ON THIS DAY: January 13, 2018

January 13th is

Peach Melba Day

Rubber Ducky Day

Sticker Day *

Stephen Foster Memorial Day *


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Cape Verde – Democracy Day

Lithuania –
Freedom Defenders Day

Togo – Liberation Day

Ukraine –  Malanka
(St. Melania the Younger’s Feast Day)


On This Day in HISTORY

532 – In Constantinople, a quarrel between supporters of different chariot teams—the Blues and the Greens — in the Hippodrome escalates into the Nika (Win!) riots, with days of burning and looting that destroys half the city and an estimated 30,000 dead

1435 – Pope Eugene IV issues the Sicut Dudum, forbidding the enslavement of the Guanche natives in Canary Islands by the Spanish

1793 – Nicolas Jean Hugon de Bassville, ambassador from Revolutionary France, is lynched by a Roman mob for making derogatory remarks about the Pope and Catholicism

1808 – Salmon Portland Chase is born; Secretary of the Treasury under Abraham Lincoln, and later Chief Justice of the Supreme Court

1810 – Ernestine Rose, atheist, feminist and abolitionist, intellectual force behind the women’s rights movement of the 19th century

1847 – The Treaty of Cahuenga ends the Mexican–American War in California

1854 –  Anthony Faas is granted the first U.S. patent for the accordion, making improvements to the keyboard and enhancing the sound

1866 – Vasily Sergeyevich Kalinnikov born, Russian Composer

1888 – The National Geographic Society is founded in Washington, D.C.

1898 – Émile Zola’s J’accuse…! exposes the miscarriage of justice in the Dreyfus affair

1901 – A.B. Guthrie Jr. born, American novelist, historian and screenwriter; 1950 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for The Way West; nominated for an Academy Award for his screenplay for Shane (1953)

1907 – Ray Stanton Avery born, creator of the “Kum Kleen Pricer Stickers,” the first commercially available self-adhesive labels – founder of Avery Dennison Corporation. National Sticker Day * now celebrates his legacy

1910 – Public radio broadcast of a live performance of the operas Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci from the Metropolitan Opera House in New York

1921 – Dachine Rainer born as Sylvia Newman, American-born English writer, poet and anarchist; A Room at the Inn

1924 – Roland Petit born, French choreographer; director Ballet National de Marseille

1926 – Carolyn Gold Heilbrun born, American feminist author and academic; published mystery novels under pen name Amanda Cross

1926 – Melba Liston born, American Jazz trombonist, arranger and composer; first woman trombonist to play in big bands in the 1940s

1938 – Anna Home born, English children’s television producer for the BBC; her career spanned from Play School in the 1960s to her last project, Teletubbies, before her retirement in 1997

1942 – Henry Ford patents a plastic automobile, which is 30% lighter than a regular car

1955 – Dame Anna Pringle born, British diplomat; Ambassador to the Czech Republic (2001-2004) and to Russia (2008-2011)

1957 – The Frisbee is invented; the Frisbee Pie Company of Connecticut pie tins were the inspiration for the Frisbee. Legend has it that a Wham-O employee saw drivers for the pie company showing Yale students how to throw the pie tins

1957 – Claudia Emerson born, American poet; 2006 Pulitzer Poetry Prize for Late Wife; Poet Laureate of Virginia (2008-2010)

1960 – The USSR Gulag forced labor camps are officially abolished

1966 – Robert C. Weaver is appointed as the first U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, also becoming the first African American Cabinet member

1967 – The first Stephen Foster Memorial Day * which commemorates his achievements on the date of his death in 1864 – Foster has been hailed as ‘the father of American music’ and wrote over 200 songs, including ‎”Oh! Susanna” “Beautiful Dreamer” and “Camptown Races”

1978 – U.S. Food and Drug Administration requires all blood donations to be labeled “paid” or “volunteer” donors

1979 – The Y.M.C.A. files a lawsuit against the Village People over their song, “Y.M.C.A.”

1988 – Lee Teng-hui becomes first native Taiwanese President of the Republic of China

1990 – Douglas Wilder is the first elected African American governor of Virginia as he takes office in Richmond

1993 – NASA Space Shuttle Endeavor begins its third mission

2000 – Microsoft chairman Bill Gates steps aside as chief executive and promotes company president Steve Ballmer to the position


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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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