January 10th Facts, Fun Trivia and History
January 10th History Highlights
January 10th is…
Houseplant Appreciation Day
National Bittersweet Chocolate Day
Oysters Rockefeller Day
Peculiar People Day
Save The Eagles Day
January 10th Birthday Quotes
Corruption never has been compulsory; when the cities lie at the monster’s feet there are left the mountains.
I was brought up on the books of The Wizard of Oz and my mother told me that these were great philosophies. It was a very simple philosophy, that everybody had a heart, that everybody had a brain, that everybody had courage. These were the gifts that are given to you when you come on this earth, and if you use them properly, you reach the pot at the end of the rainbow. And that pot of gold was a home. And home isn’t just a house or an abode, its people, people who love you and that you love. That’s a home.
You can’t change the past so don’t let it haunt you. You can change the future but first you’ve got to want to.
It’s great to know that our old stuff still sounds good to our fans, just as it’s wonderful to think that we’ve turned a few people on to jazz over the years.
I have been hunted for twenty-one years. I have literally lived in the saddle. I have never known a day of perfect peace.
It’s not hard to make decisions once you know what your values are.
January 10th Birthdays
1936 – Charles Phillip Ingalls, the father of Laura Ingalls Wilder (died in 1902)
1843 – Frank James, American criminal (died in 1915)
1864 – Grand Duke Peter Nikolaevich of Russia (died in 1931)
1887 – (John) Robinson Jeffers, American poet (died in 1962)
1904 – Ray Bolger, American actor (died in 1987)
1917 – Jerry Wexler, American music producer (died in 2008)
1924 – Max Roach, American drummer and composer (died in 2007)
1927 – Johnnie Ray, American singer-songwriter and pianist (died in 1990)
1928 – Philip Levine, American poet (died in 2015)
1930 – Roy E. Disney, American businessman (died in 2009)
1936 – Al Goldstein, American publisher (died in 2013)
1939 – David Horowitz, American activist and author
1939 – Scott McKenzie, American singer-songwriter (died in 2012)
1939 – Sal Mineo, American actor (died in 1976)
1944 – Jeffrey Catherine (Jeff) Jones, American comics and fantasy artist (died in 2011)
1944 – Frank Sinatra, Jr., American singer and actor (died in 2016)
1945 – Rod Stewart, English singer-songwriter
1948 – Donald Fagen, American singer-songwriter and musician
1949 – Linda Lovelace, American actress (died in 2002)
1950 – Roy Blunt, American politician
1953 – Pat Benatar, American singer-songwriter
1956 – Shawn Colvin, American singer-songwriter
1961 – Janet Jones, American actress
1973 – Félix Trinidad, Puerto Rican-American boxer
1981 – Jared Kushner, American businessman and political figure
1989 – Emily Meade, American actress
January 10th History
On January 10, 1793 – Jean Pierre Blanchard made the first successful balloon flight in the United States, from Philadelphia, PA to Woodbury, NJ. When he took off, his witnesses included President George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and James Monroe. Ben Franklin passed away 2 years earlier, I’m sure he would have wanted to be there too.
Jean Pierre was a daredevil of his time.
Another Frenchman had invented The Parachute, basically French for “AVERT THE FALL”, and Jean Pierre demonstrated that you could safely get out of a hot air balloon by using a dog with a parachute. Also in 1793, he may have been the first human to actually need a parachute when his balloon broke. He said it happened, but there were no witnesses.
1863 – London’s Metropolitan, the world’s first underground passenger railway, opened.
1870 – John D. Rockefeller incorporates Standard Oil. It is now part of ExxonMobil.
1899 – The US patent (#617592) was issued for an “Electric Device,” invented by David Misell, which was manufactured as the first tubular “Flash Light” by Conrad Hubert at his American Electrical Novelty and Manufacturing Company.
1901 – The first major discovery of oil in Texas was made at Spindletop, near Beaumont.
1920 – The League of Nations was established.
1927 – Fritz Lang’s Metropolis premiered in Germany.
1941 – Broadway Show – Arsenic and Old Lace (Play) January 10, 1941
1946 – The United Nations General Assembly met for the 1st time in London.
1949 – The 7-inch ’45’ PRM record was introduced, by RCA. The blue-colored vinyl played a promo in English on one side and Spanish on the other.
1953 – #1 Hit January 10, 1953 – February 13, 1953: Perry Como – Don’t Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes
1955 – Inherit the Wind opened on Broadway at the National Theater
1976 – #1 Hit January 10, 1976 – January 16, 1976: C. W. McCall – Convoy
1983 – Fraggle Rock premiered on HBO
1990 – Time Warner was formed by the merger of Time Inc. and Warner Communications.
1992 – The Hand That Rocks the Cradle was released in theaters.
1997 – Jackie Chan’s First Strike, Turbulence and The Relic were released in theaters.
1999 – The Sopranos debuted on HBO
Janury 10, 2006 – The Apple iMac was released.
2010 – FOX announced that Simon Cowell would depart from American Idol in May in order to launch a US version of X Factor in Fall 2011, also on FOX
Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts
“I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I coulda been somebody.” – Terry Molloy (Marlon Brando) #moviequotes
I want hang a map of the world in my house. Then I’m gonna put pins into all the locations that I’ve traveled to. But first, I’m gonna have to travel to the top two corners of the map so it won’t fall down.
A group of Hyenas is called a Cackle or Clan.
“We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each other’s happiness, not by each other’s misery.” – Charlie Chaplin #moviequotes
The Capital of Saint Lucia is Castries
Shrek was originally a children’s book – and it came out in 1990.
You should go around the barn at high noon to avoid colloquialisms.
Biggest film of 1987: 3 Men and a Baby (Comedy) earned ~ $168,000,000
Sushi was originally a preservation method for the fish. Only later did people begin to eat the rice.
Domestic cats kill between 1.4 and 3.7 billion birds and between 6.9 and 20.7 billion mammals each year in the United States
My dog is always following me into the bathroom or poking his head in. He must think watching each other go to the bathroom is a bonding thing.
Any stone in your boot always migrates against the pressure gradient to exactly the point of most pressure.
Until 1954, STOP signs featured black writing on a yellow background, but the invention of a red finish that resisted fading allowed for the standardization of the idea that “red means stop” across both traffic lights and signs.
I still have no idea where Cotton Eye Joe came from or where he is going.
Arachibutyrophobia is the fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth.
You could pretty much learn all there is to know about America by watching the entire run of The Simpsons.
“Three Men and a Baby” was actually a remake of a 1985 French film, 3 hommes et un couffin (Three Men and a Cradle).
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