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Introducing The HEARTH and HOME HERALD’s very own Monthly Almanac,

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“This Day in History”,  “Celestial Events”,  “Famous Birthdays”,  “Holidays & Observances”,  “Fun Facts for the Month”,  “Famous Quotes”, Monthly Symbols, Zodiac and more!!!

JANUARY

“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.”

~ John Steinbeck (from “Travels with Charley: In Search of America”)

MONTHLY SIGNS & SYMBOLS

FULL MOON: “Old Moon” & “Storm Moon”
FLOWER: Carnation & Snowdrop
TREE: Elm, Fir, Cypress, Birch
COLOR: White, Sky Blue
BIRTHSTONE: Garnet
ANIMAL TOTEMS: Snow Goose, Otter & Stag, Cat
ASTROLOGICAL ZODIAC SIGNS:
—-CAPRICORN: (December 22 – January 19) -PLANET: Saturn
—-AQUARIUS: (January 20 – February 18) -PLANET: Uranus

THIS DAY in HISTORY

  • JANUARY 1, 1863:  “THE EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION” IS ISSUED BY PRES. ABRAHAM LINCOLN.
  • JANUARY 1, 1892:  ELLIS ISLAND IMMIGRATION STATION IN NEW YORK OPENS IT’S DOORS.
  • JANUARY 7, 1927:  “THE HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS” PLAY THEIR 1st GAME IN HINCKLEY, ILLINOIS.
  • JANUARY 10, 1776:  THOMAS PAINE’S “COMMON SENSE” IS FIRST PUBLISHED.
  • JANUARY 10, 1789:  THE 1st U.S. PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION IS HELD. GEORGE WASHINGTON RUNS UNOPPOSED.
  • JANUARY 10, 1946:  THE FIRST “GENERAL ASSEMBLY” OF THE “UNITED NATIONS” CONVENES IN LONDON.
  • JANUARY of 1932:  25,000 UNEMPLOYED PENNSYLVANIANS, CALLED THE “COX’S ARMY”, MARCH ON WASHINGTON, D.C.
  • JANUARY 15, 1967:  THE 1ST “SUPER BOWL” GAME IS PLAYED. 
  • JANUARY 19, 1920:  “THE AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION” IS FORMED ON THIS DAY.
  • JANUARY 22, 1973:  “VIETNAM PEACE AGREEMENT” IS SIGNED BY UNITED STATES, NORTH & SOUTH VIETNAM, & VIETCONG.
  • JANUARY 22, 1973:  U.S. SUPREME COURT’S “ROE vs. WADE” RULING PROTECTS WOMENS’ RIGHT TO CHOOSE.
  • JANUARY 25, 1972:  SHIRLEY CHISHOLM BECOMES THE 1st  AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMAN “DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE” TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT OF UNITED STATES.
  • JANUARY 27, 1888:  “THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY”, NON-PROFIT SCIENCE & NATURE INSTITUTION IS FORMED.
  • JANUARY 27, 1945:  SOVIET ARMY TROOPS LIBERATE THE “AUSCHWITZ CONCENTRATION CAMP” IN POLAND.  
  • JANUARY 28, 1986:  “SPACE SHUTTLE CHALLENGER” EXPLODES, KILLING ALL 7 CREW MEMBERS.
  • JANUARY 30, 1933:  HITLER’S “NAZI PARTY” FORMALLY BEGIN STATE-SANCTIONED PERSECUTION & HOLOCAUST OF AN EST. TOTAL OF 11-17 MILLION PERSONS.
  • JANUARY 30, 1948:  MAHATMA GANDHI IS SHOT & KILLED AS HE IS TO ADDRESS A PRAYER MEETING.

FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS

*ISAAC ASIMOV (JANUARY 2, 1920 – APRIL 6, 1992)
—-SCIENCE FICTION WRITER
*J.R.R. TOLKIEN ( JANUARY 3, 1892 – SEPTEMBER 2, 1973 )
—-ACADEMIC, AUTHOR of “LORD of the RINGS”, “THE HOBBIT”
*VICTOR BORGE ( JANUARY 3, 1909 – DECEMBER 23, 2000 )
—-COMEDIAN, PIANIST, ENTERTAINER
*ELIZABETH COTTEN ( JANUARY 5, 1895 – JUNE 29, 1987 )
—-BLUES MUSICIAN/SONGWRITER
*EARL SCRUGGS ( JANUARY 6, 1924 – MARCH 28, 2012 )
—-BLUEGRASS MUSICIAN, BANJO PLAYER
*JACQUES ELLUL (JANUARY 6, 1912 – MAY 19, 1994)
—-FRENCH PHILOSOPHER, SOCIOLOGIST
*JOAN of ARC (JANUARY 6, 1412 – 30 May 1431)
—-SAINT, MARTYR, FRENCH MILITARY LEADER
*SOUPY SALES (JANUARY 8, 1926 – OCTOBER 22, 2009)
—-RADIO & TV ACTOR / COMEDIAN
*CARRIE CHAPMAN CATT ( JANUARY 9, 1859 – MARCH 9, 1947 )
—-WOMENS’ SUFFRAGE LEADER
*JIMMY PAGE ( BORN JANUARY 9, 1944 )
—-GUITARIST, SONGWRITER, PRODUCER
*ALICE STOKES PAUL ( JANUARY 11, 1885 – JULY 9, 1977 )
—-SUFFRAGIST, ACTIVIST
*JULIAN BOND (JANUARY 14, 1940 – AUGUST 15, 2015)
—-CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVIST, U.S. CONGRESSMAN
*MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. ( JANUARY 15, 1929 – APRIL 4, 1968 )
—-REVEREND DOCTOR, CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT LEADER, AUTHOR
*CAPTAIN BEEFHEART ( JANUARY 15, 1941 – DECEMBER 17, 2010 )
—-SINGER, SONGWRITER, ARTIST
*MUHAMMAD ALI ( BORN JANUARY 17, 1942 )
—-PRO BOXING CHAMPION, ACTIVIST, PHILANTHROPIST
*STEVE EARLE (born JANUARY 17, 1955)
—-COUNTRY / FOLK SINGER /SONGWRITER
*A.A. MILNE (JANUARY 18, 1882 – JANUARY 31, 1956)
—-CHILDREN’S BOOK AUTHOR (“WINNIE THE POOH”)
*PETER ROGET (JANUARY 18, 1779 – SEPTEMBER 12, 1869)
—-LEXICOGRAPHER, PHYSICIAN, NATURAL THEOLOGIAN, PUBLISHER of “ROGET’S THESAURUS”
*EDGAR ALLAN POE (JANUARY 19, 1809 – OCTOBER 7, 1849)
—-HORROR FICTION WRITER / POET
*JANIS JOPLIN ( JANUARY 19, 1943 – OCTOBER 4, 1970 )
—-ROCK SINGER, SONGWRITER
*HUDDIE “LEADBELLY” LEDBETTER ( JAN. 20, 1888 – DEC. 6, 1949 )
—-FOLK & BLUES SINGER/SONGWRITER
*ROGER BALDWIN ( JAUNAURY 21, 1884 – AUGUST 26, 1981 )
—-FOUNDER OF THE “A.C.L.U.”
*WOLFMAN JACK ( JANUARY 21, 1938 – JULY 1, 1995 )
—-DISC JOCKEY, ENTERTAINER
*JOHN DONNE ( JANUARY 22, 1572 – MARCH 31, 1631 )
—-ENGLISH POET, CLERIC, ATTORNEY
*WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART (JANUARY 27, 1756 – DECEMBER 5, 1791)
—-CLASSICAL COMPOSER
*LEWIS CARROLL (JANUARY 27, 1832 – JANUARY 14, 1898)
—-AUTHOR (”ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND”)
*W.C. FIELDS (JANUARY 29, 1880 – DECEMBER 25, 1946)
—-VAUDEVILLE & FILM ACTOR / COMEDIAN
*FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT ( JANUARY 30, 1882 – APRIL 12, 1945 )
—-32nd PRES. of the U.S. (1933–1945 )
*ALAN LOMAX ( JANUARY 31, 1915 – JULY 19, 2002 )
—-FOLK MUSIC ARCHIVIST/HISTORIAN, PRODUCER
*JACKIE ROBINSON ( JANUARY 31, 1919 – OCTOBER 24, 1972 )
—-MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL LEGEND

FACTS & TRIVIA

  • JANUARY IS NAMED AFTER “JANUS”, THE ROMAN GOD OF THE TRANSITIONAL GATEWAY OF ENDINGS & NEW BEGINNINGS.
  • THIS MONTH IS “NATIONAL THANK YOU MONTH”!!!
  • JANUARY IS “NATIONAL MENTORING MONTH”.