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Sunday 6 January 2019 Calendar with holidays, observances and special days

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Holidays and observances

  • Apple Tree Day
  • Befana Day in Italy
  • Christian Feast day: Eastern Orthodox liturgics
  • Cuddle Up Day
  • Little Christmas in Ireland
  • National Shortbread Day and National Bean Day in USA
  • Statehood Day (New Mexico, 1912)
  • Three Wise Men Day

Events

  • In 2017 researchers at MIT design one of the strongest lightweight materials known, by compressing and fusing flakes of graphene. The new material is highly porous. Computer simulations predict it is possible to make materials with a density of just 5 percent of steel, but 10 times stronger.
  • 2005 – American Civil Rights Movement: Edgar Ray Killen is arrested as a suspect in the 1964 murders of Chaney, Goodman, and Schwerner.
  • 2001 – Congress certifies George W. Bush winner of 2000 elections.
  • 1995 – A chemical fire in an apartment complex in Manila, Philippines, leads to the discovery of plans for Project Bojinka, a mass-terrorist attack.
  • 1978 – The Crown of St. Stephen (also known as the Holy Crown of Hungary) is returned to Hungary from the United States, where it was held after World War II.
  • 1974 – In response to the 1973 oil crisis, daylight saving time commences nearly four months early in the United States.
  • 1967 – Vietnam War: United States Marine Corps and ARVN troops launch "Operation Deckhouse Five" in the Mekong River delta.
  • 1960 – National Airlines Flight 2511 is destroyed in mid-air by a bomb, while en route from New York City to Miami.
  • 1947 – Pan American Airlines becomes the first commercial airline to offer a round-the-world ticket.
  • 1946 – The first general election ever in Vietnam is held.
  • 1941 – United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivers his Four Freedoms speech in the State of the Union address.
  • 1931 – Thomas Edison signs his last patent application.
  • 1930 – The first diesel-engined automobile trip is completed, from Indianapolis, Indiana, to New York, New York.
  • 1912 – German geophysicist Alfred Wegener first presents his theory of continental drift.
  • 1912 – New Mexico is admitted to the Union as the 47th U.S. state.
  • 1907 – Maria Montessori opens her first school and daycare center for working class children in Rome, Italy.
  • 1893 – The Washington National Cathedral is chartered by Congress. The charter is signed by President Benjamin Harrison.
  • 1838 – Alfred Vail demonstrates a telegraph system using dots and dashes (this is the forerunner of Morse code).
  • 1661 – English Restoration: The Fifth Monarchists unsuccessfully attempt to seize control of London, England.

Births

  • 1995 – Will Butcher, American hockey player
  • 1994 – Jameis Winston, American football player
  • 1989 – Derrick Morgan, American football player
  • 1987 – Ndamukong Suh, American football player
  • 1986 – Mike Teel, American football player
  • 1984 – Kate McKinnon, American actress and comedian
  • 1983 – Adam Burish, American ice hockey player
  • 1982 – Brian Bass, American baseball player
  • 1982 – Gilbert Arenas, American basketball player
  • 1981 – Asante Samuel, American football player
  • 1981 – Mike Jones, American rapper and actor
  • 1979 – Camila Grey, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1978 – Bubba Franks, American football player
  • 1978 – Casey Fossum, American baseball player
  • 1976 – Danny Pintauro, American actor
  • 1976 – Johnny Yong Bosch, American actor, voice artist, martial artist, and musician
  • 1975 – James Farrior, American football player
  • 1974 – Paul Grant, American basketball player and coach
  • 1971 – Karin Slaughter, American author
  • 1970 – Gabrielle Reece, American volleyball player, sportscaster, and actress
  • 1970 – Julie Chen, American television journalist, presenter, and producer
  • 1969 – Norman Reedus, American actor and model
  • 1968 – John Singleton, American director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1964 – Charles Haley, American football player and coach
  • 1964 – Jacqueline Moore, American wrestler and manager
  • 1963 – Norm Charlton, American baseball player and coach
  • 1962 – Kevin Rosier, American mixed martial artist and boxer (d. 2015)
  • 1962 – Michael Houser, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2002)
  • 1960 – Howie Long, American football player and sports commentator
  • 1960 – Paul Azinger, American golfer and sportscaster
  • 1958 – Mohsen Rastani, Iranian photographer and journalist
  • 1958 – Scott Bryce, American actor, director, and producer
  • 1957 – Michael Foale, British-American astrophysicist and astronaut
  • 1957 – Nancy Lopez, American golfer and sportscaster
  • 1956 – Elizabeth Strout, American novelist and short story writer
  • 1955 – Alex Forsyth, American ice hockey player
  • 1955 – Susan B. Horwitz, American computer scientist and academic (d. 2014)
  • 1954 – Yuji Horii, Japanese video game designer, created Dragon Quest
  • 1952 – Moondog Spot, American wrestler (d. 2003)
  • 1951 – Don Gullett, American baseball player and coach
  • 1951 – Kim Wilson, American singer-songwriter and harmonica player
  • 1950 – Louis Freeh, American lawyer and jurist, 10th Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • 1949 – Carolyn D. Wright, American poet and academic
  • 1948 – Guy Gardner, American colonel and astronaut
  • 1945 – Allen Appel, American author, illustrator, and photographer
  • 1944 – Bonnie Franklin, American actress and singer (d. 2013)
  • 1944 – Rolf M. Zinkernagel, Swiss immunologist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1940 – Penny Lernoux, American journalist and author (d. 1989)
  • 1940 – Van McCoy, American singer-songwriter and producer (d. 1979)
  • 1938 – William E. Connolly, American political scientist, theorist, and academic
  • 1937 – Doris Troy, American singer-songwriter (d. 2004)
  • 1937 – Lou Holtz, American football player, coach, and sportscaster
  • 1936 – Darlene Hard, American tennis player
  • 1935 – Nino Tempo, American musician, singer, and actor
  • 1933 – Fred L. Turner, American businessman (d. 2013)
  • 1932 – Stuart A. Rice, American chemist and academic
  • 1931 – E. L. Doctorow, American novelist, playwright, and short story writer (d. 2015)
  • 1930 – Vic Tayback, American actor (d. 1990)
  • 1930 – W. Wallace Cleland, American biochemist and educator (d. 2013)
  • 1927 – Jesse Leonard Steinfeld, American physician and academic, 11th Surgeon General of the United States (d. 2014)
  • 1926 – Günter Rössler, German photographer and journalist (d. 2012)
  • 1926 – Kid Gavilán, Cuban-American boxer (d. 2003)
  • 1926 – Mickey Hargitay, Hungarian-American actor and bodybuilder (d. 2006)
  • 1926 – Pat Flaherty, American race car driver (d. 2002)
  • 1926 – Ralph Branca, American baseball player (d. 2016)
  • 1925 – John DeLorean, American engineer and businessman, founded the DeLorean Motor Company (d. 2005)
  • 1924 – Earl Scruggs, American banjo player (d. 2012)
  • 1921 – Cary Middlecoff, American golfer and sportscaster (d. 1998)
  • 1920 – Early Wynn, American baseball player, coach, and sportscaster (d. 1999)
  • 1916 – Eugene Thomas Maleska, American journalist (d. 1993)
  • 1915 – Alan Watts, English-American philosopher and author (d. 1973)
  • 1915 – Don Edwards, American soldier, lawyer, and politician (d. 2015)
  • 1915 – John C. Lilly, American psychoanalyst, physician, and philosopher (d. 2001)
  • 1914 – Godfrey Edward Arnold, Austrian-American physician and academic (d. 1989)
  • 1913 – Loretta Young, American actress (d. 2000)
  • 1912 – Danny Thomas, American actor, comedian, producer and humanitarian; founded St. Jude Children's Research Hospital (d. 1991)
  • 1910 – Wright Morris, American author and photographer (d. 1998)
  • 1903 – Francis L. Sullivan, English-American actor (d. 1956)
  • 1903 – Maurice Abravanel, Greek-American pianist and conductor (d. 1993)
  • 1899 – Phyllis Haver, American actress (d. 1960)
  • 1883 – Kahlil Gibran, Lebanese-American poet, painter, and philosopher (d. 1931)
  • 1882 – Aleksandra Ekster, Polish-French painter and set designer (d. 1949)
  • 1882 – Fan S. Noli, Albanian-American bishop and politician, 13th Prime Minister of Albania (d. 1965)
  • 1882 – Sam Rayburn, American lawyer and politician, 48th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives (d. 1961)
  • 1880 – Tom Mix, American cowboy and actor (d. 1940)
  • 1878 – Carl Sandburg, American poet and historian (d. 1967)
  • 1874 – Fred Niblo, American actor, director, and producer (d. 1948)
  • 1868 – Ștefan Luchian, Romanian painter and illustrator (d. 1917)
  • 1861 – Victor Horta, Belgian architect, designed Hôtel van Eetvelde (d. 1947)
  • 1857 – William Russell, American lawyer and politician, 37th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1896)
  • 1842 – Clarence King, American geologist, mountaineer, and critic (d. 1901)
  • 1832 – Gustave Doré, French painter and sculptor (d. 1883)
  • 1811 – Charles Sumner, American lawyer and politician (d. 1874)
  • 1808 – Joseph Pitty Couthouy, American oncologist and paleontologist (d. 1864)
  • 1799 – Jedediah Smith, American hunter, explorer, and author (d. 1831)
  • 1793 – James Madison Porter, American lawyer and politician, 18th United States Secretary of War (d. 1862)
  • 1745 – Jacques-Etienne Montgolfier, French co-inventor of the hot air balloon (d. 1799)

Deaths

  • 2017 – Tilikum, American-held orca (b. ca. 1981)
  • 2016 – Florence King, American journalist and author (b. 1936)
  • 2016 – Pat Harrington, Jr., American actor and screenwriter (b. 1929)
  • 2016 – Silvana Pampanini, Italian model, actress, and director, Miss Italy 1946 (b. 1925)
  • 2015 – Arthur Jackson, American lieutenant and target shooter (b. 1918)
  • 2014 – Bob Bolen, American businessman and politician (b. 1926)
  • 2014 – Julian Rotter, American psychologist and academic (b. 1916)
  • 2014 – Marina Ginestà, French Resistance soldier and photographer (b. 1919)
  • 2013 – John Ingram, American lawyer and politician (b. 1929)
  • 2013 – Ruth Carter Stevenson, American art collector, founded the Amon Carter Museum of American Art (b. 1923)
  • 2012 – John Celardo, American illustrator (b. 1918)
  • 2012 – Roger Boisjoly, American aerodynamicist and engineer (b. 1938)
  • 2009 – Ron Asheton, American guitarist, songwriter, and actor (b. 1948)
  • 2007 – Mario Danelo, American football player (b. 1985)
  • 2007 – Roberta Wohlstetter, American political scientist, historian, and academic (b. 1912)
  • 2007 – Sneaky Pete Kleinow, American guitarist and songwriter (b. 1934)
  • 2006 – Hugh Thompson, Jr., American soldier and pilot (b. 1943)
  • 2006 – Lou Rawls, American singer-songwriter (b. 1933)
  • 2004 – Francesco Scavullo, American photographer (b. 1921)
  • 2000 – Don Martin, American cartoonist (b. 1931)
  • 1999 – Michel Petrucciani, French-American pianist (b. 1962)
  • 1993 – Dizzy Gillespie, American singer-songwriter and trumpet player (b. 1917)
  • 1993 – Richard Mortensen, Danish painter and educator (b. 1910)
  • 1993 – Rudolf Nureyev, Russian-French dancer and choreographer (b. 1938)
  • 1984 – Ernest Laszlo, Hungarian-American cinematographer (b. 1898)
  • 1949 – Victor Fleming, American director, producer, and cinematographer (b. 1883)
  • 1945 – Vladimir Vernadsky, Russian mineralogist and chemist (b. 1863)
  • 1944 – Ida Tarbell, American journalist, reformer, and educator (b. 1857)
  • 1941 – Charley O'Leary, American baseball player and coach (b. 1882)
  • 1928 – Alvin Kraenzlein, American hurdler and long jumper (b. 1876)
  • 1921 – Devil Anse Hatfield, American guerrilla leader (b. 1839)
  • 1919 – Max Heindel, Danish-American astrologer and mystic (b. 1865)
  • 1919 – Theodore Roosevelt, American colonel and politician, 26th President of the United States (b. 1858)
  • 1905 – George Van Cleaf, American swimmer and water polo player (b. 1880)
  • 1896 – Thomas W. Knox, American journalist and author (b. 1835)
  • 1882 – Richard Henry Dana, Jr., American lawyer and politician (b. 1815)
  • 1852 – Louis Braille, French educator, invented Braille (b. 1809)
  • 1646 – Elias Holl, German architect, designed the Augsburg Town Hall (b. 1573)
  • 1537 – Baldassare Peruzzi, Italian architect and painter, designed the Palazzo Massimo alle Colonne (b. 1481)
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