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Daily Calendar for Saturday, January 7, 2023 | Almanac.com

Daily Calendar for Saturday, January 7, 2023

Celebration of Christmas by Orthodox Christians in Central and Eastern Europe according to the Julian calendar.

The day after Epiphany (January 6) was traditionally the one on which women went back to work after the 12-day Christmas celebration. A distaff is the wooden rod (staff) that holds the flax or wool on a spinning wheel. The term distaff came to refer to both women’s work and the female branch (distaff side) of the family. As is often the case, it’s hard to go back to work after the holidays and not much got done! The women’s husbands would mischievously try to set fire to the flax on their wives’ distaffs, while the women, lying in wait, would retaliate with humor by dousing them with buckets of water. The English poet Robert Herrick wrote:If the maids a-spinning goe Burn their flax and fire their tow.Bring the pails of water then Let the maids bewash the men.

Born

  • Israel Putnam (American Revolutionary War general) –
  • Millard Fillmore (13th U.S. president) –
  • Zora Neale Hurston (author) –
  • Vincent Gardenia (actor) –
  • William Peter Blatty (author) –
  • Douglas Kiker (broadcast journalist) –
  • Hunter Davies (author) –
  • Tony Conigliaro (baseball player) –
  • Kenny Loggins (singer) –
  • Erin Gray (actress) –
  • Katie Couric (newscaster) –
  • Nicolas Cage (actor) –
  • Jon Lester (baseball player) –
  • Liam Aiken (actor) –

Died

  • Lou Henry Hoover (U.S. First Lady) –
  • Emperor Hirohito (Japan died after the longest reign of any Japanese monarch, 62 years, and was succeeded by his son, Akihito) –
  • Joe Robbie (founder of the Miami Dolphins) –
  • Bronko Nagurski (football player) –
  • Rosemary Kennedy (sister of President John F. Kennedy who was born with a disability. She was the inspiration for the Special Olympics spearheaded by the Kennedy family) –

Events

  • Major satellites of Jupiter first seen by Galileo–
  • Astronomer Galileo Galilei, armed with a primitive telescope, saw three stars near Jupiter. About a week later a fourth one appeared. Galileo had discovered the four largest moons of Jupiter. Today the moons are called Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto; they are known as the Galilean Satellites.–
  • First typewriter patent issued in England–
  • Bank of North America, first commercial bank chartered by Congress, opened, Philadelphia.–
  • D. Landreth Seed Co. in Philadelphia established–
  • Francois Blanchard and John Jefferies crossed the English Channel from Dover to Calais by hot-air ballon; the first crossing of the Channel by air–
  • The electors were chosen for the first U.S. presidential election. (George Washington was elected president on February 4.)–
  • Indians attempted to ambush cavalry of Iowa volunteers at Julesburg, Colorado–
  • In 1892, with $638, Thomas A. Edison constructed the first movie studio. His first film was made on this day in 1894. Entitled Edison Kinetoscopic Record of a Sneeze, it documents Edison employee Fred Ott while he is sneezing. This remains the earliest copyrighted film still in existence.–
  • Fannie Farmer published her first cookbook–
  • Transatlantic telephone service began between NY and London–
  • U.S. military plant Question Mark completed a 150-hour, 40-minute nonstop flight–
  • Surveyor VII spacecraft launched–
  • A U.S. court of appeals ordered a ban on the pesticide DDT until its effects on public health were studied–
  • Lewis Powell, and William Rehnquist are confirmed as US Supreme Court justices–
  • Phnom Penh, capital of Cambodia, fell to United Front insurgents–
  • President Reagan banned trade and travel to Libya and called for an international boycott because of its involvement in terrorist activities–
  • The Leaning Tower of Pisa closed to the public because of safety concerns–
  • Tom Seaver won election into the Baseball Hall of Fame–

Weather

  • A snowstorm brought a foot of snow to Washington, D.C., 14 inches to New York City, and 18 inches to Philadelphia–
  • Great blizzard raged on Plains; many settlers lost–
  • Severe cold wave in South; worst freeze since 1835 in Florida–
  • The world record 24-hour rainfall total was 72 inches at Foc-Foc, La Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean. The rain ended on January 8.–
  • The temperature at Hawley Lake in Arizona dipped to -40F, setting a new record-low temperature for the state.–
  • First snow in 14 yrs, 6 inches in Rome, Italy; 20 degrees F— lowest temperature in 100 years–
  • Snow covered the Sahara Desert in Ain Sefra, Algeria–
  • The temperature soared to 117 degrees F in Sydney, Australia–

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