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Sunday 21 January 2018 Calendar with holidays, observances and special days

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Holidays and observances

  • Lincoln Alexander Day (Canada)
  • National Hugging Day (United States)

Events

  • 2017 – Over 400 cities across America and 160+ countries worldwide participate in a large-scale women's march, on Donald Trump's first full day as president of the United States.
  • 1999 – War on Drugs: In one of the largest drug busts in American history, the United States Coast Guard intercepts a ship with over 4,300 kilograms (9,500 lb) of cocaine on board.
  • 1997 – The U.S. House of Representatives votes 395–28 to reprimand Newt Gingrich for ethics violations, making him the first Speaker of the House to be so disciplined.
  • 1960 – Avianca Flight 671 crashes and burns upon landing at Montego Bay, Jamaica killing 37. It is the worst air disaster in Jamaica's history and the first for Avianca.
  • 1954 – The first nuclear-powered submarine, the USS Nautilus, is launched in Groton, Connecticut by Mamie Eisenhower, the First Lady of the United States.
  • 1950 – American lawyer and government official Alger Hiss is convicted of perjury.
  • 1948 – The Flag of Quebec is adopted and flown for the first time over the National Assembly of Quebec. The day is marked annually as Québec Flag Day.
  • 1931 – Sir Isaac Isaacs is sworn in as the first Australian-born Governor-General of Australia.
  • 1919 – Meeting of the First Dáil Éireann in the Mansion House Dublin. Sinn Féin adopts Ireland's first constitution. The first engagement of the Irish War of Independence, the Soloheadbeg ambush, County Tipperary.
  • 1915 – Kiwanis International is founded in Detroit.
  • 1911 – The first Monte Carlo Rally takes place.
  • 1861 – American Civil War: Jefferson Davis resigns from the United States Senate.
  • 1789 – The first American novel, The Power of Sympathy or the Triumph of Nature Founded in Truth, is printed in Boston.
  • 1525 – The Swiss Anabaptist Movement is founded when Conrad Grebel, Felix Manz, George Blaurock, and about a dozen others baptize each other in the home of Manz's mother in Zürich, breaking a thousand-year tradition of church-state union.

Births

  • 1997 – Jeremy Shada, American actor, musician and singer
  • 1995 – Jake Elliott, American football player
  • 1988 – Ashton Eaton, American decathlete
  • 1987 – Brandon Crawford, American baseball player
  • 1986 – Jonathan Quick, American ice hockey player
  • 1986 – Peyton Hillis, American football player
  • 1985 – Justin Ingram, American basketball player
  • 1985 – Salvatore Giunta, American sergeant, Medal of Honor recipient
  • 1984 – Alex Koslov, Moldovan-American wrestler
  • 1984 – David Harris, American football player
  • 1984 – Robert Ray, American baseball player
  • 1983 – Alex Acker, American basketball player
  • 1983 – Peter Philipakos, American soccer player
  • 1983 – Rapsody, American rapper
  • 1980 – Brie Rippner, American tennis player
  • 1979 – Spider Loc, American rapper and actor
  • 1978 – Bryan Gilmore, American football player
  • 1978 – Phil Stacey, American singer
  • 1977 – Jerry Trainor, American actor, director, and producer
  • 1976 – Mike Daisey, American monologist, author, and actor
  • 1972 – Alan Benes, American baseball player and coach
  • 1971 – Doug Weight, American ice hockey player and coach
  • 1970 – Ken Leung, American actor
  • 1970 – Oren Peli, Israeli-American director, producer and screenwriter
  • 1965 – Jam Master Jay, American DJ, rapper, and producer (d. 2002)
  • 1963 – Hakeem Olajuwon, Nigerian-American basketball player
  • 1962 – Brian Hildebrand, American wrestler, referee, and manager (d. 1999)
  • 1962 – Tyler Cowen, American economist and academic
  • 1960 – Toxey Haas, American businessman, founded Haas Outdoors, Inc.
  • 1958 – Gareth Branwyn, American journalist and critic
  • 1956 – Geena Davis, American actress and producer
  • 1956 – Robby Benson, American actor and director
  • 1955 – Jeff Koons, American painter and sculptor
  • 1955 – Peter Fleming, American tennis player
  • 1953 – Glenn Kaiser, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1953 – Paul Allen, American businessman and philanthropist, co-founded Microsoft
  • 1952 – Louis Menand, American critic and essayist
  • 1951 – Eric Holder, American lawyer, judge, and politician, 82nd United States Attorney General
  • 1950 – Gary Locke, American politician and diplomat, 36th United States Secretary of Commerce
  • 1947 – Jill Eikenberry, American actress
  • 1946 – Gretel Ehrlich, American author
  • 1946 – Johnny Oates, American baseball player and manager (d. 2004)
  • 1942 – Edwin Starr, American soul singer-songwriter (d. 2003)
  • 1942 – Mac Davis, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor
  • 1941 – Elaine Showalter, American author and critic
  • 1941 – Ivan Putski, Polish-American wrestler and bodybuilder
  • 1941 – Mike Medavoy, Chinese-American film producer, co-founded Orion Pictures
  • 1941 – Richie Havens, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2013)
  • 1940 – Jack Nicklaus, American golfer and sportscaster
  • 1940 – John J. McGinty III, American captain, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 2014)
  • 1938 – Sandy Barr, American wrestler and referee (d. 2007)
  • 1938 – Wolfman Jack, American radio host (d. 1995)
  • 1937 – Nushiravan Keihanizadeh, Iranian-American journalist and historian
  • 1933 – Joseph W. Eschbach, American physician and academic (d. 2007)
  • 1932 – John Chaney, American basketball player and coach
  • 1928 – Gene Sharp, American political scientist and academic, founded the Albert Einstein Institution
  • 1925 – Arnold Skaaland, American wrestler and manager (d. 2007)
  • 1922 – Telly Savalas, American actor (d. 1994)
  • 1918 – Richard Winters, American soldier (d. 2011)
  • 1915 – Bill Sefton, American pole vaulter (d. 1982)
  • 1913 – William Ungar, Polish-American author and philanthropist, founded the National Envelope Corporation (d. 2013)
  • 1912 – Konrad Emil Bloch, German-American biochemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2000)
  • 1911 – Bill Graber, American pole vaulter (d. 1996)
  • 1910 – Albert Rosellini, American lawyer and politician, 15th Governor of Washington (d. 2011)
  • 1905 – Christian Dior, French fashion designer, founded Christian Dior S.A. (d. 1957)
  • 1905 – Karl Wallenda, German-American acrobat and tightrope walker, founded The Flying Wallendas (d. 1978)
  • 1899 – Alexander Tcherepnin, Russian-American pianist and composer (d. 1977)
  • 1898 – Avery Claflin, American banker and composer (d. 1979)
  • 1895 – Cristóbal Balenciaga, Spanish fashion designer, founded Balenciaga (d. 1972)
  • 1884 – Roger Nash Baldwin, American author and activist, co-founded the American Civil Liberties Union (d. 1981)
  • 1824 – Stonewall Jackson, American general (d. 1863)
  • 1815 – John Bingham, American lawyer, judge, and politician, 7th United States Ambassador to Japan (d. 1900)
  • 1813 – John C. Frémont, American general, explorer, and politician, 5th Territorial Governor of Arizona (d. 1890)
  • 1804 – Eliza R. Snow, American poet and hymn-writer (d. 1887)
  • 1738 – Ethan Allen, American general (d. 1789)
  • 1610 – Elizabeth Fones, English-American settler (d. 1673)

Deaths

  • 2016 – Bill Johnson, American skier (b. 1960)
  • 2015 – Marcus Borg, American scholar, theologian, and author (b. 1942)
  • 2015 – Vince Camuto, American fashion designer and businessman, co-founded Nine West (b. 1936)
  • 2014 – Dick Shrider, American basketball player and coach (b. 1923)
  • 2014 – G. Thompson Brown, American missionary, theologian, and author (b. 1921)
  • 2014 – George C. Wortley, American soldier and politician (b. 1926)
  • 2014 – Wilford Moore, American football player and coach (b. 1919)
  • 2013 – Donald Hornig, American chemist and academic (b. 1920)
  • 2013 – Jake McNiece, American sergeant (b. 1919)
  • 2013 – Jean Giambrone, American journalist (b. 1921)
  • 2012 – Cliff Chambers, American baseball player (b. 1922)
  • 2012 – Roy John Britten, American biologist and geneticist (b. 1919)
  • 2011 – Dennis Oppenheim, American sculptor and photographer (b. 1938)
  • 2011 – Theoni V. Aldredge, Greek-American costume designer (b. 1922)
  • 2005 – John L. Hess, American journalist and critic (b. 1917)
  • 2003 – Paul Haines, American-Canadian poet and songwriter (b. 1933)
  • 2002 – Peggy Lee, American singer (b. 1920)
  • 1999 – Susan Strasberg, American actress (b. 1938)
  • 1998 – Jack Lord, American actor, director, and producer (b. 1920)
  • 1993 – Charlie Gehringer, American baseball player and manager (b. 1903)
  • 1989 – Billy Tipton, American pianist and saxophonist (b. 1914)
  • 1989 – Carl Furillo, American baseball player (b. 1922)
  • 1987 – Charles Goodell, American lieutenant, lawyer, and politician (b. 1926)
  • 1985 – Eddie Graham, American wrestler and promoter (b. 1930)
  • 1985 – James Beard, American chef and author (b. 1903)
  • 1983 – Lamar Williams, American bass player (b. 1949)
  • 1968 – Will Lang, Jr., American journalist (b. 1914)
  • 1967 – Ann Sheridan, American actress (b. 1915)
  • 1965 – Gwynne Evans, American swimmer and water polo player (b. 1880)
  • 1960 – Matt Moore, Irish-American actor and director (b. 1888)
  • 1959 – Cecil B. DeMille, American director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1881)
  • 1956 – Sam Langford, Canadian-American boxer (b. 1883)
  • 1955 – Archie Hahn, German-American runner and coach (b. 1880)
  • 1937 – Marie Prevost, Canadian-American actress and singer (b. 1898)
  • 1928 – George Washington Goethals, American general and engineer (b. 1858)
  • 1901 – Elisha Gray, American engineer, co-founded Western Electric (b. 1835)
  • 1891 – Calixa Lavallée, Canadian-American lieutenant and composer (b. 1842)
  • 1809 – Josiah Hornblower, American engineer and politician (b. 1729)
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