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The GeneaBloggersTRIBE leadership team compiled this calendar of ideas with the help of Chase’s Calendar of Events. As you look at the listings, think how they might relate to your genealogical research, stories of handed down the family tree, historical context for you ancestors, or your own memories.

Jan
23
Thu
20th Amendment to the US Constitution Ratified – Anniversary
Jan 23 all-day

The 20th Amendment to the US Constitution was ratified on 23 January 1933 and changed the inauguration date of the US President from 4 March to 20 January. It also made the vice-president the successor if the president-elect were to die before being sworn in.

 

 

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24th Amendment to the US Constitution Ratified – Anniversary
Jan 23 all-day

24th Amendment passing anniversary The 24th Amendment to the US Constitution was ratified on 23 January 1964 and eliminated poll taxes and other taxes as a pre-requisite for voting.

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Elizabeth Blackwell Awarded MD degree – Anniversary
Jan 23 all-day

Elizabeth Blackwell awarded MD DegreeJan 23, 1849. Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell became the first woman to receive an MD degree. The native of Bristol, England, was awarded her degree by the Medical Institution of Geneva, NY.

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John Hancock’s Birthday – Anniversary
Jan 23 all-day

Jan 23, 1737. American patriot and statesman, first signer of the Declaration of Independence. Hancock served as president of the Continental Congress (1775– 77) and served as Massachusetts governor for nine terms beginning in 1780.

Because of his conspicuous signature on the Declaration, Hancock’s name has become part of the American language, referring to any handwritten signature. Born at Braintree, MA, he died at Quincy, MA, Oct 8, 1793. (Some sources cite Hancock’s Old Style birth date of Jan 12, 1736/ 7.)

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National Handwriting Day
Jan 23 all-day

National Handwriting Day In honor of John Hancock’s birthday and famous signature on the Declaration of Independence, National Handwriting Day is on 23 January 2017.

 

National Pie Day
Jan 23 all-day

National Pie Day Jan 23. First observed in 1975 as a day to set aside and celebrate pie! Today is a day to maintain America’s pie heritage, pass on the tradition of pie making and promote America’s love affair with pie.

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Jan
24
Fri
Belly Laugh Day
Jan 24 all-day

Belly Laugh Day Jan 24. Belly Laugh Day is a day to celebrate the great gift of laughter. Smiling and laughing are permitted, encouraged and celebrated. How? Smile, throw your arms in the air and laugh out loud. Join the Belly Laugh Bounce Around the World, as people from Antarctica to Hawaii in kitchens, schools, hospitals, offices, plants and stores stop at 1: 24 PM (local time) to bounce a smile and a laugh around the world.  More information at http://www.bellylaughday.com/.

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California Gold Discovery – Anniversary
Jan 24 all-day

California Gold DiscoveredJan 24, 1848. James W. Marshal, an employee of John Sutter, accidentally discovered gold while building a sawmill near Coloma, California. Efforts to keep the discovery secret failed, and the gold rush of 1849 was under way.

 

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Edith Wharton’s Birthday – Anniversary
Jan 24 all-day

Edith WhartonJan 24, 1862. Born at New York, NY, author Edith Wharton in her stories and novels specialized in intense examinations of upper-class Manhattan society at the end of the 19th century. Major novels include The House of Mirth (1905) and The Age of Innocence (1920), which won a Pulitzer Prize. Ethan Frome (1911) departed from the upper-class society milieu to depict a grim New England love triangle and its tragic consequences. Wharton died at Pavillon Colombe, France, Aug 11, 1937.

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John Belushi’s Birthday – Anniversary
Jan 24 all-day

John Belushi Jan 24, 1949. Actor, comedian (“ Saturday Night Live,” Animal House, The Blues Brothers), born at Chicago, Illinois, USA. Died Mar 5, 1982, at Hollywood, California.

Jan
25
Sat
Apple’s Macintosh Debuts – Anniversary
Jan 25 all-day

Macintosh debutsOn 25 January 1984, Apple’s Macintosh computer went on sale this day for $ 2,495. It wasn’t until mid-1985, however, that sales began to take off and this computer began to replace the Apple II model.

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Around The World In 72 Days – Anniversary
Jan 25 all-day

Newspaper reporter Nellie Bly (pen name used by Elizabeth Cochrane Seaman) set off from Hoboken, New Jersey, 14 November 1889, to attempt to break Jules Verne’s imaginary hero Phileas Fogg’s record of voyaging around the world in 80 days. She did beat Fogg’s record, taking 72 days, 6 hours, 11 minutes and 14 seconds to make the trip, arriving back in New Jersey on 25 January 1890.

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Burns Night – Robert Burns’ Birthday – Anniversary
Jan 25 all-day

Burns Night Born 25 January 1759. Farmer, lover of women, father of at least 11 children, freemason, songwriter and beloved poet who wove the folk traditions and dialects of Scotland into lovely lyrics and ballads. Poems and songs include “Tam O’Shanter,” “To a Mouse,” “Green Grow the Rushes, O” and most of “Auld Lang Syne.” “Oh wad some power the giftie gie us/ To see oursels as others see us!” Born at Ayrshire, Scotland, he died at Dumfries, Scotland, July 21, 1796. His birthday is widely celebrated as Burns Night, especially in Scotland, England and Newfoundland.

Chinese New Year
Jan 25 all-day

Chinese New YearTraditional Chinese Lunar Year begins at sunset on the day of the second New Moon following the winter solstice— the Year of the Rooster. Outside China, the date of the New Year may differ by a day. The New Year can begin anytime from Jan 21 through Feb 21. Generally celebrated until the Lantern Festival 15 days later, but merchants usually reopen their stores and places of business on the fifth day of the first lunar month.

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First Winter Olympics – Anniversary
Jan 25 all-day

First Winter OlympicsOn 25 January 1924, the first Winter Olympic Games opened at Chamonix, France, with athletes representing 16 nations. The ski jump, previously unknown, thrilled spectators. The Olympics offered a boost to skiing, which became enormously popular in the next decade.

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Saint Dwynen’s Day
Jan 25 all-day

Jan 25 St. Dwynwen's Day 25 January. Patron saint of friendship and love in Wales. Dwynwen was a fifth-century saint (died AD 460) who lived in seclusion at Llanddwyn Island. The church (the ruins of which still stand today) there was a medieval pilgrimage site and supposedly featured a magic well. Saint Dwynwen’s Day is not officially recognized in the Catholic and Anglican liturgical calendars, but its celebration has become a popular custom in Wales for lovers.

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Jan
26
Sun
Admission Day – Michigan
Jan 26 all-day

On 26 January 1837, Michigan became the 26th state in the Union.Admission Day Michigan

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Australia Day (Australia)
Jan 26 all-day

Australia Day On 26 January 1788, a shipload of convicts arrived briefly at Botany Bay (which proved to be unsuitable) and then at Port Jackson (later the site of the city of Sydney). Establishment of an Australian prison colony was to relieve crowding of British prisons. Australia Day, formerly known as Foundation Day or Anniversary Day, has been observed since about 1817 and has been a public holiday since 1838.

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Dental Drill Patent – Anniversary
Jan 26 all-day

Jan 26, 1875. George F. Green, of Kalamazoo, MI, patented the electric dental drill.

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World Leprosy Day
Jan 26 all-day

Jan 29 – World Leprosy Day. Observed since 1953, a day to bring awareness to this misunderstood but curable disease. More than 225,000 new cases of Hansen’s Disease are reported each year— usually among the poorest of the poor. In 1991, the World Health Organization passed a resolution to eliminate leprosy and there have been dramatic results worldwide. Annually, on the last Sunday in January (also observed on Jan 30). The timing of the observance is in remembrance of Mohandas Gandhi, assassinated on Jan 30, 1948, who cared for leprosy patients and sought its end.

Jan
27
Mon
Apollo 1 Spacecraft Fire – Anniversary
Jan 27 all-day

Apollo One Spacecraft fire 27 January 1967. Three American astronauts, Virgil I. Grissom, Edward H. White and Roger B. Chaffee, died when fire suddenly broke out at 6: 31 PM, EST, in Apollo I during a launching simulation test, as it stood on the ground at Cape Kennedy, FL. First launching in the Apollo program had been scheduled for 27 February 1967.

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Auschwitz Liberated – Anniversary
Jan 27 all-day

 

Auschwitz Liberated AnnivesaryBeginning on 27 January 1945, the Soviet army liberated about 6,000 prisoners of the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz. It is estimated that 1.5 million inmates were killed at Auschwitz between 1941 and liberation— 95 percent of them were Jewish.

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Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day
Jan 27 all-day

Bublle Wrap Appreciation Day Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day – A day to celebrate the joy that Bubble Wrap ® brings to our lives. A day to learn the history and snapping etiquette and to gain a new appreciation of the country’s favorite shipping material (invented in 1960). Also, a day to snap and share Bubble Wrap ® with coworkers, classmates and loved ones. Annually, the last Monday in January.

International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust
Jan 27 all-day

Commemeration of Holocaust VictimsJan 27. On Nov 1, 2005, the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN) designated Jan 27 as an annual day in memory of the victims of the Holocaust conducted during the Second World War by the Nazi regime (Res 60/ 7). In doing so, the UN rejected any denial of the Holocaust as a historical event, either in full or part. On Jan 26, 2007, the Assembly condemned without any reservation any denial of the Holocaust and urged all Member States unreservedly to reject any denial of the Holocaust as a historical event, either in full or in part, or any activities to that end (Res 61/ 255).

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National Geographic Society Founded – Anniversary
Jan 27 all-day

Jan 27, 1888. The largest nonprofit scientific and educational institution in the world was incorporated on this date after an initial meeting on Jan 13, 1888, in which a group of 33 geographers, explorers, cartographers, teachers and other professionals met at the Cosmos Club in Washington, DC, to discuss organizing a “a society for the increase and diffusion of geographical knowledge.” The first president was Gardiner Greene Hubbard. The first National Geographic Magazine was published nine months later in October 1888.

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