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Wednesday 10 January 2018 Calendar with holidays, observances and special days

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Holidays and observances

  • Bittersweet Chocolate Day
  • Majority Rule Day (Bahamas)

Events

  • In 2018 researchers at Imperial College London and King's College London publish a paper in the journal Scientific Reports about the development of a new 3D bioprinting technique, which allows the more accurate printing of soft tissue organs, such as lungs.
  • 1985 – Sandinista Daniel Ortega becomes president of Nicaragua and vows to continue the transformation to socialism and alliance with the Soviet Union and Cuba; American policy continues to support the Contras in their revolt against the Nicaraguan government.
  • 1984 – Holy See–United States relations: The United States and Holy See (Vatican City) re-establish full diplomatic relations after almost 117 years, overturning the United States Congress's 1867 ban on public funding for such a diplomatic envoy.
  • 1981 – Salvadoran Civil War: The FMLN launches its first major offensive, gaining control of most of Morazán and Chalatenango departments
  • 1946 – The United States Army Signal Corps successfully conducts Project Diana, bouncing radio waves off the Moon and receiving the reflected signals.
  • 1946 – The first General Assembly of the United Nations opens in London. Fifty-one nations are represented.
  • 1927 – Fritz Lang's futuristic film Metropolis is released in Germany.
  • 1920 – The Treaty of Versailles takes effect, officially ending World War I.
  • 1901 – The first great Texas oil gusher is discovered at Spindletop in Beaumont, Texas.
  • 1863 – The Metropolitan Railway, the world's oldest underground railway, opens between Paddington and Farringdon, marking the beginning of the London Underground.
  • 1861 – American Civil War: Florida secedes from the Union.
  • 1812 – The first steamboat on the Ohio River or the Mississippi River arrives in New Orleans, 82 days after departing from Pittsburgh.

Births

  • 1990 – John Carlson, American ice hockey player
  • 1989 – Emily Meade, American actress
  • 1981 – Jared Kushner, American real estate investor and political figure
  • 1975 – Jake Delhomme, American football player
  • 1973 – Félix Trinidad, Puerto Rican-American boxer
  • 1973 – Glenn Robinson, American basketball player
  • 1970 – Buff Bagwell, American wrestler and actor
  • 1966 – Steve Kramer, American engineer and politician
  • 1963 – Mark Pryor, American lawyer and politician, 53rd Arkansas Attorney General
  • 1962 – Kathryn S. McKinley, American computer scientist and academic
  • 1961 – Janet Jones, American actress
  • 1961 – Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Italian-American violinist, author, and educator
  • 1959 – Chandra Cheeseborough, American sprinter and coach
  • 1959 – Chris Van Hollen, American lawyer and politician
  • 1958 – Eddie Cheever, American race car driver
  • 1956 – George Merrill, American singer-songwriter and keyboard player
  • 1956 – Shawn Colvin, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1953 – Bobby Rahal, American race car driver
  • 1953 – Pat Benatar, American singer-songwriter
  • 1952 – Scott Thurston, American guitarist and songwriter
  • 1950 – Roy Blunt, American academic and politician
  • 1949 – George Foreman, American boxer, actor, and businessman
  • 1949 – Linda Lovelace, American porn actress and activist (d. 2002)
  • 1948 – Donald Fagen, American singer-songwriter and musician
  • 1947 – George Alec Effinger, American author (d. 2002)
  • 1947 – James Morris, American opera singer
  • 1947 – Neal Smith, American rock drummer and songwriter
  • 1945 – Gunther von Hagens, German anatomist, invented plastination
  • 1944 – Frank Sinatra, Jr., American singer and actor (d. 2016)
  • 1943 – Jim Croce, American singer-songwriter (d. 1973)
  • 1940 – Walter Hill, American director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1939 – David Horowitz, American activist and author
  • 1939 – Jared Carter, American poet and author
  • 1939 – Sal Mineo, American actor (d. 1976)
  • 1939 – William Levy, American-Dutch journalist, author, and poet
  • 1938 – Donald Knuth, American computer scientist and mathematician
  • 1938 – Willie McCovey, American baseball player
  • 1937 – Daniel Walker Howe, American historian and academic
  • 1937 – Thomas Penfield Jackson, American soldier, lawyer, and judge (d. 2013)
  • 1936 – Al Goldstein, American publisher and pornographer (d. 2013)
  • 1936 – Robert Woodrow Wilson, American physicist and astronomer, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1936 – Stephen E. Ambrose, American historian and author (d. 2002)
  • 1935 – Ronnie Hawkins, American rockabilly singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1935 – Sherrill Milnes, American opera singer and educator
  • 1930 – Roy E. Disney, American businessman (d. 2009)
  • 1928 – Philip Levine, American poet and academic (d. 2015)
  • 1927 – Gisele MacKenzie, Canadian-American singer and actress (d. 2003)
  • 1927 – Johnnie Ray, American singer-songwriter and pianist (d. 1990)
  • 1925 – Billie Sol Estes, American financier and businessman (d. 2013)
  • 1924 – Max Roach, American drummer and composer (d. 2007)
  • 1921 – Rodger Ward, American race car driver and sportscaster (d. 2004)
  • 1920 – Max Patkin, American baseball player and clown (d. 1999)
  • 1920 – Rosella Hightower, American ballerina (d. 2008)
  • 1919 – Milton Parker, American businessman, co-founded the Carnegie Deli (d. 2009)
  • 1917 – Jerry Wexler, American journalist and producer (d. 2008)
  • 1916 – Eldzier Cortor, American painter (d. 2015)
  • 1915 – Cynthia Freeman, American author (d. 1988)
  • 1915 – Dean Dixon, American-Swiss conductor (d. 1976)
  • 1908 – Paul Henreid, Italian-American actor and director (d. 1992)
  • 1907 – Gordon Kidd Teal, American engineer and inventor (d. 2003)
  • 1904 – Ray Bolger, American actor and dancer (d. 1987)
  • 1900 – Violette Cordery, English race car driver (d. 1983)
  • 1898 – Katharine Burr Blodgett, American physicist and engineer (d. 1979)
  • 1892 – Dumas Malone, American historian and author (d. 1986)
  • 1891 – Ann Shoemaker, American actress (d. 1978)
  • 1887 – Robinson Jeffers, American poet and philosopher (d. 1962)
  • 1883 – Aleksey Nikolayevich Tolstoy, Russian journalist, author, and poet (d. 1945)
  • 1883 – Francis X. Bushman, American actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 1966)
  • 1878 – John McLean, American hurdler, football player, and coach (d. 1955)
  • 1877 – Frederick Gardner Cottrell, American physical chemist, inventor and philanthropist (d. 1948)
  • 1873 – Jack O'Neill, Irish-American baseball player (d. 1935)
  • 1858 – Heinrich Zille, German illustrator and photographer (d. 1929)
  • 1850 – John Wellborn Root, American architect, designed the Rookery Building and Monadnock Building (d. 1891)
  • 1849 – Robert Crosbie, Canadian theosophist, founded the United Lodge of Theosophists (d. 1919)
  • 1848 – Reinhold Sadler, American merchant and politician, 9th Governor of Nevada (d. 1906)
  • 1843 – Frank James, American soldier and criminal (d. 1915)
  • 1836 – Charles Ingalls, American farmer and carpenter (d. 1902)
  • 1810 – Jeremiah S. Black, American jurist and politician, 23rd United States Secretary of State (d. 1883)
  • 1802 – Carl Ritter von Ghega, Italian-Austrian engineer, designed the Semmering railway (d. 1860)
  • 1776 – George Birkbeck, English physician and academic, founded Birkbeck, University of London (d. 1841)

Deaths

  • 2017 – Buddy Greco, American jazz and pop singer and pianist (b. 1926)
  • 2015 – Robert Stone, American novelist and short story writer (b. 1937)
  • 2015 – Taylor Negron, American actor, playwright, and painter (b. 1957)
  • 2014 – Larry Speakes, American journalist, 16th White House Press Secretary (b. 1939)
  • 2013 – Claude Nobs, Swiss businessman, founded the Montreux Jazz Festival (b. 1936)
  • 2011 – Margaret Whiting, American singer (b. 1924)
  • 2008 – Christopher Bowman, American figure skater and actor (b. 1967)
  • 2008 – Maila Nurmi, Finnish-American actress, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1922)
  • 2007 – Bradford Washburn, American explorer, photographer, and cartographer (b. 1910)
  • 2005 – Jack Horner, American journalist (b. 1912)
  • 2004 – Spalding Gray, American actor and screenwriter (b. 1941)
  • 2000 – Sam Jaffe, American screenwriter and producer (b. 1901)
  • 1997 – Sheldon Leonard, American actor, director, and producer (b. 1907)
  • 1989 – Herbert Morrison, American journalist and producer (b. 1905)
  • 1987 – Marion Hutton, American singer (b. 1919)
  • 1982 – Paul Lynde, American actor and comedian (b. 1926)
  • 1981 – Fawn M. Brodie, American historian and author (b. 1915)
  • 1980 – Bo Rein, American football player and coach (b. 1945)
  • 1980 – George Meany, American plumber and trade union leader (b. 1894)
  • 1980 – Hughie Critz, American baseball player and scout (b. 1900)
  • 1978 – Don Gillis, American composer and conductor (b. 1912)
  • 1976 – Howlin' Wolf, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1910)
  • 1971 – Coco Chanel, French fashion designer, founded Chanel (b. 1883)
  • 1967 – Charles E. Burchfield, American painter (b. 1893)
  • 1961 – Dashiell Hammett, American detective novelist and screenwriter (b. 1894)
  • 1954 – Chester Wilmot, American journalist and historian (b. 1911)
  • 1951 – Sinclair Lewis, American novelist, short-story writer, and playwright, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1885)
  • 1941 – Joe Penner, Hungarian-American actor (b. 1904)
  • 1917 – Buffalo Bill, American soldier and hunter (b. 1846)
  • 1895 – Eli Whitney Blake, Jr., American chemist, physicist, and academic (b. 1836)
  • 1863 – Lyman Beecher, American minister and activist, co-founded the American Temperance Society (b. 1775)
  • 1862 – Samuel Colt, American engineer and businessman, founded Colt's Manufacturing Company (b. 1814)
  • 1754 – Edward Cave, English publisher, founded The Gentleman's Magazine (b. 1691)
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