The day after the Feast of the Epiphany when in medieval times women went back to spinning after the Christmas holidays.
Balloonist Jacques Montgolfier born in Annonay, south of Lyon, France.
Thirteenth President of the US, Millard Filmore born in Cayuga County, New York State.
Bernadette Soubirous, the French girl whose visions led to the founding of the shrine of Lourdes, was born in Lourdes.
Thomas Stevens became the first person to circumnavigate the world by bicycle.
Folklorist/writer Zora Neale Hurston born in Eatonville, Florida.
Cartoonist Charles Addams (The Addams Family) born in Westfield, New Jersey.
Writer Nicholson Baker (The Anthologist) born in New York City.
Poet John Berryman jumps off a bridge - a suicide at 58.
Six killed, 15 wounded in New Orleans when sniper Mark Essex begins firing from atop Johnson's Motor Lodge.
Prince Akihito becomes emperor of Japan after the death of his father Hirohito.
This brings to a close the Shōwa era in Japan.
The Senate trial in the impeachment of President Bill Clinton begins.Proverb:
Today from Chamber's Book of Days
French Republican Calendar
Nivôse 18 Pierre à chaux