New Year’s Day

January 1
Yearly Date: Always January 1st

Mankind has been celebrating New Year’s Day for at least four millennia. Because The Gregorian calendar way of dividing time has been around that long, that makes it right around 4000 years!

Nowadays most folks celebrate with parties, special food, football, and fireworks. It’s also a time for new beginnings…a fresh start…and resolutions. In fact even the ancient Babylonians made resolutions during the new year celebration time. They mainly “resolved” to pay back the debts they had accumulated during the year, but hey, it’s a great start!

Around the world New Year’s Day is celebrated with tons of food. For example, in Spain people wolf down a dozen grapes right before midnight on New Year’s Eve which is thought to bestow luck for each month of the new year. Beans are “lucky” on this day as well. Round legumes represent coins  or wealth in Italy, and growing up in Texas, we always had black-eyed peas for good luck on New Year’s Day.

If you like pudding, celebrate New Year’s Day in Sweden or Norway. Families and friends chow down on massive amounts of rice pudding with a single almond hidden within the scrumptious goo. Whoever finds the almond is pretty much guaranteed 12 months of good fortune for the new year.

So Happy New Year to all! May this new year bring your good health, peace, happiness, beans, pudding and LOVE!


Quote for the Day

“Youth is when you’re allowed to stay up late on New Year’s Eve. Middle age is when you’re forced to.” 

Bill Vaughan

Famous People Born in January

January 1, 1735Paul Revere, Revolutionary War.

January 1, 1752Betsy Ross, designed first U.S.flag

January 1, 1895J. Edgar Hoover, FBI Director

January 2, 1920Isaac Asimov, Science Fiction Writer

January 3, 1892J.R.R. Tolkien, Author of “Lord of the Rings”

January 3, 1950Victoria Principal, Actress

January 3, 1956Mel Gibson, actor, director

January 4, 1643Isaac Newton, Astronomer, Physicist, MAthematician

January 4, 1937Dyan Cannon, Actress

January 5, 1946- Diane Keaton, Actress

January 6, 1412- Joan of Arc

January 7, 1800- Millard Filmore, 13th President, (1850-1853)

January 7, 1948- Kenny Loggins, Singer/Songwriter

January 7, Katie Couric, Today Show host

January 7, 1964- Nicolas Cage, Actor

January 8, 1889 – Edward Elijah Perkins, creator of Kool-Aid

January 8, 1926- Soupy Sales, TV Actor

January 8, 1935- Elvis Presley, King of Rock ‘n Roll

January 9, 1913 – Richard M. Nixon, 37th President (1969-1974)

January 9, 1935- Bob Denver, TV Actor “Gilligan”

January 9, 1951- Crystal Gayle, Country Singer

January 9, 1967- Dave Matthews, singer, band leader, song writer

January 10, 1945- Rod Stewart, Rock Singer

January 10, 1949- George Foreman, Heavyweight boxing champion, and creator of the “George  Foreman Grill”

January 11, 1952- Ben Crenshaw, golfing great

January 12, 1944- Joe Frazier, heavyweight boxing champion

January 12, 1954- Howard Stern, radio and TV “shock jock”

January 12, 1955- Kirstie Alley, TV actress

January 12, 1964 – Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of

January 13, 1919- Robert Stack, Actor” Elliot Ness” on Tv show “Untouchables”

January 13, 1961- Julia Louis-Dreyfus, comedy actress “Elaine” on the “Seinfeld”

January 14, 1741- Benedict Arnold, traitor in American Revolutionary War.

January 14, 1919- Andy Rooney, author and commentator on “60 Minutes”

January 14, 1941- Faye Dunaway, Actress

January 14, 1968 – LL Cool J, actor and rapper

January 15,  1906 – Aristotle Onassis, Greek Shipping tycoon, married Jackie Bouvier-Kennedy

January 15, 1913- Lloyd Bridges, Actor, TV series “Sea Hunt”

January 15th, 1929- Martin Luther King Jr., Civil Rights Activist

January 15, 1951- Charo, Singer, dancer

January 16, 1853- Andre Michelin, inflatable auto tire inventor

January 16, 1909- Ethel Merman, Singer and actress

January 16, 1935- A.J. Foyt, race car driver

January 17, 1706- Benjamin Franklin, inventor, statesman, writer

January 17, 1899- l Capone, notorious 1920’s gangster

January 17, 1928- Vidal Sassoon, British hair stylist, fashion designer

January 17, 1934- Shari Lewis, TV children’s puppeteer

January 17, 1942- Mohammad Ali, formerly “Casius Clay”, arguably the best ever heavyweight boxing champion

January 18, 1779- Peter Roget, author of Roget’s Thesaurus

January 18, 1782- Daniel Webster, politician and speaker

January 18, 1882- A.A. Milne, author of Children’s’ storybooks. Created Winnie the Pooh and friends.

January 18, 1892- Oliver Hardy, “Ollie” in Stan and Laurel comedies

January 18, 1904- Cary Grant, Actor

January 18, 1913- Danny Kaye, comic actor

January 18, 1955- Kevin Costner, Actor

January 19, 1807- Robert E. Lee, Civil War Confederate Army General

January 19, 1809- Edgar Allen Poe, Author and Poet, most notably macabre and horror stories

January 19, 1943- Janis Joplin, 1960’s rock singer

January 19, 1946- Dolly Parton, buxom country western singer and actress

January 20, 1896- George Burns, comedian

January 20, 1920 Deforrest Kelley, Doctor McCoy on Tv’s original “Star Trek”

January 20,1930- Edwin “Buzz Aldrin, Astronaut, walked on the moon

January 21, 1738- Ethan Allen, Revolutionary War Hero

January 21, 1824- Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, Confederate Army general

January 21,1924- Telley Savalas, Tv’s “Kojak”

January 21, 1925- Benny Hill, British comedian

January 21, 1976- “Baby Spice” of The Spice Girls

January 22, 1934- Bill Bixby, the “Incredible Hulk” Star

January 23, 1737- John Hancock, politician, first to sign the Declaration of Independence.

January 24, 1917- Ernest Borgnine, Actor, most notably TV’s “McHales’ Navy”

 January 24, 1941- Neil Diamond, singer

January 22, 1949- John Belushi, comedian, actor, SNL and Blues Brothers

January 24, 1968- Mary Lou Retton, won gold medal in Gymnastics, at 1984 Olympics

January 25, 1931- Dean Jones, actor, “The Love Bug”

January 25, 1981- Alicia Keys, singer, Grammy winner

January 26, 1880- Douglas MaCarthur, WWII General, Quote: “I shall return!”

January 26, 1925- Paul Newman, Oscar winning actor

January 26, 1955- Eddie Van Halen, singer, rock band

January 26, 1958- Ellen DeGeneres, actress, talk show hostess

January 26, 1961- Wayne Gretzky, Hockey’s “Great One”

January 27, 1756- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, one of the greatest musical composers ever

January 27, 1832- Lewis Carroll, wrote “Alice in Wonderland”

January 27, 1921- Donna Reed, TV and movie actress

January 28, 1887- Arthur Rubenstein, classical pianist

January 28, 1936- Alan Alda, Hawkeye Pierce in Tv series “M*A*S*H”

January 29, 1843 – William McKinley, 25th U.S. President(1897-1901), assassinated while in office.

January 29, 1880- W. C. Fields, comedian

January 29, 1918- John Forsythe, actor, Charlie’s Angels, Dynasty

January 29, 1945- Tom Selleck, Actor, “Magnum P.I.

January 29, 1954- Oprah Winfrey, talk show hostess

January 30, 1882 – Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd U.S. President, elected to four terms (1933-1945)

January 30, 1922- Dick Martin, comedian

January 30, 1930- Gene Hackman, actor

January 30, 1937, Boris Spassky, World Chess champion

January 30, 1951- Phil Collins, singer

January 31, 1919- Jackie Robinson, first Afro-American to to play in Major League Baseball

January 31, 1923- Carol Channing, actress, “Hello Dolly”

January 31, 1937- Suzanne Pleshette, actress

January 31, 1947- Nolan Ryan, MLB pitcher for 27 years

January 31, 1981- Justin Timberlake, singer

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