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Sunday 8 January 2017 Calendar with holidays, observances and special days

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Holidays and observances

  • Earliest day on which Children's Day can fall, while January 14 is the latest; celebrated on the second Saturday in January. (Thailand)
  • Earliest day on which Lee–Jackson Day can fall, while January 14 is the latest; celebrated on Friday before Martin Luther King Jr. Day. (Virginia)
  • Typing Day (International observance)

Events

  • 2004 – The RMS Queen Mary 2, the largest ocean liner ever built, is christened by her namesake's granddaughter, Queen Elizabeth II.
  • 2002 – President George W. Bush signs into law the No Child Left Behind Act.
  • 1994 – Russian cosmonaut Valeri Polyakov on Soyuz TM-18 leaves for Mir. He would stay on the space station until March 22, 1995, for a record 437 days in space.
  • 1992 – US President George H. W. Bush vomits on Japanese Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa
  • 1981 – A local farmer reports a UFO sighting in Trans-en-Provence, France, claimed to be "perhaps the most completely and carefully documented sighting of all time".
  • 1975 – Ella T. Grasso becomes Governor of Connecticut, the first woman to serve as a Governor in the United States other than by succeeding her husband.
  • 1973 – Watergate scandal: The trial of seven men accused of illegal entry into Democratic Party headquarters at Watergate begins.
  • 1964 – President Lyndon B. Johnson declares a "War on Poverty" in the United States.
  • 1963 – Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa is exhibited in the United States for the first time, at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.
  • 1920 – The steel strike of 1919 ends in a complete failure for the Amalgamated Association of Iron, Steel and Tin Workers labor union.
  • 1918 – U.S. President Woodrow Wilson announces his "Fourteen Points" for the aftermath of World War I.
  • 1912 – The African National Congress is founded.
  • 1904 – The Blackstone Library is dedicated, marking the beginning of the Chicago Public Library system.
  • 1889 – Herman Hollerith is issued US patent #395,791 for the 'Art of Applying Statistics' — his punched card calculator.
  • 1877 – Crazy Horse and his warriors fight their last battle against the United States Cavalry at Wolf Mountain, Montana Territory.
  • 1867 – African American men are granted the right to vote in Washington, D.C.
  • 1863 – American Civil War: Second Battle of Springfield
  • 1835 – The United States national debt is zero for the only time.
  • 1828 – The Democratic Party of the United States is organized.
  • 1815 – War of 1812: Battle of New Orleans: Andrew Jackson leads American forces in victory over the British.
  • 1790 – George Washington delivers the first State of the Union address in New York City.
  • 1547 – The first Lithuanian-language book, Simple Words of Catechism, is published in Königsberg.
  • 1297 – François Grimaldi, disguised as a monk, leads his men to capture the fortress protecting the Rock of Monaco, establishing his family as the rulers of Monaco.

Births

  • 2000 – Noah Cyrus, American actress and singer
  • 1992 – Stefanie Dolson, American basketball player
  • 1990 – Jeff Allen, American football player
  • 1984 – Jeff Francoeur, American baseball player
  • 1983 – Chris Masters, American wrestler and actor
  • 1982 – Gaby Hoffmann, American actress
  • 1980 – Rachel Nichols, American actress and producer
  • 1979 – Torry Castellano, American drummer
  • 1976 – Carl Pavano, American baseball player
  • 1973 – Mike Cameron, American baseball player
  • 1971 – Jason Giambi, American baseball player
  • 1969 – J. Hunter Johnson, American game designer, author, and translator
  • 1967 – R. Kelly, American singer-songwriter, record producer, and former professional basketball player
  • 1966 – Andrew Wood, American singer-songwriter (d. 1990)
  • 1966 – Willie Anderson, American basketball player
  • 1960 – Dave Weckl, American drummer
  • 1960 – Lee Tomboulian, American pianist, accordion player, composer, and educator
  • 1959 – Keith Rodden, American NASCAR crew chief
  • 1958 – Betsy DeVos, American businesswoman and politician, 11th Secretary of Education
  • 1957 – David Lang, American composer and academic
  • 1953 – Bruce Sutter, American baseball player
  • 1952 – Mel Reynolds, American academic and politician
  • 1952 – Vladimir Feltsman, Russian-American pianist and educator
  • 1951 – John McTiernan, American director and producer
  • 1951 – Karen Tei Yamashita, American author and academic
  • 1949 – John Podesta, American lawyer and politician, 20th White House Chief of Staff
  • 1947 – David Bowie, English singer-songwriter, producer, and actor (d. 2016)
  • 1947 – David Gates, American journalist and novelist
  • 1947 – Don Bendell, American rancher and author
  • 1947 – Luke Williams, New Zealand-American wrestler
  • 1946 – Robby Krieger, American guitarist and songwriter
  • 1945 – Nancy Bond, American author and academic
  • 1944 – Terry Brooks, American lawyer and author
  • 1943 – Charles Murray, American political scientist and author
  • 1942 – Royce Waltman, American basketball player and coach (d. 2014)
  • 1942 – Yvette Mimieux, American actress
  • 1940 – Cristy Lane, American country and gospel singer
  • 1939 – Carolina Herrera, Venezuelan-American fashion designer
  • 1939 – Ruth Maleczech, American actress (d. 2013)
  • 1938 – Bob Eubanks, American game show host and producer
  • 1936 – Zdeněk Mácal, Czech-American conductor
  • 1935 – Elvis Presley, American singer, guitarist, and actor (d. 1977)
  • 1935 – Lewis H. Lapham, American publisher, founded Lapham's Quarterly
  • 1934 – Alexandra Ripley, American author (d. 2004)
  • 1934 – Gene Freese, American baseball player and manager (d. 2013)
  • 1933 – Charles Osgood, American soldier and journalist
  • 1933 – Nolan Miller, American fashion and jewelry designer (d. 2012)
  • 1933 – Willie Tasby, American baseball player
  • 1931 – Bill Graham, German-American businessman (d. 1991)
  • 1931 – Clarence Benjamin Jones, American lawyer and scholar
  • 1928 – Luther Perkins, American country guitarist (d. 1968)
  • 1928 – Slade Gorton, American colonel, lawyer, and politician, 14th Attorney General of Washington
  • 1926 – Evelyn Lear, American operatic soprano (d. 2012)
  • 1926 – Hanae Mori, Japanese fashion designer
  • 1926 – Soupy Sales, American comedian and actor (d. 2009)
  • 1924 – Benjamin Lees, Chinese-American soldier and composer (d. 2010)
  • 1923 – Giorgio Tozzi, American opera singer and actor (d. 2011)
  • 1923 – Joseph Weizenbaum, German-American computer scientist and author (d. 2008)
  • 1923 – Larry Storch, American actor and comedian
  • 1922 – Dale D. Myers, American engineer (d. 2015)
  • 1920 – Gordon Kahl, American tax protester and cop-killer (d. 1983)
  • 1920 – Richard Benedict, American actor and director (d. 1984)
  • 1917 – Peter Matthew Hillsman Taylor, American novelist, short story writer, and playwright (d. 1994)
  • 1915 – Walker Cooper, American baseball player and manager (d. 1991)
  • 1912 – José Ferrer, Puerto Rican-American actor and director (d. 1992)
  • 1912 – Lawrence Walsh, Canadian-American lawyer, judge, and politician, 4th United States Deputy Attorney General (d. 2014)
  • 1911 – Gypsy Rose Lee, American actress, dancer, and author (d. 1970)
  • 1909 – Evelyn Wood, American author and educator (d. 1995)
  • 1906 – Serge Poliakoff, Russian-French painter (d. 1969)
  • 1904 – Tampa Red, American guitarist and songwriter (d. 1981)
  • 1902 – Carl Rogers, American psychologist and academic (d. 1987)
  • 1900 – Dorothy Adams, American character actress (d. 1988)
  • 1896 – Arthur Ford, American psychic, founded the Spiritual Frontiers Fellowship (d. 1971)
  • 1896 – Jaromír Weinberger, Czech-American composer and academic (d. 1967)
  • 1888 – Richard Courant, German-American mathematician and academic (d. 1972)
  • 1885 – A. J. Muste, Dutch-American pastor and activist (d. 1967)
  • 1883 – Patrick J. Hurley, American general, politician, and diplomat, 51st United States Secretary of War (d. 1963)
  • 1881 – Henrik Shipstead, American dentist and politician (d. 1960)
  • 1881 – Linnie Marsh Wolfe, American librarian and author (d. 1945)
  • 1879 – Charles Bryant, English-American actor and director (d. 1948)
  • 1867 – Emily Greene Balch, American economist and author, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1961)
  • 1866 – William G. Conley, American educator and politician, 18th Governor of West Virginia (d. 1940)
  • 1865 – Winnaretta Singer, American philanthropist (d. 1943)
  • 1862 – Frank Nelson Doubleday, American publisher, founded the Doubleday Publishing Company (d. 1934)
  • 1854 – Fanny Bullock Workman, American mountaineer, geographer, and cartographer (d. 1925)
  • 1852 – James Milton Carroll, American pastor and author (d. 1931)
  • 1843 – John H. Moffitt, American sergeant and politician, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1926)
  • 1836 – Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Dutch-English painter and academic (d. 1912)
  • 1830 – Albert Bierstadt, German-American painter and educator (d. 1902)
  • 1821 – James Longstreet, American general and diplomat, United States Ambassador to Turkey (d. 1904)
  • 1805 – John Bigler, American lawyer, politician, and diplomat, 3rd Governor of California (d. 1871)
  • 1805 – Orson Hyde, American religious leader, 3rd President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles (d. 1878)
  • 1792 – Lowell Mason, American composer and educator (d. 1872)
  • 1786 – Nicholas Biddle, American banker and financier (d. 1844)
  • 1763 – Edmond-Charles Genêt, French-American translator and diplomat (d. 1834)
  • 1735 – John Carroll, American archbishop, founder of Georgetown University (d. 1815)
  • 1638 – Elisabetta Sirani, Italian painter (d. 1665)

Deaths

  • 2016 – Maria Teresa de Filippis, Italian race car driver (b. 1926)
  • 2015 – Andraé Crouch, American singer-songwriter, producer, and pastor (b. 1942)
  • 2015 – Patsy Garrett, American actress and singer (b. 1921)
  • 2014 – Madeline Gins, American poet and architect (b. 1941)
  • 2014 – Vicente T. Blaz, American general and politician (b. 1928)
  • 2013 – Jeanne Manford, American educator and activist, co-founded PFLAG (b. 1920)
  • 2012 – Dave Alexander, American singer and pianist (b. 1938)
  • 2012 – John Madin, English architect, designed the Birmingham Central Library (b. 1924)
  • 2010 – Art Clokey, American animator, director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1921)
  • 2007 – Iwao Takamoto, American animator, director, and producer (b. 1925)
  • 2007 – Jane Bolin, American lawyer and judge (b. 1908)
  • 2007 – Yvonne De Carlo, Canadian-American actress and singer (b. 1922)
  • 2004 – John A. Gambling, American radio host (b. 1930)
  • 2002 – Dave Thomas, American businessman and philanthropist, founded Wendy's (b. 1932)
  • 1997 – Melvin Calvin, American chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1911)
  • 1996 – Howard Taubman, American author and critic (b. 1907)
  • 1994 – Harvey Haddix, American baseball player and coach (b. 1925)
  • 1994 – Pat Buttram, American actor and comedian (b. 1915)
  • 1990 – Bernard Krigstein, American illustrator (b. 1919)
  • 1983 – Gale Page, American actress (b. 1910)
  • 1983 – Tom McCall, American journalist and politician, 30th Governor of Oregon (b. 1913)
  • 1981 – Matthew Beard, American actor (b. 1925)
  • 1980 – John Mauchly, American physicist and academic (b. 1907)
  • 1979 – Sara Carter, American singer-songwriter and harp player (b. 1898)
  • 1975 – Richard Tucker, American tenor (b. 1913)
  • 1972 – Kenneth Patchen, American poet and author (b. 1911)
  • 1963 – Kay Sage, American painter (b. 1898)
  • 1961 – Schoolboy Rowe, American baseball player and coach (b. 1910)
  • 1958 – Mary Colter, American architect, designed the Desert View Watchtower (b. 1869)
  • 1956 – Jim Elliot, American missionary and martyr (b. 1928)
  • 1954 – Eduard Wiiralt, Estonian-French painter and illustrator (b. 1898)
  • 1952 – Antonia Maury, American astronomer and astrophysicist (b. 1866)
  • 1950 – Joseph Schumpeter, Czech-American economist and academic (b. 1883)
  • 1944 – William Kissam Vanderbilt II, American lieutenant and sailor (b. 1878)
  • 1942 – Joseph Franklin Rutherford, American lawyer and religious leader (b. 1869)
  • 1938 – Johnny Gruelle, American author and illustrator (b. 1880)
  • 1925 – George Bellows, American painter (b.1925)
  • 1918 – Ellis H. Roberts, American journalist and politician, 20th Treasurer of the United States (b. 1827)
  • 1916 – Ada Rehan, Irish-American actress (b. 1860)
  • 1914 – Simon Bolivar Buckner, American general and 30th Governor of Kentucky (b. 1823)
  • 1896 – Paul Verlaine, French poet (b. 1844)
  • 1896 – William Rainey Marshall, American banker and politician, 5th Governor of Minnesota (b. 1825)
  • 1880 – Emperor Norton, English-American businessman (b. 1811)
  • 1825 – Eli Whitney, American engineer and theorist, invented the cotton gin (b. 1765)
  • 1775 – John Baskerville, English printer and type designer (b. 1706)
  • 1642 – Galileo Galilei, Italian physicist, mathematician, astronomer, and philosopher (b. 1564)
  • 1570 – Philibert de l'Orme, French sculptor and architect, designed the Château d'Anet (b. 1510)
  • 1337 – Giotto, Italian painter and architect, designed Scrovegni Chapel and Giotto's Campanile (b. 1266)
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