robert Baden-Powell

1915 – Robert Motherwell born, American abstract painter


1916 – Britain’s Parliament passes the Military Service Act, after the complicated ‘Derby Scheme’ proves too labor-intensive to be workable; the new act specifies that men aged 18 to 41 were liable to be called up for service in the army unless they were married, widowed with children, serving in the Royal Navy, a minister of religion, or working in a number of reserved occupations

1916 – In Brushaber v. Union Pacific Railroad Co., the U.S. Supreme Court declares the federal income tax constitutional

1918 – Gottfried von Einem, Austrian composer, is born

1920 – Eskimo Pies * are patented by Christian K. Nelson, originally as ‘I-Scream Bars’

1924 – St. Petersburg, Russia, renamed Leningrad; it’s St. Petersburg again as of 1991

1933 – The 20th Amendment to the U. S. Constitution is ratified, changing the beginning and end of terms for all elected federal offices

1936 – Benny Goodman and his orchestra record “Stompin’ at the Savoy”

1942 – Abie’s Irish Rose debuts on NBC radio

1946 – The General Assembly passes its first resolution establishing the UN Atomic Energy Commission

1952 – Vincent Massey is the first Canadian-born governor-general of Canada

1972 – The U.S. Supreme Court struck down laws that denied welfare benefits to people who had resided in a state for less than a year.

1980 – The United States announces its intention to sell arms to China
1985 – Penny Harrington, the first U.S. woman police chief of a major city, assumes her duties as head of the Portland, Oregon, force of 940 officers and staff

1986 – The Voyager 2 space probe flies past Uranus, coming within 50,679 miles of the seventh planet of the solar system

1990 – Japan launches the first probe to be sent to the Moon since 1976, a small satellite was placed in lunar orbit

1993 – Thurgood Marshall dies at age 84, first African-American Supreme Court Justice, civil rights icon; as the NAACP’s top attorney, he won 29 of the 32 civil-rights cases he argued before the Supreme Court, including the 1954 landmark Brown v. Board of Education which ended segregation in U.S. public schools


1995 – The prosecution gives its opening statement at the O.J. Simpson murder trial

1995 – Van Halen releases their album Balance

2000 – The U.S. Supreme Court upholds a Missouri law that limits the contributions that individuals could donate to a candidate during a single election (Nixon v. Shrink Missouri Government PAC);  Justice John Paul Stevens’ concurrence questioned over  two decades of campaign finance jurisprudence, stating: “Money is property; it is not speech.”

2003 – The new federal Department of Homeland Security opens; Tom Ridge is sworn in as its secretary

2004 – NASA’s Opportunity rover lands on Mars 3 weeks after its identical twin Spirit


2017 – Cell Phone Recycling Day * is launched (also called Mobile Phone Recycling Day) by the Jane Goodall Institute to inspire us to recycle used electronics, especially phones – for more information:  http://www.mobilerecyclingday.org/#about


  • Cell Phone Recycling Day
  • International flags
  • Hadrian’s Wall, near Scottish border
  • William Congreve, quote on views
  • Edith Wharton, spreading light quote
  • Marguerite Durand – left: women’s suffrage Tigre poster, right: feminist newspaper
    La Fronde
  • Robert Motherwell – The Three Clowns, 1945
  • Thurgood Marshall bootstrap quote
  • NASA’s Opportunity rover on Mars


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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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5 Responses to ON THIS DAY: January 24, 2017

  1. Russell says:

    Cell phone recycling for me mean putting it in a drawer, its amazing how many different phones, weight and size. I still have the bag phone.

    I have not eaten peanut butter since 1984, 60 minutes ran a story on the acceptable rodent parts.

    Eskimo Pie day, I am all in for that. I have a drum stick, Eskimo pie and a dish of “Blue Bells” homemade vanilla every night before bed. Surprising I am not a diabete or very, very large…. scary, real scary… but a day without Blue Bell is a day lost.

    I did not know Frederick the great was such a humanitarian.

    The last two great supreme court justices in my opinion were William Brennan and Thurgood Marshall.

    • wordcloud9 says:

      I’m reduced to eating Blue Bunny no added sugar ice diary products- really miss Dreyers and Haagen Dazs.

      Frederick the Great got his handle for a reason, but he wasn’t totally consistent – there were a couple of groups, mainly the Poles, he really didn’t like and treated pretty harshly, but he was pretty good about everybody else – he did suck as an environmentalist – so he was human, but pretty amazing overall.

      I am still furious that Old Bush and his Senate put Clarence Thomas in Thurgood Marshall’s seat on the Supreme Court. What a travesty – I ALWAYS believed Anita Hill – it just fit with his miserable record at the EEOC.

      Just hope Ruth Bader Ginsberg stays really healthy for at least the next 5 years.

  2. I love ice cream, but am trying to lose weight. Rule of thumb: If it tastes good, you can’t have it.

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