January 17 Dateline

Famous Birthdays

1600 - Don Pedro Calderon de la Barca, Spanish Dramatist and Poet, one of the greatest dramatists of the Spanish Golden Age.
1706 - Benjamin Franklin, Inventor, Statesman, and Philosopher
1820 - Anne Brontë, English novelist and poet, the youngest member of the Bronte literary family. (Brontë Country: The Story of Emily, Charlotte & Anne Brontë. Uploaded by The Great British Channel. Accessed January 17, 2019.)
1877 - Cecilia May Gibbs, English-Australian Children's Author, Cartoonist, and Illustrator, known as Australia's "Mother of the Gumnuts." She published under the pen name May Gibbs. She is best known for her gumnut babies (also known as "bush babies" or "bush fairies"), and the book Snugglepot and Cuddlepie. (Source: Wikipedia) ("Meet Snugglepot and Cuddlepie." Uploaded by Rockin Ree Ree Reads. Accessed January 17, 2018.)


1922 - Betty White, Actress
1928 - Vidal Sassoon, Cosmetologist
1931 - James Earl Jones, Actor
1942 - Mohammad Ali - American Boxer
1962 - Jim Carrey - Actor and Comedian

Actor Jim Carrey
Inventor, statesman, and philosopher Benjamin Franklin

Profile of Anne Brontë: 
Writing under the masculine pen name of Acton Bell, Anne Brontë published a volume of poetry with her sisters (Poems by Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell), 1846) and two novels. Agnes Grey, based upon her experiences as a governess, was published in 1847. Her second and last novel, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, which is considered to be one of the first feminist novels, appeared in 1848.Anne's life was cut short when she died of what is now suspected to be pulmonary tubercolosis at the age of 29. Partly because the re-publication of The Tenant of Wildfell Hall was prevented by Charlotte Brontë after Anne's death, she is not as well known as her sisters. However, her novels, like those of her sisters, have become considered classics of English literature.(Source: Wikipedia)

Historical Events

1773 - Captain James Cook (enclosed image) becomes the first explorer to cross the Antarctic Circle.

1893 - Queen Liliuokalani is deposed and the Kingdom of Hawaii becomes a republic.  

1919 - Ignace Jan Paderewski, concert pianist, becomes premier of Poland where he participates in the Versailles peace conference later.  (Listen to his Romantic 'Polonia' Symphony in B minor. Youtube, uploaded by winkle522000, accessed January 17, 2018. Performed by Symphony Orchestra Of Pomerania with Bohdan Wodiczko, conducting.)

1929 - Popeye the Sailor Man, a cartoon character created by Elzie Crisler Segar first appears in the comic strip Thimble Theatre.

1945 - Soviet forces help liberate the almost completely destroyed Polish city of Warsaw from the Nazis during World War II.

1946 - The United Nations Security Council's first session is held at the Methodist Central Hall in London, opposite Westminster Abbey. The five permanent members are Great Britain, U.S.A., Russia, China, and France. The other ten seats are temporary appointments for two years at a time. 

1995 - A magnitude 7.2 earthquake hits near Kobe, Japan, causing property damage and killing over 6,000 people.

Image Credit:
Captain Cook. en.wikipedia.org, public domain.

1. Asiado, Tel. The World's Movers and Shapers. New Hampshire: Ore Mountain Publishing House (2005)
2. Chambers Biographical Dictionary, 19th Ed. London: Chambers Harrap, 2011
3. Dateline. Sydney: Millennium House, (2006)
4. Grun, Bernard. The Timetables of History, New 3rd Revised Ed. Simon & Schuster/Touchstone (1991)

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