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                   1st  - New Year's Day (the Mother of all New Years)

"New Year's Day: Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions.

Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual."

- Mark Twain

                          2nd - Atom first split (1918)

                          3rd - Oscar Wilde declared 'nothing but my genius'

                                    to US customs when entering America (1882)


4th - Erwin Schrodinger, Nobel Prize winning Austrian-Irish Physicist, died 1961 (aged 73)


Schrodinger's Cat. Is it dead or alive?

Quantum Car Mechanics? QuantumWaves?  Or Quantum Dancing anyone?

He was into Advaita Vedanta & the idea that Atman is Brahman.


PS also Newton's Birthday, 1643

       5th - Hayao Miyazaki, co-founder of Studio Ghibli, creator of Japanese Animated Feature Films, born 1941.


                           8th - David Bowie's Birthday (1947)

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'wednesday, born I was' (Thursday's Child)*

                                   - also, Stephen Hawking born (1942). Theoretical physicist, noted for work on Black Holes.

                                      His book, A Brief History of Time, was a bestseller (it made a Big Bang

                                       when it was published & it takes ages to read!)

                                   - & almost forgot - Elvis Presley born on this day in 1935.

                            10th - Bowie died 2016 (aged 69)


                            11th - Thomas Hardy, British writer (eg Jude the Obscure), died (1928)


"...though whiling

The time somehow

In walking, talking, smiling,

I live not now. "

The Dead Man Walking

Thomas Hardy


(Coincidentally, Dead Man Walking is also a Bowie song)

                         12th - Earthquake devastates Haiti (2010)

                         14th -  Lewis Carroll (Charles Ludwidge Dodgson ) died 1898, aged 66. Author, poet mathematician. Famous for Alice in Wonderland, Through the Looking Glass, Jabberwocky, The Hunting of the Snark. Had a stammer. Friend of Dante Gabriel Rossetti.


Debut of the Simpsons  (1990)

                         15th - Proudhon's birthday 1809.

Birthday of Dr Martin Luther King (1929)

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'injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere'

(I have a dream....)

                         17th - Birthday Muhammad Ali (1942)

                       22nd - Byron's B-day (1788), Coca Cola incorporated (1892) 'Thay' died 2022, aged 95.

                          23rd - Salvador Dali died (1989)

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    'Soft Watch at the Moment of First Explosion' (1954)                      




(click clock!)

             - Gustave Doré died, aged 51, French Artist, famous for prolific printmaking among many other things.


In the Empyrean, Angels & Souls of the Blessed, attending the Deity,

metaphorically form a white rose (Dante's Paradiso). By Gustave Doré.

                          25th - Burns' Night (Scotland & wherever 2 or 3 Scots are gathered together)

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                          27th - Samuel Palmer, Landscape Painter, Etcher, Printmaker born 1805. Met William Blake & was influenced by him. Died aged 76.



                          30th - Mahatma Gandhi assassinated 1948 New Dehli, India, aged 78. (Other assassinated dreamers.)

                                 - Beatles played in public for last time (London, 1969)

                          31st - A.A. Milne died 1956, aged 74. Author of Winnie-the-Pooh books & others. Created many beloved anthropomorphic animals, including the sometimes surprisingly cheerful Eeyore.


*Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday/Friday/Saturday/Sunday's Child?

Significant Birthdays, Anniversaries etc

Find day of the week for any date 1901-2002

In case you've forgotten:
"Monday's child is fair of face;
Tuesday's child is full of grace;
Wednesday's child is full of woe;
Thursday's child has far to go;
Friday's child is loving and giving;
Saturday's child works hard for a living.
But the child that is born on the Sabbath day
is fair and wise, good and gay"
& if you believe that, you'll believe anything!

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