January 27th History, Trivia, and Fun Facts
January 27th History Highlights
January 27th is…
International Holocaust Remembrance Day
National Chocolate Cake Day
National Geographic Day
January 27th Birthday Quotes
When you handle yourself, use your head; when you handle others, use your heart.
I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than myself.
So when you spot violence, or bigotry, or intolerance or fear or just garden-variety misogyny, hatred or ignorance, just look it in the eye and think, ‘The good outnumber you, and we always will.’
If you drink much from a bottle marked “poison” it is almost certain to disagree with you, sooner or later.
Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together go to the making of genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius
The world doesn’t make sense until you force it to.
No dancer can watch Fred Astaire and not know that we all should have been in another business.
The fact that the theatregoing public likes my music is no credit to me. There are many other composers who write better music that the public doesn’t like.
Everything’s got a moral if only you can find it.
Every time I write a song I keep a mental picture of a housewife with her hands in soapy weather, listening to the radio. I try to figure out how to get her hands out of the dishwater to turn up the volume, to hear my song.
January 27th Birthdays
1756 – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Austrian pianist, and composer (died in 1791)
1832 – Lewis Carroll (Charles Dodgson), English novelist, poet, and mathematician (died in 1898)
1885 – Jerome Kern, American composer, and songwriter (died in 1945)
1908 – William Randolph Hearst, Jr., American journalist and publisher (died in 1993)
1919 – Ross Bagdasarian, Sr., American singer-songwriter, pianist, producer, and actor, created Alvin and the Chipmunks (died in 1972)
1921 – Donna Reed, American actress (died in 1986)
1924 – Sabu, Indian-American actor (died in 1963)
1930 – Bobby “Blue” Bland, American blues singer-songwriter (died in 2013)
1936 – Troy Donahue, American actor (died in 2001)
1940 – Reynaldo Rey, American actor (died in 2015)
1942 – James Cromwell, American actor
1948 – Mikhail Baryshnikov, Russian-American dancer, choreographer, and actor
1952 – G. E. Smith, American guitarist, and songwriter
1954 – Bridget Fonda, American actress
1955 – John Roberts, American jurist, Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court
1956 – Mimi Rogers, American actress
1957 – Frank Miller, American comic book illustrator, and writer
1959 – Keith Olbermann, American journalist, and author
1964 – Bridget Fonda, American actress
1965 – Alan Cumming, Scottish-American actor
1969 – Patton Oswalt, American comedian, and actor
1979 – Rosamund Pike, English actress
January 27th History
1606 – The trial of Guy Fawkes and other conspirators began for the Gunpowder Plot, ending with their execution on January 31.
1880 – Thomas Edison received a patent (#223,898) for his incandescent lamp.
1888 – The National Geographic Society was established.
1945 – 60th Army First Ukrainian Front soldiers opened the gates of Auschwitz Concentration Camp, liberating the remaining 7,000 prisoners, mostly ill and dying. In 2005 the United Nations declared 27 January as International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
1951 – Nuclear testing at the Nevada Test Site began with Operation Ranger.
1962 – #1 Hit January 27, 1962 – February 16, 1962: Joey Dee and the Starliters – Peppermint Twist – Part 1
1967 – Astronauts Gus Grissom, Edward White, and Roger Chaffee were killed in a fire during a test of their Apollo 1 spacecraft at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida.
January 27, 1970 Birthday (fictional) Dwight Schrute, The Office, TV
1970 – James M. Schlatter received a patent (#3492131) for ‘Peptide Sweetening Agents’ later marketed as NutraSweet.
1973 – #1 Hit January 27, 1973 – February 2, 1973: Stevie Wonder – Superstition
1976 – Lavern and Shirley debuted on ABC.
1977 – Roots mini-series began on ABC.
1984 – Michael Jackson’s hair caught fire during filming for a Pepsi commercial.
1984 – The Lonely Guy & Broadway Danny Rose were released in theaters.
2006 – Big Momma’s House 2 & Nanny McPhee debuted in theaters.
2010 – Steve Jobs unveiled Apple’s latest product, a tablet PC called the iPad, at a press conference in San Francisco.
Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts
Spam stands for Shoulder Pork and hAM.
I wonder what the odds are that I’ve never heard my favorite song…
“He just smiled and gave me a vegemite sandwich.” #songlyrics
The biggest film of 1946: Song of the South (Action/Adventure) earned ~ $65,000,000
The Scary Statistic: Tsunami 1-in-500,000
What to do: “Anti Tsunami” T-shirts are not effective. Living on or near a mountain, or even deep under the sea offers reasonable protection.
-40 Celsius and -40 Fahrenheit are the same temperatures. #science
TV Quotes… “God’ll get you for that” (Maude) on “Maude”
A group of Coyotes is called a Band.
Google Deepmind might be able to beat the world’s best Go and Chess players. But the real test is can it figure out why my SO is mad at me.
We can buy stars as little gifts to people, so is there another similar planet to ours far far away in which someone owns our sun?
I love Grape Nuts – except, lots of times, I forget to put milk on them the night before I want to eat them.
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