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Calendar for January 9th, 2012

Full Wolf Moon

This full Moon appeared when wolves howled in hunger outside the villages. It is also known as the Old Moon. To some Native American tribes, this was the Snow Moon, but most applied that name to the next full Moon, in February.

1570s

  • 1570: Ivan the Terrible of Russia, suspecting a revolt in the city of Novgorod, captured the city and executed many of its inhabitants

  • 1580s

  • Died 1584: William Carter (printer, hanged for printing lewd pamphlets)

  • 1780s

  • 1788: Connecticut became the fifth state to join the U.S.

  • 1790s

  • 1793: First successful U.S. balloon flight was completed in Philadelphia, PA, by Jean Pierre Blanchard

  • 1800s

  • Born 1802: Catharine Parr Traill (writer)

  • 1830s

  • Born 1839: John Knowles Paine (composer)

  • 1860s

  • 1861: Mississippi seceded from the Union (U.S. Civil War)

  • 1890s

  • Born 1898: Gracie Fields (comedienne)

  • 1900s

  • Born 1908: Simone de Beauvoir (novelist)

  • 1910s

  • Born 1913: Richard Nixon (37th U.S. president)

  • Born 1915: Fernando Lamas (actor)

  • 1920s

  • Born 1928: Judith Krantz (author)

  • 1930s

  • Born 1934: Bart Starr (football player)

  • 1940s

  • Born 1941: Joan Baez (singer)

  • Born 1944: Jimmy Page (guitarist)

  • 1945: U.S. Forces invaded Luzon, Philippines (WW II)

  • Died 1949: Tom Longboat (runner)

  • 1950s

  • Born 1950: Sir Alec Jeffreys (geneticist)

  • Born 1951: Crystal Gayle (singer)

  • Born 1955: J. K. Simmons (actor)

  • 1960s

  • 1962: U.S. and Japan concluded a formal agreement for the final settlement of U.S. postwar economic assitance to Japan

  • Born 1965: Joely Richardson (actress)

  • Born 1967: Dave Matthews (musician)

  • 1968: U.S. spacecraft Surveyor VII made a successful landing on the moon

  • 1970s

  • 1972: The Queen Elizabeth, luxury ocean liner, was gutted by fire in Hong Kong harbor

  • 1980s

  • 1982: 5.9 earthquake shook eastern Canada and New England

  • 1982: 5.7 earthquake struck Miramichi, New Brunswick

  • Born 1982: Catherine Middleton (Duchess of Cambridge)

  • 1990s

  • 1996: NBA's Toronto Raptors became the first team to miss all foul shot attempts in a game

  • 2010s

  • 2010: A 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck off the shore of Ferndale in Northern California


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