Happy birthday and many happy returns Hang Nguyen andMagda Kowalska. Born on the same day, across the years. Remember birthdays are good for you. Those with the most live longest.
January 15: Mattu Pongal (Tamils, 2013); Army Day in India; John Chilembwe Day in Malawi; Armed Forces Day in Nigeria
- 1759 – The British Museum in London, today containing one of the largest and most comprehensive collections in the world, opened to the public inMontagu House, Bloomsbury.
- 1910 – Construction on the Buffalo Bill Dam, then the tallest dam in the world, on the Shoshone River in the U.S. state of Wyoming was completed.
- 1943 – The highest-capacity office building in the world, the headquarters of the United States Department of Defense known as the Pentagon(pictured), was dedicated.
- 1991 – Elizabeth II, as Queen of Australia, signed letters patent allowing Australia to become the first Commonwealth realm to institute its own separate Victoria Cross award in its own honours system.
- 1993 – Salvatore "The Beast" Riina, one of the most powerful members of the Sicilian Mafia, was arrested after three decades as a fugitive.
- 69 – Otho seizes power in Rome, proclaiming himself Emperor of Rome, but rules for only three months before committing suicide.
- 1493 – Christopher Columbus sets sail for Spain from Hispaniola, ending his first voyage to the New World.
- 1541 – King Francis I of France gives Jean-François Roberval a commission to settle the province of New France (Canada) and provide for the spread of the "Holy Catholic faith".
- 1559 – Elizabeth I is crowned Queen of England in Westminster Abbey, London, England.
- 1582 – Russia cedes Livonia and Estonia to the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth.
- 1759 – The British Museum opens.
- 1777 – American Revolutionary War: New Connecticut (present day Vermont) declares its independence.
- 1782 – Superintendent of Finance Robert Morris goes before the U.S. Congress to recommend establishment of a national mint and decimalcoinage.
- 1815 – War of 1812: American frigate USS President, commanded by Commodore Stephen Decatur, is captured by a squadron of four British frigates.
- 1822 – Greek War of Independence: Demetrios Ypsilantis is elected president of the legislative assembly.
- 1844 – University of Notre Dame receives its charter from the state of Indiana.
- 1865 – American Civil War: Fort Fisher in North Carolina falls to the Union, thus cutting off the last major seaport of the Confederacy.
- 1870 – A political cartoon for the first time symbolizes the Democratic Party with a donkey ("A Live Jackass Kicking a Dead Lion" by Thomas Nast for Harper's Weekly).
- 1889 – The Coca-Cola Company, then known as the Pemberton Medicine Company, is originally incorporated in Atlanta, Georgia.
- 1892 – James Naismith publishes the rules of basketball.
- 1908 – The Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority becomes the first Greek-letter organization founded and established by African American college women.
- 1910 – Construction ends on the Buffalo Bill Dam in Wyoming, United States, which was the highest dam in the world at the time, at 325 ft (99 m).
- 1919 – Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht, two of the most prominent socialists in Germany, are tortured and murdered by the Freikorps at the end of the Spartacist uprising.
- 1919 – Boston Molasses Disaster: A large molasses tank in Boston, Massachusetts, bursts and a wave of molasses rushes through the streets, killing 21 people and injuring 150 others.
- 1933 – A twelve-year-old girl experiences the first Marian apparition of Our Lady of Banneux in Banneux, Belgium.
- 1936 – The first building to be completely covered in glass, built for the Owens-Illinois Glass Company, is completed in Toledo, Ohio.
- 1937 – Spanish Civil War: Nationalists and Republican both withdraw after suffering heavy losses, ending the Second Battle of the Corunna Road.
- 1943 – World War II: The Soviet counter-offensive at Voronezh begins.
- 1943 – The world's largest office building, The Pentagon, is dedicated in Arlington, Virginia.
- 1947 – The brutalized corpse of Elizabeth Short ("The Black Dahlia") is found in Leimert Park, Los Angeles.
- 1949 – Chinese Civil War: The Communist Party of China forces take over Tianjin from the Nationalist Government.
- 1951 – Ilse Koch, "The Witch of Buchenwald", wife of the commandant of the Buchenwald concentration camp, is sentenced to life imprisonment by a court in West Germany.
- 1962 – The Derveni papyrus, Europe's oldest surviving manuscript dating to 340 BC, is found in northern Greece.
- 1966 – The Nigerian First Republic, led by Abubakar Tafawa Balewa is overthrown in a military coup d'état.
- 1967 – The first Super Bowl is played in Los Angeles, California. The Green Bay Packers defeat the Kansas City Chiefs 35–10.
- 1969 – The Soviet Union launches Soyuz 5.
- 1970 – Nigerian Civil War: After a 32-month fight for independence from Nigeria, Biafra surrenders.
- 1970 – Moammar Gadhafi is proclaimed premier of Libya.
- 1973 – Vietnam War: Citing progress in peace negotiations, President Richard Nixon announces the suspension of offensive action in North Vietnam.
- 1974 – Dennis Rader aka the BTK Killer kills his first victims by binding, torturing and murdering Joseph, Joseph II, Josephine and Julie Otero in their house.
- 1975 – The Alvor Agreement is signed, ending the Angolan War of Independence and giving Angola independence from Portugal.
- 1976 – Gerald Ford's would-be assassin, Sara Jane Moore, is sentenced to life in prison.
- 1991 – The United Nations deadline for the withdrawal of Iraqi forces from occupied Kuwait expires, preparing the way for the start of Operation Desert Storm.
- 1991 – Elizabeth II, in her capacity as Queen of Australia, signs letters patent allowing Australia to become the first Commonwealth Realm to institute its own separate Victoria Cross award in its own honours system.
- 1992 – The international community recognizes the independence of Slovenia and Croatia from the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.
- 1993 – Salvatore Riina, the Mafia boss known as "The Beast", is arrested in Sicily, Italy after three decades as a fugitive.
- 2001 – Wikipedia, a free Wiki content encyclopedia, goes online.
- 2005 – ESA's SMART-1 lunar orbiter discovers elements such as calcium, aluminum, silicon, iron, and other surface elements on the moon.
- 2007 – Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti, former Iraqi intelligence chief and half-brother of Saddam Hussein, and Awad Hamed al-Bandar, former chief judge of the Revolutionary Court, are executed by hanging in Iraq.
- 2009 – US Airways Flight 1549 makes an emergency landing in the Hudson River shortly after takeoff from LaGuardia Airport in New York, New York. All passengers and crew members survive.
- 1432 – King Afonso V of Portugal (d. 1481)
- 1481 – Ashikaga Yoshizumi, Japanese shogun (d. 1511)
- 1538 – Maeda Toshiie, Japanese general (d. 1599)
- 1622 – Molière, French playwright (d. 1673)
- 1671 – Abraham de la Pryme, English antiquarian (d. 1704)
- 1674 – Prosper Jolyot de Crébillon, French writer (d. 1762)
- 1716 – Philip Livingston, American founding father (d. 1778)
- 1747 – John Aikin, English doctor and writer (d. 1822)
- 1754 – Richard Martin, Irish animal rights activist (d. 1834)
- 1760 – Jean-François Le Sueur, French composer (d. 1837)
- 1791 – Franz Grillparzer, Austrian writer (d. 1872)
- 1795 – Alexandr Griboyedov, Russian playwright (d. 1829)
- 1803 – Marjory Fleming, Scottish writer and poet (d. 1811)
- 1809 – Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, French anarchist (d. 1865)
- 1812 – Peter Christen Asbjørnsen, Norwegian writer (d. 1885)
- 1815 – William Bickerton, Mormon prophet (d. 1905)
- 1816 – Marie LaFarge, French murderer (d. 1852)
- 1824 – Marie Duplessis, French courtesan (d. 1847)
- 1834 – Samuel Arza Davenport, American politician (d. 1911)
- 1841 – Frederick Arthur Stanley, Governor General of Canada (d. 1908)
- 1842 – Josef Breuer, Austrian psychiatrist (d. 1925)
- 1842 – Mary MacKillop, Australian Saint (d. 1909)
- 1850 – Leonard Darwin, son of Charles Darwin (d. 1943)
- 1850 – Mihai Eminescu, Romanian poet (d. 1889)
- 1850 – Sofia Kovalevskaya, Russian mathematician (d. 1891)
- 1855 – Jacques Damala, Greek military officer and actor (d. 1889)
- 1859 – Archibald Peake, Premier of South Australia (d. 1920)
- 1863 – Wilhelm Marx, Chancellor of Germany (d. 1946)
- 1866 – Nathan Söderblom, Swedish archbishop, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (d. 1931)
- 1869 – Ruby Laffoon, 43rd Governor of Kentucky (d. 1941)
- 1869 – Stanisław Wyspiański, Polish dramatist (d. 1907)
- 1870 – Pierre S. du Pont, American businessman (d. 1954)
- 1872 – Arsen Kotsoyev, Russian writer (d. 1944)
- 1872 – Hugo Rüster, German rower (death date unknown)
- 1875 – Thomas Burke, American sprinter (d. 1929)
- 1877 – Lewis Terman, American psychologist (d. 1956)
- 1878 – Johanna Müller-Hermann, Austrian composer and pedagogue (d. 1941)
- 1879 – Mazo de la Roche, Canadian author (d. 1961)
- 1882 – Princess Margaret of Connaught (d. 1920)
- 1885 – Lorenz Böhler, Austrian physician (d. 1973)
- 1885 – Miles Burke, American flyweight boxer (d. 1928)
- 1885 – Grover Lowdermilk, American baseball player (d. 1968)
- 1885 – Huang Yuanyong, Chinese writer (d. 1915)
- 1890 – Tommy Fleming, American soccer player (d. 1965)
- 1891 – Ray Chapman, American baseball player (d. 1920)
- 1891 – Osip Mandelstam, Russian poet (d. 1938)
- 1892 – Rex Ingram, Irish director (d. 1950)
- 1893 – Ivor Novello, Welsh composer and actor (d. 1951)
- 1894 – Ecaterina Teodoroiu, Romanian World War I hero (d. 1917)
- 1895 – Artturi Ilmari Virtanen, Finnish chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1973)
- 1897 – Xu Zhimo, Chinese poet (d. 1931)
- 1899 – Goodman Ace, American actor (d. 1982)
- 1900 – William Heinesen, Faroese writer, poet and artist (d. 1991)
- 1902 – King Saud of Saudi Arabia (d. 1969)
- 1903 – Paul A. Dever, 58th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1958)
- 1905 – Kamatari Fujiwara, Japanese actor (d. 1985)
- 1905 – Torin Thatcher, English actor (d. 1981)
- 1906 – Aristotle Onassis, Greek shipping magnate (d. 1975)
- 1908 – Edward Teller, Hungarian-born physicist (d. 2003)
- 1909 – Jean Bugatti, German-born automobile designer (d. 1939)
- 1909 – Gene Krupa, American drummer (d. 1973)
- 1912 – Michel Debré, French politician (d. 1996)
- 1913 – Eugène Brands, Dutch painter (d. 2002)
- 1913 – Lloyd Bridges, American actor (d. 1998)
- 1913 – Miriam Hyde, Australian composer (d. 2005)
- 1913 – Alexander Marinesko, captain of the S-13 submarine (d. 1963)
- 1914 – Hugh Trevor-Roper, English historian (d. 2003)
- 1918 – João Figueiredo, President of Brazil (d. 1999)
- 1918 – Édouard Gagnon, Canadian Roman Catholic cardinal (d. 2007)
- 1918 – Gamal Abdel Nasser, President of Egypt (d. 1970)
- 1919 – Maurice Herzog, French mountaineer, first to ascend an 8000m peak, Annapurna in 1950 (d. 2012)
- 1920 – John Joseph O'Connor, American Catholic cardinal (d. 2000)
- 1920 – Steve Gromek, American baseball player (d. 2002)
- 1921 – Babasaheb Bhosale, Indian politician (d. 2007)
- 1921 – Frank Thornton, English actor
- 1922 – Eric Willis, Australian politician (d. 1999)
- 1923 – Ivor Cutler, Scottish poet (d. 2006)
- 1923 – Lee Teng-hui, Taiwanese politician
- 1923 – Arthur Quinlan, Irish journalist (d. 2012)
- 1925 – Ruth Slenczynska, American pianist
- 1926 – Maria Schell, Austrian actress (d. 2005)
- 1927 – Phyllis Coates, American actress
- 1929 – Martin Luther King, Jr., American civil rights leader, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (d. 1968)
- 1929 – Queen Ida, Zydeco accordionist and singer
- 1929 – Earl Hooker, American Chicago blues guitarist (d. 1970)
- 1930 – Eddie Graham, American professional wrestler (d. 1985)
- 1931 – Lee Bontecou, American artist
- 1933 – Ernest J. Gaines, American author
- 1935 – Malcolm Frager, American pianist
- 1936 – Obo Addy, Ghanaian drummer and dancer (d. 2012)
- 1937 – Margaret O'Brien, American actress
- 1938 – Chuni Goswami, Indian footballer and cricketer
- 1939 – Tony Bullimore, English sailor and adventurer
- 1941 – Captain Beefheart, American musician and visual artist (d. 2010)
- 1942 – Barbara Tarbuck, American actress
- 1943 – Ashraf Aman, first Pakistani to reach the summit of K2
- 1943 – Stuart E. Eizenstat, adviser to American Presidents Carter and Clinton
- 1943 – Mike Marshall, American baseball player
- 1944 – Jenny Nimmo, British author
- 1945 – Vincent Foster Jr., American lawyer (d. 1993)
- 1945 – William R. Higgins, USMC colonel (d. 1990)
- 1945 – Princess Michael of Kent, British royal
- 1947 – Andrea Martin, Canadian actress
- 1948 – Ronnie Van Zant, American singer (Lynyrd Skynyrd) (d. 1977)
- 1949 – Luis Alvarado, Puerto Rican baseball player (d. 2001)
- 1949 – Alasdair Liddell, English businessman (d. 2012)
- 1949 – Panos Mihalopoulos, Greek actor
- 1950 – Marius Trésor, French footballer
- 1952 – Andrzej Fischer, Polish footballer
- 1953 – Kent Hovind, American evangelist
- 1953 – Ta-Tanisha, American actress
- 1953 – Randy White, American football player
- 1954 – Jose Dalisay, Jr., Filipino writer
- 1954 – Nikos Sarganis, Greek footballer
- 1955 – Nigel Benson, English author
- 1956 – Mayawati, Indian politician
- 1956 – Miki Fujimura, Japanese singer (Candies)
- 1956 – Vitaly Kaloyev, Russian architect and murderer
- 1956 – Marc Trestman, CFL head coach
- 1957 – Patrick Dixon, English entrepreneur
- 1957 – Marty Lyons, American football player
- 1957 – Mario Van Peebles, American actor
- 1958 – Boris Tadić, President of Serbia
- 1959 – Sister Carol, Jamaican reggae singer
- 1959 – Pavle Kozjek, Slovenian climber (d. 2008)
- 1959 – Pete Trewavas, English musician (Kino and Marillion)
- 1960 – Kelly Asbury, American director and actor
- 1960 – Jeremy Beck, American composer
- 1960 – Aaron Jay Kernis, American composer
- 1961 – Yves P. Pelletier, Canadian comedian and film director
- 1963 – Conrad Lant, English musician (Venom)
- 1963 – Bruce Schneier, American cryptographer, security expert, and writer
- 1964 – Osmo Tapio Räihälä, Finnish composer
- 1965 – Maurizio Fondriest, Italian cyclist
- 1965 – Bernard Hopkins, American boxer
- 1965 – Adam Jones, American musician (Tool)
- 1965 – James Nesbitt, Northern Irish actor
- 1966 – Lisa Lisa, American R&B singer
- 1968 – Chad Lowe, American actor
- 1968 – Iñaki Urdangarín, Spanish royalty
- 1969 – Meret Becker, German actress and singer
- 1969 – Delino DeShields, American baseball player
- 1969 – Huck Seed, American professional poker player
- 1970 – Shane McMahon, American professional wrestler
- 1971 – Regina King, American actress
- 1972 – Christos Kostis, Greek footballer
- 1972 – Ernie Reyes, Jr. American actor and martial artist
- 1972 – Kobe Tai, American porn star
- 1972 – Claudia Winkleman, English television presenter
- 1973 – Essam El-Hadary, Egyptian footballer
- 1974 – Edith Bowman, Scottish television and radio presenter
- 1974 – Ray King, American baseball player
- 1974 – Tim Shaw, British radio DJ and television presenter
- 1975 – Marc Cartwright, American Photographer
- 1975 – Mary Pierce, French tennis player
- 1975 – 9th Wonder (born Patrick Douthit), American producer
- 1976 – Corey Chavous, American football player
- 1976 – Doug Gottlieb, American basketball analyst
- 1976 – Florentin Petre, Romanian footballer
- 1976 – Scott Murray, Scotland rugby player
- 1978 – Eddie Cahill, American actor
- 1978 – Franco Pellizotti, Italian cyclist
- 1978 – Ryan Sidebottom, English Cricketer
- 1979 – Drew Brees, American football player
- 1979 – Ken Chu, Taiwanese singer-actor and taichi champ (F4)
- 1979 – Young Dro, American rapper
- 1979 – Michalis Morfis, Cypriot footballer
- 1979 – Martin Petrov, Bulgarian footballer
- 1980 – Matt Holliday, American baseball player
- 1981 – Howie Day, American singer
- 1981 – El Hadji Diouf, Senegalese footballer
- 1981 – Vanessa Henke, German tennis player
- 1981 – Sean Lamont, Scottish rugby union footballer
- 1981 – Pitbull, American rapper
- 1982 – Benjamin Agosto, American skater
- 1982 – Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia
- 1982 – Armando Galarraga, Venezuelan baseball player
- 1982 – Brett Lebda, American hockey player
- 1982 – Neil Nitin Mukesh, Indian actor
- 1982 – Prince Philip of Yugoslavia
- 1982 – Ari Pulkkinen, Finnish composer
- 1982 – Francis Zé, Cameroonian footballer
- 1983 – Matic Kralj, Slovenian ice hockey player
- 1983 – Jermaine Pennant, English footballer
- 1983 – Hugo Viana, Portuguese footballer
- 1984 – Megan Jendrick, American swimmer
- 1984 – Victor Rasuk, American actor
- 1985 – René Adler, German footballer
- 1985 – Enrico Patrizio, Italian rugby player
- 1985 – Kenneth Emil Petersen, Danish footballer
- 1986 – Fred Davis, American football player
- 1986 – Jessy Schram, American actress
- 1986 – Isaia Toeava, New Zealand rugby player
- 1987 – Greg Inglis, Australian rugby player
- 1987 – Aria C Jalali, American musician (Railcars)
- 1987 – Kelly Kelly, American WWE Diva
- 1987 – David Knight, English footballer
- 1987 – Michael Seater, Canadian actor
- 1988 – Daniel Caligiuri, German footballer
- 1988 – Jun. K, South Korean singer (2PM)
- 1988 – Skrillex (born Sonny Moore), American producer
- 1989 – Alexei Cherepanov, Russian hockey player (d. 2008)
- 1989 – Keiffer Hubbell, American ice dancer
- 1990 – Paul Blake, English paralympic athlete
- 1990 – Fernando Forestieri, Italian footballer
- 1990 – Konstantinos Sloukas, Greek basketball player
- 1990 – Sophie Sumner, English model
- 1990 – Catherine Thomas, English model
- 1990 – Robert Trznadel, Polish footballer
- 1991 – Marc Bartra, Spanish footballer
- 1991 – Nicolai Jørgensen, Danish footballer
- 1992 – Joshua King, Norwegian footballer
- 1994 – Jordy Croux, Belgian footballer
- 69 – Galba, Roman Emperor (b. 3 BC)
- 570 – Saint Ita, Irish nun (b. 475)
- 936 – King Rudolph of France
- 1345 – Martin Zaccaria, Italo-Greek ruler
- 1568 – Nicolaus Olahus, Archbishop of Esztergom, Primate of Hungary, and a distinguished Roman Catholic prelate (b. 1493)
- 1595 – Murat III, Ottoman Sultan (b. 1546)
- 1623 – Fra Paolo Sarpi, Italian patriot, scholar, scientist and church reformer (b. 1552)
- 1672 – John Cosin, English clergyman (b. 1594)
- 1683 – Philip Warwick, English writer and politician (b. 1609)
- 1775 – Giovanni Battista Sammartini, Italian composer
- 1781 – Infanta Mariana Victoria of Spain, queen regent of Portugal (b. 1718)
- 1790 – John Landen, English mathematician (b. 1719)
- 1804 – Dru Drury, English entomologist (b. 1725)
- 1813 – Anton Bernolák, Slovak linguist (b. 1762)
- 1815 – Emma, Lady Hamilton, English mistress of Lord Nelson (b. 1761)
- 1855 – Henri Braconnot, French chemist and pharmacist (b. 1780)
- 1864 – Isaac Nathan, UK-Australian composer (b. 1792)
- 1876 – Eliza Johnson, U.S. First Lady (b. 1810)
- 1885 – Leopold Damrosch, German-American orchestral conductor (b. 1832)
- 1893 – Fanny Kemble, British actress and author (b. 1809)
- 1896 – Mathew Brady, U.S. photographer (b. 1822)
- 1909 – Arnold Janssen, German missionary (b. 1837)
- 1916 – Modest Tchaikovsky, Russian writer (b. 1850)
- 1919 – Karl Liebknecht, German politician (b. 1871)
- 1919 – Rosa Luxemburg, German politician (b. 1871)
- 1926 – August Sedláček, Czech historian (b. 1843)
- 1926 – Enrico Toselli, Italian composer (b. 1883)
- 1936 – Henry Forster, 1st Baron Forster, Governor-General of Australia (b. 1866)
- 1937 – Anton Holban, Romanian novelist (b. 1902)
- 1944 – Robert J. Kirby, Warden of New York's Sing Sing Prison (b. 1890)
- 1945 – Wilhelm Wirtinger, Austrian mathematician (b. 1865)
- 1947 – Elizabeth Short, the Black Dahlia (b. 1924)
- 1948 – Josephus Daniels, American publisher and United States Secretary of the Navy (b. 1862)
- 1950 – General Henry "Hap" Arnold, U.S. General of the Air Force (b. 1886)
- 1952 – Ned Hanlon, Premier of Queensland (b. 1887)
- 1955 – Yves Tanguy, French painter (b. 1900)
- 1964 – Jack Teagarden, American musician (b. 1905)
- 1967 – David Burliuk, Ukrainian artist (b. 1882)
- 1968 – Bill Masterton, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1938)
- 1970 – William T. Piper, American aircraft designer (b. 1881)
- 1972 – Daisy Ashford, English child writer (The Young Visiters) (b. 1881)
- 1973 – Coleman Francis, American film director (b. 1919)
- 1973 – Ivan Petrovsky, Russian mathematician (b. 1901)
- 1983 – Meyer Lansky, Russian-born gangster (b. 1902)
- 1983 – Shepperd Strudwick, American actor (b. 1907)
- 1987 – Ray Bolger, American actor, singer, and dancer (b. 1904)
- 1988 – Seán MacBride, Irish statesman, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1904)
- 1990 – Dame Peggy van Praagh, British ballet dancer, choreographer, director (b. 1910)
- 1992 – Dee Murray, English bassist (b. 1946)
- 1993 – Sammy Cahn, American songwriter (b. 1913)
- 1994 – Georges Cziffra, Hungarian-French pianist (b. 1921)
- 1994 – Harry Nilsson, American musician (b. 1941)
- 1994 – Harilal Upadhyay, Gujarati-Indian author, poet, astrologist (b. 1916)
- 1995 – Vera Maxwell, American fashion designer (b. 1901)
- 1996 – Les Baxter, American musician and composer (b. 1922)
- 1996 – Paramount Chief Moshoeshoe II of Lesotho (b. 1938)
- 1996 – Minnesota Fats, American billiards player (b. 1913)
- 1998 – Gulzarilal Nanda, Indian Plitician,Acting Prime Minister(b.1898)
- 1998 – Junior Wells, American musician (b. 1934)
- 1999 – Betty Box, British film producer (b. 1915)
- 2000 – Georges-Henri Lévesque, Canadian Dominican priest and sociologist (b. 1903)
- 2000 – Željko Ražnatović, aka Arkan, Serbian paramilitary leader (b. 1952)
- 2000 – Fran Ryan, American actress (b. 1916)
- 2001 – Ted Mann, American screenwriter (b. 1916)
- 2001 – Leo Marks, English cryptographer, screenwriter and playwright (b. 1920)
- 2002 – Michael Anthony Bilandic, Mayor of Chicago (b. 1923)
- 2002 – Eugène Brands, Dutch painter (b. 1913)
- 2002 – Steve Gromek, American baseball player (b. 1920)
- 2003 – Doris Fisher, American singer and songwriter (b. 1915)
- 2004 – Olivia Goldsmith, American author (b. 1949)
- 2005 – Walter Ernsting, German author (b. 1920)
- 2005 – Elizabeth Janeway, American author (b. 1913)
- 2005 – Dan Lee, Canadian animator (b. 1969)
- 2005 – Victoria de los Angeles, Catalan soprano (b. 1923)
- 2005 – Ruth Warrick, American actress (b. 1915)
- 2006 – Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Emir of Kuwait (b. 1926)
- 2007 – Awad Hamed al-Bandar, former chief judge of the Iraqi Revolutionary Court (b. 1945) (executed)
- 2007 – James Hillier, Canadian inventor of electron microscope (b. 1915)
- 2007 – Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti, former Iraqi intelligence chief and half-brother of Saddam Hussein (b. 1951) (executed)
- 2007 – David Vanole, American soccer player (b. 1963)
- 2007 – Pura Santillan-Castrence, Filipino writer and diplomat (b. 1905)
- 2007 – Bo Yibo, Chinese politician (b. 1908)
- 2008 – Mark Haigh-Hutchinson, English game designer (b. 1964)
- 2008 – Brad Renfro, American actor (b. 1982)
- 2009 – Lincoln Verduga Loor, Ecuadorian journalist and politician (b. 1917)
- 2011 – Nat Lofthouse, English footballer (b. 1925)
- 2012 – Carlo Fruttero, Italian writer (b. 1926)
- 2012 – Manuel Fraga Iribarne, Spanish politician (b. 1922)
Holidays and observances
- Armed Forces Day (Nigeria)
- Army Day (India)
- Christian Feast Day:
- Earliest day on which International Fetish Day can fall, while January 21 is the latest; celebrated on the third Friday in January.
- Earliest day on which Martin Luther King, Jr. Day can fall, while January 21 is the latest; celebrated on the third Monday in January. (United States)
- John Chilembwe Day (Malawi)
- Korean Alphabet Day (North Korea)
- One of the two Carmentalia, in honor of Carmenta. (Roman Empire)
- The second day of the sidereal winter solstice festivals in India (see January 14):
- Tree Planting Day (Egypt)
The US-based Daily Kos gloats over some hot weather over in Australia - and suggests an embarrassed silence:
Australia is currently “sweltering” through a heatwave that has been ongoing since the beginning of the year. It’s been the longest run of above 39 degree Celsius days since 1973. Monday was the hottest average national temperature across the country since records began 100 years ago. Hundreds of fires are burning throughout Australia right now…
Andrew Bolt, one of the more prolific and vicious Australian denialists, hasn’t posted on his blog since 3 January...for some reason.
Well, the reason I haven’t blogged is, as a quick check of the blog would suggest, I am on holidays - and my children yell at me if I sneak away to blog.
As it happens, I am in Los Angeles, freezing my backside off in an unusually cold spell:
A week or two ago I was caught outside in Boston in the coldest weather of my life:
While locally, lows ranged from the low 20s to near 30 (F.), there was some bone-chilling cold to our north. Parts of Vermont and upstate New York dropped from -10 to -20 , colder than anything experienced all of last winter. Boston even dropped to 7, just one degree warmer than its low in 2012.
I wouldn’t be so stupid or dishonest as to claim that weather in one part of the world says anything about the climate everywhere. In other words, I do not write for the Daily Kos. Or work for the Greens.
Fact: to measure what we call “global warming” we need global records, not anecdotes about temperatures in Australia or California. And what those global records tell us is that the rise in temperature paused 16 years ago. Now the Met even predicts basically no further global warming for at least four more years - giving us a total of 20 years of no additional warming..
The world is not warming as was predicted. And gloating over some bushfires in Australia does not changed that central truth. Indeed, it strikes me as dishonest.
But as the Greens made clear last week with their defence of climate activist Jonathan Moylan, who hoaxed Whitehaven shareholders, even lying brazenly to advance the warming cause is not just permissible but admirable. Makes me wonder what other lies have been excused as being for our own good.
Of all the many absurd evidences of global warming now advanced by warmists, none can possibly top this comic effort from Ian Lowe, president of the Australian Conservation Foundation:
In South Australia for a summer break, I saw an advertised opportunity for a game of golf at the famous Royal Adelaide Golf Club. So I put my name down to play on Monday, January 7.
In hindsight, it was probably not a smart move; the temperature in the shade reached 41 degrees as I finished my round in the blazing Adelaide sun. Wary of the risks of dehydration, I had consumed four litres of water and sports drinks on the course. I was still able to empty two of the largest glasses the clubhouse bar could provide as I recovered from the experience.
Of course, it has always been hot in Adelaide in summer. There have been days over 40 degrees every year since we abandoned the old Fahrenheit scale that gave us more impressive readings of over 100 degrees.... However, we should recognise that the overall pattern of more frequent and more severe extreme events is exactly what climate scientists have been warning about for 25 years.
Yes, never mind the records showing no further global warming for 16 years now. Panic instead at the number of glasses of water a warmest chooses to drink after a game of golf on one of Adelaide’s routinely hot summer days.
I’m not sure if I should be depressed to be retuning to a country gripped by such unreason, or impatient to get back to exposing more such insults to our intelligence.
Police do their best to make the Logan racial brawl seem nothing much:
Logan District Superintendent Noel Powers said tensions remained raw in the community, and Monday’s unrest was sparked by one aggressor.
Just one person sparked off the mayhem between rival groups of Aborigines and Tongans?
Hmm. On second thoughts, police accept maybe it took at least two to tangle:
“It just takes one or two hot heads, a bit of alcohol and a bit of violence and it disrupts all the work we’ve been aiming towards,” Supt Powers said.
Maths isn’t my greatest strength, but I count a lot more than two people in this video who are looking for a brawl:
A human umpire has the advantage that any attacks on them can be classified as an assault .. -ed
foot long 42 mm short .. Think of the calories you aren't having .. - ed===
Hello, my name is DRUGS- I destroy homes, tear families apart, take your children, and that's just the start. I'm more costly than diamonds, more costly than gold, the sorrow I bring is a sight to behold. And if you need me, remember I'm easily found, I live all around you, in schools and in town. I live with the rich, I live with the poor, I live down the street, and maybe next door. My power is awesome; try me you'll see, but if you do, you may NEVER break free. Just try me once and I might let you go, but try me twice, and I'll own your soul. When I possess you, you'll steal and you'll lie, you do what you have to just to get high. The crimes you'll commit, for my narcotic charms will be worth the pleasure you'll feel in your arms. You'll lie to your mother, you'll steal from your dad, when you see their tears, you should feel sad. But you'll forget your morals and how you were raised, I'll be your conscience, I'll teach you my ways. I take kids from parents, and parents from kids, I turn people from god, and seperate friends. I'll take everything from you, your looks and your pride, I'll be with you always, right by your side. You'll give up everything... Your family, your home.... Your friends, your money, then you'll be alone. I'll take and take, till you have nothing more to give.... When I'm finished with you you'll be lucky to live. If you try me be warned this is no game, if given the chance, I'll drive you insane! I'll ravish your body, I'll control your mind, I'll own you completely, your soul will be mine. The nightmares I'll give you while lying in bed, the voices you'll hear from inside your head, the sweats, the shakes, the visions you'll see, I want you to know, these are all gifts from me. But when it's too late, and you'll know in your heart, that you are mine, and we shall not part. You'll regret that you tried me, they always do, but you came to me, not I to you. You knew this would happen, many times you were told, but you challenged my power, and chose to be bold. You could have said NO, and just walked away, if you could live that day over, now what would you say?. I'll be your master; and you'll be my slave, I'll even go with you, when you go to your grave. Now that you have met me, what will you do? Will you try me or not? It's all upto you. I can bring you more misery than words can tell... Come take my hand, I'll take you to hell.
"Daddy, why is England called a Kingdom?"
"Because it was ruled by a King."
"Oh... so that's why Australia is called a Country!"