Calendar bites, Jan. 14

Birthdays

  • Benedict Arnold,  1741. American officer who deserted to the British during the Revolutionary War. Born in Norwich, CT, married to Peggy Shippen. Died June 14, 1801 in London, England.
  • Matthew Fontaine Maury, 1806. Naval officer from Virginia who established oceanography as a branch of science.
  • Richard Felton Outcault, 1863. Born in Lancaster, OH, Outcault created the first color cartoons that started the newspaper “funny papers”.
  • Albert Schweitzer, 1875. Nobel peace prize winner, theologian, philosopher, organist, and mission doctor in equatorial Africa
  • William Whipple, 1730. American patriot and signer of the Declaration of Independence.

Celebrations

Today is both National Hot Pastrami Day and National Dress Up Your Pet Day.  Perhaps kill two birds with one stone, and dress your pet up like a pastrami sandwich 🙂

Genealogy Events

The week-long Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy continues!

Check our calendar  or individual state pages for other genealogy events today in Kansas, New Mexico, and Wisconsin.

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Calendar bites, Jan. 13

Birthdays

  • Horatio Alger, Jr., 1834. American clergyman from Massachusetts and author of over 100 popular books for boys, mostly around the theme that honesty, frugality and hard work assured the heroes would achieve success, wealth, and fame.
  • Salmon Portland Chase, 1808. American statesman from New Hampshire, one of the founders of the Republican Party, spent most of his life fighting slavery, hence his nickname, “attorney general for runaway Negroes”.
  • Alfred Carl Fuller, 1885, in Canada. Founder of the Fuller Brush Company.

Celebrations

  • Norway: Tyvendedagen. “Twentieth Day”, traditional end of the Christmas season
  • Russia: Old New Year’s Eve. Some folks in Russia, Belarus and Ukraine still celebrate based on the old Julian calendar. Who hasn’t been confused by that enough already?
  • Sweden: St. Knut’s Day. Marks the end of the Christmas season in Sweden.

Genealogy Events

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