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Distaff Day
The day after the Feast of the Epiphany when in medieval times women went back to spinning after the Christmas holidays.

1800
Thirteenth President of the US, Millard Filmore born in Cayuga County, New York State.

1844
Bernadette Soubirous, the French girl whose visions led to the founding of the shrine of Lourdes, was born in Lourdes, France.

1887
Thomas Stevensbecame the first person to circumnavigate the world by bicycle.

1899
British dance band vocalist Al Bowlly born in Lourenço Marques, Portuguese Mozambique.

1903
Folklorist/writer Zora Neale Hurston (Their Eyes Were Watching God) born in Notasulga, Alabama.

1912

New Yorker Cartoonist Charles Addams (The Addams Family) born in Westfield, New Jersey.

1925
Naturalist and writer Gerald Durrell, (My Family and Other Animals) born in Jamshedpur, British India.

1928
Writer William Peter Blatty (The Exorcist) born in New York City.

1938
Playwrite and poet Samuel Beckett is stabbed in the chest in the midnight streets of Paris by a pimp known as Prudent.
He will survive but decline to press charges.

1943
Serbian-American physicist and engineer Nikola Tesla dies alone in Room 3327 of the New Yorker Hotel.
He was 86 ears old.

1957
Writer Nicholson Baker (The Anthologist) born in New York City.

1972
Poet John Berryman jumps off the Washington Avenue Bridge in Minneapolis in the Mississippi river - a suicide at 58.

1989
Prince Akihito becomes emperor of Japan after the death of his father Hirohito.
This brings to a close the Shõwa era in Japan.

1999
The Senate trial in the impeachment of President Bill Clinton begins.

2015
Twelve people are killed, and eleven others are wounded when two gunmen attack the offices of the satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris.


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