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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 is born in Bordeaux, Duchy of Aquitaine.
French military heroine Joan of Arc is born in Domremy, France.
King Henry VIII of England marries Anne of Cleves, his fourth wife.
Jacques-Etienne Montgolfier, who, along with his older brother Joseph-Michel is the co-inventor of the hot air balloon, is born in Ardèche, France.
Pioneer, frontiersman, hunter, trapper, author, cartographer, and explorer Jedediah Smith is born in Jericho, Tioga County, New York.
Painter and sculptor Gustave Doré t is 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 is born in Galesburg, Illinois.
Tom Mix, silent film cowboy actor, is born in Mix Run, Pennsylvania,
Poet Kahlil Gibran (The Prophet) is born in Bisharri, Lebanon.
New Mexico is admitted to the Union as the 47th U.S. state.
British-American mystic Alan Watts is born in Chiselhurst, England.
Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Early Wynn is born in Hartford, Alabama.
Model and actress Capucine (The Pink Panther) born in Saint-Raphaël, Var, France.
Writer E. L. Doctorow (Ragtime) is born in New York City.
Singer-songwriter Syd Barrett (Pink Floyd ) is born in Cambridge, England.
Singer-songwriter Sandy Denny (Fairport Convention) is 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.
Nights of pleasure are short. ~ Lebanese Proverb