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Tuesday 16 January 2018 Calendar with holidays, observances and special days

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Holidays and observances

  • National Religious Freedom Day (United States)

Events

  • 2006 – Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is sworn in as Liberia's new president. She becomes Africa's first female elected head of state.
  • 2001 – US President Bill Clinton awards former President Theodore Roosevelt a posthumous Medal of Honor for his service in the Spanish–American War.
  • 1970 – Buckminster Fuller receives the Gold Medal award from the American Institute of Architects.
  • 1969 – Soviet spacecraft Soyuz 4 and Soyuz 5 perform the first-ever docking of manned spacecraft in orbit, the first-ever transfer of crew from one space vehicle to another, and the only time such a transfer was accomplished with a space walk.
  • 1920 – The League of Nations holds its first council meeting in Paris, France.
  • 1920 – Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated was founded on the campus of Howard University.
  • 1919 – Temperance movement: The United States ratifies the Eighteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, requiring Prohibition in the United States one year after ratification.
  • 1900 – The United States Senate accepts the Anglo-German treaty of 1899 in which the United Kingdom renounces its claims to the Samoan islands.
  • 1883 – The Pendleton Civil Service Reform Act, establishing the United States Civil Service, is passed.
  • 1780 – American Revolutionary War: Battle of Cape St. Vincent.
  • 1605 – The first edition of El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha (Book One of Don Quixote) by Miguel de Cervantes is published in Madrid, Spain.
  • 1492 – The first grammar of the Spanish language is presented to Queen Isabella I.

Births

  • 1986 – Mark Trumbo, American baseball player
  • 1985 – Joe Flacco, American football player
  • 1980 – Albert Pujols, Dominican-American baseball player
  • 1980 – Lin-Manuel Miranda, American actor, playwright, and composer
  • 1979 – Aaliyah, American singer and actress (d. 2001)
  • 1977 – Jeff Foster, American basketball player
  • 1974 – Marlon Anderson, American baseball player and sportscaster
  • 1972 – Joe Horn, American football player and coach
  • 1971 – Jonathan Mangum, American actor
  • 1971 – Josh Evans, American film producer, screenwriter and actor
  • 1970 – Ron Villone, American baseball player and coach
  • 1969 – Roy Jones Jr., American boxer
  • 1968 – Rebecca Stead, American author
  • 1966 – Jack McDowell, American baseball player
  • 1962 – Maxine Jones, American R&B singer–songwriter and actress
  • 1955 – Jerry M. Linenger, American captain, physician, and astronaut
  • 1953 – Robert Jay Mathews, American militant, founded The Order (d. 1984)
  • 1952 – Julie Anne Peters, American engineer and author
  • 1952 – L. Blaine Hammond, American colonel, pilot, and astronaut
  • 1950 – Debbie Allen, American actress, dancer, and choreographer
  • 1950 – Robert Schimmel, American comedian, actor, and producer (d. 2010)
  • 1949 – Anne F. Beiler, American businesswoman, founded Auntie Anne's
  • 1948 – John Carpenter, American director, producer, screenwriter, and composer
  • 1948 – Ruth Reichl, American journalist and critic
  • 1947 – Laura Schlessinger, American physiologist, talk show host, and author
  • 1944 – Jill Tarter, American astronomer and biologist
  • 1944 – Jim Stafford, American singer-songwriter and actor
  • 1944 – Judy Baar Topinka, American journalist and politician (d. 2014)
  • 1943 – Ronnie Milsap, American singer and pianist
  • 1942 – Barbara Lynn, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1939 – Ralph Gibson, American photographer
  • 1938 – Marina Vaizey, American journalist and critic
  • 1937 – Francis George, American cardinal (d. 2015)
  • 1935 – A. J. Foyt, American race car driver
  • 1934 – Bob Bogle, American rock guitarist and bass player (d. 2009)
  • 1934 – Marilyn Horne, American soprano and actress
  • 1933 – Susan Sontag, American novelist, essayist, and critic (d. 2004)
  • 1932 – Dian Fossey, American zoologist and anthropologist (d. 1985)
  • 1931 – Robert L. Park, American physicist and academic
  • 1930 – Mary Ann McMorrow, American lawyer and judge (d. 2013)
  • 1930 – Norman Podhoretz, American journalist and author
  • 1928 – William Kennedy, American novelist and journalist
  • 1925 – James Robinson Risner, American general and pilot (d. 2013)
  • 1923 – Anthony Hecht, American poet (d. 2004)
  • 1923 – Gene Feist, American director and playwright, co-founded the Roundabout Theatre Company (d. 2014)
  • 1921 – Francesco Scavullo, American photographer (d. 2004)
  • 1920 – Elliott Reid, American actor and screenwriter (d. 2013)
  • 1919 – Jerome Horwitz, American chemist and academic (d. 2012)
  • 1918 – Stirling Silliphant, American screenwriter and producer (d. 1996)
  • 1917 – Carl Karcher, American businessman, founded Carl's Jr. (d. 2008)
  • 1915 – Leslie H. Martinson, American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2016)
  • 1914 – Roger Wagner, French-American conductor and educator (d. 1992)
  • 1910 – Dizzy Dean, American baseball player and sportscaster (d. 1974)
  • 1909 – Clement Greenberg, American art critic (d. 1994)
  • 1908 – Ethel Merman, American actress and singer (d. 1984)
  • 1907 – Paul Nitze, American banker and politician, 10th United States Secretary of the Navy (d. 2004)
  • 1901 – Frank Zamboni, American businessman, founded the Zamboni Company (d. 1988)
  • 1898 – Irving Rapper, American film director and producer (d. 1999)
  • 1898 – Margaret Booth, American producer and editor (d. 2002)
  • 1895 – Nat Schachner, American lawyer, chemist, and author (d. 1955)
  • 1894 – Irving Mills, American publisher (d. 1985)
  • 1892 – Homer Burton Adkins, American chemist (d. 1949)
  • 1882 – Margaret Wilson, American author (d. 1973)
  • 1880 – Samuel Jones, American high jumper (d. 1954)
  • 1878 – Harry Carey, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1947)
  • 1853 – André Michelin, French businessman, co-founded the Michelin Tyre Company (d. 1931)
  • 1834 – Robert R. Hitt, American lawyer and politician, 13th United States Assistant Secretary of State (d. 1906)
  • 1821 – John C. Breckinridge, American general and politician, 14th Vice President of the United States (d. 1875)
  • 1815 – Henry Halleck, American lawyer, general, and scholar (d. 1872)
  • 1807 – Charles Henry Davis, American admiral (d. 1877)

Deaths

  • 2017 – Eugene Cernan, American captain, pilot, and astronaut (b. 1934)
  • 2016 – Ted Marchibroda, American football player and coach (b. 1931)
  • 2014 – Dave Madden, Canadian-American actor (b. 1931)
  • 2014 – Gary Arlington, American author and illustrator (b. 1938)
  • 2014 – Ruth Duccini, American actress (b. 1918)
  • 2014 – Wiley W. Hilburn, American journalist and academic (b. 1938)
  • 2013 – Glen P. Robinson, American businessman, founded Scientific Atlanta (b. 1923)
  • 2013 – Gussie Moran, American tennis player and sportscaster (b. 1923)
  • 2013 – Pauline Phillips, American journalist and radio host, created Dear Abby (b. 1918)
  • 2013 – Wayne D. Anderson, American baseball player and coach (b. 1930)
  • 2012 – Jimmy Castor, American singer-songwriter and saxophonist (b. 1940)
  • 2012 – Lorna Kesterson, American journalist and politician (b. 1925)
  • 2010 – Glen Bell, American businessman, founded Taco Bell (b. 1923)
  • 2009 – Andrew Wyeth, American painter (b. 1917)
  • 2009 – Joe Erskine, American boxer and runner (b. 1930)
  • 2007 – Benny Parsons, American race car driver and sportscaster (b. 1941)
  • 2006 – Stanley Biber, American soldier and physician (b. 1923)
  • 2005 – Marjorie Williams, American journalist and author (b. 1958)
  • 2000 – Robert R. Wilson, American physicist and academic (b. 1914)
  • 1996 – Marcia Davenport, American author and critic (b. 1903)
  • 1986 – Herbert W. Armstrong, American evangelist, author, and publisher (b. 1892)
  • 1975 – Israel Abramofsky, Russian-American painter (b. 1888)
  • 1973 – Edgar Sampson, American musician and composer (b. 1907)
  • 1972 – Ross Bagdasarian, Sr., American singer-songwriter, pianist, producer, and actor, created Alvin and the Chipmunks (b. 1919)
  • 1972 – Teller Ammons, American soldier and politician, 28th Governor of Colorado (b. 1895)
  • 1969 – Vernon Duke, Russian-American composer and songwriter (b. 1903)
  • 1968 – Bob Jones Sr., American evangelist, founded Bob Jones University (b. 1883)
  • 1967 – Robert J. Van de Graaff, American physicist and academic (b. 1901)
  • 1962 – Ivan Meštrović, Croatian sculptor and architect, designed the Monument to the Unknown Hero (b. 1883)
  • 1942 – Carole Lombard, American actress and comedian (b. 1908)
  • 1917 – George Dewey, American admiral (b. 1837)
  • 1906 – Marshall Field, American businessman and philanthropist, founded Marshall Field's (b. 1834)
  • 1901 – Hiram Rhodes Revels, American soldier, minister, and politician (b. 1822)
  • 1856 – Thaddeus William Harris, American entomologist and botanist (b. 1795)
  • 1817 – Alexander J. Dallas, Jamaican-American lawyer and politician, 6th United States Secretary of the Treasury (b. 1759)
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