ON THIS DAY: January 20, 2018

January 20th is

Buttercrunch Day

Cheese Lover’s Day

Day of Acceptance *

Disc Jockey Day

Penguin Awareness Day *


MORE! John Marshall, Clarice Cliff and Federico Fellini, click



Azerbaijan – National Day of Mourning

Brazil – Rio de Janeiro: Founding Day

Cape Verde & Guinea-Bissau– Heroes’ Day
(Anniversary of death of Amilcar Cabral *)

Mail – Armed Forces Day

Peru – Canas: Chiaraje (ritual hill battle
to give life to Mother Earth)

Spain – San Sebastián: La Tamborrada
(mockery of Napoleonic War)

United Kingdom – Bradford on Avon:
Bradford Roots Music Festival


On This Day in HISTORY

250 – Emperor Decius issues an imperial edict requiring all inhabitants of the empire to make a sacrifice on behalf of the Emperor to the Roman ancestral gods and consumption of sacrificial food and drink before the magistrates of their community in order to obtain a libellus (certificate) confirming their loyalty and compliance with the edict, which caused a crisis within the Christian community, and led to persecution of Christians. Pope Fabian was among those who were killed for their refusal to comply

1265 – The first English parliament to include not just Lords but also representatives of major towns holds its first meeting in the Palace of Westminster, now commonly known as the “Houses of Parliament”

1356 – After being deposed several times by the Scots, Edward Balliol surrenders his claim to the Scottish throne to Edward III in exchange for an English pension

1576 – The Mexican city of León is founded by order of the viceroy Don Martín Enríquez de Almanza

1649 – Charles I of England is put on trial for treason and other “high crimes”

1703 – Joseph-Hector Fiocco born, Belgian late Baroque composer

1732 – Richard Henry Lee born, American statesman; one of the first correspondents of the Committees of Correspondence among independence-minded colonial leaders; delegate to the First and Second Continental Congresses, he made the motion at the Second Continental Congress calling for independence from Britain; signer of the Declaration of Independence: President of the Congress of Confederation (1784-1785); U.S. Senator from Virginia (1789-1792); President pro tempore of the Senate (1792)

1785 – Siamese forces invade amidst political chaos in Vietnam, but are ambushed and annihilated at the Mekong river by the Tây Sơn in the Battle of Rạch Gầm-Xoài Mút

1785 – Samuel Ellis advertises his Oyster Island for sale, but no buyer responds –later renamed Ellis Island

1788 – The main body of First Fleet arrives at Botany Bay, where Arthur Phillip decides the Bay is an unsuitable location for a penal colony, and moves the site to Port Jackson

1801 – John Marshall is appointed chief justice of the United States

1839 – At the Battle of Yungay, Chile defeats an alliance between Peru and Bolivia

1840 – Anne Jemima Clough is born, British suffragist and promoter of higher education for women

1841 – The British occupy Hong Kong Island

1855 – Ernest Chausson born, French Romantic composer; died at age 44 in a freak bicycle accident

1856 – Harriot Stanton Blatch born, American author, suffragist and women’s rights activist, daughter of Elizabeth Cady Stanton

1873 – Johannes V. Jensen born, most prominent 20th century Danish author; awarded the 1944 Nobel Prize in Literature

1878 – Ruth St. Denis born, American modern dance pioneer; co-founder of the Denishawn School of Dance; teacher and mentor of Martha Graham, Doris Humphrey, Charles Weidman and other notable American dancers

1885 – L.A. Thompson patents the roller coaster

1887 – The U.S. Senate approves the lease of Pearl Harbor by the Navy as a base

1891 – James Hogg takes office as the first native-born governor of Texas

1894 – Harold Gray born, American cartoonist, creator of Little Orphan Annie

1894 – Walter Hamor Piston born, American composer; taught Leonard Bernstein

1899 – Clarice Cliff, notable English potter and ceramic artist

1908 – Fleur Cowles born, American writer, editor, columnist and artist; associate editor of Look magazine (1947-1955), founder and creative force behind the short-lived but influential Flair magazine (1950-1951)

1910 – Joy Adamson born, Austrian author, Born Free

1920 – The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is founded


1920 – Federico Fellini born, one of Italy’s greatest directors and screenwriters; La Dolce Vita, 8 ½, La Strada, Juliet of the Spirits, Amarcord

1920 – The 50-50 Club opens, considered the first ‘speakeasy’

1921 – The first Constitution of Turkey is adopted

1924 – Yvonne Loriod born, French pianist, teacher and composer

1929 – In Old Arizona released, first full-length ‘talking picture’ filmed outdoors

1936 – Edward VIII ascends the throne of the United Kingdom

1937 – Franklin Delano Roosevelt and John Nance Garner are sworn in for second terms as U.S. President and Vice President, the first time a Presidential Inauguration takes place on 20 January after the ratification of the 20th Amendment

1942 – Linda Moulton Howe born, American investigative journalist, documentary filmmaker and UFO conspiracy theorist; her early work on environmental issues won the 1982 Florence Sabin Award “for outstanding contribution to public health”

1942 – At the Wannsee Conference held in Berlin’s Wannsee suburb, senior Nazi officials discuss the “Final Solution to the Jewish question”

1945 – Germany begins evacuating 1.8 million people from East Prussia because of Russia’s advancing Red Army

1948 – U.N. Security Council Resolution 39 offering assistance in the Kashmir crisis to India and Pakistan is adopted

1948 – Nancy Kress born, American Science Fiction author; Beggars in Spain won both Hugo and Nebula awards; After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall and Yesterday’s Kin both won Nebula Awards

1949 – Point Four Program for economic aid to poor countries announced by Harry S. Truman in his inaugural address for a full term as U.S. President

1954 – National Negro Network launches with 40 charter member radio stations

1956 – Maria Larsson born, Swedish politician; Christian Democrat MP (1998-2014); deputy party leader (2013-2014); Governor of Örebo County since 2015

1960 – Hendrik Verwoerd announces a plebiscite on South Africa becoming a Republic

1964 – The Wisconsin Cheese Foundation presents the world’s largest cheese at the New York World’s Fair, weighing in at over 34,000 pounds, from over 170,000 quarts of milk from over 16,000 cows

1969 – Elvis Presley records “In the Ghetto” and “Suspicious Minds”

1972 – Pakistan launches its Nuclear weapons program weeks after its defeat in Bangladesh Liberation War and Indo-Pakistani War of 1971

1972 – Amílcar Cabral * one of Africa’s foremost anti-colonial leaders and founder of the African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC, initials in Portuguese), is murdered by a rival within the party

1981 – Minutes after Ronald Reagan’s inauguration, Iran releases 52 American hostages

1990 – The Red Army cracks down on civil protests in Baku, Azerbaijan during the dissolution of the Soviet Union

1991 – Sudan’s government imposes Islamic law nationwide, worsening the civil war between the country’s Muslim north and Christian south

2001 – Philippines President Joseph Estrada is ousted in a nonviolent 4-day revolution, and is succeeded by Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo

2009 – Steve Hopkins starts Day of Acceptance in memory of his sister, Annie Hopkins, who founded 3E Love, to promote respect, understanding and equality for people of all abilities, and created the International Symbol of Acceptance, a wheelchair in the shape of a heart

2009 – Barak Obama is inaugurated as the first African-American U.S. President

2012 – Penguin Awareness Day * is launched to bring attention to their dwindling numbers as the Southern Ocean ice melts due to global warming


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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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2 Responses to ON THIS DAY: January 20, 2018

  1. Malisha says:

    Fellini’s 8-1/2 is not just my favorite film in the world; it may well be my favorite ANYTHING.
    Anybody remember the “Asa Nisi Masa” scene?
    Before we had films we could watch at home, I’d keep an eye out for any showing of 8-1/2. Two days before the film I’d schedule NO MORE SLEEP until the film played. Then I’d go to the movies, fall asleep during the film, and wake up, nod off, wake up, nod off, and manage to DREAM the film as I watched it. I cannot describe that experience; it was … well, indescribable will do for now.

    • wordcloud9 says:

      That’s really hard-core – heightening the dream-like quality in many sequences in Fellini’s films – I’m sure he would have been delighted at your approach.

      My favorite Fellini film is Amarcord. I am often impatient with European films because the pace is usually so much slower than American movies, making many of the films seem pretentious and self-glorifying to me, but Amarcord proves that slow in the hands of a master gives you a richer, deeper experience, and the time needed to feast on the details.

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