Holidays Calendar for January 19, 2016

January 19 is the Theophany of the Lord, that is celebrated in Eastern Orthodox Church. This is one of the great feasts of the year and it marks the baptism of Jesus Christ.

Timkat (also may be spelled as Timket or Timqat) is the Orthodox celebration of Epiphany in Ethiopia and Eritrea. It's celebrated on January 19 or January 20 on leap year.

January 19 is Rescuer's Day, that is observed by all men and women in the Republic of Belarus. This observance was created in 1998.

Popcorn is the greatest snack ever. It's been the part of our lives for such a long time, that we can't imagine watching movie without it. Celebrate National Popcorn Day on January 19.

This Day in History

  • 2013 An attempt to assassinate Ahmed Dogan, chairman of the Bulgarian political party Movement for Rights and Freedoms, on live television failed.
  • 2012 Died: Sarah Burke, Canadian skier, a pioneer of the superpipe event, which was added to the Olympic program for the 2014 Winter Olympics. Burke died after serious injure while training on the Park City Mountain Resort Eagle superpite in Park City, Utah.
  • 2006 Died: Wilson Pickett, American singer and songwriter, a major figure in the development of American soul music. Among his best known hits are Mustang Sally, Land of 1,000 Dances, In the Midnight Hour, Funky Broadway.
  • 1986 The First IBM PC computer virus Brain was released into the wild. Brain was created by the Farooq Avi Brothers in Lahore, Pakistan, and it infected the boot sector of storage media formatted with the DOS File Allocation Table file system. Reportedly, the virus had to deter piracy of the software written by the Farooq Avi Brothers.
  • 1984 Died: Max Bentley, Canadian ice hockey player, one of six hockey-playing brothers. Bentley played for Chicago Black Hawks, New York Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs. During his 20-year career Bently played in four All-Star Games and was twice named to a post-season All-Star Team.
  • 1983 The Apple Lisa, the first commercial PC from Apple Inc. to have graphical user interface and computer mouse, was announced.
  • 1977 Snow fell in Miami, Florida. This was the only time in the history of the city that snow had fallen. By the way, the snow also fell in the Bahamas.
  • 1973 Born: Antero Manninen, Finnish cellist. Known as a former band member of Finnish metal quartet Apocalyptica. He didn't write music for band and had to leave in 1999 due to prior commitments.
  • 1969 Died: Jan Palach, Czech student and activist. Palach committed suicide by self-immolation as a political protest against the end of the Prague Spring.
  • 1961 Born: Wayne Hemingway, English fashion designer, co-founder of Red or Dead brand.
  • 1953 71.7% of TVs in the United States were tuned to watch Lucy Goes to the Hospital, the episode of I Love Lucy, where Lucy gives birth to her son.
  • 1948 Died: Tony Garnier, French architect and city planner, who was most active in Lyon, his hometown. Among Garnier's most prominent works is the Stade de Gerland, stadium in the city of Lyon.
  • 1944 Born: Thom Mayne, American architect, designer of the San Francisco Federal Building and Phare Tower.
  • 1943 Born: Janis Joplin, American singer and songwriter. Her voice made her famous in her 20s. She is recognized as one of the greatest rock singers of all the time. Joplin died at 27, apparently of a drug overdose.
  • 1937 Howard Hughes set a new air record by flying from LA to NY in 7 hours, 28 minutes and 25 seconds.
  • 1917 73 were killed and 400 injured in an explosion in a munitions plant in Silvertown, now part of the London Borough of Newham.
  • 1915 A neon discharge tube for use in advertising was patented by Georges Claude.
  • 1883 The first electric lighting system began service at Roselle, New Jersey. This system was built by Thomas Edison and included overhead wires.
  • 1874 Died: August Heinrich Hoffmann von Fallersleben, German poet and scholar, best known for writing Das Lied der Duetschen. It's third stanza is now the national anthem of Germany.
  • 1869 Died: Carl Reichenbach, German chemist and philosopher. Best known for discoveries of eupione, waxy paraffin, pittacal and phenol.
  • 1851 Died: Esteban Echeverría, Argentinian poet and author. He played a significant role in the development of Argentine literature and today considered as one of the Latin America's most important Romantic authors.
  • 1851 Born: Jacobus Kapteyn, Dutch astronomer, best known for his studies of the Milky Way. He was the first discoverer of evidence for galactic rotation.
  • 1839 Born: Paul Cézanne, French painter, Post-Impressionist painter. Cézanne's paintings laid the foundation of the transition from the conception of artistic endeavour to a new and radically different modern world of art.
  • 1829 Faust Part 1 by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe received its premier performance.
  • 1809 Born: Edgar Allan Poe, American author and poet. Poe was one of the earliest American practitioners of short story. Today he is considered as the inventor of the detective fiction genre.
  • 1808 Born: Lysander Spooner, American philosopher and individualist anarchist, known for competing with the U.S. Post Office with his American Letter Mail Company that was forced out of business by the U.S. Government.
  • 1799 Died: Maria Gaetana Agnesi, Italian mathematician and philosopher. She wrote the first book discussing both differential and integral calculus.
  • 1798 Born: Auguste Comte, French philosopher, known as the founder of the discipline of sociology and the doctrine of positivism.
  • 1755 Died: Jean-Pierre Christin, French physicist. Best known for this proposal to reverse the Celsius thermometer scale from water boiling at 0 degrees to boiling at 100 degrees and ice melting at 100 degrees to melting at 0 degrees. His proposal was widely accepted and is still used today.
  • 1736 Born: James Watt, Scottish engineer and inventor. He made fundamental improvements to the Newcomen steam engine. Also Watt developed the concept of horsepower. The SI unit of power, the watt, was named after him.