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Events

  • 46 BCJulius Caesar defeats Titus Labienus in the Battle of Ruspina.
  • 871Battle of Reading: Æthelred of Wessex fights, and is defeated by, a Danish invasion army.
  • 1490Anne of Brittany announces that all those who would ally with the King of France will be considered guilty of the crime of lèse-majesté.
  • 1642 – King Charles I of England sends soldiers to arrest members of Parliament, commencing England's slide into civil war.
  • 1649 – English Civil War: The Rump Parliament votes to put Charles I on trial.
  • 1717 – The Netherlands, Great Britain, and France sign the Triple Alliance.
  • 1762 – Great Britain enters the Seven Years' War against Spain and Naples.
  • 1798Constantine Hangerli arrives in Bucharest, Wallachia, as its new Prince, invested by the Ottoman Empire.
  • 1847Samuel Colt sells his first revolver pistol to the United States government.
  • 1853 – After having been kidnapped and sold into slavery in the American South, Solomon Northup regains his freedom; his memoir Twelve Years a Slave later becomes a national bestseller.
  • 1854 – The McDonald Islands are discovered by Captain William McDonald aboard the Samarang.
  • 1863 – The New Apostolic Church is established in Hamburg, Germany.
  • 1865 – The New York Stock Exchange opens its first permanent headquarters near Wall Street in New York City.
  • 1878Russo-Turkish War (1877–78): Sofia is liberated from Ottoman rule and becomes capital of Liberated Bulgaria in 1879.
  • 1884 – The Fabian Society is founded in London, England, United Kingdom.
  • 1889 – The Oklahoma Land Run opens two million acres of unused Oklahoma Territory to first serve first come settlers on April 22.
  • 1896Utah is admitted as the 45th U.S. state.
  • 1903Topsy, an elephant, is electrocuted by the owners of Luna Park, Coney Island. The Edison film company shoots the film Electrocuting an Elephant of Topsy's death.
  • 1912The Scout Association is incorporated throughout the British Empire by royal charter.
  • 1944World War II: Operation Carpetbagger, involving the dropping of arms and supplies to resistance fighters in Europe, begins.
  • 1948Burma gains its independence from the United Kingdom.
  • 1951Korean War: Chinese and North Korean forces capture Seoul.
  • 1955 – The Greek National Radical Union is formed by Konstantinos Karamanlis.
  • 1958Sputnik 1 falls to Earth from orbit.
  • 1959Luna 1 becomes the first spacecraft to reach the vicinity of the Moon.
  • 1966 – A military coup takes place in Upper Volta (later Burkina Faso), dissolving the National Parliament and leading to a new national constitution.
  • 1970 – The 7.1 Mw Tonghai earthquake shakes Tonghai County, Yunnan province, China, with a maximum Mercalli intensity of X (Extreme). Between 10,000–15,621 were killed and 26,783 were injured.
  • 1972Rose Heilbron becomes the first female judge to sit at the Old Bailey in London, England.
  • 1974 – United States President Richard Nixon refuses to hand over materials subpoenaed by the Senate Watergate Committee.
  • 1976The Troubles: The Ulster Volunteer Force shoots dead six Irish Catholic civilians in County Armagh, Northern Ireland. The next day, gunmen shoot dead ten Protestant civilians nearby in retaliation.
  • 1987 – The Maryland train collision: An Amtrak train en route to Boston from Washington, D.C., collides with Conrail engines in Chase, Maryland, killing 16 people.
  • 1989Second Gulf of Sidra incident: A pair of Libyan MiG-23 "Floggers" are shot down by a pair of US Navy F-14 Tomcats during an air-to-air confrontation.
  • 1990 – In Pakistan's deadliest train accident an overloaded passenger train collides with an empty freight train, resulting in 307 deaths and 700 injuries.
  • 1998Wilaya of Relizane massacres in Algeria: Over 170 are killed in three remote villages.
  • 1998 – A massive ice storm hits eastern Canada and the northeastern United States, continuing through January 10 and causing widespread destruction.
  • 1999 – Former professional wrestler Jesse Ventura is sworn in as governor of Minnesota.
  • 2004Spirit, a NASA Mars rover, lands successfully on Mars at 04:35 UTC.
  • 2004 – Mikheil Saakashvili is elected President of Georgia following the November 2003 Rose Revolution.
  • 2006Prime Minister Ariel Sharon of Israel suffers a second, apparently more serious stroke. His authority is transferred to acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.
  • 2007 – The 110th United States Congress convenes, electing Nancy Pelosi as the first female Speaker of the House in U.S. history.
  • 2013 – A gunman kills eight people in a house-to-house rampage in Kawit, the Philippines.

Births

  • 1077Emperor Zhezong of China (d. 1100)
  • 1334Amadeus VI, Count of Savoy (d. 1383)
  • 1581James Ussher, Irish archbishop and historian (d. 1656)
  • 1643Isaac Newton, English physicist and mathematician (d. 1727)
  • 1664Lars Roberg, Swedish physician and academic (d. 1742)
  • 1672Hugh Boulter, English-Irish archbishop (d. 1742)
  • 1710Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, Italian composer, violinist, and organist (d. 1736)
  • 1720Johann Friedrich Agricola, German organist and composer (d. 1774)
  • 1785Jacob Grimm, German philologist, mythologist, and author (d. 1863)
  • 1809Louis Braille, French educator, invented Braille (d. 1852)
  • 1813Isaac Pitman, English linguist and educator (d. 1897)
  • 1832George Tryon, English admiral (d. 1893)
  • 1838General Tom Thumb, American circus performer (d. 1883)
  • 1839Carl Humann, German archaeologist, architect, and engineer (d. 1896)
  • 1848Katsura Tarō, Japanese general and politician, 6th Prime Minister of Japan (d. 1913)
  • 1858Carter Glass, American publisher and politician, 47th United States Secretary of the Treasury (d. 1946)
  • 1864Clara Emilia Smitt, Swedish author (d. 1928)
  • 1869Tommy Corcoran, American baseball player and umpire (d. 1960)
  • 1870Percy Pitt, English organist and conductor (d. 1932)
  • 1872Ottilie Sutro, American pianist (d. 1970)
  • 1872 – Albert Tyler, American pole vaulter and educator (d. 1945)
  • 1874Josef Suk, Czech violinist and composer (d. 1935)
  • 1877Marsden Hartley, American painter and poet (d. 1943)
  • 1878A. E. Coppard, English poet and author (d. 1957)
  • 1878 – Rosa Grünberg, Swedish actress and soprano (d. 1960)
  • 1878 – Augustus John, Welsh painter and illustrator (d. 1961)
  • 1881Wilhelm Lehmbruck, German sculptor (d. 1919)
  • 1881 – Patrick Ryan, Irish-American hammer thrower (d. 1964)
  • 1882Aristarkh Lentulov, Russian painter and set designer (d. 1943)
  • 1883Max Eastman, American author and poet (d. 1969)
  • 1883 – Johanna Westerdijk, Dutch pathologist and academic (d. 1961)
  • 1884Guy Pène du Bois, American painter, critic, and educator (d. 1958)
  • 1889M. Patanjali Sastri, Indian lawyer and jurist, 2nd Chief Justice of India (d. 1963)
  • 1890Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson, American publisher, founded DC Comics (d. 1965)
  • 1891Edward Brooker, English-Australian sergeant and politician, 31st Premier of Tasmania (d. 1948)
  • 1892María Díaz Cortés, Spanish super-centenarian (d. 2009)
  • 1894Manuel de Abreu, Brazilian physician and poet (d. 1962)
  • 1895Leroy Grumman, American engineer and businessman, co-founded Grumman Aeronautical Engineering Co. (d. 1982)
  • 1896Everett Dirksen, American politician (d. 1969)
  • 1896 – Jørgen Løvset, Norwegian gynecologist and academic (d. 1981)
  • 1896 – André Masson, French painter and illustrator (d. 1987)
  • 1896 – Arnold Susi, Estonian lawyer and politician, Estonian Minister of Education (d. 1968)
  • 1900James Bond, American ornithologist and zoologist (d. 1989)
  • 1901C. L. R. James, Trinidadian journalist and theorist (d. 1989)
  • 1902John McCone, American businessman and politician, 6th Director of Central Intelligence (d. 1991)
  • 1905Sterling Holloway, American actor and singer (d. 1992)
  • 1910Arthur Villeneuve, Canadian painter (d. 1990)
  • 1912Noro Morales, Puerto Rican-American pianist and bandleader (d. 1964)
  • 1913Malietoa Tanumafili II, Samoan ruler (d. 2007)
  • 1914Herman Franks, American baseball player, coach, and manager (d. 2009)
  • 1916Slim Gaillard, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Slim & Slam) (d. 1991)
  • 1916 – Lionel Newman, American pianist and composer (d. 1989)
  • 1916 – Robert Parrish, American actor and director (d. 1995)
  • 1920William Colby, American intelligence officer, 10th Director of Central Intelligence (d. 1996)
  • 1922Mart Port, Estonian architect (d. 2012)
  • 1922 – Frank Wess, American saxophonist and flute player (d. 2013)
  • 1923Tito Rodríguez, Puerto Rican-American singer-songwriter and television host (d. 1973)
  • 1924Sebastian Kappen, Indian priest and theologian (d. 1993)
  • 1924 – Marianne Werner, German shot putter
  • 1925Veikko Hakulinen, Finnish skier and technician (d. 2003)
  • 1927Paul Desmarais, Canadian businessman and philanthropist (d. 2013)
  • 1927 – Barbara Rush, American actress
  • 1929Günter Schabowski, German journalist and politician (d. 2015)
  • 1930Sorrell Booke, American actor and director (d. 1994)
  • 1930 – Don Shula, American football player and coach
  • 1931William Deane, Australian judge and politician, 22nd Governor-General of Australia
  • 1931 – Coşkun Özarı, Turkish footballer and coach (d. 2011)
  • 1932Clint Hill, American secret service agent and author
  • 1932 – Roman Personov, Russian physicist and academic (d. 2002)
  • 1932 – Carlos Saura, Spanish director and screenwriter
  • 1933Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, American author
  • 1934Hellmuth Karasek, Czech-German journalist, author, and critic (d. 2015)
  • 1934 – Rudolf Schuster, Slovak politician, 2nd President of Slovakia
  • 1935Walter Mahlendorf, German sprinter
  • 1935 – Floyd Patterson, American boxer (d. 2006)
  • 1937Grace Bumbry, American operatic soprano
  • 1937 – Dyan Cannon, American actress, director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1940Gao Xingjian, Chinese-French author, playwright, and critic, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1940 – Helmut Jahn, German-American architect, designed Liberty Place and Messeturm
  • 1940 – Brian Josephson, Welsh physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1941George P. Cosmatos, Italian-Canadian director and screenwriter (d. 2005)
  • 1941 – Kalpnath Rai, Indian politician (d. 1999)
  • 1941 – K. Thurairetnasingam, Sri Lankan civil servant and politician
  • 1942Bolaji Akinyemi, Nigerian political scientist, academic, and politician
  • 1942 – John McLaughlin, English guitarist and songwriter
  • 1943Doris Kearns Goodwin, American historian and author
  • 1943 – Hwang Sok-yong, South Korean author and educator
  • 1943 – Priit Vesilind, Estonian-American author and photographer
  • 1944Angela Harris, Baroness Harris of Richmond, English politician
  • 1945Richard R. Schrock, American chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1946Arthur Conley, American singer-songwriter (d. 2003)
  • 1947Chris Cutler, American-English drummer and songwriter
  • 1947 – Marie-Thérèse Letablier, French sociologist and academic
  • 1947 – Rick Stein, English chef and author
  • 1948Kostas Davourlis, Greek footballer (d. 1992)
  • 1948 – Cissé Mariam Kaïdama Sidibé, Malian civil servant and politician, Prime Minister of Mali
  • 1949Mick Mills, English footballer and manager
  • 1950Khondakar Ashraf Hossain, Bangladesh poet and academic (d. 2013)
  • 1951Bob Black, American author and activist
  • 1951 – Barbara Cochran, American skier
  • 1953Norberto Alonso, Argentinian footballer
  • 1954Tina Knowles, American fashion designer, founded House of Deréon
  • 1955Cecilia Conrad, Norwegian economist and academic
  • 1956Nels Cline, American guitarist and songwriter (Wilco)
  • 1956 – Ann Magnuson, American actress and performance artist
  • 1956 – Zehava Gal-On, Israeli politician
  • 1956 – Sarojini Sahoo, Indian journalist, author, and poet
  • 1956 – Bernard Sumner, English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
  • 1957Patty Loveless, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1957 – Gurdas Maan, Indian singer-songwriter
  • 1958Matt Frewer, American-Canadian actor
  • 1958 – Gary Jones, Welsh-Canadian actor and screenwriter
  • 1958 – Julian Sands, English actor
  • 1959Vanity, Canadian-American singer-songwriter, dancer, and actress (d. 2016)
  • 1960Michael Stipe, American singer-songwriter and producer
  • 1961Sidney Green, American basketball player and coach
  • 1962Joe Kleine, American basketball player and coach
  • 1962 – André Rouvoet, Dutch educator and politician, Deputy Prime Minister of the Netherlands
  • 1962 – Peter Steele, American singer-songwriter and bass player (d. 2010)
  • 1963Dave Foley, Canadian comedian, actor, director, and producer
  • 1963 – Till Lindemann, German singer-songwriter
  • 1964Dot Jones, American shot putter and actress
  • 1965Yvan Attal, French actor and director
  • 1965 – Guy Forget, French tennis player
  • 1965 – Beth Gibbons, English singer-songwriter
  • 1965 – Craig Revel Horwood, Australian-English dancer, choreographer, and director
  • 1965 – Julia Ormond, English actress and producer
  • 1966Deana Carter, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1967David Berman, American singer-songwriter
  • 1967 – Johnny Nelson, English boxer and sportscaster
  • 1967 – David Toms, American golfer and philanthropist
  • 1969Kees van Wonderen, Dutch footballer and manager
  • 1970Chris Kanyon, American wrestler (d. 2010)
  • 1971Junichi Kakizaki, Japanese botanist and sculptor
  • 1973Frank Høj, Danish cyclist
  • 1973 – Harmony Korine, American director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1974Danilo Hondo, German cyclist
  • 1975Shane Carwin, American mixed martial artist and wrestler
  • 1976Benoît Joachim, Luxembourgish cyclist
  • 1978Dominik Hrbatý, Slovakian tennis player
  • 1978 – Mai Meneses, Spanish singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1979Shergo Biran, German footballer
  • 1979 – Tristan Gommendy, French race car driver
  • 1980Miguel Monteiro, Portuguese footballer
  • 1980 – Yaroslav Popovych, Ukrainian cyclist
  • 1982Kang Hye-jung, South Korean actress and singer
  • 1982 – Richard Logan, English footballer
  • 1982 – Lucie Škrobáková, Czech hurdler
  • 1985Gökhan Gönül, Turkish footballer
  • 1985 – Al Jefferson, American basketball player
  • 1986Younès Kaboul, French footballer
  • 1986 – Andrei Krauchanka, Belarusian decathlete
  • 1986 – James Milner, English footballer
  • 1986 – Hsieh Su-wei, Taiwanese tennis player
  • 1987Kay Voser, Swiss footballer
  • 1988Anestis Argyriou, Greek footballer
  • 1988 – Maximilian Riedmüller, German footballer
  • 1989Graham Rahal, American race car driver
  • 1990Iago Falque, Spanish footballer
  • 1990 – Toni Kroos, German footballer
  • 1990 – Alberto Paloschi, Italian footballer
  • 1992Kris Bryant, American baseball player
  • 1994Viktor Axelsen, Danish badminton player

Deaths

  • 874Hasan al-Askari, Saudi Arabian 11th of the Twelve Imams (b. 846)
  • 1248Sancho II of Portugal (b. 1207)
  • 1428Frederick I, Elector of Saxony (b. 1370)
  • 1564Hosokawa Ujitsuna, Japanese commander (b. 1514)
  • 1584Tobias Stimmer, Swiss painter and illustrator (b. 1539)
  • 1695François-Henri de Montmorency, duc de Luxembourg, French general (b. 1628)
  • 1752Gabriel Cramer, Swiss mathematician and physicist (b. 1704)
  • 1761Stephen Hales, English clergyman and physiologist (b. 1677)
  • 1782Ange-Jacques Gabriel, French architect, designed École Militaire (b. 1698)
  • 1786Moses Mendelssohn, German philosopher and theologian (b. 1729)
  • 1804Charlotte Lennox, English author and poet (b. 1730)
  • 1821Elizabeth Ann Seton, American nun and saint (b. 1774)
  • 1825Ferdinand I of the Two Sicilies (b. 1751)
  • 1863Roger Hanson, American general (b. 1827)
  • 1874Thomas Gregson, English-Australian lawyer and politician, 2nd Premier of Tasmania (b. 1798)
  • 1877Cornelius Vanderbilt, American businessman and philanthropist (b. 1794)
  • 1880Anselm Feuerbach, German painter and educator (b. 1829)
  • 1882John William Draper, English-American physician, chemist, and photographer (b. 1811)
  • 1883Antoine Chanzy, French general (b. 1823)
  • 1891Antoine Labelle, Canadian priest (b. 1833)
  • 1896Joseph Hubert Reinkens, German bishop and academic (b. 1821)
  • 1901Nikolaos Gyzis, Greek painter and academic (b. 1842)
  • 1904Anna Winlock American astronomer and academic (b. 1857)
  • 1910Léon Delagrange, French pilot and sculptor (b. 1873)
  • 1912Clarence Dutton, American geologist and soldier (b. 1841)
  • 1919Georg von Hertling, German academic and politician, 7th Chancellor of the German Empire (b. 1843)
  • 1920Benito Pérez Galdós, Spanish author and playwright (b. 1843)
  • 1924Alfred Grünfeld, Austrian pianist and composer (b. 1852)
  • 1927Süleyman Nazif, Turkish poet and civil servant (b. 1870)
  • 1931Art Acord, American actor and stuntman (b. 1890)
  • 1931 – Louise, Princess Royal of England (b. 1867)
  • 1931 – Mohammad Ali Jouhar, Indian journalist, activist, and scholar (b. 1878)
  • 1940Flora Finch, English-American actress and producer (b. 1867)
  • 1941Henri Bergson, French philosopher and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1859)
  • 1943Jerzy Iwanow-Szajnowicz, Greek-Polish swimmer and water polo player (b. 1911)
  • 1944Kaj Munk, Danish playwright and pastor (b. 1898)
  • 1960Albert Camus, French novelist, philosopher, and journalist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1913)
  • 1961Erwin Schrödinger, Austrian physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1887)
  • 1962Hans Lammers, German jurist and politician (b. 1879)
  • 1965T. S. Eliot, American-English poet, playwright, and critic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1888)
  • 1967Donald Campbell, English race car driver and sailor (b. 1921)
  • 1969Paul Chambers, American bassist and composer (b. 1935)
  • 1970Jean Étienne Valluy, French general (b. 1899)
  • 1975Carlo Levi, Italian painter, author, and activist (b. 1902)
  • 1976Epameinondas Thomopoulos, Greek painter and illustrator (b. 1878)
  • 1985Brian Horrocks, Indian-English general (b. 1895)
  • 1985 – Lovro von Matačić, Croatian conductor and composer (b. 1899)
  • 1986Christopher Isherwood, English-American author and academic (b. 1904)
  • 1986 – Phil Lynott, Irish singer-songwriter, bass player, and producer (b. 1949)
  • 1988Lily Laskine, French harp player (b. 1893)
  • 1990Harold Eugene Edgerton, American engineer and academic (b. 1903)
  • 1990 – Henry Bolte, Australian sergeant and politician, 38th Premier of Victoria (b. 1908)
  • 1994Marie Orav, Estonian chess player (b. 1911)
  • 1994 – R. D. Burman, Indian singer-songwriter (b. 1939)
  • 1995Eduardo Mata, Mexican conductor and composer (b. 1942)
  • 1995 – Sol Tax, American anthropologist and academic (b. 1907)
  • 1996Ramón Vinay, Chilean-Mexican tenor and actor (b. 1911)
  • 1997Harry Helmsley, American businessman (b. 1909)
  • 1998John Gary, American singer-songwriter (b. 1932)
  • 1998 – Mae Questel, American actress (b. 1908)
  • 1999Iron Eyes Cody, American actor and stuntman (b. 1904)
  • 2000Spyros Markezinis, Greek lawyer and politician, 170th Prime Minister of Greece (b. 1909)
  • 2000 – Tom Fears, Mexican-American football player and coach (b. 1922)
  • 2001Les Brown, American bandleader and composer (b. 1912)
  • 2003Hanno Drechsler, German academic and politician, Mayor of Marburg (b. 1931)
  • 2003 – Sabine Ulibarrí, American poet and critic (b. 1919)
  • 2003 – Yfrah Neaman, Lebanese-English violinist (b. 1923)
  • 2004Brian Gibson, English director and screenwriter (b. 1944)
  • 2004 – Jake Hess, American singer (b. 1927)
  • 2004 – Joan Aiken, English author (b. 1924)
  • 2004 – John Toland, American historian and author (b. 1912)
  • 2005Bud Poile, Canadian ice hockey player, coach, and manager (b. 1924)
  • 2005 – Frank Harary, American mathematician and academic (b. 1921)
  • 2005 – Humphrey Carpenter, English radio host and author (b. 1946)
  • 2005 – Robert Heilbroner, American economist and historian (b. 1919)
  • 2006Irving Layton, Romanian-Canadian poet and academic (b. 1912)
  • 2006 – Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Emirati politician, 1st Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates (b. 1946)
  • 2006 – Milton Himmelfarb, American sociographer, author, and academic (b. 1918)
  • 2007Helen Hill, American director and producer (b. 1970)
  • 2007 – Lewis Hodges, English air marshal and pilot (b. 1918)
  • 2007 – Steve Krantz, American screenwriter and producer (b. 1923)
  • 2007 – Marais Viljoen, South African politician, 5th State President of South Africa (b. 1915)
  • 2007 – Sandro Salvadore, Italian footballer and manager (b. 1939)
  • 2007 – Jan Schröder, Dutch cyclist (b. 1941)
  • 2008Xavier Chamorro Cardenal, Nicaraguan journalist (b. 1932)
  • 2008 – Yannis Tamtakos, Greek activist (b. 1908)
  • 2009Gert Jonke, Austrian poet, playwright, and author (b. 1946)
  • 2010Johan Ferrier, Surinamese educator and politician, 1st President of Suriname (b. 1910)
  • 2010 – Tsutomu Yamaguchi, Japanese engineer (b. 1916)
  • 2011Coen Moulijn, Dutch footballer (b. 1937)
  • 2011 – Mick Karn, Cypriot-English bass player and songwriter (b. 1958)
  • 2011 – Dick King-Smith English author (b. 1922)
  • 2011 – Gerry Rafferty, Scottish singer-songwriter (b. 1947)
  • 2011 – Salmaan Taseer, Pakistani businessman and politician, 26th Governor of Punjab, Pakistan (b. 1944)
  • 2012Eve Arnold, American photographer and journalist (b. 1912)
  • 2012 – Kerry McGregor, Scottish singer-songwriter and actress (b. 1974)
  • 2012 – Rod Robbie, English-Canadian architect, designed the Canadian Pavilion and Rogers Centre (b. 1928)
  • 2013Yevgeny Pepelyaev, Russian colonel and pilot (b. 1918)
  • 2013 – Anwar Shamim, Pakistani general (b. 1931)
  • 2013 – Zoran Žižić, Montenegrin politician, 4th Prime Minister of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (b. 1951)
  • 2014Jean Metellus, Haitian neurologist, author, poet, and playwright (b. 1937)
  • 2015Pino Daniele, Italian singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1955)
  • 2015 – Chitresh Das, Indian dancer and choreographer (b. 1944)
  • 2016Michel Galabru, French actor and playwright (b. 1922)
  • 2016 – S. H. Kapadia, Indian lawyer, judge, and politician, 38th Chief Justice of India (b. 1947)


Holidays and observances

  • Christian feast day:
    • Angela of Foligno
    • Elizabeth Ann Seton
    • January 4 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)
  • The eleventh of the Twelve Days of Christmas. (Western Christianity)
  • Chōna-hajimeshiki at Tsurugaoka Hachimangū. (Kamakura, Japan)
  • Day of the Fallen against the Colonial Repression (Angola)
  • Day of the Martyrs (Democratic Republic of the Congo)
  • Hwinukan mukee (Okinawa Islands, Japan)
  • Independence Day (Myanmar), celebrates the independence of Myanmar from the United Kingdom in 1948.
  • Ogoni Day (Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People)
  • World Braille Day

External links

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