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."
Harold II is crowned King of England following the death of Edward the Confessor.
Richard II of England born Bordeaux, Duchy of Aquitaine.
French military heroine Joan of Arc born in Domremy, France.
King Henry VIII of England marries Anne of Cleves, his fourth wife.
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.
New Mexico is admitted to the Union as the 47th U.S. state.
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.
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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