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Holidays and observances

  • Earliest day on which Martin Luther King Jr. Day can fall, while January 21 is the latest; celebrated on the third Monday in January. (United States)

Events

  • 2005 – ESA's SMART-1 lunar orbiter discovers elements such as calcium, aluminum, silicon, iron, and other surface elements on the Moon.
  • 1991 – Elizabeth II, in her capacity as Queen of Australia, signs letters patent allowing Australia to become the first Commonwealth realm to institute its own Victoria Cross in its honours system.
  • 1967 – The first Super Bowl is played in Los Angeles. The Green Bay Packers defeat the Kansas City Chiefs 35–10.
  • 1966 – The First Nigerian Republic, led by Abubakar Tafawa Balewa is overthrown in a military coup d'état.
  • 1936 – The first building to be completely covered in glass, built for the Owens-Illinois Glass Company, is completed in Toledo, Ohio.
  • 1919 – Great Molasses Flood: A wave of molasses released from an exploding storage tank sweeps through Boston, Massachusetts, killing 21 and injuring 150.
  • 1910 – Construction ends on the Buffalo Bill Dam in Wyoming, United States, which was the highest dam in the world at the time, at 325 ft (99 m).
  • 1908 – The Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority becomes the first Greek-letter organization founded and established by African American college women.
  • 1876 – The first newspaper in Afrikaans, Die Afrikaanse Patriot, is published in Paarl.
  • 1870 – A political cartoon for the first time symbolizes the Democratic Party with a donkey ("A Live Jackass Kicking a Dead Lion" by Thomas Nast for Harper's Weekly).
  • 1865 – American Civil War: Fort Fisher in North Carolina falls to the Union, thus cutting off the last major seaport of the Confederacy.
  • 1815 – War of 1812: American frigate USS President, commanded by Commodore Stephen Decatur, is captured by a squadron of four British frigates.
  • 1777 – American Revolutionary War: New Connecticut (present-day Vermont) declares its independence.

Births

  • 2004 – Grace VanderWaal, American singer
  • 1988 – Skrillex, American DJ and producer
  • 1987 – Barbara Blank, American model and former professional wrestler
  • 1986 – Fred Davis, American football player
  • 1984 – Ben Shapiro, American author and pundit
  • 1982 – Benjamin Agosto, American skater
  • 1982 – Brett Lebda, American ice hockey player
  • 1981 – Pitbull, American rapper and producer
  • 1980 – Matt Holliday, American baseball player
  • 1979 – Drew Brees, American football player
  • 1978 – Eddie Cahill, American actor
  • 1976 – Doug Gottlieb, American basketball player and sportscaster
  • 1975 – Mary Pierce, Canadian-American tennis player and coach
  • 1974 – Ray King, American baseball player
  • 1972 – Shelia Burrell, American heptathlete
  • 1971 – Regina King, American actress
  • 1970 – Shane McMahon, American wrestler and businessman
  • 1969 – Delino DeShields, American baseball player and manager
  • 1968 – Chad Lowe, American actor, director, and producer
  • 1967 – Ted Tryba, American golfer
  • 1966 – Lisa Lisa, American R&B singer
  • 1965 – Bernard Hopkins, American boxer and coach
  • 1963 – Bruce Schneier, American cryptographer and author
  • 1957 – David Ige, American politician
  • 1957 – Mario Van Peebles, American actor and director
  • 1957 – Marty Lyons, American football player and sportscaster
  • 1956 – Marc Trestman, American football player and coach
  • 1953 – Randy White, American football player
  • 1949 – Howard Twitty, American golfer
  • 1949 – Luis Alvarado, Puerto Rican-American baseball player (d. 2001)
  • 1948 – Ronnie Van Zant, American singer-songwriter (d. 1977)
  • 1947 – Andrea Martin, American-Canadian actress, singer, and screenwriter
  • 1946 – Charles Brown, American actor (d. 2004)
  • 1945 – Vince Foster, American lawyer and political figure (d. 1993)
  • 1945 – William R. Higgins, American colonel (d. 1990)
  • 1943 – Mike Marshall, American baseball player
  • 1943 – Stuart E. Eizenstat, American lawyer and diplomat, United States Ambassador to the European Union
  • 1942 – Frank Joseph Polozola, American academic and judge (d. 2013)
  • 1941 – Captain Beefheart, American singer-songwriter, musician, and artist (d. 2010)
  • 1937 – Margaret O'Brien, American actress and singer
  • 1933 – Ernest J. Gaines, American author and academic
  • 1932 – Lou Jones, American sprinter (d. 2006)
  • 1931 – Lee Bontecou, American painter and sculptor
  • 1930 – Eddie Graham, American wrestler and promoter (d. 1985)
  • 1929 – Earl Hooker, American guitarist (d. 1970)
  • 1929 – Martin Luther King, Jr., American minister and activist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1968)
  • 1927 – Phyllis Coates, American actress
  • 1925 – Ruth Slenczynska, American pianist and composer
  • 1920 – John O'Connor, American cardinal (d. 2000)
  • 1920 – Steve Gromek, American baseball player (d. 2002)
  • 1913 – Lloyd Bridges, American actor (d. 1998)
  • 1909 – Gene Krupa, American drummer, composer, and actor (d. 1973)
  • 1908 – Edward Teller, Hungarian-American physicist and academic (d. 2003)
  • 1903 – Paul A. Dever, American lieutenant and politician, 58th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1958)
  • 1896 – Marjorie Bennett, Australian-American actress (d. 1982)
  • 1891 – Ray Chapman, American baseball player (d. 1920)
  • 1885 – Grover Lowdermilk, American baseball player (d. 1968)
  • 1877 – Lewis Terman, American psychologist, eugenicist, and academic (d. 1956)
  • 1875 – Thomas Burke, American sprinter, coach, and journalist (d. 1929)
  • 1870 – Pierre S. du Pont, American businessman and philanthropist (d. 1954)
  • 1869 – Ruby Laffoon, American lawyer and politician, 43rd Governor of Kentucky (d. 1941)
  • 1842 – Mary MacKillop, Australian nun and saint, co-founded the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart (d. 1909)
  • 1834 – Samuel Arza Davenport, American lawyer and politician (d. 1911)
  • 1815 – William Bickerton, English-American religious leader, 3rd President of the Church of Jesus Christ (d. 1905)
  • 1754 – Richard Martin, Irish activist and politician, co-founded the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (d. 1834)
  • 1716 – Philip Livingston, American merchant and politician (d. 1778)

Deaths

  • 2016 – Francisco X. Alarcón, American poet and educator (b. 1954)
  • 2015 – Ervin Drake, American songwriter and composer (b. 1919)
  • 2015 – Kim Fowley, American singer-songwriter, producer, and manager (b. 1939)
  • 2015 – Ray Nagel, American football player and coach (b. 1927)
  • 2014 – Curtis Bray, American football player and coach (b. 1970)
  • 2014 – John Dobson, Chinese-American astronomer and author (b. 1915)
  • 2013 – John Thomas, American high jumper (b. 1941)
  • 2012 – Ed Derwinski, American soldier and politician, 1st United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs (b. 1926)
  • 2012 – Hulett C. Smith, American lieutenant and politician, 27th Governor of West Virginia (b. 1918)
  • 2012 – Samuel Jaskilka, American general (b. 1919)
  • 2008 – Robert V. Bruce, American historian, author, and academic (b. 1923)
  • 2007 – James Hillier, Canadian-American computer scientist and academic, co-invented the electron microscope (b. 1915)
  • 2005 – Elizabeth Janeway, American author and critic (b. 1913)
  • 2005 – Ruth Warrick, American actress (b. 1916)
  • 2004 – Olivia Goldsmith, American author (b. 1949)
  • 2003 – Doris Fisher, American singer-songwriter (b. 1915)
  • 2002 – Michael Anthony Bilandic, American politician, 49th Mayor of Chicago (b. 1923)
  • 1998 – Junior Wells, American singer-songwriter and harmonica player (b. 1934)
  • 1996 – Les Baxter, American pianist and composer (b. 1922)
  • 1994 – Harry Nilsson, American singer-songwriter (b. 1941)
  • 1993 – Sammy Cahn, American songwriter (b. 1913)
  • 1987 – Ray Bolger, American actor, singer, and dancer (b. 1904)
  • 1983 – Shepperd Strudwick, American actor (b. 1907)
  • 1982 – Red Smith, American journalist (b. 1905)
  • 1974 – Harold D. Cooley, American lawyer and politician (b. 1897)
  • 1973 – Coleman Francis, American actor, director, and producer (b. 1919)
  • 1970 – William T. Piper, American engineer and businessman, founded Piper Aircraft (b. 1881)
  • 1968 – Bill Masterton, Canadian-American ice hockey player (b. 1938)
  • 1964 – Jack Teagarden, American singer-songwriter and trombonist (b. 1905)
  • 1955 – Yves Tanguy, French-American painter (b. 1900)
  • 1950 – Henry H. Arnold, American general (b. 1886)
  • 1948 – Josephus Daniels, American publisher and diplomat, 41st United States Secretary of the Navy (b. 1862)
  • 1929 – George Cope, American painter (b. 1855)
  • 1896 – Mathew Brady, American photographer and journalist (b. 1822)
  • 1885 – Leopold Damrosch, German-American composer and conductor (b. 1832)
  • 1876 – Eliza McCardle Johnson, American wife of Andrew Johnson, 18th First Lady of the United States (b. 1810)
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