Daily Calendar for January 23rd, 2020

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  • National Handwriting Day (United States)


  • 1556: Deadliest earthquake on record killed 830,000 in China


  • Born 1813: Camilla Collett (writer)


  • 1849: Elizabeth Blackwell became the first woman to receive an M.D. degree

  • 1849: Envelope machine patented


  • 1862: California vintner Agoston Haraszthy received 100,000 European grape vine cuttings.


  • Born 1899: Joseph Nathan Kane (fact-finding guru)


  • 1907: Charles Curtis first of Native American descent to be elected as U.S. senator


  • Born 1919: Ernie Kovacs (actor)


  • 1922: Leonard Thompson received the world's first successful insulin injection


  • Died 1931: Anna Pavlova (ballerina)

  • Born 1933: Chita Rivera (singer, actress, & dancer)


  • 1943: Duke Ellington played at New York City's Carnegie Hall for the first time

  • 1943: The movie Casablanca was copyrighted

  • Born 1943: Gil Gerard (actor)

  • Born 1944: Rutger Hauer (actor)

  • 1949: Fire devastated streetcar barns in Regina, Saskatchewan


  • Born 1950: Richard Dean Anderson (actor)

  • Born 1957: Princess Caroline of Monaco


  • 1960: Bathyscaphe Trieste dove a record-breaking 35,800 feet

  • Born 1964: Mariska Hargitay (actress)


  • 1979: Willie Mays elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame


  • Died 1981: Samuel Barber (composer)

  • 1984: China's giant pandas were added to the endangered species list

  • 1986: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted its first members: Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, Fats Domino, Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley, and Little Richard

  • Died 1989: Salvador Dali (artist)


  • Died 2002: Daniel Pearl (Wall Street Journal reporter who disappeared and was later killed)

  • Died 2003: Nell Carter (singer & actress)

  • Died 2004: Bob Keeshan (Captain Kangaroo)

  • Died 2004: Helmut Newton (fashion photographer)

  • Died 2005: Johnny Carson (comedian who dominated late-night television for 30 years as the host of The Tonight Show)


  • 2012: International Polar Bear Conservation Centre opened in Winnipeg, Manitoba

  • 2018: At 12:31 am, a 7.9 earthquake struck the Gulf of Alaska, about 181 miles southeast of Kodiak, prompting a tsunami warning for coastal Alaska and British Columbia, and a tsunami watch for the rest of the U.S. West Coast. This was cancelled after several hours; a minor tsunami, less than a foot, was reported in Alaska.

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