Epiphany, or Twelfth Day
Commemorates the visit of the Magi, or Three Wise Men, to the baby Jesus in the stable in Bethlehem.
James Joyce's story "The Dead " takes place during a party celebrating the Feast of the Epiphany.
For Joyce, the word "epiphany, meant the "revelation of the whatness of a thing," the moment when "the soul of the commonest object [...] seems to us radiant."
French military heroine Joan of Arc born in Domremy, France.
Painter and sculptor Gustave Doré born in Strasbourg, France.
Samuel F.B. Morse demonstrates the telegraph.
Sherlock Holmes born on the farmstead of Mycroft, near Sigerside, in the North Riding of Yorkshire, England.
American poet, historian, novelist & folklorist Carl Sandburg born in Galesburg, Illinois.
Poet Kahlil Gibran (The Prophet) born in Bisharri, Lebanon.
British-American mystic Alan Watts born in Chiselhurst, England.
Writer E. L. Doctorow (Ragtime) born in New York City.
Singer-songwriter Syd Barrett (Pink Floyd ) born in Cambridge, England.
Singer-songwriter Sandy Denny (Fairport Convention) born in London, England.
Chef and author Nigella Lawson born in London, England.
Ice skater Nancy Kerrigan is attacked by Tonya Harding's bodyguard, who clubbed her in the right knee with metal baton after a practice session.
Today from Chamber's Book of Days
French Republican Calendar
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