Calendar of Ideas

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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 24 all-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.[...]
Jan 24 all-day
Jan 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[...]
Jan 24 all-day
Jan 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[...]
Jan 24 all-day
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 all-day
On 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[...]
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[...]
Jan 25 all-day
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[...]
Jan 25 all-day
On 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[...]
Jan 25 all-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[...]
Jan 26 all-day
On 26 January 1837, Michigan became the 26th state in the Union. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
Jan 26 all-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[...]
Jan 26 all-day
Jan 26, 1875. George F. Green, of Kalamazoo, MI, patented the electric dental drill. Image courtesy of Pixabay.com user Jarmoluk, CC0
Jan 27 all-day
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,[...]
Jan 27 all-day
  Beginning 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[...]
Jan 27 all-day
Jan 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[...]
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,[...]
Jan 27 all-day
Born at Thorne, Yorkshire, England, in 1836 (exact date unknown), Crapper is often described as the prime developer of the flush toilet mechanism as it is known today. The flush toilet had been in use[...]
Jan 27 all-day
27 January 1756. One of the world’s greatest music makers. Born at Salzburg, Austria, into a gifted musical family, Mozart began performing at age three and composing at age five. Some of the best known[...]
Jan 28 all-day
On 28 January 1986 at 11: 39 AM, EST, the space shuttle Challenger STS51L exploded, 74 seconds into its flight and about 10 miles above the earth. Hundreds of millions around the world watched television[...]
Jan 28 all-day
Jan 28. Since 2008. All online participants, from home computer users to multinational corporations, need to be aware of the personal data others have entrusted to them and remain vigilant about protecting it. Good online[...]
Jan 28 all-day
28 January 1912. Abstract Expressionist born at Cody, Wyoming. In postwar New York, Pollock placed his canvases on the floor and developed signature “drip” paintings, controversially incorporating the ideas of gravity and chance into the[...]
Jan 28 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[...]
Jan 29 all-day
On 29 January 1861, Kansas became the 34th state admitted to the Union.   Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
Jan 29 all-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[...]
Jan 29 all-day
Curmudgeons Day is an annual celebration of the crusty, yet insightful, wags who consistently apply the needle of truth to the balloons of hypocrisy and social norms. Image courtesy of Dayoftheyear.com
Jan 29 all-day
Thomas Paine’s birthday – Jan 29, 1737. American Revolutionary leader, a corset maker by trade, author of Common Sense, The Age of Reason and many other influential works, was born at Thetford, England. “These are[...]
Jan 30 all-day
30 January 1969. On this day the Beatles performed together in public for the last time. The show took place on the roof of their Apple Studios in London, England, but it was interrupted by[...]
Jan 30 all-day
Bloody Sunday – Jan 30, 1972. In Londonderry, Northern Ireland, 14 Roman Catholics were shot dead by British troops during a banned civil rights march. During 1972, the first year of British direct rule, 467[...]
Jan 30 all-day
Franklin Delano Roosevelt born 30 January 1882. 32nd president of the United States. The only president to serve more than two terms, FDR was elected four times. He supported the Allies in WWII before the[...]
Jan 30 all-day
30 January 1948. Indian religious and political leader, Mahatma Gandhi assassinated at New Delhi, India. The assassin was a Hindu extremist, Ram Naturam. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

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