ON THIS DAY: January 14, 2018

January 14th is

Hot Pastrami Day

International Kite Day

Vision Board Day *

National Ratification Day *


MORE! Marc Antony, Tillie Ollsen and Paul McCartney, click



Hinduism – harvest festival of Makar Sankranti aka Pongal

Abkhazia – Azhirnikhua
(Day of world’s creation)

Bosnia & Herzegovina –
Orthodox New Year

India – Bikaner, Rajastan:
Bikaner Camel Festival

Serbia – Orthodox New Year

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

Tunisia – Revolution & Youth Day


On This Day in HISTORY

83 BC – Marc Antony born, Roman general and politician, who paid a critical role in the transformation of the Roman Republic into the autocratic Roman Empire

1301 – Andrew III of Hungary dies, ending the Hungarian Árpád dynasty; Wenceslaus III of Bohemia, betrothed to Andrew’s only daughter Elizabeth, is elected King of Hungary by the majority of Hungarian lords and prelates

1539 – Spain annexes Cuba

1639 – The “Fundamental Orders,” sometimes considered the first written constitution that created a government, are adopted in Connecticut; the orders state that government is founded on the rights of individuals, including the right of all free men to share in electing their magistrates, and to use secret, paper ballots

1741 – Benedict Arnold born, American Revolutionary War officer and turncoat

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

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

1841 – Berthe Morisot born, French painter; one of “les trois grandes dames” of Impressionism with Marie Bracquemond and Mary Cassatt

Summer Day, by Berthe Morisot

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

1875 – Albert Schweitzer 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

1905 – Emily Hahn born, American journalist, author, biographer and feminist; her loves of travel and animals greatly influenced her work, a significant chronicle of Asia and Africa in the 1930s and 40s for Western readers

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

1912 – Tillie Ollsen born, American writer, union organizer, Socialist and feminist; Tell Me a Riddle won the 1961 O. Henry Award for Best American Short Story

1922 – Diana McConnel Wellesley born, later Duchess of Wellington; WWII British intelligence officer, who helped foil a bomb plot aimed at her wedding at St. George’s Cathedral on January 28, 1944; she didn’t tell her groom of the near-miss, and he assumed they had a police escort because she was a general’s daughter, and he was the heir to the Dukedom

1936 – Harriet Hilliard, vocalist and wife of bandleader Ozzie Nelson, sings, “Get Thee Behind Me Satan”

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

1943 – Shannon Lucid born, American biochemist and NASA astronaut; set the records for longest stay in space by an American, and by a woman, on a mission aboard the Mir space station, the only American woman to serve aboard Mir

1944 –Nina Totenberg born, American legal affairs correspondent for National Public Radio (NPR), primarily reporting on the U.S Supreme Court; panelist on Inside Washington (1992-2013); honored seven times by the American Bar Association for excellence in legal reporting; recipient of the first-ever Toni House Award for body of work by the American Judicature Society; first radio journalist named as Broadcaster of the Year by the National Press Foundation; her reporting on Anita Hill’s testimony during the Clarence Thomas hearings became part of the Jewish Women’s Archive’s online exhibit Jewish Women and the Feminist Revolution

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, inspiring 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


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5 Responses to ON THIS DAY: January 14, 2018

  1. Terry Welshans says:

    The MiG-17 was the first Russian jet aircraft with an afterburner. The afterburner adds thrust by burning fuel in the space behind the engine within a specially designed chamber. This reheating of the exhaust expands it and increases its velocity through the tailpipe, adding thrust. The extra thrust allowed the aircraft to fly faster, but that increase in speed to near the speed of sound required lots of extra work to modify the structure of the aircraft for the forces generated by the high speed. One of the prototypes crashed in March of 1950 when the tail structure failed as it began fluttering to the point of failure. Earlier fighters had speed brakes to limit high speeds, but the MiG-17 was designed for faster flight and was eventually ‘tweaked’ to do so.

    • wordcloud9 says:

      Thanks Terry!

    • It can ruin a pilot’s whole day when the entire tail empennage departs the aircraft. To paraphrase an old song, “Flutter has killed many a po’ boy.”

      1950 was only three years after Yeager achieved Mach 1, so aeronautical engineers and pilots were experimenting in unknown, and very dangerous, territory.

  2. Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson’s climbing feat was incredible, but last year it was eclipsed.

    Last year, on June 6, free climber Alex Honnold climbed El Capitan solo, with no extra safety equipment. That was the first solo free climb of the massif. It was thought by free climbing experts to be impossible.

    • Terry Welshans says:

      I have camped just below the El Capitan face many times. At night many climbers camp on the face as they climb.The campers on the face and those in the campground below communicate with flashlights using Morse Code. A common theme from the valley to the folks climbing is a question about how they secure themselves to the face solidly enough to make camp. The jokers up there say ‘skyhooks.’

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