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Calendar for January 5th, 2013

Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night is an English folk custom that marks the end of Christmas merrymaking and, in the ancient Celtic tradition, the end of the 12-day winter solstice celebration. On Twelfth Night, it was customary for the assembled company to toast one another from the wassail bowl. In Old English, wassail means "Be in good health," but the term also was applied to the drink itself (usually spiced ale).

Every Year

  • Twelfth Night

  • Every Year

    • On the night before Epiphany (January 6), it was traditional to provide a feast that included practical jokes. Sometimes live birds were placed in a cooked pastry crust. When guests cut into the pie, the birds flew away. A kinder tradition included placing bread soaked with cider in tree branches for the birds to eat.

    • Every Year

      • England: Twelfth Night

      • Every Year

        • George Washington Carver Day (United States)

        • Every Year

          • La Befana

          • 1640s

          • 1643: First divorce granted in the American Colonies

          • 1770s

          • 1776: New Hampshire was the first state to adopt a constitution

          • Born 1779: Zebulon Montgomery Pike (explorer)

          • 1780s

          • 1781: A British naval expedition led by Benedict Arnold burned Richmond, Virginia

          • 1850s

          • Born 1855: King C. Gillette (inventor)

          • 1880s

          • Born 1882: Herbert Bayard Swope (journalist)

          • 1889: The word hamburger first appeared in print in the Walla Walla Union, Walla Walla, Washington

          • 1890s

          • 1892: The first successful photo of an aurora was made by physicist Martin Brendel

          • 1900s

          • Born 1900: Yves Tanguy (artist)

          • 1903: First cable across Pacific (California to Hawaii) opened to the public

          • 1910s

          • 1915: Fannie Farmer's last lecture

          • Born 1917: Jane Wyman (actress)

          • 1920s

          • Died 1922: Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton (explorer)

          • Born 1923: Sam Phillips (record company executive)

          • 1925: Nellie Taylor Ross of Wyoming became first woman governor in American history

          • Born 1926: William Dewitt Snodgrass (poet)

          • 1930s

          • Born 1931: Alvin Ailey (dancer)

          • Born 1931: Robert Duvall (actor)

          • 1933: Construction of the Golden Gate Bridge began in San Francisco, California

          • Died 1933: Calvin Coolidge (30th U.S. president)

          • 1940s

          • Died 1943: George Washington Carver (educator)

          • Born 1946: Diane Keaton (actress)

          • 1970s

          • 1970: United Mine Workers official Joseph A. Yablonski and his wife and daughters were found slain in their Clarksville, Pennsylvania home

          • 1972: President Nixon ordered NASA to begin work on a manned space shuttle

          • Born 1975: Bradley Cooper (actor)

          • Died 1979: Charlie Mingus (musician)

          • 1980s

          • 1982: Arkansas law requiring creationism to be taught in public schools struck down by Federal court

          • 1987: President Ronald Reagan submitted the first $1 trillion budget to Congress

          • Died 1988: Pistol Pete Maravich (basketball player)

          • 1990s

          • 1993: Reggie Jackson elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame

          • Died 1994: Thomas "Tip" O'Neill (Speaker of the House)

          • Died 1998: Sonny Bono (actor, mayor of Palm Springs, and U.S. Congressman)

          • 2000s

          • Died 2004: Tug McGraw (baseball player)

          • 2007: Robert Nuranen returned a library book he had checked out for a 9th-grade assignment, along with a check for 47 year's worth of late fees--$171.32

          • 2010s

          • 2012: World's highest cable-stayed bridge opened spanning a deep ravine in the Sierra Madre Occidental mountains


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