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HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! ... CELEBRATIONS ON JANUARY 1st... New Year's Day (Gregorian).. Establishment Day (Rebublic of China).. Liberation Day (Cuba).. Establishment of the Czech Republic (Czech Republic).. Independence Day (Haiti).. Independence Day of the Slovak Republic (Slovakia).. Independence Day (Sudan).. Z Day, a holiday that can be celebrated by letting all those poor unfortunate people with names that start with Z be first in line.. Independence Day (Cameroon).. Founding of Republic of China (Taiwan).. National Flag Day (Lithuania).. National Tree Planting Day (Tanzania).. Junkanoo, New Providence and Freeport (Bahamas).. The Eighth day of Christmas (Western Christianity).. Prayer Week Niue.. St. Basil's Day (Bulgaria).. Universal Fraternity (Macau).. Mary, Mother of God (Vatican City State).. World Peace Day (Vatican City State).. Global Family Day (International).. Start of the Mali Mask Festival (Tireli, Mali) Throughout January.. Betsy Ross's Birthday (b. 1752).. Ellis Island Day (Aniversary 1892).. Paul Revere's Birthday (USA) (b. 1735).. New Year's Dishonor List Day.. Tournament of Roses Parade Day & The Rose Bowl (Pasadena, California).. Hogmanay, Edinburgh, Scotland.. First Foot Day * CLICK HERE.. Last day of Kwanzaa.. Mummer's Parade.. Le Jour de l'An (France).. National Bloody Mary Day.. The First Binary Day (1of 9) (0s and 1s).. Copyright Law Day.. Euro Day.. Global Family Day.. Polar Bear Plunge or Swim Day.. Apple Gifting Day.. The Eighth Day and Night of Christmas (Western Christianity).. Final Day of Octave of Christmas.. Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus (Anglican and Episcopal churches).. Feast of the Circumcision (Old calendar - Roman Catholicism).. Holy Day of Obligation in many countries (Roman Catholicism).. Solemnity of Mary (New calendar). ·.. Feast day of Fulgentius of Ruspe.. Feast day of Telemachus.. Asarah B'Tevet, Tenth of Tevet, Tenth day of the Hebrew month of Tevet (2015) * (Usually late December, but Will not occur in 2014).. CELEBRATIONS THIS WEEK ... First Week, 1st Week in January.. Winterfest Week, 1st Week in January.. National Personal Trainer Awareness Week, 1st Week in January.. National Thank Your Customers Week, 1st Week in January.. Women's Self-Empowerment Week, 1st Week in January.. New Year's Resolutions Week, 1st Week in January.. Celebration of Life Week, 1st Week in January.. Diet Resolution Week, 1st Week in January.. Silent Record Week, 1st Week in January.. Christmas Week, December 25th through January 6th.. Kwanzaa, December 26th through January 1st.. The Twelve Days of Christmas, December 25th through January 6th.. Christmas Bird Count Week, December 14th through February 5th.. New Years Run, December 29th through January 1st.. CELEBRATIONS THIS MONTH... Apple and Apricots Month.. Artichoke and Asparagus Month.. Be Kind to Food Servers.. Bread Machine Baking Month.. California Dried Plum Digestive Health Month.. Carnival Season (Starting January 6th).. Celebration of Life Month.. Cervical Cancer Awareness Month.. Cervical Cancer Screening Month.. Cherry Blossom Festival in Okinawa, Japan, a very colorful festivals every January in Nago since 1928.. Coffee Gourmet International Month.. Family Fit Lifestyle Month.. Financial Wellness Month.. First Binary Month (1of 3) (0s and 1s).. International Brain Teaser Month.. International Change Your Stars Month.. International Creativity Month.. International New Years Resolutions Month for Businesses.. International Quality of Life Month.. International Wayfinding Month.. International Wealth Mentality Month.. National Bath Safety Month.. National Be On-Purpose Month.. National Birth Defects Prevention Mont.. National Blood Donor Month.. National Book Blitz Month.. National Braille Literacy Month.. National Candy Month.. National Child-Centered Divorce Awareness Month.. National Clean Up Your Computer Month.. National Egg Month.. National Get Organized Month.. National Glaucoma Awareness Month.. National Hobby Month.. National Hot Tea Month.. National Lose Weight, Feel Great Month.. National Mail Order Gardening Month.. National Meat Month.. National Mentoring Month.. National Oatmeal Month.. National Personal Self-Defense Awareness Month.. National Polka Music Month.. National Poverty in America Awareness Month.. National Radon Action Month.. National Skating Month.. National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.. National Soup Month.. National Stalking Awareness Month.. National Thank You Month.. National Volunteer Blood Donor Mont.. National Wheat Bread Month.. Prune Breakfast Month.. Resolve to Eat Breakfast Month.. National Returns Month.. Rising Star Month.. Self-Love Month.. Self-help Group Awareness Month.. Shape Up US Month.. Thaipusam - Festival of Faith in Batu Caves, Malaysia.. Thyroid Awareness Month.. Tubers and Dried Fruit Month.. World Buskers Festival in Christchurch, New Zealand.. PADDY's JOKE OF THE DAY... Heading into this New Year, I thought about the evils of drinking.. So I decided to give up thinking. ... SCOTTY's TOASTS OF THE DAY... - 1 - "In the New Year, may your right hand always be stretched out in friendship, but never in want." - Traditional Irish - 2 - "May the best of this year be the worst of next." - Traditional Irish ... LILLY's DRINKS OF THE DAY... - 1 - BLOODY MARY.. 1 1/2 ounces (1 jigger) vodka, 1/2 cup tomato juice, 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce to taste, Tabasco to taste, 1 celery stick for garnish, 1 lemon wedge for garnish, Combine the vodka, the tomato juice, the lemon juice, the Worcestershire sauce, the Tabasco, 1 cup ice cubes, and salt and pepper to taste, shake the mixture well, and strain it into a tall glass filled with ice cubes. Garnish the Bloody Mary with the celery stick and the lemon wedge. - 2 - BLOODY MARY (Heavy Duty Version).. 3 parts Vodka, 6 parts Tomato juice, 1 part Lemon juice, Add dashes of Worcestershire Sauce, Tabasco, salt and pepper into highball glass, then pour all ingredients into highball with ice cubes. Stir. Garnish with celery stalk and lemon wedge - 3 - BULL SHOT.. 4.5 cl (3 parts) Vodka, 9.0 cl (6 parts) Beef Bouillon or Beef Consomme, 1.5 cl (1 part) Lemon juice, Optional: Salt, Pepper, Tabasco Sauce, Worcestershire sauce. ... HISTORICAL EVENTS ON JANUARY FIRST... 45 BC The Julian calendar takes effect for the first time.. 1001 Grand Prince Stephen I of Hungary is named the first King of Hungary by Pope Silvester II.. 1259 Michael VIII Palaiologos is proclaimed co-emperor of the Empire of Nicaea with his ward John IV Laskaris.. 1438 Albert II of Habsburg is crowned King of Hungary.. 1515 King Francis I of France succeeds to the French throne.. 1527 Croatian nobles elect Ferdinand I of Austria as king of Croatia in the Parliament on Cetin.. 1600 Scotland begins its numbered year on January 1 instead of March 25.. 1651 Charles II is crowned King of Scotland.. 1700 Russia begins using the Anno Domini era and no longer uses old slovian era. According to old slovian era it happened in year 7209.. 1707 John V is crowned King of Portugal.. 1739 Bouvet Island is discovered by French explorer Jean-Baptiste Charles Bouvet de Lozier.. 1772 The first traveler's cheques, which can be used in 90 European cities, go on sale in London.. 1781 1,500 soldiers of the 6th Pennsylvania Regiment under General Anthony Wayne's command rebel against the Continental Army's winter camp in Morristown, New Jersey as part of the Pennsylvania (Continentals; Regiment) Mutiny of 1781.. 1788 First edition of The Times of London, previously The Daily Universal Register, is published.. 1800 The Dutch East India Company is dissolved.. 1801 The legislative union of Kingdom of Great Britain and Kingdom of Ireland is completed to form the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.. 1801 The dwarf planet Ceres is discovered by Giuseppe Piazzi.. 1803 Emperor Gia Long orders all bronze wares of the Tây Son Dynasty to be collected and melted into nine cannons for the Royal Citadel in Hu?, Vietnam.. 1804 French rule ends in Haiti. Haiti becomes the first black republic and second independent country on the American Continent after the U.S.. 1806 The French Republican Calendar is abolished.. 1808 The importation of slaves into the United States is banned.. 1810 Major-General Lachlan Macquarie CB officially becomes Governor of New South Wales.. 1822 The Greek Constitution of 1822 is adopted by the First National Assembly of Epidaurus.. 1833 The United Kingdom claims sovereignty over the Falkland Islands.. 1845 The Cobble Hill Tunnel in Brooklyn is completed.. 1860 First Polish stamp is issued.. 1861 Porfirio Díaz conquers Mexico City.. 1863 American Civil War The Emancipation Proclamation takes effect in Confederate territory.. 1863 The first claim under the Homestead Act is made by Daniel Freeman for a farm in Nebraska.. 1873 Japan begins using the Gregorian calendar.. 1876 The Reichsbank opens in Berlin.. 1877 Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom is proclaimed Empress of India.. 1880 Ferdinand de Lesseps begins French construction of the Panama Canal.. 1885 Twenty-five nations adopt Sanford Fleming's proposal for Standard Time (and also, time zones).. 1890 Eritrea is consolidated into a colony by the Italian government.. 1892 Ellis Island opens to begin processing immigrants into the United States.. 1894 The Manchester Ship Canal, England, is officially opened to traffic.. 1898 New York City annexes land from surrounding counties, creating the City of Greater New York. The four initial boroughs, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and The Bronx, are joined on January 25 by Staten Island to create the modern city of five boroughs.. 1899 Spanish rule ends in Cuba.. 1901 Nigeria becomes a British protectorate.. 1901 The British colonies of New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and Western Australia federate as the Commonwealth of Australia; Edmund Barton is appointed the first Prime Minister.. 1902 The first American college football bowl game, the Rose Bowl between Michigan and Stanford, is held in Pasadena.. 1906 British India officially adopts the Indian Standard Time.. 1908 For the first time, a ball is dropped in New York City's Times Square to signify the start of the New Year at midnight.. 1909 Drilling begins on the Lakeview Gusher.. 1910 Captain David Beatty is promoted to Rear Admiral, and becomes the youngest admiral in the Royal Navy (except for Royal family members), since Horatio Nelson.. 1911 Northern Territory is separated from South Australia and transferred to Commonwealth control.. 1912 The Republic of China is established.. 1916 German troops abandon Yaoundé and their Kamerun colony to British forces and begin the long march to Spanish Guinea.. 1919 Edsel Ford succeeds his father, Henry Ford, as president of the Ford Motor Company.. 1920 The Belorussian Communist Organisation is founded as a separate party.. 1923 Britain's Railways are grouped into the Big Four LNER, GWR, SR, and LMS.. 1925 The American astronomer Edwin Hubble announces the discovery of galaxies outside the Milky Way.. 1927 Turkey adopts the Gregorian calendar December 18, 1926 (Julian), is immediately followed by January 1, 1927 (Gregorian).. 1928 Boris Bazhanov defects through Iran. He is the only assistant of Joseph Stalin's secretariat to have defected from the Eastern Bloc.. 1929 The former municipalities of Point Grey, British Columbia and South Vancouver, British Columbia are amalgamated into Vancouver.. 1932 The United States Post Office Department issues a set of 12 stamps commemorating the 200th anniversary of George Washington's birth.. 1934 Alcatraz Island becomes a United States federal prison.. 1934 Nazi Germany passes the "Law for the Prevention of Genetically Diseased Offspring".. 1937 Safety glass in vehicle windscreens becomes mandatory in Great Britain.. 1939 William Hewlett and David Packard found Hewlett-Packard.. 1939 Sydney, Australia, swelters in 45 °C (113 °F) heat, a record for the city.. 1942 The Declaration by the United Nations is signed by twenty-six nations.. 1945 World War II In retaliation for the Malmedy massacre, U.S. troops massacre 30 SS prisoners at Chenogne.. 1945 World War II The German Luftwaffe launches Unternehmen Bodenplatte, a massive, but failed attempt to knock out Allied air power in northern Europe in a single blow.. 1947 The American and British occupation zones in Germany, after the World War II, merge to form the Bizone, that later became the Federal Republic of Germany.. 1948 The British railway network is nationalised to form British Railways.. 1948 The Constitution of Italy comes into force.. 1949 United Nations cease-fire takes effect in Kashmir from one minute before midnight. War between India and Pakistan stops accordingly.. 1950 The state of Ajaigarh joins the Union of India.. 1954 NBC makes the first coast-to-coast NTSC color broadcast when it telecast the Tournament of Roses Parade , with public demonstrations given across the United States on prototype color receivers.. 1956 The Republic of the Sudan achieves independence from the Egyptian Republic and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.. 1956 A new year event causes panic and stampedes at Yahiko Shrine, Yahiko, central Niigata, Japan, killing at least 124 people.. 1957 George Town, Penang becomes a city by a royal charter granted by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.. 1957 An Irish Republican Army (IRA) unit attacks Brookeborough RUC barracks in one of the most famous incidents of the IRA's Operation Harvest.. 1958 The European Community is established.. 1959 Fulgencio Batista, president of Cuba, is overthrown by Fidel Castro's forces during the Cuban Revolution.. 1960 The Republic of Cameroon achieves independence from France and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.. 1962 Western Samoa achieves independence from New Zealand; its name is changed to the Independent State of Western Samoa.. 1962 United States Navy SEALs established.. 1964 The Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland is divided into the independent republics of Zambia and Malawi, and the British-controlled Rhodesia.. 1965 The People's Democratic Party of Afghanistan is founded in Kabul.. 1966 A twelve-day New York City transit strike begins.. 1966 After a coup, Colonel Jean-Bédel Bokassa assumes power as president of the Central African Republic.. 1970 Unix epoch time begins at 000000 UTC/GMT.. 1971 Cigarette advertisements are banned on American television.. 1973 Denmark, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the Republic of Ireland are admitted into the European Community.. 1978 Air India Flight 855 Boeing 747 crashes into the sea, due to instrument failure and pilot disorientation, off the coast of Bombay, killing 213.. 1978 The Constitution of the Northern Mariana Islands becomes effective.. 1979 Formal diplomatic relations are established between the People's Republic of China and the United States of America.. 1980 Victoria is crowned princess of Sweden.. 1981 The Republic of Greece is admitted into the European Community.. 1981 The Republic of Palau achieves self-government though it is not independent from the United States.. 1982 Peruvian Javier Pérez de Cuéllar becomes the first Latin American to hold the title of Secretary General of the United Nations.. 1983 The ARPANET officially changes to using the Internet Protocol, creating the Internet.. 1984 The original American Telephone & Telegraph Company is divested of its 22 Bell System companies as a result of the settlement of the 1974 United States Department of Justice antitrust suit against AT&T.. 1984 The Sultanate of Brunei becomes independent of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.. 1985 The Internet's Domain Name System is created.. 1985 The first British mobile phone call is made by Ernie Wise to Vodafone.. 1986 Aruba becomes independent of Curaçao, though it remains in free association with the Kingdom of the Netherlands.. 1986 The Kingdom of Spain and the Portuguese Republic are admitted into the European Community.. 1988 The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America comes into existence, creating the largest Lutheran denomination in the United States.. 1989 The Montreal Protocol on Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer comes into force.. 1990 David Dinkins is sworn in as New York City's first black mayor.. 1992 Russian Federation proclaimes its complete independence from the Soviet Union, a few days after its collapse.. 1993 Dissolution of Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia is divided into the Slovak Republic and the Czech Republic.. 1993 A single market within the European Community is introduced.. 1994 The Zapatista Army of National Liberation initiates twelve days of armed conflict in the Mexican State of Chiapas.. 1994 The North American Free Trade Agreement comes into effect.. 1995 The World Trade Organization goes into effect.. 1995 The Kingdom of Sweden and the republics of Austria and Finland are admitted into the European Union.. 1995 The Conference for Security and Co-operation in Europe becomes the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.. 1995 The Draupner wave in the North Sea in Norway is detected, confirming the existence of freak waves.. 1996 Curaçao gains limited self-government, though it remains within free association with the Kingdom of the Netherlands.. 1997 The Republic of Zaïre officially joins the World Trade Organization, as Zaïre.. 1997 Ghanaian diplomat Kofi Annan is appointed Secretary General of the United Nations.. 1998 Russia begins to circulate new rubles to stem inflation and promote confidence.. 1998 The European Central Bank is established.. 1999 The Euro currency is introduced in 11 countries - members of NATO (with the exception of the United Kingdom, Denmark, Greece and Sweden).. 2002 Euro banknotes and coins become legal tender in twelve of the European Union's member states.. 2002 Taiwan officially joins the World Trade Organization, as Chinese Taipei.. 2002 The Open Skies mutual surveillance treaty, initially signed in 1992, officially comes into force.. 2004 In a vote of confidence, General Pervez Musharraf wins 658 out of 1,170 votes in the Electoral College of Pakistan, and according to Article 41(8) of the Constitution of Pakistan, is "deemed to be elected" to the office of President until October 2007.. 2006 Sydney, Australia swelters through its hottest New Years Day on record. The thermometer peaked at 45 degrees celsius, sparking bushfires and power outages. (Same as 1939).. 2007 Bulgaria and Romania officially join the European Union. Also, Bulgarian, Romanian, and Irish become official languages of the European Union, joining 20 other official languages.. 2007 Adam Air Flight 574 disappears over Indonesia with 102 people on board.. 2008 Malta and Cyprus officially adopt the Euro currency and become the fourteenth and fifteenth Eurozone countries.. 2009 66 die in nightclub fire in Bangkok, Thailand.. 2010 A suicide car bomber detonated at a volleyball tournament in Lakki Marwat, Pakistan, killing 105 and injuring 100 more.. 2013 13 FARC members are killed by an airstrike by the Columbian military.. 2013 13 Boko Harem members are killed by Nigeria’s military in Maiduguri.. 2013 60 people are killed and 200 are injured after a stampede following New Year celebrations.. 2013 18 people are killed and 16 wounded after a bus and mini-bus collision in Thiès, Senegal.. 2013 10 people are killed and 120 are injured in a stampede in Luanda, Angola.. 2013 US bi-partisan deal temporarily avoids the fiscal cliff.. 2013 Magnus Carlsen breaks Garry Kasparov's chess FIDE rating, reaching 2,861.. SCOTTY's QUOTE OF THE DAY... "A New Year's resolution is something that goes in one Year and out the other." - Anonymous ... PADDY's BEER OF THE DAY.. Marston’s Resolution ... LILLY's WINE OF THE DAY... Schreiber-Zink 2009 Grauer Burgunder Kabinett Trocken from Rheinhessen, priced at approximately $25 per bottle. ... FAMOUS BIRTHS ON JANUARY 1st... 766 Ali al-Rida, Shia Imam (d. 818).. 1431 Pope Alexander VI (d. 1503).. 1467 Sigismund I the Old, King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania (d. 1548).. 1484 Huldrych Zwingli, Swiss Protestant leader (d. 1531).. 1511 Henry, Duke of Cornwall (d. 1511).. 1516 Margaret Leijonhufvud, Queen of Gustav I of Sweden (d. 1551).. 1557 István Bocskay, Prince of Transylvania (d. 1606).. 1600 Friedrich Spanheim, Dutch theologian (d. 1649).. 1614 John Wilkins, English Bishop of Chester (d. 1672).. 1618 Bartolomé Estéban Murillo, Spanish painter (baptism) (d. 1682).. 1638 Emperor Go-Sai of Japan (d. 1685).. 1648 Elkanah Settle, English writer (d. 1724).. 1655 Christian Thomasius, German jurist (d. 1728).. 1684 Arnold Drakenborch, Dutch classical scholar (d. 1748).. 1704 Soame Jenyns, English writer (d. 1787).. 1711 Franz Freiherr von der Trenck, Austrian soldier (d. 1749).. 1714 Kristijonas Donelaitis, Lithuanian poet (d. 1780).. 1735 Paul Revere, American patriot (d. 1818).. 1745 Anthony Wayne, American general and statesman (d. 1796).. 1750 Frederick Muhlenberg, American statesman (d. 1801).. 1752 Betsy Ross, American seamstress (d. 1836).. 1767 Maria Edgeworth, Anglo-Irish novelist (d. 1849).. 1774 André Marie Constant Duméril, French zoologist (d. 1860).. 1779 William Clowes, English printer (d. 1847).. 1803 Guglielmo Libri Carucci dalla Sommaja, Italian mathematician (d. 1869).. 1814 Hong Xiuquan, Chinese rebel (d. 1864).. 1819 Arthur Hugh Clough, English poet (d. 1861).. 1823 Sándor Petofi, Hungarian poet and revolutionary (d. 1849).. 1833 Robert Lawson, New Zealand architect (d. 1902).. 1834 Ludovic Halévy, French playwright (d. 1908).. 1848 John Goff, Irish lawyer (d. 1924).. 1852 Eugène-Anatole Demarçay, French chemist (d. 1904).. 1854 Sir James George Frazer, Scottish anthropologist (d. 1941).. 1863 Pierre de Coubertin, French organizer of the Olympic Games (d. 1937).. 1864 Qi Baishi, Chinese painter (d. 1957).. 1864 Alfred Stieglitz, American photographer (d. 1946).. 1867 Lew Fields, American vaudeville performer (d. 1941).. 1868 Snitz Edwards, American actor (d. 1937).. 1873 Mariano Azuela, Mexican novelist (d. 1952).. 1874 Frank Knox, American Secretary of the Navy (d. 1944).. 1874 Gustave Whitehead, German inventor (d. 1927).. 1876 Harriet Brooks, Canadian physicist (d. 1933).. 1878 Agner Krarup Erlang, Danish scientist and engineer (d. 1929).. 1879 E. M. Forster, English novelist (d. 1970).. 1879 William Fox, Hungarian-born American film producer (d. 1952).. 1881 Vajiravudh, King of Thailand (d. 1925).. 1887 Wilhelm Canaris, German admiral (d. 1945).. 1888 John Garand, American inventor (d. 1974).. 1888 Georgios Stanotas, Greek cavalry officer (d. 1965).. 1889 Charles Bickford, American film actor (d. 1967).. 1890 Anton Melik, Slovenian geographer (d. 1966).. 1892 Artur Rodzinski, Croatian conductor (d. 1958).. 1892 Manuel Roxas, 5th President of the Philippines (d. 1948).. 1894 Satyendra Nath Bose, Indian mathematician (d. 1974).. 1894 Shitsu Nakano, Japanese supercentenarian (d. 2007).. 1895 J. Edgar Hoover, American FBI director (d. 1972).. 1900 Xavier Cugat, Spanish musician (d. 1990).. 1900 Chiune Sugihara, Japanese diplomat (d. 1986).. 1902 Buster Nupen, South African cricketer (d. 1977).. 1904 Vasilis Avlonitis, Greek actor (d. 1970).. 1904 Fazal Ilahi Chaudhry, Pakistani politician (d. 1982).. 1905 Stanislaw Mazur, Polish mathematician (d. 1981).. 1906 Giovanni DAnzi, Italian songwriter (d. 1974).. 1908 Bill Tapia, American musician.. 1909 Dana Andrews, American actor (d. 1992).. 1909 Stepan Bandera, Ukrainian nationalist leader (d. 1959).. 1909 Barry Goldwater, American politician (d. 1998).. 1911 Basil Dearden, British film director (d. 1971).. 1911 Hank Greenberg, American baseball player (d. 1986).. 1911 Roman Totenberg, Polish-American violinist.. 1911 Audrey Wurdemann, American poet (d.1960).. 1912 Boris Vladimirovich Gnedenko, Russian mathematician (d. 1995).. 1912 Kim Philby, British spy (d. 1988).. 1912 Nikiforos Vrettakos, Greek writer and poet (d. 1991).. 1914 Noor Inayat Khan, Indian princess and SOE agent (d. 1944).. 1917 Jule Gregory Charney, American meteorologist (d. 1981).. 1917 Albert Mol, Dutch actor (d. 2004).. 1918 Patrick Anthony Porteous, Scottish Victoria Cross recipient (d. 2000).. 1918 Frances Bay, Canadian actress.. 1919 Rocky Graziano, American boxer (d. 1990).. 1919 Carole Landis, American film actress (d. 1948).. 1919 J. D. Salinger, American novelist (d. 2010).. 1919 Yoshio Tabata, Japanese singer.. 1920 Virgilio Savona, Italian singer (Quartetto Cetra) (d. 2009).. 1921 Ismail al-Faruqi, Palestinian philosopher (d. 1986).. 1921 César Baldaccini, French sculptor. (d. 1998).. 1922 Ernest Hollings, American politician.. 1923 Daniel Gorenstein, American mathematician (d. 1992).. 1923 Milt Jackson, American jazz vibraphonist (d. 1999).. 1924 Roberts Blossom, American actor and poet.. 1925 Matthew "Stymie" Beard, American actor (d. 1981).. 1925 Paul Bomani, Tanzanian politician and ambassador (d. 2005).. 1925 Valentina Cortese, Italian actress.. 1925 Raymond Pellegrin, French actor (d. 2007).. 1926 Richard Verreau, French-Canadian tenor (d. 2005).. 1927 Maurice Béjart, French choreographer (d. 2007).. 1927 Pat Heywood, Scottish actress.. 1927 Calum MacKay, Canadian hockey player (d. 2001).. 1927 Vernon L. Smith, American economist, Nobel Prize in Economics winner.. 1927 Doak Walker, American football star (d. 1998).. 1928 Ernest Tidyman, American writer (d. 1984).. 1929 Raymond Chow, Hong Kong film producer.. 1930 Gaafar al-Nimeiry, President of Sudan 1971–85 (d. 2009).. 1930 Jean-Pierre Duprey, French poet and sculptor (d. 1959).. 1930 Ty Hardin, American film actor.. 1932 Jackie Parker, American football player (d. 2006).. 1932 Giuseppe Patanè, Italian opera conductor (d. 1989).. 1933 Frederick Lowy, Canadian educator.. 1933 Joe Orton, English writer (d. 1967).. 1933 Norman Yemm, Australian actor.. 1935 B. Kliban, American cartoonist (d. 1990).. 1936 James Sinegal, American businessman.. 1937 John Fuller, English poet.. 1937 Matt Robinson, American actor (d. 2002).. 1937 Adam Wisniewski-Snerg, Polish author (d. 1995).. 1938 Clay Cole, American television host and producer.. 1938 Robert Jankel, British coachbuilder (d. 2005).. 1938 Frank Langella, American actor (Frost/Nixon).. 1939 Michèle Mercier, French actress.. 1941 Asrani, Indian Film Actor / Comedian.. 1942 Dennis Archer, American politician.. 1942 Martin Frost, American politician.. 1942 Country Joe McDonald, American musician (Country Joe and the Fish).. 1942 Alassane Ouattara, former Prime Minister of Ivory Coast.. 1942 Gennadi Sarafanov, Soviet cosmonaut (d. 2005).. 1942 Judy Stone, Australian pop singer.. 1943 Larry Clark, American director.. 1943 Tony Knowles, 9thGovernor of Alaska.. 1943 Raghunath Anant Mashelkar, Indian scientist.. 1943 Don Novello, American actor.. 1944 Jimmy Hart, American wrestling manager.. 1944 Zafarullah Khan Jamali, Pakistani politician.. 1945 Peter Duncan, Australian politician.. 1945 Jacky Ickx, Belgian race car driver.. 1945 Max Julien, American actor.. 1946 Carl B. Hamilton, Swedish economist and politician.. 1946 Rick Hurst, American actor.. 1946 Rivelino, Brazilian football player.. 1947 Jon Corzine, American politician.. 1947 Paula Tsui, Hong Kong singer.. 1947 Frances Yip, Hong Kong singer.. 1948 Pavel Grachev, Russian general.. 1948 Ashok Saraf, Marathi/Hindi Film Actor.. 1949 Daniel E Gawthrop, American composer.. 1950 Wayne Bennett, Australian rugby league coach.. 1950 Morgan Fisher, English musician (Mott the Hoople).. 1950 Deepa Mehta, Indian-born Canadian film director and screenwriter.. 1951 Ashfaq Hussain, Urdu poet.. 1951 Nana Patekar, Indian film and stage actor.. 1951 Hans-Joachim Stuck, German race car driver.. 1952 Stephanie Faracy, American actress (Sideways).. 1953 Greg Carmichael, British guitarist (Acoustic Alchemy).. 1954 Bob Menendez, American politician.. 1954 Richard Edson, Actor (Platoon).. 1954 Yannis Papathanasiou, Greek politician.. 1956 Sergei Avdeyev, Russian cosmonaut.. 1956 Mark R. Hughes, American entrepreneur (d. 2000).. 1956 Mike Mitchell, American basketball player.. 1956 Koji Yakusho, Japanese actor.. 1956 Ziad Rahbani, Lebanese composer.. 1957 Ewa Kasprzyk, Polish actress.. 1957 Evangelos Venizelos, Greek lawyer, professor and politician.. 1958 Grandmaster Flash, Barbadian musician.. 1959 Adrian Hall, Actor (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang).. 1959 Azali Assoumani, Comorian president.. 1959 Jennifer Edwards, American actress.. 1959 Panagiotis Giannakis, Greek basketball player and coach.. 1960 Michael Seibert, American ice dancer.. 1961 Sergei Babayan, American classical pianist.. 1961 Sam Backo, Australian rugby league footballer.. 1961 Sam Palahnuk, American video game designer.. 1961 Fiona Phillips, British television presenter.. 1961 Mark Wingett, British actor.. 1962 Ari Up, German musician (The Slits).. 1963 Lina Kaciušyte, Lithuanian swimmer.. 1964 Juliana Donald, American actress.. 1964 Dedee Pfeiffer, American actress (Falling Down).. 1966 Anna Burke, Australian politician.. 1967 John Digweed, English DJ.. 1967 Tim Dog, American rapper.. 1967 Derrick Thomas, American football player (d. 2000).. 1967 Juanma Bajo Ulloa, Spanish film director.. 1967 Sharon Small, Actress (About a Boy).. 1968 Miki Higashino, Japanese composer.. 1968 Joey Stefano, American actor (d. 1994).. 1968 Davor Šuker, Croatian footballer.. 1969 Morris Chestnut, American actor (Kick-Ass 2).. 1969 Nicolle Dickson, Australian actress.. 1969 Paul Lawrie, Scottish golfer.. 1969 Christi Paul, American news anchor.. 1969 Verne Troyer, American actor (Austin Powers, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone).. 1970 Kimberly Page, American manager and actress.. 1971 Sammie Henson, American wrestler.. 1971 Scott Riggs, American racing driver.. 1971 Bobby Holik, Czech ice hockey player.. 1971 Chris Potter, American jazz saxophonist.. 1972 Neve McIntosh, Scottish actress (Lady Audley's Secret).. 1972 Lilian Thuram, French footballer.. 1973 Anwar Mansoor Mangrio, Sindhi poet.. 1973 Magnus Sahlgren, Swedish musician (Lake of Tears).. 1973 Danny Lloyd, American former child actor (The Shining).. 1975 Sonali Bendre, Indian model and actress.. 1975 Joe Cannon, American footballer.. 1975 Eiichiro Oda, Japanese manga artist.. 1975 Fernando Tatis, Dominican baseball player.. 1976 Georgina Chapman, British fashion designer and actress.. 1977 Hasan Salihamidžic, Bosnian footballer.. 1977 Robert Roode, Canadian professional wrestler.. 1978 Vidya Balan, Indian model and actress (Kahaani).. 1978 Nina Bott, German actress.. 1978 Phillip Mulryne, Northern Irish footballer.. 1978 Tarik ORegan, British composer.. 1979 Brody Dalle, Australian singer (The Distillers).. 1979 Koichi Domoto, Japanese artist.. 1980 Elin Nordegren, Swedish model.. 1981 Jonas Armstrong, English actor.. 1981 Zsolt Baumgartner, Hungarian racing driver.. 1981 Abdülkadir Koçak, Turkish boxer.. 1981 Eden Riegel, American actress.. 1981 Jonas Armstrong, Actor (Book of Blood).. 1982 David Nalbandian, Argentinian tennis player.. 1983 Ali Bastian, English actress and model.. 1983 Calum Davenport, English footballer.. 1983 Emi Kobayashi, Japanese model.. 1984 José Paolo Guerrero, Peruvian footballer.. 1984 Alok Kapali, Bangladeshi cricketer.. 1984 Stefano Pastrello, Italian footballer.. 1984 Michael Witt, Australian rugby league footballer.. 1985 Jeff Carter, Canadian ice hockey player.. 1985 Katrina Law, Actress (44 Minutes: The North Hollywood Shoot-Out).. 1985 Maeve Dermody, Actress (Black Water).. 1985 Steven Davis, Northern Irish footballer.. 1986 Glen Davis, American basketball player.. 1986 Colin Morgan, Northern Irish actor, Actor (Parked).. 1986 Sungmin, Korean Singer.. 1987 Gilbert Brule, Canadian ice hockey player.. 1987 Meryl Davis, American ice dancer.. 1987 Devin Setoguchi, Canadian ice hockey player.. 1988 Saori Hara, Actress (3-D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy).. 1989 Adèle Haenel, Actress (Water Lilies).. 1990 Christian Kebbel, Actor (Kermit's Swamp Years).. 1991 Jynx Maze, Actress (Prison Girls).. 1992 Jack Wilshere, English footballer.. 1992 He Kexin, Chinese gymnast.. 1993 Breck Bruns Actress (General Hospital).. 1994 Gizem Güven, Actress (Selena).. 1995 Jessica Jarrell, Actress (School Gyrls).. 1996 Gonzalo Sánchez Salas, Actor (In Your Absence).. 1998 Lara Robinson, Actress (Knowing).. 1998 Marlene Lawston, American child actress.. 1999 Heda Patrick, Actress (Hold).. 2000 Grant Goodman, Actor (The Campaign).. 2002 Gabe Sipos, Actor (Country Strong).. SCOTTY's WHISKY's OF THE DAY... - 1 - The Dalmore 12 Year Old Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky, Priced at approximately $45 per bottle.. - 2 - Wild Turkey "101" Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, priced at approximately $25 per bottle.. FAMOUS DEATHS ON JANUARY 1st... 379 Saint Basil of Caesarea (b. 330).. 404 Saint Telemachus.. 874 Hasan al-Askari, eleventh Shia Imam (b. 846).. 898 Odo, Count of Paris (b. 860).. 962 Baldwin III, Count of Flanders (b. c. 940).. 1204 King Haakon III of Norway (b. c. 1170).. 1387 King Charles II of Navarre (b. 1332).. 1515 King Louis XII of France (b. 1462).. 1554 Pedro de Valdivia, Spanish conquistador (b. 1500).. 1559 Christian III of Denmark and Norway (b. 1503).. 1560 Joachim du Bellay, French poet (b. 1522).. 1617 Hendrik Goltzius, Dutch painter (b. 1558).. 1631 Thomas Hobson, the "Cambridge Carrier", eponym of Hobson's Choice (b. 1544).. 1697 Filippo Baldinucci, Florentine biographer/historian (b. 1624).. 1716 William Wycherley, English dramatist (b. 1640).. 1730 Samuel Sewall, English judge (b. 1652).. 1742 Peregrine Bertie, 2nd Duke of Ancaster and Kesteven, English statesman (b. 1686).. 1748 Johann Bernoulli, Swiss mathematician (b. 1667).. 1759 Jacques-Joachim Trotti, marquis de La Chétardie, French adventurer (b. 1705).. 1766 James Francis Edward Stuart, "The Old Pretender" (b. 1688).. 1782 Johann Christian Bach, German composer (b. 1735).. 1789 Fletcher Norton, 1st Baron Grantley, English politician (b. 1716).. 1793 Francesco Guardi, Venetian painter (b. 1712).. 1796 Alexandre-Théophile Vandermonde, French mathematician (b. 1735).. 1800 Louis-Jean-Marie Daubenton, French naturalist (b. 1716).. 1817 Martin Heinrich Klaproth, German chemist (b. 1743).. 1835 Mátyás Godina, writer, teacher and pastor (b. 1768).. 1852 John George Children, British chemist, mineralogist and zoologist (b. 1777).. 1853 Gregory Blaxland, Australian explorer (b. 1778).. 1862 Mikhail Vasilievich Ostrogradsky, Russian physicist (b. 1801).. 1869 Martin W. Bates, American politician (b. 1786).. 1881 Louis Auguste Blanqui, French political activist (b. 1805).. 1892 Roswell B. Mason, Mayor of Chicago (b. 1805).. 1894 Heinrich Rudolf Hertz, German physicist (b. 1857).. 1896 Alfred Ely Beach, American inventor (b. 1826).. 1906 Sir Hugh Nelson, Premier of Queensland (b. 1835).. 1918 Wilfred Campbell, Canadian poet (b. 1858).. 1919 Mikhail Drozdovsky, Russian general (b. 1881).. 1921 Theobald von Bethmann Hollweg, Chancellor of Germany (b. 1856).. 1931 Martinus Beijerinck, Dutch microbiologist and botanist (b. 1851).. 1932 C P Scott, British journalist, publisher and politician (b. 1846).. 1940 Panuganti Lakshminarasimha Rao, Indian writer and essayist (b. 1865).. 1943 Colonel Andrew Summers Rowan, U.S. military officer who gave "a message to Garcia" (b. 1857).. 1944 Sir Edward Lutyens, British architect who designed New Delhi (b. 1869).. 1944 Charles Turner, Australian cricketer (b. 1862).. 1953 Hank Williams, American singer (b. 1923).. 1954 Duff Cooper, British diplomat and writer (b. 1890).. 1955 Arthur C. Parker, American archaeologist, folklorist, and historian (b. 1881).. 1957 Seán South and Fergal O'Hanlon are killed in the Brookeborough Raid.. 1958 Edward Weston, American photographer (b. 1886).. 1960 Margaret Sullavan, American actress (b. 1909).. 1964 Bechara El Khoury, President of Lebanon (b. 1890).. 1966 Vincent Auriol, French politician (b. 1884).. 1969 Barton MacLane, American actor (b. 1902).. 1969 Bruno Söderström, Swedish athlete (b. 1888).. 1971 Saint Amphilochius of Pochayiv, Ukrainian Orthodox Christian Saint (b. 1894).. 1972 Maurice Chevalier, French actor and singer (b. 1888).. 1973 Sergei Kourdakov, former KGB agent (b. 1951).. 1980 Adolph Deutsch, American composer and arranger (b. 1897).. 1980 Pietro Nenni, Italian socialist politician (b. 1891).. 1981 Hephzibah Menuhin, American-Jewish concert pianist (b. 1920).. 1982 Victor Buono, American actor (b. 1938).. 1984 Alexis Korner, British blues musician (b. 1928).. 1985 Sigerson Clifford, Irish poet and writer (b. 1913).. 1985 Kamatari Fujiwara, Japanese actor (b. 1905).. 1986 Alfredo Binda, Italian cyclist (b. 1902).. 1986 Bruce Norris, American hockey executive (Detroit Red Wings) (b. 1924).. 1989 Aleka Stratigou, Greek actress (b. 1926).. 1991 Buck Ram, American songwriter and businessman (The Platters) (b. 1907).. 1992 Grace Hopper, American computer pioneer (b. 1906).. 1994 Lord Arthur Porritt, Governor-General of New Zealand (b. 1900).. 1994 Cesar Romero, American actor (b. 1907).. 1994 Edward Arthur Thompson, British historian (b. 1914).. 1995 Fred West, British serial killer (suicide) (b. 1941).. 1995 Eugene Wigner, Hungarian American physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1902).. 1996 Arleigh Burke, American admiral (b. 1901).. 1996 Arthur Rudolph, German engineer (b. 1906).. 1997 Ivan Graziani, Italian singer-songwriter (b. 1945).. 1997 Hagood Hardy, Canadian composer and musician (b. 1937).. 1997 Townes Van Zandt, American musician (b. 1944).. 1998 Helen Wills Moody, American tennis player (b. 1905).. 2000 Colin Vaughan, Australian political journalist (b. 1931).. 2001 Ray Walston, American actor (b. 1914).. 2002 Julia Phillips, American film producer (b. 1944).. 2003 Joe Foss, American politician, fighter pilot and AFL Commissioner (b. 1915).. 2003 F. William Free, American advertising executive (b. 1928).. 2003 Cyril Shaps, English actor (b. 1923).. 2005 Shirley Chisholm, American politician (b. 1924).. 2005 Hugh Lawson, 6th Baron Burnham, British newspaperman (b. 1931).. 2005 Eugene J. Martin, American painter, artist (b. 1938).. 2005 Bob Matsui, American politician (b. 1941).. 2006 Bryan Harvey, American musician (House of Freaks) (b. 1956).. 2006 Dawn Lake, Australian TV comedienne (b. 1927).. 2006 Harry Magdoff, American magazine editor (b. 1913).. 2006 Hugh McLaughlin, Irish publisher and inventor (b. 1918).. 2007 A. I. Bezzerides, American novelist and screenwriter (b. 1908).. 2007 Leon Davidson, American scientist known for studying UFOs (b. 1922).. 2007 Leonard Fraser, Australian serial killer (b. 1951).. 2007 Julius Hegyi, American conductor (b. 1923).. 2007 Tad Jones, American jazz music historian (b. 1952).. 2007 Ernie Koy, American baseball player (b. 1909).. 2007 Roland Levinsky, South African medical scientist (b. 1943).. 2007 Tillie Olsen, American writer (b. 1912).. 2007 Del Reeves, American country singer (b. 1932).. 2007 Darrent Williams, American football player (b. 1982).. 2008 Salvatore Bonanno, son of Joseph Bonanno (b. 1932).. 2008 Peter Caffrey, Irish actor (b. 1949).. 2008 Pratap Chandra Chunder, Union minister of India (b. 1919).. 2008 Harold Corsini, American photographer (b. 1919).. 2009 Claiborne Pell, U.S. senator (b. 1918).. 2009 Nizar Rayan, Hamas leader (b. 1962).. 2009 Aarne Arvonen, Finnish supercentenerian (b.1897).. 2013 Patti Page, American singer (b. 1927)..