Calendar bites, Jan. 24

Birthdays

  • Elizabeth Achelis, 1880. Calendar reform advocate. She proposed a calendar in which every year was the same, with each year beginning on Sunday, January 1.
  • John Belushi, 1949. Actor, comedian, Blues brother.
  • Jack Brickhouse, 1916. A legend in Chicago broadcasting, he was the play-by-play voice for the first baseball game televised by WGN. He broadcast Cubs games for 40 years, Bears games for 24 years.
  • Oral Roberts, 1918. Controversial religious leader was among the first to use television to deliver his message to the masses.
  • Edith Wharton, 1862. American novelist.

Celebrations

  • 10th Annual Belly Laugh Day, celebrating the benefits of smiling and laughing. Post something funny on Facebook in honor.
  • National Compliment Day. Try not to confuse this with the previous celebration.
  • Eureka! California Gold Discovery Anniversary. 1848. Started almost as much frenzy as the recent Powerball drawing.
  • Clean Out Your Inbox Week. Notice you get an entire week to accomplish this. Next year it may change to Clean Out Your Inbox Month.

Genealogy Events

We’ve got events today on our calendar  in Saskatchewan, New Jersey and New York. Know of any other upcoming events? Please use the Submission tab and let us know!

Calendar bites, Jan. 23

Birthdays

  • John Hancock, 1737. American patriot and statesman, and first signer of the Declaration of Independence.
  • Joseph Hewes, 1730, Signer of the Declaration of Independence.
  • Ernic Kovacs, 1919. Comedian and television pioneer.
  • Edouard Manet, 1832. French artist

Celebrations

  • Local Quilt Shop Day – Celebrating independently owned quilt shops. Visit one today and pick up some of the fabric needed to donate a block for the donation quilt with GeneaQuilters – the Star-Spangled Banner Quilt! See the GeneaQuilters blog for all the details. Blocks accepted until the end of February 2016.
  • National Handwriting Day – celebrated on John Hancock’s birthday, to encourage more legible handwriting. Aren’t you glad that John Hancock knew how to write in cursive?

Genealogy Events

We’ve got genealogy events on our calendar today in Saskatchewan, California, delaware, Florida, Kentucky, and Wisconsin.  Know of any other upcoming events? Please use the Submission tab and let us know!