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Saturday 7 January 2017 Calendar with holidays, observances and special days

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Holidays and observances

  • Distaff Day (medieval Europe)
  • Earliest day on which Plough Monday can fall, while January 13 is the latest; celebrated on Monday after Epiphany (Europe).
  • Nanakusa no sekku (Japan)

Events

  • 1985 – Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency launches Sakigake, Japan's first interplanetary spacecraft and the first deep space probe to be launched by any country other than the United States or the Soviet Union.
  • 1980 – U.S. President Jimmy Carter authorizes legislation giving $1.5 billion in loans to bail out the Chrysler Corporation.
  • 1968 – Surveyor Program: Surveyor 7, the last spacecraft in the Surveyor series, lifts off from launch complex 36A, Cape Canaveral.
  • 1959 – The United States recognizes the new Cuban government of Fidel Castro.
  • 1955 – Contralto Marian Anderson becomes the first person of color to perform at the Metropolitan Opera in Giuseppe Verdi's Un ballo in maschera.
  • 1954 – Georgetown-IBM experiment: The first public demonstration of a machine translation system, is held in New York at the head office of IBM.
  • 1948 – Kentucky Air National Guard pilot Thomas Mantell crashes while in pursuit of a supposed UFO.
  • 1940 – Winter War: The Finnish 9th Division stop and completely destroy the numerically superior Soviet forces on the Raate-Suomussalmi road.
  • 1931 – Guy Menzies flies the first solo non-stop trans-Tasman flight (from Australia to New Zealand) in 11 hours and 45 minutes, crash-landing on New Zealand's west coast.
  • 1927 – The first transatlantic telephone service is established from New York City to London.
  • 1920 – The New York State Assembly refuses to seat five duly elected Socialist assemblymen.
  • 1919 – Montenegrin guerrilla fighters rebel against the planned annexation of Montenegro by Serbia, but fail.
  • 1904 – The distress signal "CQD" is established only to be replaced two years later by "SOS".
  • 1894 – William Kennedy Dickson receives a patent for motion picture film.
  • 1785 – Frenchman Jean-Pierre Blanchard and American John Jeffries travel from Dover, England, to Calais, France, in a gas balloon.
  • 1782 – The first American commercial bank, the Bank of North America, opens.
  • 1610 – Galileo Galilei makes his first observation of the four Galilean moons: Ganymede, Callisto, Io and Europa, although he is not able to distinguish the last two until the following day.

Births

  • 1990 – Michael Sam, American football player
  • 1987 – Lyndsy Fonseca, American actress
  • 1985 – Austin Brown, American singer-songwriter
  • 1984 – Jon Lester, American baseball player
  • 1983 – Natalie Gulbis, American golfer
  • 1981 – Marquis Daniels, American basketball player
  • 1980 – Ivan L. Moody, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actor
  • 1980 – Merritt Wever, American actress
  • 1978 – Kevin Mench, American baseball player
  • 1977 – John Gidding, American architect and television host
  • 1972 – Donald Brashear, American-Canadian ice hockey player and mixed martial artist
  • 1971 – Jeremy Renner, American actor
  • 1970 – Todd Day, American basketball player and coach
  • 1967 – Guy Hebert, American ice hockey player
  • 1967 – Tim Donaghy, American basketball player and referee
  • 1965 – John Ondrasik, American singer-songwriter
  • 1964 – Nicolas Cage, American actor
  • 1963 – Rand Paul, American ophthalmologist and politician
  • 1962 – Hallie Todd, American actress, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1961 – John Thune, American lawyer and politician
  • 1960 – Loretta Sanchez, American politician
  • 1959 – Kathy Valentine, American bass player and songwriter
  • 1957 – Katie Couric, American television journalist, anchor, and author
  • 1957 – Nicholson Baker, American novelist and essayist
  • 1956 – David Caruso, American actor
  • 1953 – Robert Longo, American painter and sculptor
  • 1950 – Ross Grimsley, American baseball player and coach
  • 1948 – Kenny Loggins, American singer-songwriter
  • 1947 – Tony Elliott, English publisher, founded Time Out
  • 1946 – Jann Wenner, American publisher, co-founded Rolling Stone
  • 1946 – Michael Roizen, American anesthesiologist and author
  • 1945 – Tony Conigliaro, American baseball player and journalist (d. 1990)
  • 1942 – Danny Steinmann, American director and screenwriter (d. 2012)
  • 1942 – Jim Lefebvre, American baseball player and manager
  • 1941 – Frederick D. Gregory, American colonel, pilot, and astronaut
  • 1941 – Manfred Schellscheidt, German-American soccer player and coach
  • 1938 – Fred Whitfield, American baseball player (d. 2013)
  • 1938 – Lou Graham, American golfer and soldier
  • 1938 – Paul Revere, American rock keyboard player and songwriter (d. 2014)
  • 1938 – Roland Topor, French illustrator, painter, and actor (d. 1997)
  • 1936 – G. Robert Blakey, American lawyer and academic
  • 1935 – Ducky Schofield, American baseball player
  • 1935 – Kenny Davern, American clarinet player and saxophonist (d. 2006)
  • 1934 – Charles Jenkins Sr., American sprinter and coach
  • 1933 – Elliott Kastner, American-English film producer (d. 2010)
  • 1933 – Phil Mulkey, American decathlete and coach
  • 1930 – Eddie LeBaron, American football player, manager, and sportscaster (d. 2015)
  • 1929 – Robert Juniper, Australian painter and sculptor (d. 2012)
  • 1929 – Terry Moore, American actress
  • 1928 – William Peter Blatty, American author and screenwriter (d. 2017)
  • 1925 – Gerald Durrell, Indian-English zookeeper, conservationist and author, founded Durrell Wildlife Park (d. 1995)
  • 1924 – Gene L. Coon, American screenwriter and producer (d. 1973)
  • 1922 – Alvin Dark, American baseball player and manager (d. 2014)
  • 1921 – Chester Kallman, American poet and translator (d. 1975)
  • 1920 – Vincent Gardenia, Italian-American actor (d. 1992)
  • 1919 – Steve Belichick, American football player, coach and scout (d. 2005)
  • 1917 – Milton Resnick, Russian-American painter and educator (d. 2004)
  • 1917 – Ulysses Kay, American composer and educator (d. 1995)
  • 1914 – Bobby McDermott, American basketball player (d. 1963)
  • 1913 – Johnny Mize, American baseball player, coach, and sportscaster (d. 1993)
  • 1912 – Charles Addams, American cartoonist, created The Addams Family (d. 1988)
  • 1911 – Butterfly McQueen, American actress and dancer (d. 1995)
  • 1910 – Orval Faubus, American soldier and politician, 36th Governor of Arkansas (d. 1994)
  • 1906 – Bobbi Trout, American pilot (d. 2003)
  • 1906 – Red Allen, American trumpet player (d. 1967)
  • 1905 – James Simpson, Jr., American race car driver and politician (d. 1960)
  • 1898 – Robert LeGendre, American pentathlete and dentist (d. 1931)
  • 1895 – Hudson Fysh, Australian pilot and businessman, co-founded Qantas Airways Limited (d. 1974)
  • 1891 – Zora Neale Hurston, American novelist, short story writer, and folklorist (d. 1960)
  • 1888 – Vera de Bosset, Russian-American ballerina (d. 1982)
  • 1885 – Edwin Swatek, American swimmer and water polo player (d. 1966)
  • 1877 – William Clarence Matthews, American baseball player, coach, and lawyer (d. 1928)
  • 1873 – Adolph Zukor, Hungarian-American film producer, co-founded Paramount Pictures (d. 1976)
  • 1864 – Seo Jae-pil, South Korean-American journalist and activist (d. 1951)
  • 1837 – Thomas Henry Ismay, English businessman, founded the White Star Line Shipping Company (d. 1899)
  • 1834 – Johann Philipp Reis, German physicist and academic, invented the Reis telephone (d. 1874)
  • 1831 – Heinrich von Stephan, German postman, founded the Universal Postal Union (d. 1897)
  • 1800 – Millard Fillmore, American soldier, lawyer, and politician, 13th President of the United States (d. 1874)
  • 1786 – John Catron, American lawyer and jurist (d. 1865)
  • 1718 – Israel Putnam, American general (d. 1790)

Deaths

  • 2016 – Bill Foster, American basketball player and coach (b. 1929)
  • 2016 – John Johnson, American basketball player (b. 1947)
  • 2016 – Judith Kaye, American lawyer and jurist (b. 1938)
  • 2016 – Kitty Kallen, American singer (b. 1921)
  • 2015 – Arch A. Moore, Jr., American sergeant, lawyer, and politician, 28th Governor of West Virginia (b. 1923)
  • 2015 – Herb Simpson, American baseball player (b. 1920)
  • 2015 – J. P. Parisé, Canadian-American ice hockey player, coach, and manager (b. 1941)
  • 2015 – Rod Taylor, Australian-American actor and screenwriter (b. 1930)
  • 2014 – Run Run Shaw, Chinese-Hong Kong businessman and philanthropist, founded Shaw Brothers Studio and TVB (b. 1907)
  • 2013 – Ada Louise Huxtable, American curator and critic (b. 1921)
  • 2013 – Richard Ben Cramer, American journalist and author (b. 1950)
  • 2012 – George Livingston, American politician (b. 1933)
  • 2012 – Herbert Wilf, American mathematician and academic (b. 1931)
  • 2012 – Milburn E. Calhoun, American physician, philanthropist, and publisher (b. 1930)
  • 2012 – Tony Blankley, British-born American child actor, journalist and pundit (b. 1948)
  • 2007 – Bobby Hamilton, American race car driver and businessman (b. 1957)
  • 2002 – Avery Schreiber, American comedian and actor (b. 1935)
  • 2001 – James Carr, American singer (b. 1942)
  • 2000 – Gary Albright, American wrestler (b. 1963)
  • 1998 – Owen Bradley, American record producer (b. 1915)
  • 1996 – Tarō Okamoto, Japanese painter and sculptor (b. 1911)
  • 1995 – Murray Rothbard, American economist, historian, and theorist (b. 1926)
  • 1992 – Richard Hunt, American puppeteer and voice actor (b. 1951)
  • 1990 – Bronko Nagurski, Canadian-American football player and wrestler (b. 1908)
  • 1986 – Juan Rulfo, Mexican author, screenwriter, and photographer (b. 1917)
  • 1986 – P. D. Eastman, American author and illustrator (b. 1909)
  • 1972 – John Berryman, American poet and scholar (b. 1914)
  • 1967 – David Goodis, American author and screenwriter (b. 1917)
  • 1953 – Osa Johnson, American explorer, director, and producer (b. 1894)
  • 1943 – Nikola Tesla, Serbian-American physicist and engineer (b. 1856)
  • 1931 – Edward Channing, American historian and author (b. 1856)
  • 1919 – Henry Ware Eliot American businessman and philanthropist, co-founded Washington University in St. Louis (b. 1843)
  • 1913 – Jack Boyle, American baseball player and umpire (b. 1866)
  • 1864 – Caleb Blood Smith, American journalist and politician, 6th U.S. Secretary of the Interior (b. 1808)
  • 1830 – Thomas Lawrence, English painter and educator (b. 1769)
  • 1812 – Joseph Dennie, American journalist and author (b. 1768)
  • 1767 – Thomas Clap, American minister and academic (b. 1703)
  • 1658 – Theophilus Eaton, American farmer and politician, 1st Governor of the New Haven Colony (b. 1590)
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