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Monday 29 January 2018 Calendar with holidays, observances and special days

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Holidays and observances

  • Kansas Day (Kansas, United States)
  • Statehood Day (Kansas, 1861)

Events

  • 2009 – Governor of Illinois Rod Blagojevich is removed from office following his conviction of several corruption charges, including the alleged solicitation of personal benefit in exchange for an appointment to the United States Senate as a replacement for then-U.S. president-elect Barack Obama.
  • 2005 – The first direct commercial flights from mainland China (from Guangzhou) to Taiwan since 1949 arrived in Taipei. Shortly afterwards, a China Airlines flight lands in Beijing.
  • 1991 – Gulf War: The Battle of Khafji, the first major ground engagement of the war, as well as its deadliest, begins.
  • 1989 – Hungary establishes diplomatic relations with South Korea, making it the first Eastern Bloc nation to do so.
  • 1963 – The first inductees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame are announced.
  • 1943 – The first day of the Battle of Rennell Island, U.S. cruiser Chicago is torpedoed and heavily damaged by Japanese bombers.
  • 1936 – The first inductees into the Baseball Hall of Fame are announced.
  • 1916 – World War I: Paris is first bombed by German zeppelins.
  • 1907 – Charles Curtis of Kansas becomes the first Native American U.S. Senator.
  • 1900 – The American League is organized in Philadelphia with eight founding teams.
  • 1886 – Karl Benz patents the first successful gasoline-driven automobile.
  • 1845 – "The Raven" is published in The Evening Mirror in New York, the first publication with the name of the author, Edgar Allan Poe
  • 1834 – US President Andrew Jackson orders first use of federal soldiers to suppress a labor dispute.
  • 1790 – The first boat specializing as a lifeboat is tested on the River Tyne.
  • 1258 – First Mongol invasion of Đại Việt: Đại Việt defeats the Mongols at the battle of Đông Bộ Đầu, forcing the Mongols to withdraw from the country.

Births

  • 1989 – Kevin Shattenkirk, American ice hockey player
  • 1982 – Adam Lambert, American singer-songwriter and actor
  • 1981 – Rachna Khatau, Indian-American actress and singer
  • 1977 – Justin Hartley, American film and television actor
  • 1975 – Sara Gilbert, American actress, producer, and talk show host
  • 1970 – Heather Graham, American actress
  • 1970 – Mohammed Yusuf, Nigerian Islamist leader, founded Boko Haram (d. 2009)
  • 1970 – Paul Ryan, American economist and politician, 62nd Speaker of the United States House of Representatives
  • 1968 – Edward Burns, American actor, director, and producer
  • 1967 – Stacey King, American basketball player, coach, and sportscaster
  • 1962 – Nicholas Turturro, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1960 – Greg Louganis, American diver and author
  • 1957 – Ron Franscell, American author and journalist
  • 1954 – Oprah Winfrey, American talk show host, actress, and producer, founded Harpo Productions
  • 1954 – Terry Kinney, American actor and director
  • 1953 – Charlie Wilson, American singer-songwriter and producer
  • 1950 – Ann Jillian, American actress and singer
  • 1949 – Tommy Ramone, Hungarian-American drummer and producer (d. 2014)
  • 1947 – Linda B. Buck, American biologist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1946 – Bettye LaVette, American singer-songwriter
  • 1945 – Tom Selleck, American actor and businessman
  • 1941 – Robin Morgan, American actress, journalist, and author
  • 1940 – Katharine Ross, American actress and author
  • 1937 – Bobby Scott, American singer-songwriter, pianist, and producer (d. 1990)
  • 1929 – Joseph Kruskal, American mathematician and computer scientist (d. 2010)
  • 1927 – Edward Abbey, American environmentalist and author (d. 1989)
  • 1923 – Jack Burke Jr., American golfer
  • 1923 – Paddy Chayefsky, American author and screenwriter (d. 1981)
  • 1921 – Geraldine Pittman Woods, American science administrator and embryologist (d. 1999)
  • 1918 – John Forsythe, American actor (d. 2010)
  • 1917 – John Raitt, American actor and singer (d. 2005)
  • 1915 – Bill Peet, American author and illustrator (d. 2002)
  • 1913 – Victor Mature, American actor (d. 1999)
  • 1905 – Barnett Newman, American painter and etcher (d. 1970)
  • 1901 – Allen B. DuMont, American engineer and broadcaster, founded the DuMont Television Network (d. 1965)
  • 1895 – Muna Lee, American poet and author (d. 1965)
  • 1891 – R. Norris Williams, Swiss-American tennis player and banker (d. 1968)
  • 1881 – Alice Catherine Evans, American microbiologist (d. 1975)
  • 1880 – W. C. Fields, American actor, comedian, and screenwriter (d. 1946)
  • 1874 – John D. Rockefeller, Jr., American businessman and philanthropist (d. 1960)
  • 1858 – Henry Ward Ranger, American painter and academic (d. 1916)
  • 1843 – William McKinley, American soldier, lawyer, and politician, 25th President of the United States (d. 1901)
  • 1761 – Albert Gallatin, Swiss-American ethnologist, linguist, and politician, 4th United States Secretary of the Treasury (d. 1849)
  • 1756 – Henry Lee III, American general and politician, 9th Governor of Virginia (d. 1818)
  • 1754 – Moses Cleaveland, American general, lawyer, and politician, founded Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1806)

Deaths

  • 2015 – Alexander Vraciu, American commander and pilot (b. 1918)
  • 2015 – Rod McKuen, American singer-songwriter and poet (b. 1933)
  • 2012 – Camilla Williams, American soprano and educator (b. 1919)
  • 2011 – Milton Babbitt, American composer, educator, and theorist (b. 1916)
  • 2008 – Margaret Truman, American singer and author (b. 1924)
  • 2006 – Nam June Paik, South Korean-American artist, (b. 1932)
  • 2003 – Frank Moss, American lawyer and politician (b. 1911)
  • 2002 – Harold Russell, Canadian-American soldier and actor (b. 1914)
  • 1999 – Lili St. Cyr, American model and dancer (b. 1918)
  • 1992 – Willie Dixon, American singer-songwriter and producer (b. 1915)
  • 1980 – Jimmy Durante, American entertainer (b. 1893)
  • 1977 – Freddie Prinze, American comedian and actor (b. 1954)
  • 1969 – Allen Welsh Dulles, American banker, lawyer, and diplomat, 5th Director of Central Intelligence (b. 1893)
  • 1964 – Alan Ladd, American actor (b. 1913)
  • 1963 – Robert Frost, American poet and playwright (b. 1874)
  • 1962 – Fritz Kreisler, Austrian-American violinist and composer (b. 1875)
  • 1956 – H. L. Mencken, American journalist and critic (b. 1880)
  • 1946 – Harry Hopkins, American businessman and politician, 8th United States Secretary of Commerce (b. 1890)
  • 1944 – William Allen White, American journalist and author (b. 1868)
  • 1933 – Sara Teasdale, American poet (b. 1884)
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